SEAL and music teacher
By kastan man
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mason returned home from war a broken man, physically and emotionally. He does not believe he can be healed and has difficulty interacting with even his family. He is ready to give his neighbor, Skylar, an earful about her noisy music students but is stopped by an episode. Skylar loves teaching music and moved where she can teach and not ridiculed for wasting her talents. She recognizes that Mason needs someone to care for him and check on him despite his gruff demeanor and words.
Another wonderful Lawson brothers story. I love when characters talk to one another. This does not mean there are no misunderstands, but Mason and Skylar communicate. Mason feels he would only hurt Skylar and she knows she cannot be the only one making the effort.
Better n better
By 512 books
🚒 wow can someone come put my fire out..... These books are too hot
Oh, how I love these Lawson brothers!
Skylar has spent her entire life moving from town to town, following the circuses and fairs at which her father worked. But now that he’s passed on, she’s on her own, and putting down roots seems like the next logical step. Her attempt at stable living finds her in a little house on an out-of-the-way property, right next door to a man who can’t seem to stand her. He won’t say hello, complains about the noise from her music students, and seems bound and determined to keep her out of his life. If only he didn't need someone just like her.
The Verdict: Oh, how I love these Lawson brothers! Unlike other series I've read, the guys in these books have some rather serious flaws. There was the one who went to prison for fraud — of which he was absolutely guilty — and now we meet Mason, the wounded veteran suffering from PTSD, overwhelming guilt, and enough anger to scare away everyone who tries to love him.
Skylar isn’t your typical romance novel heroine, either. She’s led a somewhat free-spirited life, and while there are some family issues in her past, they don’t really seem to define her. She did move to Jessamine to be nearer to Holland Springs, where her mother’s people are from, but aside from idle curiosity and maybe a certain sense of belonging in that area, she’s not on some mission to reconnect or right the wrongs of the past. She’s simply trying to settle herself somewhere, make an honest living sharing her passion for music with children who want to learn, and then maybe see where life takes her. Her last long-term relationship fell apart when the man she was with was more interested in achieving the highest financial and societal success with music, never really understanding why Skylar, extremely talented and educated at Julliard, would choose to spend her time as a small-town music teacher.
Mason’s got all the issues you'd expect for a wounded vet. He was the only one from his group to survive the attack that permanently disabled him, and he’s consumed with guilt and anger. He’s also not sure what to do with himself now, since being a SEAL absolutely defined him, and now he’s lost that path. He’s angry with everyone, incapable of being around crowds or loud noises, plagued by nightmares and constant pain, and tired of the pity he sees in everyone’s eyes when they look at him. And being even halfway civil to the pretty music teacher next door is next to impossible, especially since it’s the noise coming from her practicing students that has him cringing.
The moment Mason and Skyler really meet for the first time is sweet, sad, and funny all at once. But as unreasonable as he may be, she doesn’t have it in her to turn her back on someone who so desperately needs understanding and kindness. The way she shrugs off his rudeness and doesn't let it show when his comments get to her is just enough to make her stand out to him, even if that’s not exactly what she was going for. As coincidence combined with a little effort on her part brings them together more often, Mason begins to let go of the darkness that’s been holding him back and let himself enjoy spending time with the woman he can't help but be attracted to. Things quickly heat up between them, and before too long, they're stepping into relationship waters.
While the plot itself is pretty standard, the characters are not, and the emotion jumps right off the pages as they navigate a relationship that neither of them were necessarily looking for. Skyler is patient and giving for as long as she can be, and Mason navigates the hurdles in his own heart as best he can. His “grand gesture” late in the book is both sweet and heartbreaking, knowing just how difficult it was for him to even attempt such a simple thing.
Of course, my favorite moment in the book was his deal with Tristan there toward the end. Sure, it didn't have a whole lot to do with Mason and Skyler, other than making him get off his butt and chase down what he wanted, but it just goes to show how invested I am now in the Lawson clan! I simply can’t wait to get the next story and see Lemon get the happily ever after she so deserves!
***FicCentral received this book from Wordsmith Publicity for free in exchange for an honest review.
Love So Irresistible
By Eileen A-W
Love So Irresistible, by Marquita Valentine, is the third book in her Lawson Brother’s series. In this story we meet Navy Seal Mason Lawson and piano teacher Skylar Jernigan. Skylar has moved next door to Mason who is recovering from PTSD and other injuries sustained in combat. Skylar is teaching music the town’s children, nut the noise is driving Mason nuts. He can’t handle the loudness. These two characters are both broken and need help in healing, which Ms. Valentine allows to happen as the story progresses.
It’s not just the chemistry between Mason & Skylar that creates this wonderful story. Then there is the way each wants to help the other live, love, and gain that needed confidence to trust one another. Skylar buys noise reducing headphones for Mason. Mason pays to have her air conditioning repaired so Skylar can close the windows. Skylar buys too much food and shares it with Mason, so he will eat. Mason takes Skylar out on his boat and swimming in the ocean, teaching her to relax. Skylar is a gift musician and Mason shows her that there is more to life.
I really enjoyed revisiting with the people of the town of Jessamine, including the McCoy sisters and Brody’s brothers. It’s perfect that Ms. Valentine’s the town is located near Holland Springs, home to her previous series. It was also interesting to learn that Skylar’s mother is a Holland, one more connection.
Ms. Valentine gift of writing wonderful and sexy books shines throughout this book. I cannot say enough how much I loved this story.
I highly recommend this book as readers will fall in love with this couple, the town, and the secondary characters. I cannot wait for the next book in this series which features Tristan, Mason’s twin.
So many emotions!
By Christine Menditto
This book had me running through so many emotions I didn't know what to do. Everything that Mason was going through broke my heart. Skylar was amazingly patient and understanding. The Lawson brothers keep sucking me in! And who doesn't love an awesome service dog named Bomber thrown in. I wish I could move to Jessamine! It seems like such an awesome town with amazing people!
Love the brothers. Great read. Looking forward to Lemons happy ending.
Love So Irresistible ( Lawson Brothers Book 3)
Mason Lawson is a former SEAL, severely wounded and very angry. Angry he is alive and his fellow SEAL's are not, angry that he's in severe pain, angry his family is interfering in his fall to the bottom of a bottle. Add a new neighbor who has the nerve to teach music to local children in her home, making irritatingly loud noise and he's becoming undone. The only beating heart he can tolerate around him is his therapy dog Bomber. He is constantly by Mason's side, not lecturing or feeling sorry for him.
Skylar Jernigan was raised in the Carnie with her Dad. Her mother left when she was a child, and they moved constantly. Her Dad finally found a job with a paper mill, and they set down roots. But her Dad succumbed to one of the poisonous chemicals they used, and Skylar was on her own. She wandered for a while, then moved to Jessamine, bought a house and set down roots. She supported herself by teaching music and being a substitute teacher at the local school. Life seemed pretty normal until she finally met the "grumpy old man" next door. It was not a pleasant meeting, but after hearing Mason's story her natural instincts to help kicked in. Despite his constant complaining and bickering.
There is a beautiful love story in this book, the build up only makes it sweeter. Before Mason realizes it, he needs Skylar more than he needs to breathe. The banter and quips between these two are hysterical and I found myself really falling for Mason. Skylar becomes friends with one of the McCoy sisters, Lemon, and even takes a road trip to Holland Springs. The one thing Mason can't push from his mind is his life as a SEAL and he feels he is a danger to Skylar. He turns away, but knows it will destroy him. The epilogue......sigh...... is perfect. If your a fan of Ms. Valentine's books, you will love this visit with the Lawson brothers. If your not, what are you waiting for? Grab this book.
I purchased this book.
Pat Fordyce 5 Stars