Series: Love to the Extreme #5
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary) on August 15th 2016
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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.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I had visions in mind of sweaty (and smelly) hard bodies of heavyweight fighters going bloody rounds in the cage before they snatched their women up in an equally dirty kiss.
In some ways, I’m glad ‘Knocked Out By Love’ didn’t quite go the way I envisioned it. Instead, the story deals with unrequited love, the pain of infertility and the subsequent breakdown of a marriage when infidelity comes into place. These are heavy topics, yet I never quite felt as though I was heavily weighed down by angst or unnecessary drama, even when Brody Minton and Scarlett Harris progressed from friends to something more.
I stayed fairly neutral about Brody and Scarlett as a pairing; I neither liked nor disliked them but overall, did hope for a little more bite and sparks in the progression of their relationship. The multiple talk of children and babies freaked me out a little towards the end – when it came from all sides of the family – but I did appreciate overall stand that there wasn’t an easy conclusion or a sudden, miracle cure to infertility and pregnancy by the time Brody/Scarlett got their act together. Instead, Abby Niles’s focus on how they could build something of their own together – with or without children – as evidenced by their insane happy Dragon Con outing made it a more sweetly realistic ending that I knew I could definitely get behind.