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cover94145-mediumKnocked Out By Love

A Love to the Extreme Novel

by Abby Niles

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.

There are stories that you enjoy but are difficult to get into and then there are stories that suck you in.  This is definitely the latter – I was absolutely stunned to look up and realize I was over halfway thru the book and had no intention of putting it down any time soon!

I totally see where Brody is coming from with his attraction to Scarlett.  He’s spent months avoiding her because she was his best friend’s wife but just because she’s divorcing him it doesn’t make it any easier to turn off those feelings of guilt.  I like him as a man even more for it.  He’s got things he feels strongly about – family, friends, loyalty.  It is hard for him to ignore them … until he finds out exactly what happened.  I love the way he’s there to support Scarlett, both before and after the Bahamas vacation.  She needs someone to be there for her and he does it so well.  And so sexily 🙂

Scarlett finds herself single, beaten down and unsure of herself.  Trying to get her single girl mojo back isn’t working and even more so once Brody is in the picture again.  Until she finds herself attracted to her old friend … and figures out that it could be mutual.  I totally get where she’s coming from too – her insecurities and fears.  I’m going to give a minor spoiler in saying that I loved how she was able to resolve things with her ex at a time when they both needed it most.  There is something freeing in that interaction that could color so much for her and Brody, while it also helps her figure things out on what she needs to do to have a happy future.

There are some serious issues at play here but Niles handles them very well.  I also appreciate how she gives the two of them a supportive relationship – both of them are there for each other in ways that matters, understanding what is needed and providing the support that the other needs.  The last few chapters are just fantastic and I think the ending is just too darn adorable.

I read the first couple of stories in this series, but then I skipped a couple.  This one can definitely stand on its own, although it looks like there’s some set up here for future stories.  And I’m definitely gonna keep my eye out for what she brings next.