Taking What's His

Shillings Agency, #4

Holt Cunningham is adjusting to life outside the military, coping the best way he can and afraid to tell anyone how he is suffering. When he meets a woman at the local bar who ends up rocking his world and leaves him the next day. Lydia Thomas can’t get Holt out of her mind, but considering she is him best friends sister, it might not be a good idea to get involved. However, the heart does not always listen to the head.

The beginning of the story leaves you intrigued and wondering how it will end. At the end of the first chapter, I was excited to finish the book. The author created a realistic world that seemed to draw in the reader. I was able to picture it with ease. The pace of the story was a steady fast pace all the way through. The main characters and the secondary characters were thought provoking and realistic. Both Paisley and Jagger had faults that they each had to battle making them realistic.

The point of view alternated between Holt and Lydia, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict was the relationship between Lydia and Holt. The conflict helps the story moves along. The level of conflict was perfect anymore and it would have detracted from the overall story line. The dialogue between the characters was sincere and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but I liked that I was kept guessing as to how Lydia and Holt would end up together. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.

Taking What's His is the fourth book in the Shillings Agency series by Diane Alberts. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.

Book Blurb for Taking What's His

Some lines are meant to be crossed...

One explosive device was all it took to turn Holt Cunningham from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician. Hell, he's still not over it. So when the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar asks him to kiss her, Holt can't resist the temptation of a sexy distraction. Before he knows it, she's blown his mind...and then skipped out the next morning.

Lydia Thomas never expected things with Holt to go quite that far, but oh, it was worth it. After being far too good for way too long, she was ready to be bad. Except that there's that tiny detail that Lydia kept to herself-Holt just spent the night doing naughty things...with his best friend's little sister.

One night isn't nearly enough. But with his friendship on the line, how far will Holt go in order to claim what's his?

Stands Alone: Yes

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.00