Up by Five Series: Counting on Love #5
on April 8, 2014
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He's in the middle of the last thing he wanted… and the best thing to ever happen.
Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. They have been giving him gray hair since they lost their father fifteen years ago. Now they're all in love and Conner's ready to retire-- from worrying, fixing problems and cleaning up messes.
Of course, when his fellow paramedic, Gabrielle Evans, needs a place to stay after her apartment burns down, Conner can't say no. But it's no problem-- Gabby's just one of the guys.
Gabby's penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner's usual women. She also has no interest in getting involved with him. Conner's crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now. She has her sights set on medical school in the fall and knows success depends on focus and commitment.
But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby's in the middle of a family crisis that could disprove all her I-don't-need-anyone bluster and Conner's in the middle of the last thing he wanted-a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that's maybe exactly where her stuff should be. For good.
Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won't work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing-you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.
Perfect for when you need a light, funny romance in your life!
This book may be fifth in the series, but I braved it out as a standalone and it worked out great! I easily picked up on how hilarious and wonderful the first four books must also be. I only wish I had the time to read them RIGHT NOW. LOL!
A lot of what I read is dark, angsty and horrific. Up by Five would have been the perfect choice to lighten up after a book like that. Lately, though, I find myself in a string of lovely romance. This one is WAY more than lovely, though. It is HOT and hilarious and pulls you right in as a part of the family. *I* wanted to be at the poker game! *pout* Well, I kind of was. Like a fly on the wall would be.
Usually, when the H is anti-commitment, he stays that way until close to the end. In this case? The heroine was the one reluctant to commit, but mainly because she THOUGHT our hero was done taking care of women he was committed to, like the way he helped raise his sisters after his father passed and helped them find their own true loves and men to care for them. So we get a comedy of errors where a big mess happens that the heroine thinks will never be resolved because she believes he will never need her. Take heart, those of you who want a HEA, because that is the reward from Erin Nicholas for reading her book. 🙂 I’m still smiling and I finished the book three hours ago.