Knocked Out By Love by Abby Niles

If you’ve been following my reviews you know I HATE reading out of order and won’t start reading a book mid-series. Knowingly, anyway.

Well, it happened again that I didn’t know. This time, though, it was an absolute standalone, and it was fabulous.

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Peeps, it sucks when you’re in love with your best friend’s spouse. It hadn’t happen to me, thank God, but I can only imagine.Brody Minton is in love with his childhood best friend’s wife, and has distanced himself from hanging out at their home for over a year now, as to not be tempted and try to get over it. It didn’t work. Brody is at a Caribbean resort for his sister’s wedding and runs into Scarlett Harris.

Scarlett Harris is letting loose, just days after discovering her husband has been having an affair and is about to become a father by his mistress. It’s exponentially worse as Scarlett can’t bear children, a fact that has put a major strain on her relationship and self esteem. The latter was helped by her idiot of a husband.

Brody feels protective of her, as his best friend’s wife, and is hell bent on keeping Scarlett safe while she’s going through her phase, fully expecting her to get back with her husband. Not knowing everything, the cheating and her inability to get pregnant, he’s doing his best to stay away from her, but with little luck.

When his sister meddles and says just the wrong thing, Brody and Scarlett face the need to be honest with each other, which takes some intervention from Scarlett’s best friend, but all works out in the end.

I loved how Brody is a man’s man, but sensitive and respectful enough to realize Scarlett is shattered, mostly emotionally, having suffered these last few years from her husband’s disinterest, his derogatory approach towards her sexuality and his all around lack of respect.

Niles makes an attempt to redeem him at some point in the story, but that’s something I just didn’t buy. A man behaving that way towards his wife is just unacceptable in my opinion.

I was somewhat bothered by Scarlett’s weakness. She did make progress throughout, but it felt too closely tied with Brody’s behavior towards her. Almost like it was his doing and she just reacted and not really made the change for herself.

The story progresses beautifully and the plot has lovely side stories woven throughout. I adore Brody’s personality and determination.

I might just read the other stories in this series. 🙂

4 Stars

~Eleanor

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31128162Brody 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.

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Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author. Read more

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