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  • Fantastic book

    This is my first Kelly Siskind book and now I am hooked. Eric and Isla’s story is so beautiful and moving. There are so many different emotions, feelings, hurts, thoughts and love throughout this story. Kelly beautifully weaves the story together in a masterful way. Eric is a fighter...literally and figuratively. His job is a fighter/boxer but he’s also fighting to help his family financially and to be the man of the house. He doesn’t have time for dating or a girlfriend with the biggest fight of his life coming up soon. Isla is a strong business woman but sets her limits on who she will do business with. Her father has asked her for a favor that goes against her limits...but there’s is more to the story. As Isla and Eric become intertwined in business their fears, desires, hopes and dreams come to light. This is a really beautiful story that will leave you cheering for Isla and Eric.

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  • Loved it

    Isla Slade is a young physiotherapist who’ll deal with any athlete as long as it’s not a boxer. But what’s a girl to do when her father, a former boxing champ and trainer, asks her to join the team for one of his trainee’s upcoming fight in Vegas? Brick Kramarov is looking at the most important fight of his career to date. He isn’t keen on changes like the last minute woman who thinks he’s dumber than a rock, but he needs the fight and, after all, she’s his coach’s daughter and Slade has never stirred him wrong. I have to say this book is quite different than anything I expected and I really liked all of it. The characters’ struggles, both physical and emotional, their interactions and banter from the get go, the secondary characters who help them navigate through their difficulties with the background of the City of Sin and the upcoming main event are enough to hook you in, but then you have that tip of the hat to one of my favorite stories of all-time, Cyrano de Bergerac, and I was a complete goner. I found the writing exquisite and Ms. Siskind addition of the poetry is the perfect touch to make it even more heartfelt and swoony. The core of the relationship of a couple that should not match under any other circumstances, but that helps them discover each other’s inner substance. The Showmen series has been a great ride and I’ve enjoyed every book better than the last as it has been proven by The Knockout Rule. Give it a chance so you too can fall in love with Isla and Eric. 5 fantastic stars

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  • Absolutely loved it!

    ce, but I also just really adored these characters. Isla was so compassionate, and driven, and I loved that Eric had so many layers...I'm not going to mention how because I think a big part of the draw of his character is discovering them yourself. He definitely blew me away though, and I loved getting to know him more and more. I also loved Isla's bestie and her dad...there were so many sweet scenes in this book and Isla's and Eric's families and friends definitely added to that! It really helped round out the romance and just made the whole story even better. I honestly just had such a wonderful time with this book and these characters, and they left me feeling so satisfied. THE KNOCKOUT RULE was truly the perfect book for me right now and if you're a reader looking for a book to draw you in and leave you feeling super satisfied and happy then this might just be the perfect book for you right now, too. Overall, I absolutely loved THE KNOCKOUT RULE! I thought that it was sweet, funny, sexy, and an extremely enjoyable read! I loved the characters, the romance, the story, and the writing! Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romances where the heroine is independent, fierce, and determined, and the hero is strong, smart, and so much more than meets the eye! Star Rating:★★★★★

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  • It’s a Knockout

    I’m a fan of Kelly Siskinds writing in general... but the Showmen Series has seriously taken my love and fandom to a new level! These books featuring strong women have captured my heart! Every time a new one comes out; it becomes my new favourite. Islas’ story of dealing with anxiety really hit close to home and Kelly’s description of what an attack was like pulled on my heartstrings for this character. Her strength to push through and be there for her dad even though his career was the source of her developing anxiety. Her struggle with developing feelings for Erik putting her back into the center of a world she worked so hard to avoid. One quote that truly stuck for me... that sums up so many people’s reactions and emotions; just a few words but so much there if you read between the lines especially where mental health is concerned “The greatest lie I ever told is I’m fine” I wasn’t sure about Erik’s character at first but he grew on me, his quiet and passionate side. His dedication to his family was admirable even if a little misguided. His love of language and his passion for Isla... she is for him “the knockout rule, you’re the loophole that allows me to get back up and fight, for myself this time” This love story was a great read and I honestly couldn’t put it down! I found myself laughing out loud several times and shedding a few tears as well.

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  • YA/NA Cyrano-style boxing romance

    Isla Slade is a physiotherapist, she works with athletes but has a hard rule - no boxers. Her father, Graham, was a famous boxer now trainer, and watching his fights gave Isla panic attacks, particularly after her mother left them. Graham has suffered his diagnosis for two years and never told a soul. He is paranoid about his illness and swears Isla to secrecy. He also refuses to talk about it. But now Daddy-dearest has put Isla in a terrible position, he has Parkinson's and needs her to come to Las Vegas with him to work on a new boxer Brick 'Smash' Kramarov, Isla would be there working but also covering up if her father is unwell. Brick is everything that Isla hates about boxing, a huge Neanderthal with a violent persona and a catchphrase 'Brick Smash'. But the reality is somewhat different. Brick's real name is Eric and he is a sensitive man trying to look after his family who really wants to be a linguist, helping immigrants to gain access to justice and medical support. Brick's agent, Preston, is a smooth-talking, nicely dressed man who wants to date Isla but she keeps turning him down, so he enlists Brick's help as a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac to teach him how to woo a woman who likes poetry. TBH, I'm not sure why I requested this novel because I don't have a good track record with stories involving boxing/MMA, especially those involving medical professionals. While Isla and Brick lasted longer than most before jumping into bed together they still broke that 'I must not sleep with my clients' rule. Also, I found Isla and Brick's habit of quoting poetry at each other was a bit NA/YA and cringe-worthy. My other gripe was that everything had to be neatly resolved by the end. Graham's refusal to speak about his illness (which may have been caused by all the blows to the head that he suffered as a boxer), the reasons why Brick needed to fight, the conditions in his contract, all just pfff blown away. So, better than many other books I have read of a similar genre but there were too many clichés to make it any more than a three star review. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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