Friday, 3 June 2016

Review ~ Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1) by Jennifer Probst

Book Description:

Hot on the heels of her beloved Marriage to a Billionaire novels, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst nails it with the first in an all-new sexy romance series featuring red-hot contractor siblings who give the Property Brothers a run for their money!

Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.

Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.

But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Beautifying the world one house at a time.”

Jennifer Probst never fails to deliver with her cute romances and to die for heroes and Everywhere and Every Way is no different. This is the first book in a series and introduces all three of the Pierce brothers while mainly concentrating on Cal’s story.

The Pierce family was ripped apart five years ago when their mum died in a car accident while running off with another man, leaving her three boys and her husband behind. Their father became cold and controlling and the hostile atmosphere and the differences of opinions led to the Pierce family being torn apart and the three brothers went their separate ways. Caleb, the oldest son stayed behind and worked with his father at the family construction company and Caleb had not seen his brothers since. Fast forward five years and the dad has passed, unbeknown to Caleb having changed his will beforehand. Now the brothers must live and work together, turn a profit in a year, else the company gets dissolved. It seems their Dad’s final wish was that his sons reunite and become a family once again. A lot of mud and water has passed under the bridge; will the Pierce siblings be able to let bygones be bygones?

This story focuses on Caleb or Cal for short. He was the brother left behind and the one that has been running Pierce Construction with his Dad. He has been under his control for years and has taken the rough with the smooth and now having to let his absentee siblings in on the action is hard to stomach, Caleb feels like he has been sucker punched and he doesn’t give up easily. He needs new perspective and to not live in the past, but a lot has happened and a lot is going to happen.

“Of course, the man was a raw specimen of primitive male, from his rock-hard body to those come-and-let-me-do-very-bad-things-to-you eyes.”

Morgan is a design consultant to the rich and famous and the celebrities of Hollywood, she takes a client’s vision and creates from the ground up. She sources the land, architects, builders, describes the house she envisions and is hands on from design to construction. It is after this that her creative flair takes over and she furnishes and decorates with a flourish. Morgan is headstrong and confident, she takes no crap from anyone and for a woman who thrives in a man’s world she has tough skin and is not afraid to give as good as she gets. I loved her attitude and her ability to bring even the toughest of men to their knees. She talked a good talk but she could back it up tenfold. There was nothing to not love about her. She has had a tough time in the past, but she has found her niche and is making the most of it and the Pierce brothers are not going to come between her and her end goals…well, maybe Cal…

“So, Morgan had done the only logical thing women did to keep themselves from falling into bed with a man. She hadn’t shaved her legs.”

What I loved about this book was the way that Jennifer Probst delivered a romance that was not just a romance. Throughout this story was the back story of the siblings, what had happened in their past and how it was now affecting their present and future. How nothing was cured with a band aid and all their issues and problems were at the forefront and not swept under a rug. There was no instant fix, they had to work through everything. Sometimes it was messy, sometimes it was hard but they worked at it slowly but surely.

Cal and Morgan together were hot, their chemistry was on point and their relationship believable. Morgan’s issues constantly plague her but she keeps them too herself until the right time. I adored the dogs, there was some fantastic dialogue that had me laughing my head off so all in all there is something for everyone.

“Morgan hurried out of the house like ghosts were chasing her. And they were. The ghosts of the past, and the ghosts of regrets.”

Secondary characters all played their part and really cemented this as a page turner. I had a few inklings about one character and after the end of this book I am super intrigued. My first thoughts were correct and it seems we are going to have a bit of suspense to look forward to. I can’t wait for Dalton and Tristan’s book and with this added plot line I can see developing they can’t come quick enough.

“His Southern magnolia was really a hot house rose, and he loved every fucking moment.”

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