Series: Love to the Extreme Book #5
Author: Abby Niles
Genre: Romance, MMA
Blurb: Brody Minton has loved Scarlett Harris for years. But she’s his best friend’s wife, so he’s worked hard to keep his distance. Hearing the marriage is over shouldn’t change anything. Only an ass would make a move on a friend’s ex… Except Scarlett wants help getting back in the dating game, and Brody’s torn. If he helps her out, he can keep an eye on her and guard her vulnerable heart. But having the woman he’s longed for for years in arms’ reach is hell on a man’s restraint, no matter how iron strong his will.
But loving Scarlett is only half the fight.
All Scarlett Harris wants is to get away for a while and rethink her life after filing for divorce from her lying, cheating bastard of a husband. The gorgeous Bahamas sounds like the perfect escape, except she’s booked in very resort Brody “The Iron” Minton is staying at for his sister’s wedding. Now her ex’s best friend is dogging her every move, and is a witness to her first pathetic attempts at flirting in years. If Brody isn’t going to leave her alone, then she’ll just recruit him to help get her reacquainted with her single self.
Thoughts: I absolutely love Abby Niles, and I particularly love this series. The first book I ever read by Niles was Extreme Love, the first book in this series – which was a stand out title for me. I fell in love with that book! Up until this point, it was my absolute favorite book by Niles. (You can read my review of that title here: ) I also had read each book in this series, and for me each subsequent book went a little further downhill in comparison. Healing Love, book number four, really was my least favorite thus far – and left me at a crossroads (like so many other series these days), questioning whether the series was one I wanted to keep reading.
Trust me, all that changed with Knocked Out By Love! I fell hard for this one. I have to say that this one even surpassed Extreme Love for me, to become my favorite one in the series! The tension and the chemistry between Brody and Scarlett just came to life within the pages of this book, and while the ‘falling for his best friend’s wife’ has always been a favorite troupe of mine I was excited that it also didn’t just fall right in with the ‘standard’ storyline typical for this troupe. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil the book for others, but there are a few instances in the novel where things strayed from the ‘norm’ – those who read it (especially those who love this type of storyline) will know what I am talking about.
Not to mention, Brody is one of those main characters that steals your heart – he’s a stand up guy, a real good guy – who may just wind up becoming your newest ‘book boyfriend’!