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by Diane Alberts
Publication Date: December 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: The last thing Brett Ross wants is to be back in the same old damn small town he grew up in, but his best friend is getting married, so there’s no way he’s skipping yet another visit back home. He knows what he’s getting into, coming back here, but the one thing he didn’t count on was the way Anna Hamilton made him feel the first time he sets eyes on her…and she’s all grown up.Anna’s always been in love with Brett, even if she’s always been his best friend’s annoying little sister to him. But when he looks at her, she doesn’t see annoyance in his eyes anymore. If anything, she sees a silent calling for her to save him from himself…and she’s just the girl to do it. All she needs is to find a way to escape her pesky, protective older brothers…
And then the game is on.
This is the first novel in the Hamilton family series and, quite simply, I loved it! It tells the story of Anna Hamilton who has loved her brother’s best friend, Brett Ross, for years and what happened when he returned to his home town for the wedding of his friend, her brother. It is years since he’s returned to his home town or seen Anna but when they see each other again the chemistry is still explosive. However, he promised her brother to leave Anna alone and he’s reluctant to break the bro code – but Anna has other ideas and they’re definitely ones her brothers, Eric, Wyatt, Cole and Chris, won’t approve!
As details of Brett’s childhood are revealed, you just have to feel for him! He’s built himself a fortress around his heart, determined to protect it and never let love in because love hurts. Anna, however, won’t let him do this and she’s just the one to scale and break down those walls – but only if she can escape the scrutiny and protection of her older brothers! This is a poignant, moving story – with some laugh out loud moments along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have no hesitation whatsoever in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys family based romances. I can’t wait to read more in this series and see how Anna’s other brothers succumb to love!
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel via NetGalley.
Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
Brett cleared his throat. “Lead the way.”
“Follow me,” she said, her voice light and flirty.
“Gladly.” Brett stepped aside to let Anna walk past him. She started up the stairs, her hips swinging with every step she took. Looking at the rest of the Hamiltons, he raised a brow. “I’ll catch up with you guys in a few?”
“We’ll be waiting,” Eric said, his jaw tight. “Don’t take too long.”
“Of course not.” Don’t worry. I’ll only take long enough to defile your sister in the upstairs hallway. “We’ll be right back.”
As he followed Anna, his gaze level with her swinging hips, four sets of eyes bored into his back, singeing holes in his favorite suit jacket. Just in case they could see through his skull, he focused on the back of her head. Her blonde curls bounced with each step she took. For some reason, he found himself wondering if her hair was as soft as it seemed, and he almost wanted to find out.
When they reached the top of the steps, she held on to the banister. “Don’t pay attention to them. They still think I’m a little girl who needs protecting.”
She did need protecting. Men were assholes. “Aren’t you?”
“Oh God.” She turned on him, her frown showing him her disappointment even if she didn’t sound mad. “Not you, too?”
“I’m not going to be protecting you, if that’s what you’re asking.” He stopped on the second-to-last step. “But I think you’ll always be someone they need to protect. Kind of goes hand in hand with having four older brothers.”
“Yeah, well, I don’t think they need to worry about you.” She motioned toward him, her cheeks going bright pink. “I mean…it’s you. You’re nothing to worry about.”
He swallowed a laugh at her words. “Are you insinuating I can’t get it up, Twinkletoes? Because I assure you, I’ve had no complaints in that area.”
“Yeah, I know. I’ve heard,” she muttered.
“I mean…” She gestured somewhere in the vicinity of his cock. “What I mean to say is, I’m sure everything is fully functioning down there. Not that I’ve asked around or anything. That would be super creepy. Like, really creepy. It’s not like I talked to your exes, or put up cameras—”
He held up a hand, choking back a loud laugh. “Maybe you should just stop now while you’re ahead. If you tell me you’ve been watching me on surveillance cameras, even I’ll get freaked out, and I do some sketchy shit to close a deal at work sometimes.”
“God, yes. I’ll just stop talking now. Like, forever.”
Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.