I received this book for free from Author's Pal in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Nailed It by Cindi Madsen
Published by Entangled: Amara on October 23, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Format: kindle e-book
Source: Author's Pal
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I'm Ivy Clarke. Bartender, best friend, and disbeliever in love.
And now I'm in over my head, trying to flip a house all by myself.
I'm not too proud to admit I need some help. Too bad the only one who can help me is the same man I want to throw out this house's second-story window.
Jackson Gamble and I can't be in the same room together for more than a minute without devolving into a sparring match.
Except for that one time…
But enough about that. Jackson's looking for forever, and I don't believe in love, remember?
Get in. Renovate. Get out. Keep my heart firmly in tact.
Because it's much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart.
Full of humor and dripping with delicious tension, Nailed It proves that every heart can be ready for a little rehabilitation, if only you're willing to open it up.
Also by this author: 12 Steps to Mr. Right
Jackson, brother of the bride-to-be, guy who drove me crazy-both in the irritated and turned-on way-and, well, there might’ve been an incident where I’d slipped and had a one-week stand with him. by Ivy
Ivy is afraid of commitment. All sort of long plan scares her. She is restless, doesn’t really know what she wants to do for the rest of her life. Leaving a party she stumbles upon a for sale sign at her childhood home. In an attempt at memory lane, she decides to flip the house. What doesn’t add up to her equation, is that she needs help and the help comes as Jackson. The hot-as-hell, handyman, that she must avoid as the plague, because he irritates her and turn her on at the same time.
How can Ivy avoid the dating trap at the same time she has several OHs with her handyman?
I tried wanting what’s good for me, but wanting you is stronger. by Jackson
- Cover: I love the cover. The guy is sexy and it could totally be Jackson. The hint of breaking the rules is a great bonus. The title is perfect!
- Plot: I’ve really enjoyed this book. It’s fun, fast-paced, keeps the reader guessing and wanting more at the end. The writing is cohesive, with no typo mistakes and everything relevant to the plot.
- Characters: YES! From the moment I read 12 Steps to Mr. Right, I fell in love with Jackson and Ivy. I just knew they would be awesome. They are! Jackson is dreamy, the perfect book-boyfriend. Ivy, she annoys me sometimes, but she is a kick-ass heroine. She is fun! They are perfect together.
- Heat: OMG! Their chemistry is undeniable. They are so hot that I have no idea, how they are able to work with tools while in the same house. I guess if those walls could talk… The author totally NAILED IT!
- Addictiveness: This isn’t a very short book, but I read in almost one sitting-down (yep, my butt hurt at the end).
I’m going to tell you the truth, even if you don’t like it. If you need someone to push you, I’ll push you. If you need someone to hate so you can prove him wrong, I’ll be that, too. by Jackson
- I’ve liked everything in this story, but if I had to pick one thing:
- Freshness: I guess this book doesn’t bring any huge surprise. It is a fun romantic comedy with nothing to WOW us. But it is so well written with such amazing characters, that it doesn’t really matter.
Jackson opened the passenger door to his truck for me like a gentleman but smacked me on the ass like the Neanderthal he also was. by Ivy
From the moment I read 12 Steps to Mr. Right I was waiting for Jackson and Ivy’s book. I have connected and enjoyed them from that book. So, I was really excited to read Nailed It.
Ms. Madsen has delivered. They are such amazing characters that it’s hard to not cheer for them. I believe in them and their love. I felt their emotions and I’ve become invested in their love story.
You MAY read this because you enjoy romantic comedies; you SHOULD read this because you like kick-ass heroine; you MUST read this if you are looking for a PANTY-WETTER, SWOON-WORTHY hero!!!
Jackson took a step toward me, closing the space I’d put between us. He swept the hair off my face and trailed his finger down and across my jaw. “I thought we took care of that thinking problem the other night.”
“Jackson.” Man, he was making it so hard to hold onto anything resembling resolve.
He leaned closer, his lips a mere breath away. “Ivy.”
My heart thumped harder and harder in my chest. Am I really going to do this? Say something that might stop our sexytimes fun in its tracks before I get my fill?
Yes, damn it, it looks like I am. I really should’ve come up with a more solid plan so I’d know exactly what to say.
“While the other night was fun, I know that you’re looking for something”—my throat tightened, and I had to force the words out—“more long term.”
“You’ve obviously been talking to my meddling family—my money is on Savannah.”
I shrugged. “It doesn’t make it less true, does it?”
“I told you the other night that I knew we were only having fun, and I meant it.”
“But you’re dating someone.” Guilt flooded me as I said it. I’d been so focused on how upset Savannah would be that I’d managed to forget that I had even more to feel guilty for.
“I’ve been on a few dates recently, yes, but I’m not in a committed relationship, or I never would’ve carried you to bed. You really think I’d do that?”
Now that I thought about it, no, but I still wondered if Caroline thought they were more serious. His family certainly hoped it would go in that direction. “I don’t want to get in the way.”
Jackson’s intense gaze bored into me, making my heart skip a few beats altogether. “You’ve been in the way since the moment I walked through the door of this house—hell, maybe even since the engagement party. I tried wanting what’s good for me, but wanting you is stronger.”
Every ounce of air whooshed out of my lungs at once. “Then maybe we need to rethink our business arrangement. I can hire someone else to help me fin—”
There was the familiar irritation, leaking in and spiking my blood pressure. I tossed the roller down in the vicinity of the tray. “Okay, let’s at least talk about it, because if—”
“No. We made a deal, and I plan on seeing it through. I’m also a grown man, and I’m perfectly capable of making my own decisions. I understand that this thing between us is temporary, and I don’t care.” He hauled me to him, his arm coming around my waist to secure me against him. “I’m not quite done having my way with you yet.”
He crashed his mouth down on mine, and all my pent-up energy surged forward at once, common sense taking the backseat as lust took the wheel. I parted my lips, diving headlong into the kiss. I ran my hands up his firm arms, not realizing my left hand was still wet with paint from catching myself until I’d dragged it most the way up.
Jackson glanced at the smear of blue covering his biceps and the sleeve of his T-shirt, arched an eyebrow, and then backed me up against the wet wall, his hips bumping into mine.
I moaned as he ground against me. He felt so good I didn’t even care about the paint or the fact that I’d need to redo the wall. I just wanted more of him on more of me.