Series: Naked Men #3
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: January 17th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Christi Barth’s smoking-hot contemporary romance series continues as the five best friends who survived a tragedy as teenagers take to their Naked Men podcast to open up about women. In Giving It All, the group’s globe-trotting hunk discovers that you need to go home to find love.
Logan Marsh never stays in one place for long. Through his family’s foundation, Logan spends his days traveling to the world’s most dangerous places to deliver disaster relief, which really puts a damper on his sex life—until he reconnects with his high-school crush. Stranded together in the Caribbean, they enjoy a steamy fling that awakens feelings Logan has ignored for too long. But family drama calls him away from her sweet embrace . . . or so he thinks.
Brooke Gallagher loved being a home economics teacher and cheerleading coach. Then an unexpected tragedy forced her to take some time off. Now she’s back in D.C. and despite the intensity of her tropical encounter with Logan, she’s shocked to bump into him again. Logan’s dealing with his own issues (including a newly discovered half-sister) and he’s itching to get back on the road. More than anything, Brooke wants to be there for him. But first, he has to decide if love is enough to keep him in one place.
I absolutely adore this series and to be honest, it has made me an avid fan of Ms. Barth’s writing. GIVING IT ALL is sweet, emotional, filled with humor and really great dialogue, and is the perfect book for a lazy day.
Each of the Naked Men has been heavily influenced by the events of ten years ago, but for Logan Marsh it’s a little different because he was indulging his ‘selfish’ needs when his friends went off and got into trouble. His persistence led to their rescue, but since then he has dedicated himself to search and rescue missions in disaster areas on behalf of his family’s foundation. Logan is on one of such missions when he gets some personal news that has him on the next flight back home, but bad weather conditions necessitate a layover in the Caribbean, which ends on a positive note when Logan reunites with an old school crush.
Brooke Gallagher grew up privileged but loves her job as a teacher at her old prep school, at least until a tragic happening forces her to take some time off. Now she’s trying to heal and put her life together and her trip is a part of the process. Connecting with an old crush may not be exactly what the doctor ordered, but is just the temporary pick up she needs, especially as she’ll be starting over in a new city once she gets back home.
Logan and Brooke have one thing in common: their experiences have left them feeling guilty for not doing more and have also made them skittish about committing to anything or anyone long-term and a brief affair seems like the way to go, but spending every available waking hour together might be the thing to make them want more than that and they’ll both need tons of courage to actually go for what they want. For Logan, the additional pressure to take over the administrative responsibilities at the foundation has him further feeling stifled plus a previously unknown sibling thrown into that mix creates a major upheaval for him. Will he be able to sort through all of these things and make the best choices for him? Or will he let his fears rob him of happiness?
This book has so much going for it. The bond between the guys, the way they unconditionally support each other and the fun dialogue make you want to join them and for me, it is the best part of the series. The emotional angle was unexpected but still worked with the rest of the story and I like how Ms. Barth handled all of it. Despite what they were dealing with, Brook and Logan handled their complicated relationship in a mature, honest and upbeat way, with little drama and angst, showing growth through all of it. All in all, a really great read!
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