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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: CAUGHT UP IN YOU

Caught Up In You (The Monroes) by [Bennett, Jules] 
The Monroe brothers have their differences, but one project unites them: turning an antebellum mansion in their Haven, Georgia, hometown into a peaceful spa. It was the dream of their late sister—and it’s about to set off a major renovation in the life of middle brother Braxton. . .

Braxton Monroe’s taking a break from teaching to do some strenuous work on a Civil War–era house, and feeling the strain in every rock-hard muscle. Good thing he has to interview massage therapists for the spa—even if it’s embarrassing to meet a job candidate in his boxers. Cora Buchanan has hands so talented—and a voice so sultry—he wants to hire her before he even lifts his head from the table. But he’s shocked to meet her outside the massage room—with her seeing-eye dog, Heidi the yellow lab.
Cora has left her family—and fianc√©—in Atlanta to make her way in this small town. All her parents’ money can’t restore her sight, but it’s up to her to restore her independence. Though she bristles at Braxton’s protectiveness, she too feels lingering effects from their intimate touch. Now that he’s her boss, it’s strictly hands-off. . . .Until a secret she’s keeping destroys his fragile trust, and they must find the courage to knock down the walls between them.   AMAZON   4 STARS

Both of the main characters, were good ones.  I enjoyed the take-charge attitude that Cora exudes.  
It's a newer one for her but she's needed it to fight for the new life that she wants.  She finally figures out that she has been living her life molded to what other people wanted and expected of her.  Mainly her parents, who live and breathe business.  They care more about how her choices effect that than what she wants.  It was another painful moment for her but if got her moving.  The first meeting between Cora and Braxton was interesting to say the least.  Braxton was the known, peacemaker of the family.  He was caring and kind but often stood back from getting involved with other people's problems, outside of his family.  Cora blew all those defenses down almost immediately.  H was attracted to her of course, but he found himself wanting to see her happy and she also made the protective, possessive gene pop out.  It surprised even him.  No, he didn't dominate her, he could see she needed to have her independence too.  So, most of the time he made sure there was a good balance of help.  Overall, I enjoyed this book. 
There were a couple of repetitive themes that after awhile I wished there wasn't quite as much focus on.  But I get it.  The fact that Braxton dwelled on how impressed he was with her ability to cope with blindness was one of them, it was repeated several times.   I didn't mind when he actually pointed out what it was that impressed him, that was different.  They also did a lot of comparing of their ex's, in their minds.   Braxton comparing how different she was from his ex-fiance Anna  (he hoped) and Cora with her wanna-be fiance, Eric (she hoped).  The Monroe brothers were a loyal, but also dysfunctional healing group of men dealing with sorrow and past hurts.  Sophie was a special woman to one of the men and I liked her a lot too.  There were other secondary people who added to the story.  



I received a copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  

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