I’m so loving this man of the month series; alpha men finding their love trying not to give in but having no choice to what their heart wants. A must read
Hold on Tight
By Sweet- Paradise
Brooke and Spencer’s story is one that test time over and over. It will definitely keep you on your toes and at the edge of your seat. Most of all it’s a page turner fill with twists and turns along the way.
Really nice read
I'll admit I hated Spencer for a chapter. I saw where he was going and I wasn't happy. Luckily it worked out. I was so excited to see that there was a continuous side to the story. It picked up where the first one left off (maybe there was some overlap). But the characters are all still there. Each playing their role. I liked this book though not as much as the first one. I was so glad that Spencer and Brooke had history. It made it easier for them to fall in love.
The only downfall I had was some of the dialogue seemed forced. It didn't flow. It felt...wrong. But I'll get over it.
Still a great read.
Second chance romance with a Romeo & Juliet feel! Loved it!
By Mom's Cooking The Books
Hold on Tight is the second book in the new Man of The Month series. This book is the story of Mr. February and the story of Brooke and Spencer. Nothing is as delicious as second chance romance with a Romeo and Juliet type feel!
Brooke was introduced in book one when she met with Jenna to go over renovations for The Fix, the Sixth Street bar in Austin that they are trying to save from financial troubles. Brooke has her own Commercial Renovation Company, much to the disappointment of her parents. They are from the upper crust, her father is a lawyer and her mother is a doctor. They expected her to go to medical school and much to their disappointment, she chose another path.
Spencer is from a poor family. His father went from job to job and they lived in a trailer. His brother joined a local gang and was caught and put in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He was just in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong people. Spencer learned the construction trade from his father. Spencer and Brooke met and fell in love. Brooke’s family didn’t want Brooke to marry Spencer because of his family and background.
While planning a future with Brooke, Spencer worked construction and he was good with renovations. So good he approached the network about a television show and became a network star with Spencer’s Place. All was in motion for a happily ever after until Brooke called it off and they have been incommunicado for the last five years.
Spencer continued with Spencer’s Place until his friend and investment manager does some shady dealings and Spencer is in financial trouble. Spencer leaves the network and Spencer’s Place with one more season to film on his contract and returns to Austin. Spencer has been back in town for months and hasn’t run into his ex-finance Brooke until their paths cross when Brooke tries to broker a deal with the network to do a reno show on The Fix. The deal the network makes with Brooke is they will do the show if she does it with Spencer. He has a project on an old home he wants to do on Spencer’s Place, but the network plays the game if you do the reno show with Brooke then you can do the project on Spencer’s Place. They know of Spencer and Brooke’s troubled history and want that drama for the show.
I really disliked Spencer in the beginning. He is bitter and very angry. He wants Brooke to hurt as badly as he did, and he wants revenge. Brooke and Spencer have not spoken in five years and he has no idea the hell and heartbreak Brooke has been through since she had to call off the wedding to the only man she has ever loved and still loves.
Brooke and Spencer have a lot of issues and hurt to move through. This is a bittersweet second chance romance. There are secrets, bitterness, and regret that have to be dealt with. As the story unfolds, details are revealed, and secrets are told. My heart hurt for both of them. Spencer redeemed himself and I began to root of them to turn their relationship around.
This second chance romance with a Romeo and Juliet feel is just the thing to help with the winter blahs. I really enjoyed Mr. February and really look forward to Mr. March!
Hold On Tight by J. Kenner is book #2 in the Man of the Month series...
Hold On Tight by J. Kenner is book #2 in the Man of the Month series. In order to save their local bar the owners of The Fix are doing a man of the month competition and a bar renovation reality tv show. Spencer Dean has lost a lot in his life, his brother to jail, and the woman of his dreams on their wedding day. Most recently he was scammed out of his money. He has one more renovation on his reality tv contract and renovating The Fix will get him past that and on to a show renovating a mansion he has always wanted. The only problem, Brooke Hamlin, the woman who left him at the alter is who he will be working with. Will that be a deal killer, or an opportunity for retribution.
Brooke has been trying to get out from under her family's thumb and having her own renovation business, highlighted in a reality tv show to revitalize The Fix is perfect. Spencer's involvement is gut wrenching. Leaving him 5 years before was a choice that was forced on her, but what will Spencer do with her? To her? Her need to get her business off the ground is first and foremost and Spencer is a wild card in her plans.
I liked the use of locations and atmospheres that were both in flashbacks to Brooke and Spencer's past as well as the present day. Their history is passionate and the family details from both are driving forces for the situations they have been in. The dynamic between them in undeniable and I liked that it was not needlessly torturous. Yes there was a sense of past hanging over them, but the positive side of their history and love was not dampened. I enjoyed the development of the overall story arc as well as specific plot in this book. Spencer and Brooke are the driving forces amid a torrent of various eddies.
Overall I enjoyed Hold On Tight by J. Kenner and Brooke and Spencer's characters. This was a passionate, fun and fulfilling book.
(I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Meet Mr February: Spencer Dean
Meet Mr February: Spencer Dean. Spencer and Brooke are a second chance romance. Both are still nursing their broken hearts for one another and then are thrown together for a reality show to spruce up our beloved Fix on Sixth. Family tore them apart before and continues to threatens them again. Read to find out if our couple survive!
I love the concept of this series. Although this is book two, I felt that it was so well written that it could be read solo. It was that awesome.
The desire between Spencer and Brooke was hot! I felt each of their sorrows and quickly became their biggest cheerleader. That kind of bond with characters and readers isn't luck. It's pure talent. And J Kenner has that in spades! A fantastic read!
Mr. February & a Second Chance Romance
By Fairest Reviews
Any future together for Spencer Dean and Brooke Hamlin stopped being a possibility five years ago when Brooke broke Spencer’s heart and walked away without a second glance and without an explanation as to the reasons behind her abrupt departure.
But the past always has a way of encroaching on the present and when Brooke’s future career depends on Spencer’s acquiescence, it’s clear that if these two don’t make amends and have an honest conversation about what happened all those years ago, Spencer and Brooke’s hearts will never mend and Brooke will never have a chance to prove she can handle herself in front of and behind the camera.
I love second chance romance stories, especially when the love the hero and heroine felt for each other never dissipated. In Spencer’s perspective, Brooke is the reason his life imploded, leaving him unable to move past how she left things and the many unanswered questions he has. But while it’s clear that it was Brooke’s actions that destroyed her relationship with Spencer, what readers are told about the circumstances surrounding their break up is much needed information - insight that absolutely proves that the decision was forced upon her and the fact that she’s berated herself and broken her own heart many times over attempting to deal with the fallout of her involuntary act shows just how much she regretted losing the only man she’s ever loved.
The premise behind J. Kenner’s Man of the Month series is to provide fast paced sultry and sweet reads that invite readers to experience hot and heavy encounters between the heroes and the heroines, and while there is some backstory provided and the plot has some substance to it in terms of why the characters are coming together - to save their favorite bar - The Fix on Sixth - and how all the characters are connected, these stories aren’t meant to dive too deep into anything too dramatic or emotional, keeping things mostly light and interweaving those moments with the sizzling encounters experienced by the hero and the heroine.
Two spots in the calendar have been filled, but there are still ten more to assign, and I can’t wait to see which males become Mr. March through December…I’m sure they’ll be gorgeous and also have to be persuaded to participate…just like the first two.
4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
What a perfect title!!!!
I don’t think a book has ever had a better title. I am so sucked in to this series. I am so glad Julie is writing this series. This is the second book in the Man of the Month series. So far as we have gone along in this series it is only getting better. In this book Spencer is a man that is from the wrong side of the tracks. Brooke is a woman that has that family that has the money and means to get things done. Luckily for Spencer,Brooke is nothing like her Dad. Five years before Brooke’s Dad made her choose between her happiness and a person’s life. Now can Spencer and Brooke get past everything to work together to better their lives. I love these books.
Review: Man of the Month 2: Hold On Tight
Hold on Tight by J. Kenner is the second book in her new 12 book Man of the Month series. Told in dual POV this is the second chance love story of Spencer Dean and Brooke Hamlin and the series story arc of this larger group of friends efforts to save their favorite bar, The Fix on Sixth.
Spencer and Brooke have a past together. It's complicated if you know all the details as we readers do early on, and heartbreaking when you only know some of the details as poor Spencer has only known for the past few years. He is set for revenge on Brooke, she is, after all, the one who broke his heart and has ruined all relationships for him after their split.
Brooke has been carrying the secret reason for leaving Spencer on her shoulders alone for a long time. She is still head over heels in love with him and had the best of reasons for what she did. Unfortunately, she never told him why and now, having to work together on their home improvement show filming renovations at The Fix, things get complicated and heated FAST.
Well-written and well-paced, this was another great read and I'm excited with how each of the upcoming characters are gently weaved into the plots in earlier stories without being obtrusive to the current story. Enjoy!