Build (Burns Brothers, #1)by Gillian Archer Published 29 Jan 2019
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I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life — that my father would be paroled soon — I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tahoe. Now the maid with the gorgeous eyes is snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking. She’s curvy in all the right places, and the snow is falling faster.
As a single mom, I don’t have time for men, especially irresponsible tattooed bad boys like my ex. But Austin is hot. And sexy. And stuck here in the cabin with me. I can’t say no to a fling with this bad boy, especially since Austin is so gorgeous and awkwardly sweet.
One night becomes two, and I don’t know if I can risk my heart — and my little boy’s — if Austin wants it to become more when we get through the snow and back to reality.
"Build (Burns Brothers, #1)" Reviews
Yet another mixed bag of a book. For the most part, I enjoyed it. I like this author's writing style, and her stories always have a good flow to them. I loved the whole close-knit family feels Austin had with his brothers, cousin, and Aunt. I liked Rachel's mother, and Wyatt was cute. There wasn't any OW or OM drama. The sex scenes were hot and plentiful. All good things...
My main issue with this one, well two actually, were the main characters themselves. For half the book Austin just wasn't likable AT ALL. He acted like a bi-polar douche, and he treated Rachel like crap. However, he does become much more likable in the second half of the book. Unfortunately, that is around the time Rachel turns into this ridiculous over the top b!tch. I did like her up until the "event." I mean...girlfriend took ONE incident (that had a reasonable explanation if she had bothered to ask) and then blew it SOOO out of proportion, I kind of wanted Austin to say...sayonara bitch and move on to someone without a baseball bat shoved up their a$$. (lol) Alas, we can't always get what we want!
So yea, another mixed bag to add to my ever-growing collection of mixed bags this week.
Austin seems to be carrying the world on his shoulders. Or at least the protection of his brothers. He’s risen to the challenge but it wasn’t necessarily by choice. His past is dark and frightening and shadows his present. Rachel likewise carries a heavy burden as she struggles to provide for her son and her disabled mother. There is no time or money for even the simple things in life much less a relationship. Which opens her up to the possibility of spending one wild night with the man of her dreams.
This is one of those feel good romances that is laced with just enough angst to keep things interesting and then springing a large conflict that makes the characters re-evaluate their priorities. Both Rachel and Austin are damaged in some way and both have their faults that tend to lead their decision making. But when things are flowing smoothly for them they are perfect together. With a medium range of heat, a tiny tot on the peripheral of the story, and a group of brothers that define dysfunctional it kept my interest until the end.
This story actually surprised me by not going in the direction I thought it would. It is definitely not your cookie cutter romance. Although a few interactions between the characters felt a bit stilted and the chemistry a tiny bit lacking, the ending rang with sincerity along with a sweet little epilogue that I wish had been longer and a little further out. Hopefully we get more of them as this series continues. After all, there are three more brothers and they each promise an interesting read.
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LOVE LOVE ARCHER Series books. This one is no exception. This is a story about a couple who with trust issues due to their upbringing. Rachel and Austin are snowed in and must face their past and forge a future together. Lots of ups and down events that make for a great read. Read in one day! "A copy of this book was provided by author through Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
This was pretty good. Austin was a bit too moody for my liking, but he won me over towards the end. I did like the scenes with his brothers. Totally dysfunctional but they cared for one another. Rachel and her mom were another atypical family, but they worked. Both families were realistic, and I liked it :)
I have been off to a rocky start this year reading wise. I have not read a book that has wowed me, but Build by Gillian Archer is for sure the closest I've come so far.
Austin Burns is having a rough go. He's just gotten word that his father is being paroled in three months - and he freaks out. So much so that he takes off for his friends cabin in Lake Tahoe. Where he manages to drink himself into a stupor.
Rachel Tannenbaum is a single mother working two jobs to make ends meet. She cleans houses during the day, and ends up at the same house as Austin. While she's cleaning, a massive snow storm hits, and they are stranded together. Rachel freaks out a little, knowing she can't go see her son, but Austin helps her get through her anxiety.
I'm sure you can figure out that they end up hooking up. Though there are lots of points during the story where Austin acts like a total ass hat. Rachel was a good character. She's trying to take care of her mother, who is paralyzed, and her three year old son, Wyatt.
I also liked the back story with Austin's brothers, Ryan, Nathan and Dylan, who are likely all to get their own stories. The dynamic really felt authentic. All the swearing and men being men. I enjoyed it.
Two things I didn't enjoy - Austin's fleeing every time things got rough, and Rachel's inability to trust. I have trust issues, so I get them to an extent, but I also know that at some point, you just have to let things go.
Another issue I had was the issue surrounding Austin's father. There was a lot of drama surrounding the storyline, but there was no closure. It was kind of like the author forget the father was paroled.
I wish the epilogue would have been a little further out in the future, and given us a little more closure, but I guess we are going to get three more books, so we will know what happens with Rachel and Austin going forward.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable book and I would recommend it.
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Excellent start to what should be a fun new series. Both the main and secondary characters are fun and interesting and I can't wait for more of these over the top brothers. Loved the banter between the characters and the chemistry between Austin and Rachel was sizzling. Both of the characters had moments where you wanted to smack them but overall I wanted to see them find their way. I would definitely recommend this very enjoyable book.