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review 2018-04-12 02:54
Well this one slammed into me like a freight train out of control...
Rock Solid - Riley Hart,Joe Arden

As a rule I tend to shy away from books about addicts. They're a mixed bag of feelings for me and sometimes it makes it hard to read a story and even pretend to be objective, but I decided to give this one a go...what I didn't expect was that this author would have me crying my eyes out at the end of it. 

 

Ok, let me explain here. I'm not nor have I ever been an addict...I am however, that person who fell in love or at least thought they were in love with an addict. In a previous life when I was young and foolish I was sure that he loved me enough not to want the booze more than me and he kept promising so it was going to happen right? I was going to save him...yeah, we all lie to ourselves and it's this part of my past that connected me to this story because Trevor was that person...the addict who whether he realized it or not had the strength to do what it takes to do battle with his addiction because you don't get cured and you never beat addiction...you fight it every day and every day that you don't give in you get a victory...a small victory in a battle that you have to be willing to fight again the next day and the next day. 

 

If you're really lucky, when you fight this battle, you have people who believe in you who tell you that you can do it and you know that they really mean it and if they're lucky you win the battle one day at a time.  Unfortunately many an addict will tell you by the time that they're truly on the road to recovery and winning the battle one day at a time on a regular basis they've managed to break faith with most, if not all of those who have believed in them with unfaltering faith...

 

Enter Trevor Dixon...Trevor's been clean for a year and he's come home to help his brother build his construction company, Rock Solid Construction into a company that's 'rock solid' and to show his twin brother, Blake and his momma that he's clean, he's getting his life together, they can have faith, trust him, believe in him again and stop worrying about him. But it's not Blake or their momma who gives Trevor the faith and trust that he needs to let him know that the bad days are worth the struggle, it's a stranger, a possible client for 'Rock Solid' and someone who's as messed up as Trevor in their own way. Dr. Simon Malone's trying to rebuild not just his new home but his life...he's a heart surgeon who can't perform surgery and has no idea what direction his life needs to go in but there's something about the undeniably attractive contractor who's comes to give him an estimate on his renovations.

 

Trevor and Simon get off to a decidedly rocky start and it takes a bit of effort on Trevor's part to convince Simone to give Rock Solid a chance at doing his renovations, but Trevor's sheer determination and tenacity finally wear him down.

 

I was definitely enjoying this story and if you'd asked me at any point up until around the halfway point I'd have told you this and Joe Arden's narration for the story was...'rock solid' (see what I did there). But somewhere along the way in the second half of the story my like went to 'oh-my-god-I-need-to-hear-the-rest-of-this-book' something just slipped into place for me with this story. Trevor's struggle to stay clean and not relapse broke my heart and while I understood where Trevor's mom and brother were coming from it didn't stop me from being angry at them that they couldn't find it in themselves to trust him one more time...he was trying so freaking hard and struggling on his own...feeling alone in the world until he realized that Simone was there for him...always there for him. Maybe he wasn't doing everything right...ok, no maybe about it. Simone screwed up superbly at times but he kept trying...something he'd never done for anyone before.

 

I've read more than a few books that I've really loved and enjoyed but it's not that often that I feel like I've connected with a book on such a visceral level. But this one did. I was cheering for Trevor and more than once I held my breath as I silently prayed 'don't do it Trevor, don't give in you're better than this.' and I raged at Blake and their mom as they tore away at Trevor's heart and his determination...I know they didn't mean to but it's what they were doing and the hurt it caused Trevor was palpable. Please don't get me wrong I do understand their hesitation as I said back at the beginning...I've been them and it's taken me a lot of years to realize that everyone deserves a second chance...they may not make good use of it but it doesn't mean they don't deserve it and Trevor well for me Trevor represents the second chance that isn't lost or wasted. 

 

I haven't read a lot of books by Riley Hart and maybe this isn't the best of what's been written but it's a story that I connected with and it truly touched my heart and for that reason it'll always have a special place on my bookshelves.

 

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review 2017-11-15 15:19
Rock Solid - Carly Phillips

This is the 4th book in the Book Boyfriend series and we finally get Connor Prescott's story.  Out of all the four guys, Connor was the one who was looking for love, babies and the white picket fence...problem was he never met the girl that he'd want all that with.  Connor doesn't believe in one night stands, but after getting stranded in Denver because of a snowstorm, his life is about to change.

Something about the mysterious woman is pulling him towards her and quickly things begin to ignite.  After a fun dinner in the airport, and realizing that Katie doesn't have anywhere to sleep because all of the hotels are booked, he offers her the second room in his suite to which she reluctantly accepts.  Connor learns that Katie had her heart broken while in Denver and wants to just make her happier.  Katie decides she wants Connor instead.  Pleading with him they agree to one night, but no sharing last names or even any personal information.  Connor wakes up the next morning wanting to continue things with Kate back in Chicago but finds out she has left.

Imagine his surprise 3 1/2 years later when Katie shows up at his office explaining that he's a dad to 3 year old Leah and she finally found out who he was because she saw his picture on the cover of Chicago Magazine.  Considering Connor has never forgotten Katie, he takes this a great sign....the family he always has wanted.  Katie is just not sure of the situation.  All the men in her past have always proven to be jerks and Katie is not sure that she wants to drag Leah through anything.  Over the course of time Connor and Katie spend more time together, along with Leah.  Problem is is that Katie is not ready to fully commit and Connor is getting tired of waiting.

It took a long time for Connor and Katie to find their happy ending but it was so worth it!  I really loved Connor...such a great, perfect guy.  It was understandable how Katie was being based on her past, but at times I wanted to kick her in the butt and say guys like this don't come around that often!  Then there is Leah...she was such a fun, cute little girl!  Overall, this book was a great ending to this series and I'm sad it's over.  I sure hope Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde are putting out another series together!

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review 2017-11-14 13:04
Review For: Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
Rock Solid - Carly Phillips
Rock Solid by Carly Phillips is book four in the "Book Boyfriend" series. This is the story of Connor Prescott and Katie Kaswell. This can easily be a standalone alone book I thought. Connor and Katie happen to have a chance meeting while waiting for their flights that were delayed due to a snow story. Katie traveled to meet her boyfriend of 8 months to surprise him on Valentines day, but sadly she was the one surprised. Work travel has Connor being stranded when he notices Katie. Later that day they happen to meet again at a busy restaurant while they are having to wait for another flight out. Katie tells Connor her sad story of finding out her boyfriend has been having an affair. Over bonding about their stranded state they have a night of passion but in the morning they pull away. Now almost four years later we find Katie fell pregnant and had a baby girl. Since Katie and Connor didn't exchange full names she had no way to find him. She just knows like her they have a Chicago connection. Then one day she sees his picture and name in the paper and goes forward to let him know that about their child. Connor is shocked by moves forward to be in his daughter life. But Connor wants more from Katie. Loved this second chance at love story...could not put it down. https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.facebook.com/RomanceBookReview http://booklikes.com/blog http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordpress.com/ https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebookreviewforyoublog

 

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review 2017-11-14 07:10
Release Day Blitz - Rock Solid

Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Rock Solid

Book Boyfriend Series Book 4

Release Date Nov. 14, 2017



Blurb:

Connor Prescott doesn't do one night stands (yes, ladies, he's an anomaly) so when he meets a beautiful woman during a snowed in night at the airport who wants to forget her heartache, he makes an exception. Their night together is incendiary, and by morning Connor wants more . . . except his sexy stranger is gone. He's pretty sure he'll never see her again, until three and a half years later she finds him, and changes his entire world with three little words . . You're a daddy.


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Rock Solid (Book Boyfriend, #4)Rock Solid by Carly Phillips
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #4 in the Book Boyfriend series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I always recommend reading these series books in order.

Connor has an amazing layover night in Denver with Katie. He just wishes he has a way to contact her the next day. He is not really a one-night stand kind of guy, and she seems perfect for him.

Katie has a lot to lose by letting Connor into her life once again. She knows he is a man of his word, but putting her heart out there is a leap she thought she would never take. Can she take a chance on the one man who makes her happy?

I was so in love with these characters right from the first chapter! The banter is great. The sexy times were well paced. The whole flow of the book was so good. We also got a bit of a glimpse of some of our favorites from previous books in the Book Boyfriend series.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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About the Authors:

 


Carly Phillips

 

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.


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Erika Wilde

 

Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison (http://www.janelledenison.com/)) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers. So, why the new pen name? As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance.   However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with.   That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories. Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage.  The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship. I’m also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates.  Sign up to receive my newsletter for updates and news!


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review 2017-11-14 06:01
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Rock Solid - Carly Phillips

This is book #4 in the Book Boyfriend series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I always recommend reading these series books in order.

 

Connor has an amazing layover night in Denver with Katie.  He just wishes he has a way to contact her the next day.  He is not really a one-night stand kind of guy, and she seems perfect for him.

 

Katie has a lot to lose by letting Connor into her life once again.  She knows he is a man of his word, but putting her heart out there is a leap she thought she would never take.  Can she take a chance on the one man who makes her happy?

 

I was so in love with these characters right from the first chapter!  The banter is great.  The sexy times were well paced.  The whole flow of the book was so good.  We also got a bit of a glimpse of some of our favorites from previous books in the Book Boyfriend series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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