Tuesday, July 30, 2019

All It Takes by Kristen Proby

In Kristen Proby’s second novel in her Romancing Manhattan series, a playboy vows never to commit—until he meets the one woman he’s tempted to break his promise for.

Quinn Cavanaugh doesn’t do anything halfway. He drives fast, works hard, and plays even harder. And the word “commitment” doesn’t exist in his dictionary. He has no plans of settling down with one woman for he needs to be free to move on to the next big thing—whatever or whoever that may be. Each party knows the score going into it, and it’s all been working out fine. That is, until a sexy new colleague enters the scene.

Sienna Hendricks doesn’t give much thought to Quinn and the revolving door leading to his bedroom. She’s way too picky about who she shares her time or her body with and screwing around with a colleague isn’t part of her plan either. Quinn doesn’t intimidate her. And unlike most other members of her sex, she doesn’t melt into a puddle at his feet whenever he’s near. Most importantly, she has no issues telling him no.

But for a man who has the world at his feet, Quinn isn’t accustomed to being rejected. And he’s not about to let that change—no matter how persistent Sienna is. To his surprise, Sienna is everything he thought he’d never find. Pursuing her, and convincing her he's changed, is going to be the biggest challenge of his life. One he’s completely up for…

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Sienna is a great attorney. Encouraged from a young age to follow her dream, both her father and her uncle have always been her biggest cheerleaders. When her grandfather passes away, the reading of the will uncovers a century old mystery and, despite being attracted to opposing counsel, Sienna is determined to prove him and his client wrong.

Quinn loves his job. While at a will reading, he has to step forward and expose that what was bequeathed to the city might not be legal. The spitfire who stands up to him, Sienna, is intriguing and attractive.

Both Quinn and Sienna are trying to find the truth. However, secrets and their job can sometimes be hard to handle. Despite being opposition, Quinn and Sienna find that they are having a difficult time fighting their attraction.

Secrets are never a good thing in a relationship. But when secrets expose what is truly behind their case, Quinn and Sienna have to decide if they can put aside their differences and if their relationship will survive.

Proby, once again, shows that a true relationship is one of mutual respect and admiration. I love how these characters developed and evolved throughout the story and hope that we get to see more of them. I also really hope that we get to see a story for Sienna’s sister, because it seems that she has a lot of layers to her.

This is the second book in the series, and I absolutely loved it. I would recommend that you read book one first as it is an ongoing story, and getting the background on the Cavanaugh men is helpful – it is also an excellent story, so why miss out? Quinn is the troubled brother, still hurting from his father and sister's death, he is very close to his mother, fearing she will be next. He is very family centred, even if he has playboyish ways! Seeing Finn settle down has definitely changed his attitude about life though, and he will do anything for his niece, Gabby.

Whilst this is a dreamy, sexy, and wonderful romance – one can guarantee that Proby will deliver on this score every time – it is also a really exciting mystery, with a brilliantly unexpected and rather shocking twist! I absolutely loved the sorting through old boxes to find evidence scenes, even though as I write it, I question how that can possibly be exciting!! We are drawn into the mystery from the very beginning, and as I say, be prepared to have your expectations overturned!

Quinn and Sienna may be on opposing sides legally in the case, but thanks to a court ruling, they are bound to work together. This clears up a lot of the ethical issues that any of us, and they may have of starting a relationship – although I am not sure that Quinn ever expected the dilemma that he faced. As they fall further into a meaningful love affair, one inevitably waits for the problems that will arise, and they do, but these two articulate, intelligent people are able to communicate about the issue and see it for the obstacle that it is rather than the end of something so special. This was very pleasing, and gave credence to the characters that were written.

A hugely satisfying and enjoyable read – I cannot wait for the next installment and to find out what further treats are in store for us.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
I love Kristen Proby's books. Each book has a way of making you invest in the characters to the point that you stay up all night just to see how the story ends. Then you are disgusted with yourself because its 3 a.m. and you have to get up in four hours AND you have to wait for the next book in the series.

The characters of Quinn and Sienna are very well written and I was pulling for them from the beginning. I loved the way the judge assigned them to work together to get the information together for the sake of both of their clients.

The way Quinn cares for Sienna and wants her to succeed is amazing. He doesn't care if his client wins or loses, he just wants Sienna's happiness. Sienna is grateful for the support that Quinn has given her. He respects her abilities as an attorney and as a woman.

When Sienna's world crumbles around her, she withdraws from Quinn and it crushes him. Knowing that she needs time to come to grips with what's going on in her world, he gives it to her, but Quinn is not a man to give up. Sienna knows that it’s not Quinn's fault that her family fell apart, but she's not ready to embrace her happily ever after.

Luckily for her, Quinn is a patient man.

This is such a great series and I think this second book might be even better than the first. This time, the story is all about two New York lawyers forced to work together to discover who actually owns the land Sienna’s grandfather bequeathed to the city.

The chemistry between Sienna and Quinn is fabulous. Sparks fly between the two lawyers from the start, and as their case becomes murkier, chemistry turns into trust, friendship, and something more. While the first story in this series was all money and glamour, Sienna brings a refreshing sense of normality to this second book. Her work as a city lawyer doesn’t bring in much money, but it allows her a healthy work-life balance. While I enjoyed London in the first book, Sienna feels more real and more relatable.

I love the way Quinn and Sienna work for each other in so many different ways. Sienna adds some balance to his life while still challenging him intellectually. I also enjoyed getting to know the Cavanaugh family better. This is a fun, easy read that I read in a single sitting.

Also Available in the Romancing Manhattan Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

Also Available on Audiobook

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Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo

For reviews & more info, check out our All the Way post.

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of All It Takes (Romancing Manhattan #2) by Kristen Proby to read and review.

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