All That I Am (Men of Monroe #1) by Rachel Brookes

A kickass home décor boutique – tick
A sassy mouth and absolutely no filter – tick
A wall so strong no man could ever tear it down - tick, tick, tick!

Or so I thought.

Until I meet Detective Ben Hunt, the owner of exquisite blue eyes, a god-like physique and a seductive smirk that makes me weak at the knees. He charges into my life like a force of nature. No matter how hard I try to keep the walls up around my heart, he’s made it his mission to shatter them. I have no chance of resisting him, but I would make sure I won this tug of war.

Which was what I wanted. 

Right? When did the idea of losing myself to him start to sound so good?

I wish Ben was the only battle I faced. There’s a reason this small town needs a good detective. One way or another I’m going to have to brace for impact, because no wall I build can stop the new threat thundering toward Monroe. 

After all, secrets only stay a secret for so long around here.


ellie's $0.02:

Ah. Rachel Brookes.  So good to have you back.  And oh how I've missed your storytelling.  It has to be just like riding a bike, because this writing and storytelling was smooth and flawless.

Rachel comes back into the book world with a bang with Ben and his alphaness and Sassy Sasha.  Two opposites that definitely attract.  And that attractiveness and chemistry sizzles right off the pages of this one.

Just enough angst and mystery to keep you guessing on the side story of these two banging each other (i.e. falling in love, but yes, banging each other).  It's a sweet love story, hot sex, humorous dialogue and character personalities... and yeah, that small twang of mystery and secrets lingering in the story.  Oh, and don't forget the bad guys and girls.  They are there keeping us all guessing.  Bad as in criminal, not as in... well... never mind. 

The characters (Ben), the characters (Ben), the characters (Ben and Austin) were my favorite.  Lovved them all, even the unruly ones.  Perfectly developed and brought to life.  

I was fortunate enough to be able to edit this one.  If there are hiccups, blame me, not the author.  It was fun digging at Rachel's amazing Aussie slang and making her sound American.  And each round of edits brought on a huge sigh and eye roll from me that I HAD to read about hot Ben Hunt AGAIN.  *sigh*