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- Print Length: 191 pages
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- Publication Date: October 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MCVT6M4
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Slow Grind (Men of Mornington Book 1) Kindle Edition
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At 12 years old, Aubrey had a massive crush on Andrew who was 18 and her brother, Max’s best friend. After her parents divorced, Aubrey left Australia for America with her dad, and Max stayed behind with their mum.
Ten years later, Aubrey is back in Oz as Max is seriously ill and Andrew (now known as Drew) finds that she’s no longer the little tomboy he remembers. She’s all grown up, confident and very sexy! The attraction between them is instant.
To pay for an expensive trial drug treatment, Aubrey and Drew come up with a scheme to raise the money – Drew and his friends will dance and strip in order to raise it, and Aubrey will help to choreograph their routines.
Sexual tension and chemistry run high between them, in spite of Max’s warnings for Drew to stay away from his little sister. Drew, who doesn’t believe in marriage, realises that Aubrey might be it for him, but people from their recent past throw a couple of spanners in the works for them. Drew is a good guy, and a caring and solid friend. He tries to do the right thing but one kiss changes everything between them.
This book was a quick read and ends on something of a cliff-hanger, however, the story was fun, sexy, and enjoyable to read, and I’m keen to read the next instalment.
Aubrey and her brother Max have always been close with each of them very protective of the other. His youthful fight against cancer made her even more protective and united their group of friends as part of his army in his fight against the disease. Their tight bond soon became the only thing they could count on as their mother's numerous affairs ended in divorce and the two of them separated on opposite sides of the world. She made a new life for herself in the US, trying to put her youthful attraction to Max's best friend Drew behind her, but he was never far from her thoughts as a painful relationship left her scarred and doubtful of true love. With Max's cancer returned she finds herself back home coping with the hurtful feelings her mother engenders in her while warring with her traitorous heart over seeing Drew once again. Knowing she'll do anything to make Max healthy means getting close to Drew in a sexy plan to get money for an experimental treatment. Close quarters has him seeing her as the woman she's become while she sees a softer more honorable side to the man who's always been a player. Aubrey's immensely likable and easy to relate to. She's caring and loyal to her brother but never smothering. Her two girlfriends, Emma and Jacey, couldn't be more different but her interactions with them are fun loving and playful in their talks of men. Their scenes bring a bit of levity when things get a bit dark for Max which is greatly appreciated. She's always been enamored of Drew but knew he saw her only as a child, knew too that Max would never let them get together. These facts still play a role in their uncertain romance but luckily aren't dwelled on for long as they have a crackling connection teeming with sexual tension that was a reprieve from the darkness of Max's health.
Drew was just one member of a close-knit group of young men growing up. The five boys all had unique personalities but had a connection that nothing could break...not even cancer. Aubrey was always a part of their group and therefore he saw her as nothing more than Max's dorky little sister. The passage of time has changed how he sees her though and it throws him for a loop. He's always been a player, flitting from one meaningless encounter to the next as he too doesn't believe in relationships after his own parent's divorce. Seeing the grown-up Aubrey though inspires lots of naughty thoughts, thoughts that he knows Max wouldn't approve of. With her teaching him and his friends how to strip to earn money to help Max, their burgeoning feelings ultimately combust in scorching encounters that leave them uncertain of the future. He and Aubrey are delightful to see together as their banter is witty and flirty. He's thrown into a tail spin upon seeing her grown-up body and I enjoyed seeing the normally in control player so flustered. Overall Drew's a carefree charmer, funny and snarky, who's unabashed when it comes to his intimate encounters. He's a bit of a braggart when it comes to sex but has one encounter that shames him and that could cause a riff if it ever comes to light. When Max's cancer returns though he shows a deeply caring and serious side that brought a tear to my eye. He took charge in rallying the boys to carry out their sexy and unconventional plan which endeared him to me even more.
Along with this immensely likable main couple comes a large cast of equally appealing secondary characters who laid the groundwork for many more enticing tales to come. The Men of Mornington are a sexy bunch of Aussies whose interactions are playful yet brotherly with a bond that has them willing to do anything for each other. Cam and Sam are twins who couldn't be more opposite in looks and temperament, while Nash is quiet and thoughtful, with the final member being Max whose life has been full of battles over his health as well as issues with his mother over her alcoholism and numerous affairs with younger men. Max is the heart of this story, binding his friends together and sending Aubrey into Drew's arms, which is why readers will become so invested in his outcome. He's very likable and charming and no matter how sick he is he never lets it show. He's brave in the face of his mortality and I'm left counting down the days until the next installment as his health is left hanging in the balance. That's not the only thread left hanging as Drew and Aubrey have distance weighing on their burgeoning relationship which gives promise for the future but no guarantee which might anger some readers. I for one don't mind their HFN as it adds to the story's overall realism and leaves me clamoring for more, as does seeing the other Men of Mornington on the cusp of finding their own HEAs!
By: Missy Johnson & Ashley Suzanne
4 star review by Kristie K.
Aubrey Rosewood fell in love when she was only 12 years old…to a boy named Andrew Ditner…her older neighbor, her best friends brother, and…oh yeah…he’s also her brother’s best friend.
This is the story of a little girl crush that grew into so much more. Even with miles between them when Aubrey moves from Australia to America with her father, and 10 years of time passing, her heart never forgot him. Now that she is an adult, she returns to Australia for her brother, Max. He’s fighting cancer for the second time in his young life, and she insists on being by his side through it all. Boy is Andrew, now going by Drew, surprised when he sees that little Aubrey is all grown up…and hot as hell. With all kinds of inappropriate feelings running through him, Drew can’t get Aubrey out of his mind. Will Aubrey’s childhood dream come true, or will her fairytale have a very unhappy ending?
I was really drawn into this story from the beginning…intrigued by the close knit families, friendships, and how well the authors captured the essence of the bond between siblings. Add in the heart wrenching twist of returning cancer, and a family divided, and I was completely hooked. The authors wove a web of character relationships that was amazing to follow, and many that I would love to have for myself. Who doesn’t want an amazing older brother like Max, with ridiculously hot friends like Drew, Sam, Cam, and Nash? The twist to this story is not just the burgeoning relationship between Aubrey and Drew, but the groups idea to raise money for an experimental cancer treatment for Max (by putting on a strip show), and of course the ever present question of whether or not Max will survive. Lots of character development, which I adore, and the anticipation was intense. I absolutely loved the plot ideas, the story twists, the characters, and the relationships they shared. The flow was a bit jumpy at times, with seemingly missing spans of time that were unaccounted for. Several aspects of the storyline were left hanging, and though I love a good cliffhanger, it just seemed like there were too many left with no resolution. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Slow Grind, and would read it again in a heartbeat. I am so excited to continue this story in the next installment…I hope we won’t have to wait very long! (Did you hear that ladies??? I’m waiting for Men of Mornington #2!!)
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