When I walked out of his office after the hottest sex of my life, I thought I'd left Max Douglas behind me forever - along with my favorite argyle socks and my self-respect. The last thing I need is the too-serious, too-sexy former Marine living across the hall from me while he acts as a bodyguard for one of my students. Especially since he fired me from my job tutoring his brother...after we hooked up.
I shouldn't want him. I should despise him after the way he treated me. But he's exactly my type: older, experienced, in control...and it's obvious the lust is still mutual. While I may not be able to keep our relationship strictly professional, I'm determined to keep it purely physical. But when the stalker threats escalate, it looks like Max is going to be sticking around the school for a while - and the more I get to know him, the more I'm in danger of losing my heart.
©2012 L. B. Gregg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I realized that I had this book since 2013 and that I had not listened to it. I have now completed all of the Men of Smithfield stories and let me just say that this one, Max and Finn, is my all time favorite. The story was smooth and flowed, with little not no hiccups. The connection between Finn and Max was intense and it remained throughout the book. The subplot was equally intriguing and left me guessing until the end...I realized who it was just as soon as Finn did. As usual, Shannon Gunn was fantastic and brought so much to the story. An excellent romance/mystery/day-to-day story and I certainly would and do recommend.
The mystery was well written and surprising, but realistic. I liked Tony and Mark (first book in series) more as a couple, but Max and Finn are hotter.
In my re-listen list.
This story is so much more than you expect. The characters are compelling and the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. I was left wanting to experience much more of Max and Finn and Smithfield.
This book doesn't take any time in immersing the listener into the lives of Max and Finn. The chemistry between these two characters is awesomely hot. Lots of foreplay via bickering and touches. Shannon Gunn - you're an incredible narrator!
Go out and read something!
Now, I don't know L.B. personally, but anyone who can write such funny scenes, thoughts, and put us readers right smack into an emotional crisis of will, is A-OK with me.
SO, I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I was sooo entranced with the initial smex scene between Max and Finn. First off, how brave was Finn to initiate the act? I have to hand it to him, I'm a book worm a lot of the time. And, I deal in numbers and sit in my office all day, and so I'm not the 'lose control' type. Ok, let me be honest, I'm a complete control freak, I know it, and now you do too... so getting back to Finn. The reason I applaud him is because smex is the best way to 'lose control', but in a 'good' way, you know? So kudos to him to take that step and not care how much he was perceived as a hoe. LOL.
I'm so comfortable with the submission aspect, so I loved Max's dirty talk. Phew! *wipes brow* and he can call me a "dirty bitch" annnnyyyytime he wants. :P
God, I'm sitting here reliving those scenes as I type this. I need a moment....
Ok, back. So, as I was saying. Finn, he's a freak. He enjoys pushing his boundaries, and that's an amazing way to get off. And what I also enjoyed was that in the same time it took for him to climax, he realizes that what he's just experienced with Max supercedes a quick fling. It's that realization that allows him to feel so hurt at Max's 'initial' rejection.
Anywhooooo, it's delightful to see them make their way back to each other. I loved Finn seeing warm, caring and emotional sides of Max, and finding himself floored by each discovery. Or how gentle and nurturing Max was with Finn, when his persona is so utterly male and marine.
I liked the tid-bit of S&M L.B. threw in there.
So yep, It was a good read. However, I like a bit more spice with my m/m, so I have to say that this Men of Smithfield book (#3) wasn't up to par with others. If you're just starting out with this series, I suggest you begin with #2- Happy Ending- Seth and David. SOOOOO good. And so worth it. I kept right on reading till there was nothing left. Gobbled it up in one sitting.
Happy Reading Y'all!
Michael “Finn” Finnegan is Smithfield’s exclusive boarding school beloved English teacher and drama coach. He is also the guy who seduced the super sexy security specialist, and former marine, Max Douglas last summer. —In Max office for one very good but also pretty questionable desk-quickie. A meeting which also ended humiliating and embarrassing....for Finn.
Since that embarrassing summer evening has Finn done everything he can to not never ever again bump in to the Max-Man again. So when Max arrives at school a couple of months later, to protect a high profile student against a mysterious stalker, Finn just want to become invisible and disappear.
A lot of things starts to happening. ~ It steams between the teacher Finn and the, for the day, 'bodyguard' Max. There is also someone who wants Finn's celebrity son student, and perhaps Finn himself, badly. The tension rises...in all fronts.
I am not sure I can recommend it. I would definitely recommend other Smithfield books though.
I think Shannon knows the characters well and did a good job with them. Sometimes I could not distinguish a voice or two but RARELY, very rarely because he does try hard with them.
I think this book is a must-have if you like the other Smithfield books. otherwise, it can be overlooked. The main character is a bit shallow, worse yet, I ended up feeling sorry for the bad guy... but the story does have heart in there, somewhere, under all the superficial stuff. it's got humor, spontaneous sex and more humor. However, if you are a first time reader of the Smithfield series, I recommend you check out "Mark and Tony" or "Seth and David", these were more compelling. I do love that characters from other books show up in this book too. That's a lot of fun. It was well written and a good addition to my collection but not a book I'd try to listen to twice. Might have to listen to Mark and Tony again though...
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