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Blog Tour + ARC Review: ‘Outmatched’ by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young

Outmatched, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times bestselling authors Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young, is LIVE!

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Book InfoOutmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 19, 2019


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What happens when a boxer finds chemistry with a geek?

Parker Brown can’t believe she needs to hire a fake boyfriend. When she landed her dream job in renewable energy, she thought she’d be entering a world at the forefront of progressive thinking. But the head boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she’s found the perfect candidate, a fellow intellectual looking for some quick cash. What Parker gets is his protective big brother—Rhys Morgan. The tall, muscled ex-boxer with a foul mouth shows up just as her boss does, and now she’s stuck with the manipulative jerk.

Responsibility weighs heavily on Rhys. Now permanently out of the ring, he’s trying to hold together his late father’s gym and keep his younger brother, Dean, on the straight and narrow. To save Dean from himself, Rhys takes his place, ready to give this society girl a piece of his mind. Instead, he finds an opportunity. Even though they can hardly stand each other, posing as Parker’s boyfriend is a win-win deal. She gets to keep her job, and he’ll charm her star-struck boss into sponsoring his gym.

Problem is, they can barely keep their hands off each other. And what started as an easy deal isn’t so easy anymore. Because what future can a rough ex-boxer, afraid to open his heart, and a polished society geek, who has sworn off real relationships, possibly have?

They say opposites attract. These opposites are about to combust on impact.


5 ‘Tinker Bell’ Stars!

ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

I knew it, I just knew it. These two authors together.. PURE MAGIC! As soon as Kristen and Samantha announced this book collaboration, I just knew it would work perfectly. I love these two authors and their work together in Outmatched did not disappoint. I had no doubts about that even before starting the book!

Outmatched is a standalone sports romance / fake boyfriend romance. It’s a love story between two opposite people, coming from two very different worlds but just happen to work together perfectly as fake / real couple. Parker Brown is a wealthy, smart and nerdy woman who wants (and deserves) a promotion. To get that, she needs to look like a settled person. What better way than to find a fake boyfriend? Enter Rhys Morgan. Rhys is a retired boxer who owns his father’s gym and wants to save it before losing it. He is willing to be Parker’s boyfriend for that. But nobody, especially these tow, expected chemistry and love getting in the mix.

“Anyone ever tell you you’re cracked in the head?”
“Yes,” I huffed. “You. This evening. Before you hijacked my life.”
“Saved your ass, you mean.”

That is what I call an outstanding and smart romance! Kristen and Samantha’s writing just clicked together and that turned out to be exactly what I expected. A romance full of banter, sexual tension, chemistry and emotions. I loved the MCs so much. Parker is extremely bright and I love a sharp and sassy heroine. She blossoms even more after meeting Rhys and it was amazing. And, of course, who does not love a swoony, hot AF, gentle giant? I loved Rhys to pieces, his protective nature and how he is even stronger after falling for Parker.

“Why is it so much…more when we’re alone?”
“Because it feels real.”

This whole book was just excellent. The writing, the characters, the banter, the tension, the sex, the emotions. I loved everything! Rhys and Parker’s relationship developed so wonderfully and I loved them together. I loved the secondary characters too and the storyline as a whole. I loved seeing these characters grow together and seeing them fall hard for each other. Opposites attract, that is SO true and so incredible to read!

You are the only purely good and clean thing in my life that’s just for me. 

Therefore, I am rating Outmatched with 5 STARS because it was an amazing read from start to finish. As I said, I had no doubts this collaboration would work and I really hope more is coming because I loved this novel and this crew of characters. Congrats to Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young for killing it and make us fall in love with Parker and Rhys’ love story. Highly, highly recommend reading this!

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AngryTink: Hey. This is Parker. Parker Brown.

My phone dinged loudly. I fumbled around my bed, finally finding the damn thing under a pillow. Wiping the sleep off my face, I rolled onto my back and read the text that had pulled me out of a pleasant sleep. I smiled. It was just so … Parker. Settling in, I answered her.

RhysThis: Don’t have to tell me who you are. Your number is programmed on my phone. What do you want?

AngryTink: Well, good morning to you too, Happy Pants.

My smile turned into an evil grin. The girl was always going to punch back and make it count.

RhysThis: That’s Mr. Happy Pants. Though, TBH, my pants aren’t too happy at the moment. Want to help me out with that?

AngryTink: Tempting. Truly. But, no.

RhysThis: RU sure? ‘Cuz Happy Pants Rhys is much more agreeable than Sad That He Had to Self-Satisfy Rhys.

AngryTink: Would you please behave?

RhysThis: I’m not the one who mentioned the emotional state of my pants.

AngryTink: ARGH!

A chuckle rumbled in my chest as my thumbs tapped out a response I knew would piss her off more.

RhysThis: Was that even English? Honestly, Ms. Brown, I thought you were educated.

She took a moment to answer. I could picture her, phone in hand, grinding her teeth.

AngryTink: You’re deliberately trying to annoy me, aren’t you?

RhysThis: You’re quick. I’ll give you that.

AngryTink: Mr. Morgan, I’m about ten seconds away from finding an alternate fake boyfriend. A goat on a rope would be a better candidate at this point.

It was cute she thought that was threatening.

RhysThis: Yeah, probably. But the goat doesn’t have a signed contract. I do, Tinker Bell.

AngryTink: ARGH@!!

RhysThis: You’re kind of cute when you talk pirate.

The Author

Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers.

Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.


Samantha Young is a New York Times and #1 International bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries.

She has since published over thirteen romance titles including the New York Times Bestsellers Into the Deep, Hero, and her most recent contemporary romance Play On. When writing Adult Paranormal romance she writes under the pen name S. Young.

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