Brianne Nave is never doing her friends a favor again. When they begged her to go on a blind date, she didn’t expect someone so perfectly gorgeous. She’s a mousy librarian—totally not in this man’s league. And judging by his odd reaction when she opens the door, he knows it, too. Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery avoids his hometown at all costs. He’s not thrilled about the date until he’s shocked silent by the prickly little librarian’s sweet curves and kissable lips…and her smart mouth. But then an argument leads to a kiss that spirals out of control. How can two people have so little chemistry outside the bedroom when they fit together so perfectly in it? When their friends strand them in a cabin to “work things out,” Bri’s not sure whether to kill him or put the industrial-sized box of condoms they find to use. Bottom line—Ryan’s career military and hates the tiny town she loves. He’ll leave, just like everyone else in her life. And if she’s foolish enough to give him her heart, he’ll take it with him.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Ryan Flannery moved out of Wellingford at the first available opportunity and hasn’t been back for any extended length of time for ten years. Tired of being known as a delinquent and the youngest son of the town drunk, Ryan has spent a decade in the military and achieved far more than the town gossips would have you believe. His current stay in his hometown is meant to be a sort of mini-vacation before diving back into active duty, what it turns into is something wholly different and quite unexpected. At the absolute insistence of his older brother, Drew, Ryan agrees to a blind date with Bri Nave. Based on his brother’s description, Bri is an adorable girl with an excellent personality and someone Ryan should have a really good time with.
From the moment Ryan and Bri meet it is like oil and water with claws and sharp teeth. Every word out their respective mouths is an insult to the other and if each weren’t doing a favor for a friend, the date would have ended before it ever got started. Dinner is no better than their initial meeting and after a most uncomfortable hour or so, both are ready to be done with the disastrous night. Ryan is determined to remember he is a gentleman and sees Bri safely to her front porch. With one final insult meant to be a taunt and nothing more, Ryan is sort of blown away when Bri calls his bluff and pulls him in for a world-altering kiss. In about 0.000001 seconds, Ryan realizes kissing Bri is not where he wants to stop and before either can get their heads on straight Bri is screaming out Ryan’s name right there on her front porch.
Bri certainly didn’t see that coming but come is exactly what she did and despite her best efforts, she can’t get Ryan Flannery out of her head. Within just a few days’ time, Bri finds herself once again face-to-face with Ryan and once again the two insulting each other. Yet again, the insults result in making out and this time, the whole town knows about it when a street light and mail box are taken out as a result of their passion. At this point, everyone in town except Ryan and Bri can see how perfect they are for one another and someone has to take action before more public property is damaged. 🙂
The only two people brave (or stupid!) enough to pull off what needs to be done for Bri and Ryan are Ryan’s brother, Drew and his best-friend, Avery. Known for their stunts and pranks, Drew and Avery conspire to strand Bri and Ryan in a fully-stocked cabin for three days with little more than a text to “Work your shit out!” Both Bri and Ryan are furious with Drew and Avery but quickly figure out they have no choice but to ride out the three days . . . .alone. It doesn’t take either long to figure out that three days of fighting and f*&%*@g is not going to work out so little by little each begins to open up and actually listen to the other.
Ryan learns why Bri loves Wellingford so much and Bri learns why Ryan was so quick to get out of town. Their respective pasts are filled with sadness and neither is interested in creating anything other than happy memories. Though it takes some time and more than a little trust, Ryan begins to realize that Bri may just be able to make him love his hometown once again. All he has to do is convince a woman terrified of being abandoned that he won’t ever leave her and he is this thing for the long haul.
The Bottom Line: You know, I sort of really enjoyed this read!! Bri and Ryan are both quite delightful and their initial meetings had me laughing so hard. Their initial sexual encounters are just as passionate as their dislike for each other and that certainly enhanced the naughty bits. Make no mistake, this read is more than just the sex and once the two are trapped in the cabin, they are forced to get to know one another. Revealing both their secrets and their fears allows Bri and Ryan to better understand the other and love to grow between them. Sure, it is fast and furious but nothing about their relationship feels rushed in this read. Robert deals with all the emotional issues just as handily and before you know, Ryan and Bri are more than on their way to a beautiful HEA.
He’s always wanted her. Now’s his chance to claim what’s his.
School teacher Marceline Bellini gave up everything—men, sex, anything resembling a social life—to raise her young daughter. To be the perfect parent. But when she attends an engagement party in her standard stick-in-the-mud mode, her friends begin plying Marcy with shots. Just enough to convince her that a little fun doesn’t sound like a bad idea… and having some naughty fun is an even better one. Like finding herself deliciously pressed against a dark alley wall by the very familiar and very hot body of her best friend’s older brother. After years of waiting in painful silence, police officer Aaron Robinson finally has Marcy’s attention. And man, does he have it. But nothing could have prepared either of them for the rush of fiery lust between them. So he’ll just have to convince Marcy he’s for real. And that a rainy, lust-fuelled romp is the first step to a lifetime of completely imperfect happiness…
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
Round two of the Out of Uniform series is a novella-length read featuring Marcy Bellini and police office, Aaron Robinson.
Marcy’s life for the past three years has been ensuring her three-year old daughter, Claire has a good and stable life. As an elementary school teacher, Marcy’s job provides a steady income and with no social life at all, Marcy is always home and always available for her daughter. Marcy has no intention nor plan to change her routine until the night she ends up at a party for her neighbor and good friend, Bri Nave. With a sitter at home, the encouragement of her friends to let loose and, a few shots in her, Marcy finds herself face-to-face with her long time crush, Aaron Robinson. And by face-to-face I mean getting down and dirty in the alley behind the bar. 🙂
Aaron Robinson has long carried a torch for his sister’s best-friend, Marcy Bellini. Wellingford is a small town and Aaron knows every obstacle Marcy has overcome to establish a stable and secure life for herself and her daughter. With every intention of finally making Marcy his, Aaron is taken completely by surprise by Marcy in the alley behind Chilly’s. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Aaron goes right with Marcy for one hell of a ride that he instantly wants a repeat of. Aaron is gentleman though and is determined to treat Marcy like the lady he knows her to be and so, he asks her out. Mind you, it takes Aaron more than a few phone calls and one more seriously hot encounter before he can get Marcy to agree to a proper date.
Marcy has resigned herself to a relatively lonely life that is born out of her intense desire to protect her daughter. Not dating means not exposing Claire to any uncertainty or instability but also means Marcy has no true companionship in her life. Her past experience with Claire’s sperm donor has made her incredibly wary but if there was ever going to be a man to trust, Aaron Robinson would be it. She has known Aaron for more than a decade and in every encounter she has had with him, he has proven himself to be an honorable and good man with nothing but good intentions toward her. Aaron is a kind man who is willing to go slowly for Marcy’s sake but in a moment of pure, unadulterated panic brought on by her daughter catching them in the act, Marcy pushes Aaron away and makes it clear there is no room for him in her life.
The Bottom Line: His to Keep is a short and sweet read that fits in so nicely with the Out of Uniform series. Marcy is such a sweet girl who has worked so hard to provide for her daughter that is absolutely understandable why she has such a hard time allowing any man into her life. I love that Aaron is the man she chooses to trust and it makes perfect sense that he is one given their long history. Aaron’s kindness is matched by his determination and patience and he doesn’t give up on Marcy even when she makes it clear he should. This quick read is just perfect but it is the epilogue that really takes it over the top. In all, a fine addition to the Out of Uniform series.
Avery Yeung’s biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family’s medical history, she’s running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective—and irritatingly hot—best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor… Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery’s dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won’t let Avery shop for a “popsicle pop.” He’ll do what’s right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly. But there’s nothing “proper” about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can’t get enough of it—or each other. And without knowing it, they’ve crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever…
Source: ARC from Author
My Rating: 4½/5 stars
For twenty years citizens in Wellingford have wondered when Drew Flannery and Avery Yeung will pull their heads out of their asses and realize they are so much more than just best-friends. Seriously, the entire town can see how perfect these two are for one another but denial is a powerful thing and Drew and Avery both have it going on in spades.
What every good romance needs to get started is a catalyst, a moment or event to convince all involved of the rightness of their relationship. In Drew and Avery’s case, the catalyst is Avery’s decision to have a baby before she is forced to have a preventative hysterectomy. Avery’s family has a sad history of cancer and her own medical testing has indicated she has the same genetic markers as her mother and sister. The hysterectomy is a foregone conclusion but there is still just enough time for Avery to make her dream of a biological child come true. When Avery announces her plans to her circle of close friends, Drew is wicked pissed and storms out. Avery is both completely confused and completely hurt by Drew’s response but she doesn’t have to wait long for an explanation.
For years Drew has wondered what it would like to be with Avery but her friendship is too important to risk losing. When Avery announces her intention to have a baby, Drew’s blood pressure boils at the thought of her being with another man and he offers his services. After twenty years of friendship, Avery knows Drew will be there for her and would never leave alone with their child. After the initial confusion over exactly how Avery is going to be impregnated, Avery and Drew embark on an adventure each has wondered about for years. Their first sexual encounter is, according to Drew a moment when the heavens open up and angels sing and something he is more than interested in repeating. For Avery, the experience was equally satisfying but the aftermath left something to be desired. What both Avery and Drew have feared for twenty years has come to pass, it got awkward.
Over the next week, Avery and Drew try their hardest to keep the awkwardness out of their situation but emotions are high and each is forced to face a truth that everyone but them seem to know, they are meant to be together. In addition to the personal awkwardness, Avery also has to face her incredibly judgmental family. Avery’s grandparents have all their hopes their family resting firmly on Avery’s shoulders. She is the family’s last chance to continue the family line and she must do so with a Chinese man. When Avery announces her decision to her family and who the father will be her grandfather calls her a whore and banishes her from the family. Yeah, because this situation can’t get any worse.
Both Avery and Drew are all over the place and in truth, their biggest obstacle is refusing to admit their true feelings. The idea of having a baby together is something that should bring them nothing but closer together but in fact, it ends up tearing the apart. Until one or the other is willing to say – OUT LOUD – what it is they are feeling, the situation will never be resolved and Avery will end up exactly where Drew never wanted her to be, out of his life and alone with a baby.
The Bottom Line: Drew and Avery are just perfect and their awkward attempts at a no-strings-attached relationship is just comical. Of all the people in the Out of Uniform series, Drew and Avery have the most solid past and foundation for building a romance on. Avery was there for every minute of Drew’s messed up childhood and Drew has been by Avery’s side for every moment of her life. They have been through some serious ups and downs and never once considered abandoning the other. When sex is on the table things certainly get muddled and messed up but once everyone gets their heads on straight, Avery and Drew’s path is clear and headed toward an HEA. My only real complaint about this read (and it carries over from the first two reads) is the frequent use of the word God****. I will proudly admit to being a lady with the mouth of a sailor but that is one word even I won’t use and find it used so often in this read (and the previous two) is a bit off-putting. With that being my only complaint, I can adjust my reading habits by skipping over that word and therefore continue to enjoy this naughty and fun series!!
About the author and where to find her:
New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published. Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people? She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.