07 May 2015

Love So Irresistible (The Lawson Brothers #3) by Marquita Valentine

Love So Irresistible (The Lawson Brothers #3)
by Marquita Valentine.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 14th 2015.
All former Navy SEAL Mason Lawson craves is solitude. Unfortunately, his new neighbor won’t allow him the peace he so desperately needs. Between the traffic and the music, Mason is constantly on edge—not exactly what the doctor ordered for someone recovering from a bullet to the leg. However, when he finally has enough and confronts his neighbor, nothing can prepare him for how hot he’d get for the teacher next door.

Piano teacher, Skylar Jernigan, loves everything about the town of Jessamine—from the quaint Main Street shops to the people who own them. Unfortunately, once she’s chewed up and spit out by her sexy neighbor, Skylar begins to question her decision to move to a new town. Until, that is, she learns he’s suffering from a war wound and refuses to have anything to do with his family.

Now, Skylar is determined to help Mason recover—mentally, physically and socially—until he turns the tables and sets out to seduce Skylar right out of her meddling ways. Only seduction turns into something more and soon, Mason can’t stop looking for excuses to be with her. But when the Navy wants Mason to reenlist for a dangerous mission, will Skylar be too irresistible for him to leave?

Reviewed by Kelly

Mason Lawson is an extremely broken man with a huge side of PTSD! He is the lone man standing from his Navy Seal unit. His leg is still healing. His mind hasn’t even begun to heal. He feels guilt. He is always angry and he has nightmares. Mason can’t handle being in crowds, and that means being around his very large family. He has a service dog, Bomber, to help him. And he most definitely can’t handle his only neighbor’s music coming from the kids his neighbor is teaching how to play instruments.

So Mason just lets his neighbor, Skylar, have it. She apologizes and says she will try to make things better with her music selections for them and more. She also tells him she can’t afford to fix her air conditioner so her windows need to be open. When he has an accident on his front lawn with all the music going on, he lapses into trouble. His leg is bleeding and he thinks he is in a war zone. Skylar comes to his aide and from there she sees he needs help. He won’t even see his family. It didn’t help that he might have been very handsome to her either. She now understands more about his trouble with noise and crowds. Skylar volunteers to take him home after his hospital stay. He takes her up on it. He wants very little attention.

Skylar is attracted to him and wants more with him. Mason is attracted to her as well. They both push towards the other but they are dancing together to two different songs so they are constantly stepping over the other's feet. I enjoyed that part where they are trying to come together and not hurt the other. Mason needs some butt kicking and love from Skylar if he wants to live in the world again. Skylar meets Lemon who helps her win over Mason. Skylar also plays her piano nightly. Mason had always thought it was the radio she played at night. It was always very soothing to him and he desperately needed that.

A few minutes later, he heard the first notes of her song. They wound around him, seeping into his soul. Tonight her song was playful yet soothing, as if she was replaying their dinner with her music. Skylar was truly talented, that he knew, but to give up what could have been a famous career, or famous by Jessamine standards type of career, to teach little kids gave him a glimpse into her soul. The music soared. As did his heart. Suddenly, the men who had died came to the forefront of his mind. But instead of their lifeless eyes and bloody corpses, he saw them as they were before- healthy and whole. Laughing, joking…fighting and arguing. Kicking his ass and getting theirs kicked in return. He saw every wedding and every child being proudly shown off. For once he didn’t feel guilty. For once he enjoyed what the music offered. The melody softened. Tears pricked at his eyes. What a beautiful soul Skylar was.

But Mason is difficult and makes it hard for the two of them to move forward. Well Skylar isn’t having it and pushes him to move forward. She has snark. He has attitude. I loved it!

I felt bad at seeing someone so broken physically and mentally. But Skylar is exactly what he needed. I loved their interactions. But what I really liked was that their cat and mouse game lasted a long while before the two had tangled legs and arms, if you know what I mean! So many books just jump right into bed. I like to feel the relationship move and see the doubts and get to know each other first. And Mason is definitely someone to understand first. It was so sweet to see how Bomber helped Mason relax too.

I really believe music can heal the soul and soothe us. Pets help us too and as much as I loved it in this book, I was crying too much over those elements and having difficulty in reading the book through tears.

Stories with big families attract me. We see how all the family interacts and how much they really want to help and sometimes feel helpless because they don't want your help. I get to learn more on each member and watch their family get bigger and bigger. I need to go back and read the other two now.

Here is something I would imagine Skylar playing for him and also a little bit of a Military Song of hope!

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

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