*This was a book I purchased. All thoughts about the book are my own. I have not been compensated in any way for my review*
Taking What’s His — Jen McLaughlin (writing as Diane Alberts)
Firstly, hello readers! I have MISSED YOU. I know I said that I was going to be posting more, but obviously that hasn’t happened. The short story is that I started a new job at a hospital in my field of study (I’m a Pharmacy Technician) so I’ve started working 40 hour weeks and I’m basically exhausted all the time.
This book, Taking What’s His is the first book I’ve read in months. Since probably April? It’s crazy, and totally unhealthy for my sanity to go so long without a book to get lost in.
LUCKILY, I found this book. I got lost in it when I wasn’t at work. (Do you know how hard it was to know that my kindle was in my locker while I was doing pharmacy tech things? SO HARD)
In Taking What’s His we have Lydia Thomas. A generally all around good girl that hasn’t had the best luck with past relationships. Her brother is former military and has an overprotective streak a MILE WIDE (not kidding, you’ll understand when you meet Steven). We also have Steven’s best friend, Holt Cunningham. Who’s tall and handsome…and also kinda nerdy. He’s also a badass former military man. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a hunky, badass nerd type until I met Holt. There are a LOT of Dr. Who references in this book. I personally haven’t watched the Dr… but my aunt has and loved it. I’ve seen enough references about it on Tumblr so I could get most of what the references were in the book. Ex, I know who Ten is. I don’t think it will take anything away from the book if you aren’t a Dr. Who fan.
I love, love, loved this book.
It starts off with a chance encounter and a one night stand with no last names exchanged. Y’know. Like most one night stands (or how I assume) go. Lydia figures out who Holt is first, and keeps her pretty little mouth shut, because she knows that he will stop this thing between them if he finds out that he’s with his best friend’s little sister. Whom he’s never met. When Holt finds out who she is, he’s understandably pissed. I probably would have been pissed too if I had been in his shoes.
Holt tries to follow the “bro code” and keep his hands off Lydia (much to her displeasure) but…well… that’s easier said than done. When it’s right, it’s right.
I loved their relationship. She’s concerned about him, but doesn’t try to change him. She loves him for who he is… flaws and all. He loves her (even when he doesn’t know that he does) even though she has a scary older brother that can kick his ass, and that sometimes she’s a little too stubborn for her own good.
Though, like any good romance novel, there’s some upset that happens on their path to happiness. In the words of Holt: “I fucked up big”. Yes. Yes you did, Holt. BIG. It almost made me cry when Lydia and Holt were going through their rough patch. That’s how involved I got in this book. It made my little ginger heart hurt when she was upset.
I loved the ending and the epilogue. Holy shit, I loved the epilogue.
This book is firmly in place in my favorites selection in my kindle.
If you love big badass nerdy guys, sweet nurses that have no problem telling said badass nerd when he’s being an ass that he’s BEING AN ASS, and Dr. Who references… you’ll love this book.
Jen McLaughlin is amazing and I can’t wait to read another book by her. I give this one a very solid and well deserved (in my opinion) 10/10. Go read this book!