Behind the Book: Knocked Out by Love by Abby Niles

Aug 17, 2016 by

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A few years ago, I signed a three book deal with Entangled for my Love to the Extreme series. Those included: Dante “Inferno” Jones (Extreme Love), Tommy “Lightning” Sparks (Fighting Love), and Mac “The Snake” Hannon (Winning Love).

Brody “The Iron” Minton was not planned. When I started writing Fighting Love, I had no intentions of giving him his own love story. All he was supposed to be was a likeable secondary character who was going to cause some trouble for my current hero.

I knew Brody would be the complete opposite of Tommy “Lightning” Sparks. He had to be or the story wouldn’t work. Tommy needed to feel threatened by someone who was his equal strength-wise, but his complete opposite lifestyle-wise.

From the moment Brody came onto the page, I liked him. How could I not? He shows up at the vets with his ten-week old kitten. Who can resists the image of a tatted-up heavyweight fighter cradling a kitten in his muscular arms? You can’t.

But I still hadn’t really connected with his character yet. He was still just a catalyst to drive Tommy mad.

I don’t know how other authors are, but for me, there’s always a moment, a scene, where the character just snaps into place and they take over. Then I really see exactly who they are.

This was the scene I knew he was more than just a secondary character. This was the moment he came to life and I knew Brody Minton was special.

“Hey, Jules, tell Tommy about the street performer we saw last night,” Brody said. Jules? All right, it was official. He really hated this asshole. Tommy tapped the bill of his cap.

“Maybe Brody would like to know where you got this hat, Julie? Pretty cool, isn’t it? She gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.”

 The man’s lips cracked into a huge grin as Julie stared wide-eyed between the two of them. “I actually don’t think either one of you is interested.”

 Brody held his gaze. “Oh, you have no idea how interested I am. In fact, this is about the most interesting conversation I’ve had in months.”

 Tommy scowled. What was he talking about? Honestly, he didn’t care. He just wanted to get Julie and go home. “Come on. I’ll give you a ride home.”

 She blinked at him. “Uh…I came with Brody. I plan to leave with him.”

 He stared down at her. “I don’t think Brody will mind.”

 “Oh, no. Brody definitely minds,” came the smug rejoinder.

 He shot a murderous glare at the asshole. Anyone else, and the man would’ve cowered. But he wasn’t anyone else, he was Brody “The Iron” Minton, and he didn’t cower. He winked.

 

And that was all it took. I fell in love. I had no doubt that sometime in the future I would catch back up with Brody and write his story. It took me a couple of years and two more books to do it, but I finally did. I worked hard to give him one hell of a HEA. For those of you that read Fighting Love and fell in love with him right along with me, I hope you enjoy his story as much as I did writing it. For those you who are just being introduced to Brody, I hope he steals a little piece of your heart too.

 

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About the book:

 

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.

 

Find it online:

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About the author:

 

Abby Niles is the author of the contemporary MMA series, Love to the Extreme, and the paranormal series, The Awakening. She is also the author to the geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, where Live Action Role Players (LARPers) set out to teach their favorite author a lesson, but end up playing matchmaker instead.

Abby lives in North Carolina with the love of her life and their combined gaggle of kids. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to catch up on an endless pile of laundry and find time to get some much needed reading in.

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