Series: Men of Haven #5
Published by Carina Press on June 11th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Netgalley, Carina Press
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Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He longs to run his hands over each and every one of her lush curves. She’s wicked smart and wicked hot. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his.
Despite her love of all things girlie, Gia’s no typical Southern belle. She’s built her skills and reputation in a field normally dominated by men, and now she has a kick-ass career she loves. She certainly doesn’t need a man to take care of her—especially not one who’s pure alpha. Still, Beckett’s the one man who can satisfy the desires she’s hidden under her tough exterior, and she’s hooked.
Letting Beckett take the lead in the bedroom comes naturally to Gia—not constantly proving herself to him professionally is more of a struggle. And when someone attacks her character and career, Gia and Beckett will have to find a balance: her willingness to let go just a little, with his trust in her abilities and his deep, primal need to protect his woman.
STAND & DELIVER
by Rhenna Morgan
We are getting closer to the end of this series and it’ll be bittersweet to say goodbye to these alphas of the Men of Haven series. In Stand & Deliver Rhenna Morgan takes us on Beckett and Gia’s journey.
To say Beckett is intense is an understatement, his intensity levels are off the charts. He has never had a real family until he met the brothers of Haven. For the first time he can rely on having people watching his back. His mom left him when he was a toddler, abandonment issues come with the territory. Beckett is possessive, protective and his need for touch adds to his fierceness. He has been watching Gia from afar for a long time. They’ve been friends, co-workers, but he never knew that she felt the same way as he did…until one drunken night.
“I like who you are. You’re smart. You’re tough. You don’t take my shit. I’ve got height and weight on you and you still aren’t afraid of me.
On the outside Gia might be a bad match for him. She’s a security woman and being female in a male dominated profession she has always had to work twice as hard as any man. This has made her into a very controlled woman who takes her work more than seriously. There is nothing soft about Gia at first glance. Secretly she’s had a crush on Beckett for years but mixing business and pleasure? Especially since he shows up with a different arm-candy on a regular basis? Nope. Not a great idea. But after a night of booze Beckett’s persistent courting gets under her skin and fast.
“Now, settle in and do whatever you need to do to fortify your defenses. Come morning, I’m coming at you with all guns loaded.”
Aaaah! I loved these two together. The one thing that sets Beck apart from the other men is how seriously HE takes Gia’s position in their professional world. I loved how he supported her, respected her and how passionately he had her back and bolstered her confidence. His acceptance of her, how he loved her quirks and spitfire personality, it all added to the full package that was Beckett.
God, he loved her spunk. Loved the ten-foot-tall sass that came out of such a petite package and the razor-sharp wit that backed it up.
Gia was controlled and giving that up in any aspect of her life took herculean effort but this wonderful, stubborn man coaxed her out of her shell and soon she learned how freeing it could be. I loved Gia’s warmth which was unexpected seeing how tightly leashed she kept her control. When she stood up for Beckett, the ferocious protectiveness of her man was just beautiful to watch. Gia was a badass.
Their chemistry was explosive and, gaaaahd, Beckett was a beast. I loved their banter, how devoted they were. Beck’s single-minded pursuit of Gia left no doubt that she was it for him.
“Sweetheart, I never said I didn’t like you being in control. I said you needed me in control. If it’s between what gets me off and giving you what you need, you’ll trump me every time.”
This book like no other in this series underscores the fact that blood doesn’t make a family. Gia’s is a stark contrast to the tight bonds of Beckett’s. The love that runs in this family by choice is fierce. I love the brothers’ ribbing, how the women soften their edges but don’t take the away completely. Now we have one more book left in this series and it’s the one I’ve been waiting for since the beginning. Axel is the man-ho of the lot. Nobody can really see him settling down with one woman but in Stand & Deliver there is a foreboding, a little crack in his facade that has him riled a little. You bet I wanna see him getting his panties in a twist for a woman!