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- Publisher: JKB Publishing, LLC (January 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079D8WXT2
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Okay, lets get this out of the way. There is this scene pretty early on that had me stunned. That did not just happen. Grady? Really? You did not just encourage her to do that. I was sure he would stop her. He didn't. And I wasn't sure I could read on. BUT WAIT. I won't spoil it but I will say that it wasn't what I thought. It moved the story in a way nothing else would have. AND I ended up loving this one more that the first book.
Grady. Oh Grady. He's a broken man that puts on a great face. A sexy face, actually. Just meeting him, you'd never know the pain inside him. But Dylan doesn't just meet him. She's staying at his house trying to get over the dumb jerk of a rock star boyfriend while writing said rock star new songs. Yeah, she's not pleased about it either. But that's why she's not in LA, why she's retreated to a friend of her brothers for some much needed time away. And let the house party begin.
I love Dylan. She's so real to me. Broken from a betrayal and with lots of self-image issues, she just wants to finish these songs and move on with her life. Away from Jet the jerk. But the studio knows she's the Jet whisperer. She's the only way the album will happen. So she's stuck. And she needs the money. So. But the thing about Dylan is that she sees Brokie. She gets him. Weeks of living in the same house creates a contention between them. A little faking it (I love that part) brings the sexy into the picture and then the growth begins.
These two heal each other. As they see each others pain, they try to help the other see who they really are. It's a great healing experience for the reader as well. People are way too hard on themselves. They accept the petty comments/actions of others and magnify that a 100% to become their own negative self-image. But when you clear the lens and see what's real, surprise is there. That's the best part of this story.
Yes, there are amazing sexy times. Yes, there are ups and downs. Yes, there are great characters that I connected to. Yes, those characters make some much needed growth. Yes, there is an amazing story that I loved. But the most important thing about this book is the self-image overhaul that happens. Such a nice, refreshing change from the average romance stories. A step above, that's what this one is.
Can definitely be read stand alone, this one is by far my favorite.
Grady Malone is a hot, sexy firefighter with 8 pack abs and a heart of gold. He is every woman’s wet dream. Two years ago he lost his best buddy and has been fighting his demons and the nightmares that haunt him ever since.
Dylan is a sweet, feisty, hardworking, talented songwriter. She was betrayed by her ex-boyfriend and left him without looking back. She travels to Sunnyville to finish writing songs for the album she was contracted to do. Dylan needs a place to stay so her brother asks Grady to put her up for a couple of months. They are buddies and Grady is happy to do it. Grady works 24 hour shifts so they won’t be seeing much of each other, or will they?
Dylan and Grady both have different demons they fight on a daily basis, but when they are together, the attraction is electric. Is Grady willing to let go of his baggage to see where it leads, or are they destined to stay in the “Friend Zone” forever. His father once told him “fear everything and run, or face everything and rise.”
I loved this book. It pulls at your emotions as Dylan and Grady each fight their own set of fears and insecurities. I laughed at the interactions between the brothers, swooned as the dance began between Dylan and Grady, smiled as she comforted him when he opened up, and cried as Dylan fought through the guilt and loss while trying to come to terms with his emotions. This is such a well-rounded story that you can picture it unfolding in your mind page by page.
Fall in love with Grady and Dylan's story. I just did.
Grady despises his external scars, but he ignores those on the inside. Neither, of course, is healthy for him, and he largely is unaware that those wounds he can't see cause more pain than those he can. Despite his unwillingness to acknowledge his pain, he immediately senses the scars Dylan bears, even though they are not visible on the outside. He understands her agonies and battles because he can relate to them. He knows what it's like to feel physically flawed, and he knows what it's like to feel defective. He doesn't want Dylan to suffer those feelings, even as he believes he must suffer his own.
I know I'm making this book sound emotionally dense, but it isn't. Bromberg knows how to pace her story, giving you lighter moments and some fabulous sexy times. You get to see Grady with his brothers (you get more of Grant, along with wife Emerson, whom you met in Cuffed), and you get to see the humor in his verbal tussles with Dylan. Bromberg's message may be heavy, but she doesn't deliver it in a heavy-handed manner.
Rather, she condenses it down to this simple quote from Grady's father:
"Fear has two meanings, son. Forget everything and run. Or face everything and rise.
Rise, Bromberg exhorts. You must rise. This is a lesson Grady and Dylan have to learn.
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This series is seriously becoming one of my faves. I LOVE the Malone Brothers!!
First we had hot cop Grant. Next up is scorching Fireman Grady!
Grady chooses to be an eternal bachelor. No strings, no attachments. Something in his recent past has made him realize he has be this way.
He agrees to have a roommate for a few months who is the sister of an old friend, songwriter Dylan. At first it's easy for him to be just friends with her but she slowly works her way into his affections and when an unwanted guest descends on his house he finds himself playing house with her.
Dylan needs to get away for a while. Cheated on by her rock star ex she needs to get away so she won't be tempted to take him back.
Tied into a contract by the music company Dylan has to write an album for her/ with her ex which she knows is going to be difficult. Her brother finds her a place to stay where she can write and be alone. Finding herself with a sexy roommate is not what she was expecting. From her first encounter with him she can acknowledge his hotness but there are two problems. One, she would never be sexy enough for him as she has curves in abundance and two, he's a firefighter.
Can the two of them change the perceptions each of them have? Can they battle the past and carve a future? Will Grady ask her to stay when her time there is up?
Such an amazing story! I loved it from the start! Both characters had me from the get go.
I loved how vulnerable Dylan was but she still had plenty of sass to throw around. Her inner thoughts i think will be relate-able to most girls. After being cheated on her confidence is pretty low but the way Grady see's her gave me massive warm fuzzies!! She's so kind and understanding she's the type of character you would love as a best friend. It kinda saddened me that she didn't have any girl friends so i loved it when Grady's family took her in.
Grady, Grady, Grady... gah! i love him. I have kinda a thing for Firemen... OK i have a massive thing for Firemen. I mean come on!!! Who doesn't!!! But Grady... wow... just...yum... i need him!!! He's such an amazing character to fall in love with. He's strong and cocky and arrogant but then there's the hero side of him. The need to protect others. The love for his family. The need to be honorable in everything he does. Boy oh boy did Mr and Mrs Malone raise some amazing sons!!
The storyline went from angsty to heartbreaking, funny to beautiful and back again. I loved the flow of the story. I was drawn into both Grady and Dylan's lives. I was there with them every step of the way. Through the highs and the lows and that's what i love best about this author, she makes you care. She makes you invested in the story as though you are part of it.
Fabulous supporting characters. All of Grady's family are amazing. Particularly his mom! She needs those grand-babies!
Beautifully written i really can't fault a word. I'm so excited now for Grayson's story i think my heart may be smashed to pieces by him. I seriously can't recommend this book highly enough! Contemporary Romance at it's finest!
5 "There has to be hose joke" stars
Dylan's brother has arranged for her to stay with his friend Grant, a few hours away in Sunnyville. Grant is a firefighter who is away from the house a lot with his shifts, so Dylan's will get plenty alone time to work.
What starts out as a convenient situation for them both, it soon gets complicated by them both being really attracted to each other, but neither willing to admit it. Will they ever get their act together and tell each other what is going on?
I must admit that one of my favourite things in K Brombergs books is how she paints parents. The love and wisdom that they gently pass onto their adult children is beautiful. Maybe it's the fact that I'm a mother myself but I take such heart in this. Especially where in a lot of books parents of adults play negative roles and certainly don't give out the 'real life' advice that the parents K's books do.
Overall, I think this follow up is even better than the first. I liked these two more, felt they were just better written and I engaged with this plot so much more.
I have absolutely read these in the complete wrong order but what a series!
Grady has demons—he’s in pain and can’t see a way to overcome in, then. ... Dylan arrives.
Dylan is nursing a broken heart and needs to escape. She’s not looking for anything except space. Then she meets her new roommate Grady.
I went into this expecting more flawless writing that I have come to look forward to from Kristy. I expected humour and sexy. But what I actually got was so much more than that.
Dylan and Grady might just be one of my favourite couples ever. Their story had me reaching for the tissues more than once. It’s absolutely beautiful and painful and full of love and once again Kristy has blown me away with her beautiful words.