Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Book Review: "Taking What's His" (Jen McLaughlin as Diane Alberts)

All it takes to stop you in your tracks and start your life in a totally new direction, sometimes, is a single moment. Maybe beyond your control.

Former Marine Holt Cunningham knows that better than anyone. After an explosion kills the rest of his comrades and leaves him with a terrible head injury, he winds up stateside as an IT technician. Talk about a fall from grace. Still dealing with migraines, insomnia, nightmares, and more ... all the earmarks of PTSD ... he picks up a beautiful girl in a bar to chase the pain away. Problem is, after one stunningly sexy night together, he can't get her out of his mind.

Lydia Thomas was getting over her own disaster --- a cheating ex --- when she ran into Holt at the bar. He seems familiar, but she dismisses the thought in favor of a steamy night with him, hoping to erase her bad memories. By the time she realizes who he is ... her older brother's best friend ... it's too late. She wants him badly enough to risk it.

Neither wants to be the one to tell Lydia's brother, but neither can deny the mutual attraction, getting hotter all the time. Now what?

Taking What's His, by New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin writing as Diane Alberts, debuted just last month from Entangled Publishing's Brazen imprint. If you like your romance hot and the sex scenes plentiful and scintillating, you've come to the right place.

Holt is a study in contrariness, making him a fascinating character to stick with throughout the book. Only part of the dichotomy has to do with the anxiety and panic he still suffers after serving his country. His loyalty to Lydia's older brother is paramount, given their similar backgrounds. 

Still, Holt is a unique combination of selfless and greedy, determined and needy, gallant and deliciously dirty in the bedroom.

It's no wonder Lydia can't get him out of her head, not after the single taste he gave her in the bar.

Meanwhile, Lydia is equally torn between love for and loyalty to her brother, who does genuinely want what's best for her, and her desire for Holt, which starts out as innocent (if it can be called that) sexual attraction and burgeons quickly into concern, care, and then much more than she expected.

With intriguing secondary characters (let's hope there are companion novels in the works!) and an admirable approach to a touchy topic like PTSD, McLaughlin has penned a winning work of erotic fiction.

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Author: Jen McLaughlin writing as Diane Alberts
Title: Taking What's His
ISBN: 978-1-63375-259-7
Purchase here: http://amzn.to/1GNwNdY

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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