Stand & Deliver
Series: Men of Haven #5
Publisher: Carina Press
Release date: June 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Barclay Publicity
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by, taking what they want, always watching each other’s backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce
Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He longs to run his hands over each and every one of her lush curves. She’s wicked smart and wicked hot. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his.
Despite her love of all things girlie, Gia’s no typical Southern belle. She’s built her skills and reputation in a field normally dominated by men, and now she has a kick-ass career she loves. She certainly doesn’t need a man to take care of her—especially not one who’s pure alpha. Still, Beckett’s the one man who can satisfy the desires she’s hidden under her tough exterior, and she’s hooked.
Letting Beckett take the lead in the bedroom comes naturally to Gia—not constantly proving herself to him professionally is more of a struggle. And when someone attacks her character and career, Gia and Beckett will have to find a balance: her willingness to let go just a little, with his trust in her abilities and his deep, primal need to protect his woman.
The Faerie Queen’s review
Ugh, I wish I’d read the other books in the series first because I feel like I missed out on a lot of the banter and lead-up to this book! I signed up for the tour because I was intrigued by the idea of a female security specialist butting heads (and bumping other parts) with a very alpha coworker. I could see the potential for steamy banter a mile away!
I could completely see where Gia was coming from. In such a stereotypically masculine industry, she felt the constant need to prove herself, not showing any hint of femininity except what was needed for a job. And given the profession, she couldn’t just act like a guy; she had to always be strong and tough, never showing vulnerability for fear it would count against her. If she was going to have a man in her life, he’d need to both respect her need to stand strong and have her career on her terms, as well being strong enough himself to stand up to her when necessary.
And boy oh boy… Beckett was perfect for her. So confident and sure, and wowza, did he know how to go after what he wanted in the sexiest way. Simple acts like squeezing Gia’s knee had my chest growing tight and my breath getting shallow. I loved watching him try to toe the line between taking the lead and letting Gia take care of herself. Honestly, that’s my perfect guy: someone who can take charge but also respects what I want and think.
Of course, there had to be some of my kryptonite thrown in: sparring. All that sweaty tension, the muscles, the touching. Ugh. Every time a book has training/sparring between the love interests, I’m hooked. Coupled with the verbal sparring that happened constantly between the two, and I was well and truly gone. The heat just kept rising between these two, waiting for a release, but I got scorched before that even happened.
Bonus points… Beckett had Sensory Processing Disorder!!! Ahhhh! This was super exciting for me to discover as it’s a disorder not often talked about. I had a particular interest in it while doing my undergrad in occupational therapy, so this made my day. And really, taking out the disorder bit, we all have sensory preferences. For example, I self-soothe through rubbing my hands and feet together, and I really love rocking motions and sometimes rock side to side to help myself sleep (proprioception), while other people might hate these things.
Finally, beyond the romance, the plot was also fantastically exciting. Sabotage, gunshots, cartel involvements… And through it all, I had my notions as to who was behind it all, but I could never say for sure, and I definitely didn’t know how they’d orchestrate it all. I was kept on my toes until the end!
Yup, I enjoyed this one…
As light as Gia was, getting her in the house was a breeze, and thanks to Knox, her alarm didn’t pose a problem either. Thank God, he’d actually convinced her to let his company be the one to install the system when she moved in. Otherwise, he’d have had a whole different set of problems to juggle.
Soft lamplight spilled from the corner of the living room, so Beckett aimed that direction and laid Gia out on the couch. Once settled, he crouched beside her and smoothed her hair away from her face.
The impact hit him instantly, the soft and silky strands jolting his amplified need for touch into high gear and tempting him like a junkie on a four-day dry spell. As out as she was, he could toy with the long strands and sample the skin on her face and neck for hours and she’d likely never remember a thing. The thing was, if he ever got the chance to touch her that way, he’d want her to remember. Would want to see the response in her eyes and learn how her body reacted to his touch.
He braced one hand on the couch above her head instead. The fabric was nowhere near as luxurious as her hair, but it was soft like the chairs he kept at his place and kept him from giving into touching where he shouldn’t.
That was the thing about people like him. Touch was everything. The thing he needed to stay in balance and keep his head and impulses in check. While his sensory processing disorder—or SPD—wasn’t as debilitating as it was for some people, he’d sure as hell learned not to underestimate it.
He leaned in and lowered his voice, knowing full well she probably wouldn’t hear or understand a word he said. “How about you chill here for a bit, gorgeous. Let me go get things ready for you upstairs.”
Gia moaned and rolled to one side, tucking her hands beneath her cheek.
He couldn’t help but chuckle. The pose was cute. Totally innocent and sweet. Which meant she’d be mortified if she had any clue he’d seen it. “I’m gonna take that for a yes.”
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