Series: Love to the Extreme

Knocked Out By love by Abby Niles

Knocked Out By love by Abby NilesKnocked Out By Love by Abby Niles
Series: Love to the Extreme #5
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary) on August 15th 2016
Pages: 248
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three-stars

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.

three-stars

Winning Love by Abby Niles

Winning Love by Abby NilesWinning Love by Abby Niles
Series: Love to the Extreme #3
Published by Entangled: Select on August 26th 2014
Pages: 250
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four-stars

Mac “The Snake” Hannon has spent years throwing himself into cage fighting as a way to lash back at the natural disaster that destroyed his future. A call for help has Mac returning to the one place he swore never to return: Kansas—in the height of tornado season.
There he meets free-spirited Gayle Andrews. At first he wants nothing to do with the infuriatingly, persistent woman, but the crazy challenges she tosses his way are impossible to resist. As she thaws years of bitterness, bringing back the Mac he believed long gone, he starts to make peace with the past and see the future again. Until he learns she chases his worst nightmare, then he can’t get away fast enough.
Meteorologist and storm chaser, Gayle Andrews is no stranger to being left behind and now believes in living in the moment. She wants to do just that with the handsome extreme fighter with the achingly sad eyes. As she works to replace the sorrow with desire, she finds herself breaking her one rule: have fun, but don’t fall in love. When he suddenly pushes her away and she discovers the horrifying reason why, she issues one more challenge: face his fear and come on a chase with her.
Will squaring off with the past lead to a victory for heartache or love?

The last 4 years of Mac Hannon’s life have been spent in the cage as he pummels out his anger and pain in a bid to forget all that he’d lost, until he meets Gayle Matthews, an apparently fearless, takes-no-prisoners researcher who jumps into everything but forms no attachment. Set in tornado alley, Mac and Gayle suddenly have no choice but to face their demons head on and with each other.

I’ve not read the rest of series, but I definitely loved and enjoyed the set up of this story of second chances and new beginnings that’s got tornadoes, a hot-former chef turned fighter and a ballsy meteorologist. Clearly both have their own issues to deal with but when push comes to shove, I still wished Gayle put herself out there more for Mac.

four-stars