Series: Reed Security Series
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Genre: Contemporary/Security Romance
Published: August 18, 2018
“Irish is flat out fun to read, keeping me laughing along with swooning from start to finish!” ~ The Red Hatter Book Blog
“Holy. Freaking. Amazing… The writing style of this book was amazing. I could not believe how sucked into the book I got.” ~Seraphim Book Reviews
“HOLY HOTNESS BATMAN! This book was one of my top 5 books all year!” ~ Goodreads Review (Kelsee)
Derek “Irish” Cortell. Badass close protection agent. Sexy, panty-melting smile. Superhero? There’s something strange about the men at Reed Security. When socially awkward Claire Grant works up the nerve to talk to Derek in the grocery store, it opens up a whole new world for her in which her fantasies are becoming reality. Yes, she’s a librarian. Yes, it’s quite possible she’s immersed herself in too many books, but her eyes couldn’t possibly be deceiving her. Could they? Though Claire and Derek seem to have your typical romance, there is nothing typical about Derek or the people he works with, and soon Claire will find out just how super Derek really is.
“Not a chance in hell. I happen to like my hands wrapped around your juicy ass.”
She reared back and looked at me in horror. “You think my ass is juicy?”
“Uh, you’ve seen it, right? It’s big and perfect for me to grab onto.”
She struggled to get down and then pushed me away and stalked out of the water. “I can’t believe you just said my ass was big,” she yelled over her shoulder.
I stood there a minute trying to figure out what the hell I said that was so wrong. She had the most gorgeous ass I’d ever seen. Didn’t all girls want a big ass like that Kardashian woman? I ran after her and gripped onto her arm, swinging her around to see me.
“I like that your ass is big.”
She burst into tears and I stood there with wide eyes, wondering what I was supposed to do. There was a reason I didn’t date women. I didn’t know what the hell to say to them on the best of days. Sex was easy. Please them and they’ll be screaming your name the whole night. This…this was totally foreign to me.
“Having a big ass is a good thing. Men like to know they have something to grab onto. Besides, we want to know that you’re sturdy enough that we won’t break you when we fuck you.”
She looked up at me through her tears and cried even harder. “So, now I’m sturdy? Like a tree? Next thing, you’re going to tell me I have big thighs.”
“Big? No, definitely not big. They’re thick and muscular.”
“Thick?” She spun away from me and ran for the beach blanket, grabbing her stuff and throwing it in her bag.
“I like that you’re not a stick,” I said, trying to fix this before I totally fucked up the rest of our day. “If I wanted a model, I would go find one. But those women are all beauty and no brains.”
She sniffed and wiped at her face. “Well, I’m glad to know that I’m thick like a tree, I have a big ass, and apparently I don’t have beauty, but I have brains.”
I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
3 1/2 stars
This book kind of struck me as romantic suspense, so imagine my surprise when I caught myself laughing quite a bit throughout this book.
Claire – oh Claire. She’s such a dork. But the cutest dork. She’s socially awkward, spews word vomit when in social situations. So imagine her surprise when she’s at the grocery store and sees the most beautiful man she’s ever laid eyes on.
Derek works for Reed Security – a security firm – and knows that Claire is checking him out. He’s eating it up. She finally works up the courage to talk to him, and ends up choking on a grape, and he ends up saving her. She then leaves the grocery store and nearly gets hits by a car, and is saved again, but this time, she thinks she is saved by Superman.
Turns out is was Derek. Derek asks her out on a date – which is destroys with his social awkwardness (they are both a little socially awkward, and it’s adorable). He then has to grovel to Claire. Claire is dealing with her own issues – her father has dementia, she’s running their family farm on her own and she’s also the town librarian. She loves to read – so much so, she gets completely lost in her books, and her imagination runs totally wild. I actually loved this about Claire – I’ve been there. It is totally realistic.
This was the fifth book in a series, and I haven’t read the first four. The only issue is there are nicknames for each of the guys, and it was seriously hard to keep up with those. I loved the other guys, and man, did I love Derek. He was so adorkable, yet totally masculine. He instantly became protective of Claire – who was also adorkable. These two together were great. They offset each other perfectly.
I didn’t read the first five books in the series, but I absolutely want to read Hunter’s book,which I believe would be next.
There was drama, comedy and romance wrapped into one book. I loved both of these main characters and would recommend this book.