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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?

Each book in the Shillings Agency series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Temporarily Yours
Book #2 Stealing His Heart
Book #3 Seducing the Princess
Book #4 Taking What's His
Book #5 Say You're Mine
Book #6 His Best Mistake

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    Deliciously,scintillating read.

    Deliciously,scintillating read. Taking What's His was most definitely a sexy read. Normally not the type of book I gravitate to, I found it to be a good read. Received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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    Sweet and sexy!!!

    Holt Cunningham is the sexiest nerd I've ever read about. A marine injured has come home to be an IT tech. One night with a woman who actually chased the nightmares away and she ends up being his best friends little sister. A little sister who is off-limits. Lydia Thomas doesn't realize right away, Holt is her brother's best friend. When she does, the sparks are too hot to ignore. Is being with Lydia worth losing his best friend? This is a tragic, sexy, loving and romantic story about one man finding comfort in the arms of a woman that he's not supposed to touch. There was just enough of a dom/sub relationship to have a fun and sexy time in the bedroom. Holt is a little rough around the edges but a total sweetheart inside. Fantastic read! Diane Alberts, you definitely have a new fan. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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    Nerd Alert

    This was a dynamite read from beginning to end. From the first moment you meet Holt you can see that he is a damaged man, from one explosive device and the loss of his marine brothers. Lydia is a woman looking for a distraction from her cheating ex who was upset that she wouldn't put out for him. Who knew that one question was all it took for these two to drown out the rest of the world and get lost in each other. Unfortunately Lydia realizes that Holt is her brother's best friend and that if he knew she would be off limits. In one night, passion explodes and takes them both on a journey that is sure to break both of their hearts especially when Holt finally realizes that he wants more but is thrown for a loop once he finds out Lydia really is. Lydia and Holt in trying to stay away from each other, they are fooling themselves. The connection they share is too strong, too combustible, and there's no denying it. This was a great fast-paced contemporary romance with characters that I adored and a satisfying storyline that kept my eyes glued to the pages. This is a one nighter ladies and I dare you to try to put it down once you have begun!

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    sexy addition to the Shilling's Agency series

    This sexy romance, book four in the Shillings Agency series but easily read as a standalone is the story of Holt and Lydia. Holt suffers from PTSD, physical as well as emotional symptoms from an IED explosion that ended his military career and has resulted in his new job in IT at the Shillings security agency. A hot one night stand with a beautiful woman he meets at a bar helps him forget his troubles for a night - until she turns out to be the younger sister of his colleague Steven. She's off limits but being with her feels so good he's willing to forgo the rules, so long as things don't get serious. He feels he has nothing to offer Lydia except sex. Can she convince him that he's wrong? I liked the plot setup for this story, and the attraction between Holt and Lydia was sizzling. The love scenes between them were intense and well written. The one thing that bothered me was the excessive use of the F-word particularly in how Holt thinks and talks (I counted 137 times in the story - in contrast the first Shilling's Agency book used the F-word 40 times.) I'm quite used to it being used in romance novels but after seeing it 4 times on the first page I started to notice whenever it was used and it was distracting. I liked Holt's character otherwise and the way being with Lydia made him think about his life and what he wanted for his future. She makes him realize that the only way his PTSD will improve is if he is willing to share his emotional and physical symptoms with his friends and with her. Lydia was a delightful character- funny, friendly, warm and caring. She sees the goodness in Holt despite his assurances to her to the contrary, and is willing to take a chance on him. The secondary characters were interesting and it was nice to see some from previous stories in the series as well as new ones that definitely have story potential. I've always really enjoyed this author's writing and though this one won't stand out as a favourite, I'm looking forward to the next in the series. 3.5 stars.

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