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Siskind’s latest slow-burn romance is stay-up-all-night addictive and proves love hits when you least expect it… 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 Siskind’s latest slow-burn romance is stay-up-all-night addictive and proves love hits when you least expect it… 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. Praise for THE KNOCKOUT RULE “These characters are so full of passion and heart—their romance is what happily-ever-afters are made of.” ~ USA Today bestselling author Brenda St. John Brown


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Siskind’s latest slow-burn romance is stay-up-all-night addictive and proves love hits when you least expect it… 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 Siskind’s latest slow-burn romance is stay-up-all-night addictive and proves love hits when you least expect it… 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. Praise for THE KNOCKOUT RULE “These characters are so full of passion and heart—their romance is what happily-ever-afters are made of.” ~ USA Today bestselling author Brenda St. John Brown

30 review for The Knockout Rule

  1. 5 out of 5

    Red Reader

    There's only one way to review this...by yelling it from the rooftops about how awesome it is! Aaaaand, letting you read everything I felt during my read in a one-sided conversation. **Just got to chapter 5 and I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS!!!! Love love love! **Umm, hello. I need an Eric hug. Stat. I love this part so much! Isla sobs and he just keeps hugging her and kisses her head. I fell in love with him right there! Boom. Dead in love. **Also, my heart hurts. I hate that they have feelings There's only one way to review this...by yelling it from the rooftops about how awesome it is! Aaaaand, letting you read everything I felt during my read in a one-sided conversation. **Just got to chapter 5 and I have to tell you, I LOVE THIS!!!! Love love love! **Umm, hello. I need an Eric hug. Stat. I love this part so much! Isla sobs and he just keeps hugging her and kisses her head. I fell in love with him right there! Boom. Dead in love. **Also, my heart hurts. I hate that they have feelings for each other but won't be together. I can't handle how *bleeeeep* is using Eric's *bleeeeep* to woo her. You're killing me. **He what!? Oh giiiirl, I did not see that coming! Yeah, you walk right on out that door! My heart is broken so I know what yours feels like! Men. Sgeeesh. **Gah!! 😭😭😭 "I'll catch you." I can't read the epilogue yet. I have to catch up with my heart. **I love this! I seriously love this!! **Have I told you how much I love this story?? That epilogue! Suuuuuch a great ending to a great book! 😘 The feels are great with this one! I felt that stab in my heart and that all over happy warmth multiple times. Eric is just THE sweetest. I absolutely adore him. Actually, I freaking love him, and need him to come give me a huge ol hug. And then maybe use his "master cunni-linguist" skills in me. You know, to woo me. Thank you SO so so soooo much for this phenomenal story, Kelly!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Brown

    Five all-the-feels stars!! I loved Isla and Eric - both of these characters are so full of passion and heart - and their romance is what happily-ever-afters are made of. The characters are all so well-developed - even Whit, the dog. (I also had to Google whether Ramona Estle was real because her poetry is so poignant and perfect for this story!) Highly highly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    “Turn the last page. Keep reading. Keep turning. It never ended.” This is my first book my Kelly Siskind…Considering her book New Orleans Rush is so popular…Shocking, right? I love a good sports romance and I have a weakness for boxers or MMA fighter romances *swoon*. 
I felt like a Meerkat when I found out that this was a sports romance hahaha and after I read the synopsis, I was excited to get my hands on The Knockout Rule. This slow-burn contemporary romance is heavenly.
Eric and Isla have “Turn the last page. Keep reading. Keep turning. It never ended.” This is my first book my Kelly Siskind…Considering her book New Orleans Rush is so popular…Shocking, right? I love a good sports romance and I have a weakness for boxers or MMA fighter romances *swoon*. 
I felt like a Meerkat when I found out that this was a sports romance hahaha and after I read the synopsis, I was excited to get my hands on The Knockout Rule. This slow-burn contemporary romance is heavenly.
Eric and Isla have the most captivating, addictive chemistry! 
The Knockout Rule is sweet, sexy, heartfelt with some wonderfully written secondary characters. “Be a snowflake 
my mother whispered
 my father, stern 
blizzard” This is Isla. Strong and hardworking. Theatrical, amusing, silly and fun…. She’s so cute! “Hello, rapacious desire. Nice to make your knee-buckling acquaintance.” 

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Eric I don’t know how someone can be such a HOT & SEXY (Hello, he is a boxer after all) force to be reckoned with, that the entire boxing world is very much intimidated with ..at the same time, be this incredibly sweet, tender, hardworking person. There is no denying that physically, Eric is a 10/10 but besides that he is SO SMART and INTELLECTUAL, somehow who is passionate and compassionate. I promise that you will fall head over heels in love with Eric. As you can clearly see, Eric was the standout character for me. As much as I adored Isla, Eric was my shining star. The Knockout Rule is intoxicatingly good. I hope you give The Knockout Rule a try..I highly recommend it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Micheline Ryckman

    For me, this book was different from the first three books in this showmen series, but that wasn’t a bad thing at all. This story explored so many themes and topics I hold dear and I love the way Kelly handled them all so beautifully and respectfully, it was heartfelt and downright moving.

  5. 5 out of 5

    PP's Bookshelf

    Kelly Siskind once again amazed me with wonderful characters, glorious feels and intriguing storyline in The Knockout Rule. She perfectly captured the tremulous road to finding love and self. Isla has one rule in her life. No dating or working with a boxer. Beind daughter of one of the most famous boxers and enduring the brutal fights did that to her. But when her sick father asks for her help as physiotherapist and as a cover up for a six weeks trip to Vegas where he will be training the new lig Kelly Siskind once again amazed me with wonderful characters, glorious feels and intriguing storyline in The Knockout Rule. She perfectly captured the tremulous road to finding love and self. Isla has one rule in her life. No dating or working with a boxer. Beind daughter of one of the most famous boxers and enduring the brutal fights did that to her. But when her sick father asks for her help as physiotherapist and as a cover up for a six weeks trip to Vegas where he will be training the new lightweight championship contender Brick, she cannot refuse. What she didn't know was Brick aka Eric will smash all her previous concepts. Behind the public persona of a grunting brute lives a poetry loving, highly intellectual and utterly mesmerising man. I admire Kelly Siskind's ability to layer her characters with qualities and faults. Those make them close to my hearts. Boxing is the lifeline to Eric. Not because he loves it. Because he has to take care of his family. And the same sports is Isla's bane of existence. They stood at an impossible step but they had too intense and blinding chemistry to not take another one. I was absolutely in love with this story's execution. The breathtaking feels. The suspenseful moments when their story was at a precipice and I didn't know if they will land safely when they fall. The swoony moments worthy of butterflies in my stomach and warm gooey goodness in my heart. Isla may be the stubborn sassy woman but in her heart lies fear and insecurities. And Eric pushed her to be free. Like Isla changed the way Eric has been looking at his life. Their love was achingly beautiful and I cannot get over how brilliant it was. Kelly Siskind's smart and heartfelt writing makes me want to come back to her stories over and over again. The Knockout Rule did deliver a powerful punch to my heart and soul. I reviewed an early copy voluntarily

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosanna Leo

    Kelly Siskind's The Knockout Rule blew me away. This romance ticked all my boxes. It has heat, an intriguing conflict and a memorable love story. Isla and Eric make wonderful main characters. At the start of the book, they believe they are perfectly wrong for each other, but as in any good romance, it becomes clear very soon that they are actually perfect for one another. However, the author has built up such great tension and believable reasons for keeping them apart, and we just fall in love a Kelly Siskind's The Knockout Rule blew me away. This romance ticked all my boxes. It has heat, an intriguing conflict and a memorable love story. Isla and Eric make wonderful main characters. At the start of the book, they believe they are perfectly wrong for each other, but as in any good romance, it becomes clear very soon that they are actually perfect for one another. However, the author has built up such great tension and believable reasons for keeping them apart, and we just fall in love along with them. Eric is a great hero. His professional boxer persona is rough and cartoonish, but the man behind it is thoughtful, intelligent and sexy. Isla is such a terrific heroine. I loved her dedication to family, her commitment to building her physiotherapy career, and I really appreciated her mental health journey. This is such a feel good romance, and it certainly made me feel good when I was reading it. I know that when I look back on my reading this year, The Knockout Rule will be one of the standouts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Olívia

    I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me an arc of this book via Netgalley! I was so excited when I found out my request for this book was approved, mainly because of the cover and, of course, the description. I expected to like it, but I definitely didn´t expect to love it as much as I did! We're still in January and I'm already sure this is one of my favorite books of 2021. That I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me an arc of this book via Netgalley! I was so excited when I found out my request for this book was approved, mainly because of the cover and, of course, the description. I expected to like it, but I definitely didn´t expect to love it as much as I did! We're still in January and I'm already sure this is one of my favorite books of 2021. That being said, mark the 24th of February on your calendar, and read this book!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olívia

    I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me an arc of this book via Netgalley! I was so excited when I found out my request for this book was approved, mainly because of the cover and, of course, the description. I expected to like it, but I definitely didn´t expect to love it as much as I did! We're still in January and I'm already sure this is one of my favorite books of 2021. That I voluntarily read and reviewed and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me an arc of this book via Netgalley! I was so excited when I found out my request for this book was approved, mainly because of the cover and, of course, the description. I expected to like it, but I definitely didn´t expect to love it as much as I did! We're still in January and I'm already sure this is one of my favorite books of 2021. That being said, mark the 24th of February on your calendar, and read this book!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Kelly Siskind is such a unique and special author that if you haven't read her books, you're missing out on some spectacular reading! I have read every book written by this author and I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every book, but there's just something about the characters in the Showmen series that touch my heart. Having said that, I think Isla and Eric are my favorite couple by far. If Eric doesn't make you swoon, you can't be swooned because he is such a kind, sweet and compassionate soul. Kelly Siskind is such a unique and special author that if you haven't read her books, you're missing out on some spectacular reading! I have read every book written by this author and I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every book, but there's just something about the characters in the Showmen series that touch my heart. Having said that, I think Isla and Eric are my favorite couple by far. If Eric doesn't make you swoon, you can't be swooned because he is such a kind, sweet and compassionate soul. The secondary characters are well developed and well written and add so much to the storyline. This read was deeply emotional for me -- heartbreaking and thought-provoking at the same time. As much as I didn't want to stop reading this book, I also didn't want it to end! Of course, I always feel that way when reading Ms. Siskind's work -- I feel such a deep connection with her characters that I find it quite difficult to say goodbye to them. Another incredible 5+ star read by one of my favorite authors!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Asteroula

    Kelly Siskind is my favorite and I cannot lie! The 4th installment in the showmen series was phenomenal. I loved the characters, all of them. The guys were amazing, smart and funny. The girls were amazing, smart and funny and I'm in love! I'm in love with both Isla and Eric. They are so good together that make you swoon from the first till the last page. All the side characters are also lovable that I kept thinking, can we maybe have their stories pretty please!!! :) I have to admit, I've read the Kelly Siskind is my favorite and I cannot lie! The 4th installment in the showmen series was phenomenal. I loved the characters, all of them. The guys were amazing, smart and funny. The girls were amazing, smart and funny and I'm in love! I'm in love with both Isla and Eric. They are so good together that make you swoon from the first till the last page. All the side characters are also lovable that I kept thinking, can we maybe have their stories pretty please!!! :) I have to admit, I've read the first book in the series and then I jumped directly to this one because I got the ARC. I'm not regretting it and I'm going back to the rest of showmen asap.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nena

    I was very excited to receive an ARC of The Knockout Rule. I love characters this author creates. They are unusual, original and quirky. Eric is everything that Isla needs and everything that terrifies her. He can’t afford distractions because this one match can make a huge difference for his family. It’s a beautiful slow burn story that warmed my heart. Also Heather needs her own book. She is hilarious.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Em

    I've waffled over the rating for this one and landed on 2.5 stars because the story premise is good. Unfortunately, underdeveloped characters and a goes-nowhere plot sabotage the best bits, and drop the grade down into C-/D+ territory. The Knockout Rule is told from the dual PoVs of Isla Slade, a physiotherapist raised primarily by her father - a former boxer, and Eric Kramarov (aka "Brick Kramarov"), a a quiet Jewish boy who loves to read and study, but better known by boxing fans as Brick Krama I've waffled over the rating for this one and landed on 2.5 stars because the story premise is good. Unfortunately, underdeveloped characters and a goes-nowhere plot sabotage the best bits, and drop the grade down into C-/D+ territory. The Knockout Rule is told from the dual PoVs of Isla Slade, a physiotherapist raised primarily by her father - a former boxer, and Eric Kramarov (aka "Brick Kramarov"), a a quiet Jewish boy who loves to read and study, but better known by boxing fans as Brick Kramarov, an illiterate brute with a loud mouth and big fists. These two meet not-so-cute after Isla's father - Brick's trainer - calls in a favor and asks Isla to travel with the pair to Vegas and work with Brick in advance of a prize fight. Isla doesn't want to help her dad. After struggling to see her father hurt in the boxing ring and treating one-too-many boxers with painful injuries of their own, she's done working with boxers. Isla's almost ready to launch her own business (with financial help from her dad), and while she's looking for one or two professional athletes to help attract more clients, none of them are boxers. Not taking on boxing clients is fundamental to both her business plan and her mental health and happiness and she won't compromise on these fundamentals - even for her beloved dad. Unfortunately for Isla, her dad REALLY needs this favor. He's been keeping a secret from her and since his money helped finance her new business, she decides she can't say no. EVEN THOUGH SHE REALLY WANTS TO. (but then where would this story go?). Isla has PRINCIPALS except when the author needs her to ignore them. Ahem. Eric found boxing after he was bullied in school. The fight in Vegas promises a big payday - enough to help his family (his mom and a sister with twins) stop living paycheck to paycheck. Eric is as far from his public persona as it’s possible to be - he's brilliant, loves languages (and speaks several fluently), poetry and his family. He’s big and tough and dedicated to his career, but boxing isn’t his first love. It’s a means to an end and he intends to win this fight. He isn’t crazy about the last minute change in physiotherapist, but he trusts his trainer and his agent and goes along with it. Eric and Isla get off to an awkward start when they meet on the private jet (that belongs to Preston Church, Eric’s agent) taking them to Vegas. Despite her surprise at Eric’s good looks (and his at hers), Isla treats him like the dumb boxer she believes him to be. Eric, annoyed by her assumptions, acts the part. Leaving him with his dog in the back of the plane, Isla returns to her seat convinced she’s somehow read Eric wrong - but not sure how. Fortunately, she’s distracted by Preston who’s determinedly trying to get her to agree to a date. Well, you know how this goes right? Eric and Isla fight an attraction to each other...But wait! Not so fast. Isla doesn’t date boxers, but she is single and looking to mingle. Actually, she isn't. This is a convenient (and ridiculous) plot contrivance that allows Isla to rationalize dating Preston (who reps boxers and is a manslut), who relentlessly pursues her and it provides the author with a way for Eric to woo Isla without her knowing it. Preston solicits Eric’s help with poetry in exchange for cash to help his family. The whole thing - the false persona Preston adopts, Eric’s creepy creeping on her dates, Preston’s “loan” in exchange for tricks to win a women with whom he has zero chemistry or anything in common - is ludicrous and only necessary in order for the author to find a way to bring together a pair who ALREADY like each other and are in lust whenever they’re together. CAN'T THEY JUST FUCKING LIKE EACH OTHER AND REALIZE IT MIGHT BE MORE? Geez. Develop your freaking characters instead of this bizarre charade of a plot. Moving on. So obviously, while I liked the opposites attract premise, the author completely fumbles this love story. Isla has a very real problem with boxing. 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. Readers can easily empathise with her reasons for trying to keep her distance from Eric. But once the author establishes this character baseline, love and lust completely cloud the issue. Isla becomes this boring, cardboard caricature of a daughter/girlfriend ruled by fear who nevertheless does and says things completely contrary to her character. She’s overbearing and slightly ridiculous with her dad - who essentially goes AWOL once they arrive in Las Vegas - and instead of liking and sympathizing with her situation, you just want to tell her to shit or get off the pot already. And the author's insistence on littering her PoV with poetry is completely distracting. The poetry is - alright? - but random and unnecessary, and the transitions that lead into these 'saying the exact same thing except in a poem,' are non-existent and awkward. Where is the editor? None of these are necessary and they detract from the flow of the narrative. Meanwhile, Eric seems like the perfect guy - well, except for the boxing thing. Smart, physically strong and capable, dedicated...yep, that’s about it. He’s really smart. He’s a really good boxer. He loves his family. Beyond this trifecta of qualities we knew within five minutes of reading about him, there isn’t much more to this guy. Oh, he falls in love with Isla in the span of one afternoon in the mall. This romance feels like two strangers meeting, falling instantly in love, and then being forced to wait while their writer spins an entire story around them in order to keep them apart. There’s little plot or character development, the dialogue is stilted, the poetry is distracting, and what seemed like a promising story stumbles and fumbles into a fairy tale happily ever after. It’s boring folks.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

    Amazon / Amazon Worldwide / Nook / Apple Books / Kobo Isla doesn't date much. She definitely doesn't date boxers. Boxing ruined her father's life, and made her growing years a mass of anxiety and panic attacks. So when she meets her newest client and her father's newest mentee, Eric "Brick" Kramarov, she doesn't give him a very pleasant first impression. But when she finds out he's a brilliant linguist guiding his manager through dates with her? Yeah, talk about a change in opinion. She canno Amazon / Amazon Worldwide / Nook / Apple Books / Kobo Isla doesn't date much. She definitely doesn't date boxers. Boxing ruined her father's life, and made her growing years a mass of anxiety and panic attacks. So when she meets her newest client and her father's newest mentee, Eric "Brick" Kramarov, she doesn't give him a very pleasant first impression. But when she finds out he's a brilliant linguist guiding his manager through dates with her? Yeah, talk about a change in opinion. She cannot resist the poetic giant anymore than she can resist keeping her legendary fighter dad's secret. But will Eric be able to give her the one thing she wants? Needs? Eric has been living his life solely to care for his family. He boxes to support them even though he hates the dumb fighter reputation it's given him. When he meets his mentor/trainer's daughter, Isla, suddenly he's seeing something else, someone else that perhaps is just for him. But can he choose between her and the career he doesn't love, but needs? The Knockout Rule is full of heart, with an entire cast of lovable, realistic and imperfect characters. Eric with his appearance at so much odds with the gentle and lyrical heart that beats inside him. Isla with her anxious mind that feels at peace when she's with her linguist, and her loving but gruff dad, Eric's steadfast manager, Preston, and last but not least, Whit the dog, who's as lovable as his humans. This is a knockout love story and I'm so excited to read more of this series and more from Kelly now. ARC via Social Butterfly PR for an honest review. Review / Release Blitz: Live Through Books Blog. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

  14. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: January 26th 2021 "Sometimes control is a hindrance. Chasing it keeps you from experiencing life fully." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and CD Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I've been craving more romance reads than usual these recent months, and I decided to get a copy of The Knockout Rule on a whim as I liked the sound of the blurb. I confess that I didn't realize it was actually book number four of Finished reading: January 26th 2021 "Sometimes control is a hindrance. Chasing it keeps you from experiencing life fully." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and CD Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ I've been craving more romance reads than usual these recent months, and I decided to get a copy of The Knockout Rule on a whim as I liked the sound of the blurb. I confess that I didn't realize it was actually book number four of a series, but luckily it was really easy to read this one as a stand-alone. (As far as I know, each book features completely different characters.) I was really looking forward to it, but in the end I ended up having mixed thoughts instead. I'll try to explain briefly why below. The first thing I have to stress that this is probably one of those cases where it's me that is the problem ,and not the book itself. Most people seem to have loved this story from what I've seen in the reviews so far... So definitely don't give up on The Knockout Rule on my account. But what I can say is that I've realized that her writing style simply isn't for me. There is something about the tone and dialogues that somehow didn't work for me, and that was even before the arrival of the (very!) steamy scenes towards the ending. I can stomach some sexy scenes if they are not too explicit, but in this case they were definitely more than cringe worthy for me. I also found the story to be quite slow and repetitive in points. It might also have been that the story was simply overlong, but I felt that the story dragged considerably in points and the whole slowburn romance really was too slow for my liking. Instead of building up tension, it only got more and more annoying for me... The love triangle didn't really help either. The repetition I mentioned is related to the characters themselves, as parts of their personality and issues were repeated over and over again until it got annoying. Examples? I've lost count of the times it was mentioned that Isla didn't want to date boxers due to her anxiety, Brick hating his image, the upcoming fight and the high stakes... And I could go on and on. Another thing I had mixed thoughts about were the poems incorporated into the story. I really like the idea behind it and it added an original touch to the story, but I can't say that I actually liked the poems themselves. Then again, the author stated that she took her inspiration from Rupi Kaur's poetry, and I was never able to connect to her work either... So that's probably just another personal reaction for me. I still like the idea behind this story, and I also liked the linguistics angle and the different languages. As a whole, I've concluded her writing simply isn't for me, but if you enjoy the genre and don't mind things getting hot and steamy towards the ending, you will probably have a better time with The Knockout Rule. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Kelly Siskind’s Showmen books have quickly become favourites of mine. They feature unique characters, lots of heart and humour, and swoony romances. The Knockout Rule was quite different from the other three books - it was slower paced, more intense, and didn’t feature the quirkiness I’ve come to expect from Kelly’s characters - but it was a beautiful story about life, family, and love, and I know Isla and Eric will stick with me right along with all the other characters from this series. Isla a Kelly Siskind’s Showmen books have quickly become favourites of mine. They feature unique characters, lots of heart and humour, and swoony romances. The Knockout Rule was quite different from the other three books - it was slower paced, more intense, and didn’t feature the quirkiness I’ve come to expect from Kelly’s characters - but it was a beautiful story about life, family, and love, and I know Isla and Eric will stick with me right along with all the other characters from this series. Isla and Eric are such passionate characters who did things with their whole hearts. Their relationship started out with each of them assuming certain personas and making assumptions about each other. I loved that Eric was this big brute of a guy whose boxing persona was all brawn and no brains, but he was incredibly intelligent, sensitive, thoughtful, and loved his family more than anything. Everything he did was for them, and that made me love him so much. Isla was strong and resilient because she’d had to be; with a professional boxer for a father and a mother who found it too easy to walk away, she’d had to learn to take care of herself and do what was right for her. That meant not allowing boxers into her life because she knew how damaging the sport was and she refused to let herself get close to anyone who was willing to do that to themselves. And then Eric came along…their chemistry was undeniable (and so hot!), and I loved the connection and friendship they formed before they took things further. There was just so much to love about this book. The characters were so deep and real, and we got to know them slowly and thoroughly. I knew next to nothing about professional boxing, so I found that interesting, along with the physiotherapy aspect from Isla’s job. The Vegas setting was fun, and I absolutely loved Eric’s dog, Whit. He had so much personality and by the end I was as in love with him as I was with Eric and Isla. I also really appreciated the mental health rep; as someone with anxiety, I thought it was handled compassionately and realistically, and added even more depth to Isla’s character that made me connect to her on a deep level. If you want to take a deep dive into a slow-burn romance with a ton of heart, The Knockout Rule is perfect for you. These characters are sure to leave an imprint on your heart. *I received a free copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    I think this is my favorite in the series so far! I loved the forced proximity trope, the clear timeline, and this version of an athlete romance where the athlete isn't already a superstar and millionaire. It made me appreciate the hard work Eric put into his training and helped me understand his goal to win to be able to support his family and not worry about money anymore. Isla is witty, focused on taking her career to the next level,and fantastically self-assured. I loved her, and Eric, the se I think this is my favorite in the series so far! I loved the forced proximity trope, the clear timeline, and this version of an athlete romance where the athlete isn't already a superstar and millionaire. It made me appreciate the hard work Eric put into his training and helped me understand his goal to win to be able to support his family and not worry about money anymore. Isla is witty, focused on taking her career to the next level,and fantastically self-assured. I loved her, and Eric, the sexy secret linguist. This one was a slow burn, but the sexy scenes were amazing when they finally happened. Totally worth the wait! Overall, a fabulous romance, and kudos to the author for helping destigmatize mental health issues and going to therapy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.

    The Knockout Rule by Kelly Siskind tells the story of Isla Slade, a physiotherapist who hates boxing due to the stress of growing up with a boxing legend for a father, and Brick Kramarov, a heavyweight boxer with so much hidden under the surface. I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with the characters. Their backgrounds were so complex and well developed, and I loved the emphasis on loyalty to family. The relationship in this story was one of my favorites as it was both passionate, hear The Knockout Rule by Kelly Siskind tells the story of Isla Slade, a physiotherapist who hates boxing due to the stress of growing up with a boxing legend for a father, and Brick Kramarov, a heavyweight boxer with so much hidden under the surface. I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with the characters. Their backgrounds were so complex and well developed, and I loved the emphasis on loyalty to family. The relationship in this story was one of my favorites as it was both passionate, heartwarming, and supportive. This novel was emotional and captivating and I didn't want to put it down. I would highly recommend it to other romance fans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Wonderland

    The Knockout Rule is book 4 in the Showmen series. It's a bit different, i don't know how to explain it but be reassured this novel is as good as the others and Kelly Siskind explores and magnifies another Art. Poetry, writing, the art of the WORDS, their meanings, their power, their goals... _"I love how words can build worlds and mean different things to different people." _"Readers have so much power, as Eric had said. The choice to redefine a passage, depending on the day or mood or person rea The Knockout Rule is book 4 in the Showmen series. It's a bit different, i don't know how to explain it but be reassured this novel is as good as the others and Kelly Siskind explores and magnifies another Art. Poetry, writing, the art of the WORDS, their meanings, their power, their goals... _"I love how words can build worlds and mean different things to different people." _"Readers have so much power, as Eric had said. The choice to redefine a passage, depending on the day or mood or person reading between the lines." _"It's also a powerful key that connect people." Words, written or spoken, can be hurtful, dangerous, deceptive... They must be expressed with honesty and benevolence. Isla is a big fan of a modern poet (a talented poet, Kelly Siskind ;-) ), she takes her words, feels them... But she didn't understand that she has to LIVE them. She doesn't want to show weakness, she wants to be the hurricane, this strong young woman who's always here for her loved ones and finally she doesn't allow herself to show them who she really is, to show her scars, she never tells them her truths. Eric can talk several languages, he's passionnate about words, study hard, he understands words have strong powers but, as Isla, he feels the need to be infaillible, to be the perfect brother, son and uncle, so he hides what's eating him, he acts like he thinks what's best but not his true self. _"Be the strong one. Don't show weakness. Support them at all costs." Their stubbornness, their difficulties to communicate with others create problems between us. It's really frustrating but the author explains so well everything, her writing is perfection, so we root for them. At first, Eric only knows Isla hate boxers, Isla thinks Eric wants her to date his manager, Preston. We suffer for them. Eric finally plays Cyrano for Preston and can't stop himself from saying what he really thinks of Isla. Through the pages Eric and Isla open themselves, but only to each other. They keep hiding what they feel to their family but they are honest with each other, they truly get the other, see who they really are. I loooooved their banter! Eric is a beautiful paradox. The muscular and tall boxer who plays the violent idiot for his public, a brute. But real Eric is so sensitive, so compassionate, so funny, so caring and generous and smart. _"You're spectacular, but it was your mind that clinched it. You're smart and funny and interesting and compassionate, and you know Ramona Estle and have this power to excite and soothe me all at once." Isla is the daughter of a retired boxer. She shows the other side of the sport, what people don't want to talk. Thanks to her we understand how hard and traumatizing it can be for families, for the ones who watch people they love on a boxing ring. Kelly Siskind never tries to freely criticise the sport. She shows some boxers really love what they do, they boxe with their heart but it's not for everyone. And for families it can be a nightmare. Isla's father is a very good man, he loves his daughter, he just didn't know everything and he did what he thought was best. I loved Eric's family. Nephew, niece, sister, mother, dog. Everyone of them. I loved his relationship with them. Their happiness and well being is more important for him than his own. And he needs them, their presence, to be happy. And Whit, his cute (no so cute lol) dog is the best therapist and friend ever. I really liked Heather, Isla's best friend too. She's loyal and funny. And we may have another proof of Weston Aldrich's amazingness ;-) The Knockout Rule is a slow burn, sweet love story, with humor, smartness, sensitivity and a beautiful lesson about the importance of using the good words, and always opening our hearts to people we love. Our weaknesses, our scars, our fears, our doubts, our needs, are not ugly, they're part of us, so we have to let the words free us and trust our loved ones. Words can save us. Thank you so much Kelly Siskind !!! I voluntary reviewed a free advance copy of this book as provided by the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Davidson

    I loved the book! I didn’t want it to end! Made me laugh, cry and get mad at some of the characters! She pulls you into her worlds!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    I’ve read a lot of romance novels in my time. It takes genuine talent to make a hug the most intimate and romantic scene I’ve read in a long while, and Siskind pulled that off and then some. The Knockout Rule felt a smidge different that the other books in this series, but not in any bad way at all. It felt the most REAL, if that makes sense. If anything I felt this story the most deeply. It was amazing. This series is a favourite of mine and I still can’t pick a favourite out of the four of them I’ve read a lot of romance novels in my time. It takes genuine talent to make a hug the most intimate and romantic scene I’ve read in a long while, and Siskind pulled that off and then some. The Knockout Rule felt a smidge different that the other books in this series, but not in any bad way at all. It felt the most REAL, if that makes sense. If anything I felt this story the most deeply. It was amazing. This series is a favourite of mine and I still can’t pick a favourite out of the four of them. They’re all so individual. *Disclaimer* I received an eARC from the author. An honest review was provided.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna Reads Here

    For those who like: » Sports romances » Slow burns » Gruff looking men who are softies » Soft women who are true badasses » Boxing! » Poetry » Scorching chemistry that sets you Kindle on fire Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Review: “She was his knockout rule. His loophole to true happiness.” Let me start by saying that everything about this book was beautiful. It is officially my favourite Kelly Siskind book, even if I haven’t read all the others. There was just something so poignant and powerful about t For those who like: » Sports romances » Slow burns » Gruff looking men who are softies » Soft women who are true badasses » Boxing! » Poetry » Scorching chemistry that sets you Kindle on fire Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Review: “She was his knockout rule. His loophole to true happiness.” Let me start by saying that everything about this book was beautiful. It is officially my favourite Kelly Siskind book, even if I haven’t read all the others. There was just something so poignant and powerful about this story that makes The Knockout Rule stand out. And it also might just be my favourite book I’ve read this month. There’s so much to write about when it comes to this book, so I’m going to try and keep it concise, but also make sure that you get just how wonderfully crafted this story is. Kelly Siskind writes great characters, she makes them complex and interesting and every single minute of reading about them makes you fall in love with them. Isla and Eric are two gorgeous characters, people who in any other situation would meet and fall in love almost instantly. Their lives haven’t been easy, but these two characters have picked themselves up and moved forward with their lives. “If a picture of him popped up on the dating app, she’d swipe right so hard, she’d send her phone flying.” I want to take a minute to talk about Eric, because he is such a fantastic book boyfriend. Add him to your lists already, everyone, because you are going to love him. He’s this guy with a tough exterior because he’s a boxer and he puts on this show for those who are watching, but on the inside, Eric is soft. He’s a linguist, he’s interested in poetry, in talking to people, in being around Isla, he’s so interesting. And at first glance, you don’t see any of that. But that’s the persona they’ve built for him - Brick Kramarov - and he plays it well. Eric doesn’t like it, but he does it because it pays the bills. It keeps his family safe and secure and honestly, that’s enough for him. From the moment he’s introduced on the page, I was absolutely and completely in love with everything Eric. And then there’s Isla. Man, she’s also so brilliant! Growing with a boxer for a father, Isla’s spent a good part of her life battling panic attacks and anxiety. I am really glad that Kelly included these moments of panic, showing Isla fall apart and picking herself up, because panic attacks are hard to move through and sometimes, they’re rougher than anything else in the world. Her love for her father never wanes, though. She’s so devoted to him and she loves him so intensely, especially since he’s her only parent now. So naturally Isla has something against boxers and she’s not going to let herself fall into that trap again. She’s focused on her physiotherapy business and setting up her own clinic and she doesn’t need anybody or anything coming in and messing that up. She’s a true badass babe and a character that I connected with so hard and so much that I wanted to scoop her up and wrap her up in my arms forever. “My craving for you is ether. Seeping into me, bleeding out from me. Consuming me with insatiable hunger. Our story begins in a burst of flames.” But of course her decision to avoid boxers can only last so long and when she meets Eric and he drops his facade to give her a glimpse into the real man beneath the name ‘Brick’, it’s instant attraction. My god, their chemistry. It’s so torturous watching the two of them work together while they feel for each other. Isla’s decision to never have anything to do with boxers weighs on both of them, especially when Eric proves to be much more than just a boxer. And I absolutely adored how deeply rooted their relationship was. It wasn’t just physical, it was about the emotional connection they share from the start. The poetry, the horrible jokes, the soft smiles and the gentle touches - they get to see the real sides of each other and I truly believe that’s something that we need more of. Sure, the slow burn was a torture, but it was worth it. EXPLOSIVE is the word that comes to mind when I think about how incredible the two of them were together. The tension, the sex, the chemistry, it’s all so delicious and exciting. I really enjoyed all of the supporting characters, but especially Preston and Heather. They were the best kind of friends and support system the two leads could have. I liked that Preston stepped aside the minute he realised Isla and Eric were attracted to each other, that made him grow 10 times in my heart. I would most definitely enjoy a Preston Church book and honestly, if he’s paired off with Heather, I wouldn’t hate it either. I was so frustrated with Graham, Isla’s father, at first. But I understood his reasons and I loved how real and genuine his reactions to everything were. And then there was Eric’s family and how much they all just love each other. It’s such a pure kind of love and one that I wish we got more of. Kelly Siskind not only wrote a book about love, but she wrote a book of poetry to go with it too. She wrote a poetic masterpiece about love, about real life struggles, about family, about choices and about following your heart. Thanks to Kelly Siskind and Social Butterfly PR for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Find more of my reviews on anna reads here

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andree V.M.

    I received this ARC from the author vía NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I need to start saying that I've read every Kelly Siskind book there is, so reading this awesome book before the release is an incredible honor and I am eternally grateful! She never disappoints me and always gives me all the emotions I could possibly feel in each page. She always manages to write a deliciously painful, yet so satisfying slow burn and The Knockout Rule is probably the best example of this! As alway I received this ARC from the author vía NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I need to start saying that I've read every Kelly Siskind book there is, so reading this awesome book before the release is an incredible honor and I am eternally grateful! She never disappoints me and always gives me all the emotions I could possibly feel in each page. She always manages to write a deliciously painful, yet so satisfying slow burn and The Knockout Rule is probably the best example of this! As always, Kelly gives us two complex characters with heartbreaking and impactful backstories that make the perfect and most explosive couple. Eric and Isla chemistry, their intellectual and physical attraction, the patience and understanding for one another and their true, sacrificial love make their story a memorable journey. I am inspired by Isla's strength and passion. As a person that has battled with Generalize Anxiety Disorder since she was sixteen years old ─And being the fear for her loved ones her biggest trigger as well─ I was able to empathize with her and feel her despair and physical pain as she had to endure her father's situation, especially when he showed reluctance and opposed to get help. This made me understood and connect with her reasons as to why she was resisting her attraction towards Eric. As I got to know her better, it felt refreshing to see her finding someone with whom she could share her passions, fears and desires with in Eric. I admired her will to love herself and put her well being and her mental health in the first place, even if it was difficult for her. Eric is the ultimate book boyfriend! His intelligence, his soft, generous, funny and loyal heart were so tangible in the pages, they made me fall in love with every single gesture he had towards Isla. From the beautiful poems she inspired in him to the sacrifices he made in order for her to be happy. It was heartbreaking to see his boxing persona; the beautiful prose had so invested that every time he became Brick, I was able to feel the pain he was feeling because he was completely denying who he really was and what he really wanted. The fact that he was doing it as a sacrifice made me root for his happy ending. I loved how easily he fell in love with Isla, their differences and similarities were written so on point that it was evident how perfectly they complemented each other, even if in the end they had to make difficult decisions and figure out how to conquer the difficult obstacles. The rest of the cast added the perfect element of intrigue and fun to the story. Preston story line was a lot fun to read, I loved how wonderful friend he proved to be for both Isla and Eric. Isla's dad was a little difficult for me to understand at the beginning, but in the end I think he redeemed himself and was finally able to put his daughter's needs in the first place, rather than what he thought she needed. Eric's family was adorable and I loved how he opened the door for them to also be vulnerable and showed them how he really felt and what his heart really needed. This book is a poetic, provoking and head-over-heels romantic journey. The physical and intellectual connection these two made was so incredibly touching and their happy ending had me in tears. I can't wait to get this paperback in my shelf and read it over and over again as I've read the rest of this series in the past. Kelly, I'll always read everything you write without even reading the blurb first!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    My thoughts about this are all over the place, honestly. There’s a lot that I really loved about it, especially the ADORABLE hero and the depth of the story. This touches on some difficult subjects, and has a very unique feel. However, it also dragged a LOT in the middle, and the writing style just didn’t work for me at times. I found myself rereading paragraphs and taking breaks from the book, which is not ideal. Storyline-wise, this is a 5-star read for me overall. In terms of enjoyment though My thoughts about this are all over the place, honestly. There’s a lot that I really loved about it, especially the ADORABLE hero and the depth of the story. This touches on some difficult subjects, and has a very unique feel. However, it also dragged a LOT in the middle, and the writing style just didn’t work for me at times. I found myself rereading paragraphs and taking breaks from the book, which is not ideal. Storyline-wise, this is a 5-star read for me overall. In terms of enjoyment though, it’s probably closer to 3 stars. The story follows Isla, the daughter of a legendary boxer. She watched her father take blow after blow growing up, wrecking havoc on his body and putting his health on the line in the process. That’s left some emotional scars, and Isla is determined to distance herself from boxing as much as possible. That becomes impossible to do when Isla’s father enlists her help in prepping up-and-coming boxer, Brick, for a fight. Isla can’t say no, even if she wants nothing to do with the sport and even less to do with the brute of a boxer. But when Brick shows Isla his true self - a sweet, caring man named Eric who is just trying to do right by his family - she doesn’t stand a chance against him. Hands down, my favorite part of the book is Eric. He is such a beautiful contradiction of a man - big, burly, and beastly in the ring, yet kind, caring, and genuine outside of it. I loved his reasons for boxing and the contrasts between Eric and Brick, or even between Eric and Isla’s father. There are some great, tender moments that made this book for me. But I did struggle with the writing itself and sometimes with Isla as well. I love a good slow burn, and this straddled the line for me - it definitely leaned towards being boring. It would’ve benefited from a shorter length and less time spent on Preston. For me, the good outweighs the bad, because I loved the feel of the story and the sentiment behind it. Eric is probably what bumps this from a 3 to a 4-star read for me, but there’s a lot that I liked. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this slow burn romance.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    New Orleans Rush was my favorite of the Showmen series until The Knockout Rule knocked me off my feet! Oh how I loved this story! There isn't a single thing I'd change about Isla and Eric's book, it was sweet and swoony and heartfelt from start to finish. I'm not sure how Ms. Siskind was able to make a 6'6" 249lb hunk of man a cinnamon roll, but she sure enough did. I adored Eric, so freaking much. He is everything you could ever want in a man and I'm so sad he's just a fictional character. His New Orleans Rush was my favorite of the Showmen series until The Knockout Rule knocked me off my feet! Oh how I loved this story! There isn't a single thing I'd change about Isla and Eric's book, it was sweet and swoony and heartfelt from start to finish. I'm not sure how Ms. Siskind was able to make a 6'6" 249lb hunk of man a cinnamon roll, but she sure enough did. I adored Eric, so freaking much. He is everything you could ever want in a man and I'm so sad he's just a fictional character. His heart is bigger than his thighs, and Isla and his family are so lucky it's theirs. I'd love to get a hug from him right about now. Isla is just as wonderful, with a great big heart of her own. She's so strong, and cares so much about the people she loves, I felt for her when she was hurting. I really loved the two of them together. It wasn't an easy journey, but you could feel the love they shared and knew it would all be worth it in the end. Just like the rest of the books in the Showmen series, there's so much more to this book than what's on the surface. I'm pretty sure I've said this in all my reviews for this series, but I love how Kelly balances the light-hearted fun and sweetness with some heavier topics in each book. Although the heaviness never overpowers each story, it always helps make for such well-rounded reads. I shed more tears than I expected while reading The Knockout Rule, the characters and their stories really tugged at all my heartstrings.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Reads & Reviews

    4.5 Stars. A few years ago, when I still did the Twitter thing, I “met” an author through another friend. I managed to get an ARC of her newest book, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, and I was hooked. Since then, I’ve read everything that Kelly Siskind writes and it’s the happiest of days when one of her books hits my Kindle. THE KNOCKOUT RULE is Siskind’s newest book and 4th in her Showmen series. Like all the others in the series, this one is a standalone and, more so, a great addition overall to the wonder 4.5 Stars. A few years ago, when I still did the Twitter thing, I “met” an author through another friend. I managed to get an ARC of her newest book, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, and I was hooked. Since then, I’ve read everything that Kelly Siskind writes and it’s the happiest of days when one of her books hits my Kindle. THE KNOCKOUT RULE is Siskind’s newest book and 4th in her Showmen series. Like all the others in the series, this one is a standalone and, more so, a great addition overall to the wonderful men and women that Siskind has introduced to readers. As I’ve come to expect from The Showmen series, the author taps into ideas and settings a little less mainstream. I loved the trip into the world of professional boxing, which Siskind brings to life as if she’d been hanging around the boxing ring all day rather than writing novels. THE KNOCKOUT RULE takes on heavier issues than the previous books including anxiety/panic attacks. Siskind handled that with care, using it realistically rather than shaping it to fit her story. Brick (aka Eric) Kramarov and Isla Slade are a delight and wonderfully strong characters. They shine together and apart and are characters anyone can relate to. Isla, in particular, is perhaps the strongest heroine in this series. I loved how she took charge of her life and never faltered, always choosing to do what’s best for her even when it broke her heart. Eric is another of Siskind’s wonderful heroes. He’s so complex with numerous layers to work through. I loved how he put family first and worked hard to provide for them. His sense of honor and responsibility was refreshing, even if just a little misguided. Then there’s the poetry. I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but Siskind, through Eric and Isla, shares beautiful prose that you can’t help let into your heart. Family dynamics are a huge part of this story. Isla’s relationship with her dad isn’t perfect but their love for each other is clear. Through closely held secrets and Eric’s singular push to win the heavy weight title, the story moves quickly with great dialogue and moving scenes as Eric and Isla fall in love. The secondary plot of Isla’s anxiety attacks hit home and I appreciated how Siskind handled that, showing Isla as a heroine that puts her mental health first. It wasn’t easy (it never is with anxiety) but, seeing Isla’s struggles play out in a realistic way made me love THE KNOCKOUT RULE even more. Overall, THE KNOCKOUT RULE is a slow burn romance with strong family dynamics that gives readers new characters to love while pulling them into the world of boxing and poetry, which seems like an odd combination, but makes perfect sense as written by Siskind. Thank you to the author for an early copy in exchange for honest feedback.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sindu | Echoes Out Loud

    The Knockout Rule By Kelly Siskind was a really great book! It follows Isla Sade, the daughter of heavyweight champ, Swinging Graham Slade. Growing up as a boxer's kid scarred Isla, mentally and emotionally. As an adult she avoids boxers like the plague. She decides to become a physiotherapist after growing up as a witness to the toll sports can take on an athlete's body. But, even there she refuses to work with boxers. Until her father begs her to work with his trainee, Brick Kramarov, in the l The Knockout Rule By Kelly Siskind was a really great book! It follows Isla Sade, the daughter of heavyweight champ, Swinging Graham Slade. Growing up as a boxer's kid scarred Isla, mentally and emotionally. As an adult she avoids boxers like the plague. She decides to become a physiotherapist after growing up as a witness to the toll sports can take on an athlete's body. But, even there she refuses to work with boxers. Until her father begs her to work with his trainee, Brick Kramarov, in the lead up to his championship match. Isla begrudgingly agrees. After a disastrous first impression, Isla soon learns that there is more to Brick than just the surly, aggressive personality on the screen. Away from all the grunting and his trademark slogan "Brick Smash," is Eric Kramarovsky, a sweetheart with an affinity for languages. The more Isla learns about Eric's passion for linguistics and poetry, and his love for his family, the more she falls for him. But his boxing remains a big obstacle that prevents her from taking a chance on him. Instead she accepts his manager, Preston's invites for a date. Unbeknownst to Isla, Eric has been guiding Preston on his dates from behind the scenes, using the only option available to him to woo the woman he cares about. What ensues is a story where two people fall in love with each other while growing as individuals as well. When I started this book, I did not expect it to go the way it did. I was hooked in with the Cyrano trope but I expected it to be a light read that was sweet and fun. What I got was a romance that was emotional and heartbreaking but still managed to make me smile! It's a wonderful book that looks at the dark side of sports while still maintaining the integrity of the sporting industry. I don't really want to give away any spoilers, but this book does a great job of tackling the long term effects of sports and the toll it takes on not just the athletes, but also on their families. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a swoon worthy romance, that is chock full of poetry and flirting in multiple languages. There is so much passion and love between the two characters that you can't help but want them to find their HEA's with each other! This book is technically part of a series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. It's romantic and heartwarming and absolutely adorable! Full review at https://echoesoutloud.wordpress.com/2... *I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marivi Sanz

    I love Kelly Siskind's voice in this series. It's not usual that I love every book in a series, but these characters have something unique that makes them different. In this book we meet Isla, a physiotherapist specialised in helping athletes and daughter of one of the most successful boxers of the last years, which makes her abhor the idea of working with boxers. But then her father asks her to help him prepare his pupil for his first big fight, and she can't say no to her father. Add in Eric, a s I love Kelly Siskind's voice in this series. It's not usual that I love every book in a series, but these characters have something unique that makes them different. In this book we meet Isla, a physiotherapist specialised in helping athletes and daughter of one of the most successful boxers of the last years, which makes her abhor the idea of working with boxers. But then her father asks her to help him prepare his pupil for his first big fight, and she can't say no to her father. Add in Eric, a sweet family guy with a mean punch and a passion for poetry and linguistics, mix it with some crazy chemistry, a manager that needs some help wooing Isla, some health issues, a family in some financial difficulties and you get a great story packed with feels, great secondary characters that add a lot to the story, and a very believable conflict wrapped up in Kelly's beautiful writing. She has become one of my few one click authors with this series, and it's getting better with every new book she publishes. Eric has become one of my top male characters on his own merit. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    The Knockout Rule is beautiful. The connection between Eric and Isla is explosive. Yet neither of them are will to take the first step. Isla hates boxing. I mean that’s what her dating profile says and she’s into Eric’s manager so why would Eric even bother. Isla hates boxing so why does Eric’s touch send sparks through her. She can not get involved with a boxer. No...No...just No. Too bad her libido disagrees...I received a free advanced copy to read and review. All I can say is beautiful just The Knockout Rule is beautiful. The connection between Eric and Isla is explosive. Yet neither of them are will to take the first step. Isla hates boxing. I mean that’s what her dating profile says and she’s into Eric’s manager so why would Eric even bother. Isla hates boxing so why does Eric’s touch send sparks through her. She can not get involved with a boxer. No...No...just No. Too bad her libido disagrees...I received a free advanced copy to read and review. All I can say is beautiful just beautiful while...heartbreaking...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I've been a huge fan of Kelly Siskind's books for a long time. She has a wonderful ability to create characters who are complex and yet so relatable, often putting them in unique situations. In The Knockout Rule, Kelly gives us two of her most compelling characters so far: Isla, a physiotherapist who hates boxing, and Eric, a boxer who is so much more than he seems. I loved watching their romance unfold through Kelly's beautiful writing, and I eagerly await her next book! I've been a huge fan of Kelly Siskind's books for a long time. She has a wonderful ability to create characters who are complex and yet so relatable, often putting them in unique situations. In The Knockout Rule, Kelly gives us two of her most compelling characters so far: Isla, a physiotherapist who hates boxing, and Eric, a boxer who is so much more than he seems. I loved watching their romance unfold through Kelly's beautiful writing, and I eagerly await her next book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    This ARC was given by CD Books via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Though this is the fourth book in theseries, you do not need to read any of the previous books to enjoy this one. This book focuses on the relationship between Isla, a physiotherapist and Eric, an up and coming boxer. While trying to start her own physio business, Isla is thrown for a loop when her dad confesses that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. In order to help her dad out she agrees to fly to Las Vegas in This ARC was given by CD Books via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Though this is the fourth book in theseries, you do not need to read any of the previous books to enjoy this one. This book focuses on the relationship between Isla, a physiotherapist and Eric, an up and coming boxer. While trying to start her own physio business, Isla is thrown for a loop when her dad confesses that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. In order to help her dad out she agrees to fly to Las Vegas in order to help lighten up his workload. Once she is on the plane she immeadiately insults her client, Eric who turns out to be the actual man of her dreams. Too bad he's a boxer and Isla has sworn to never date one... This was an absolutely cute slow-burn where both characters finally realize that they need to change their lives for the better while also figuring out an impossible relationship. This was a really easy book to read and once you get into it, it is so hard to put down! I really recommend that you read this book because it was SO romantic!!

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