I’ve been on a mission to read the print books that have been languishing on my shelves for far too long this year. My A to Z Reading “Challenge” is helping a lot. I didn’t plan out my reading list for the challenge in advance, but I had marked a few books I knew I had to read as part of it. The Knockout Rule was one of those books. I’m simultaneously kicking myself for waiting so long to read it and thrilled that I waited because I loved it so much.
It’s been a minute since I read one of Kelly’s books, so it was wonderful to be back with her words and characters. I just adored Isla and Eric so much. Isla is the type of strong and determined FMC I appreciate in books. Her priorities were her dad and her career and as much as she was interested in finding love, she knew what she did and didn’t want in a partner. Mostly she didn’t want a boxer. But, that all began to change when she began to work with Eric Kramarov. He’s a boxer and her patient, but he’s also incredibly smart, sweet, and far more complex than his “Brick” alter ego leads Isla to believe. Things between them were a delicious slow burn and, well, you should know how much I love those by now.
A small part of me might have put off reading this book for a while because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get behind the whole boxing thing. Boxing is very much not my jam. But the combination of wonderful, complex characters and the focus on family really drove the storyline. Oh, and the romance obviously didn’t hurt either. I was all in on Isla and Eric and reading their story gave me all the warm fuzzies.
Series: Showmen #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 24, 2021
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Your local indie bookstore
Growing up with an adoring father for a boxing legend isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It looks more like hospital visits, bloody noses, and cracked ribs.
Isla Slade now works as a physiotherapist, helping athletes heal their bodies. Except for boxers. She has no interest in reliving the stress of her teen years. Dating someone in the boxing world? She’d rather snort wasabi powder.
Until she meets Preston Church.
Preston manages heavyweight boxing darling Brick Kramarov. A brute who’s built tougher than his name, with a cocky attitude to boot. She wants nothing to do with either man, but her father begs her to help them prepare for a huge Vegas fight.
She doesn’t expect Preston to recite romantic poems and slowly break her resolve. His fascinating mind gets under her skin, even if his star athlete reminds her how much she hates boxing.
Too bad it’s Brick coaching Preston how to woo Isla, falling for her from the sidelines. Once she finds out, she’ll have to decide if she can risk loving another man who puts it all on the line for the knockout.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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