Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Title: Rugged
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 10, 2016


Laurel Young needs a plan, and fast. After her reality TV boss has a major meltdown, not-so-fun employment seems inevitable--unless she can pitch the idea of a lifetime. When she sees Flint McKay's audition tape - flannelled, handsome as hell, and building a house with his own two hands - she knows she's found her secret weapon. The women of America are going to love him, especially if she can convince him to try building without the flannel shirt.

Only problem is, Flint didn’t make that tape - and he has zero interest in trading the wilds of Western Massachusetts for the bright lights of Hollywood. But Laurel isn’t the kind of girl to take no for an answer. Soon, she's knee-deep in rustic charm, and getting plenty of hands-on experience. And it turns out, this city girl and country guy may have a few things in common after all, like crazy hot chemistry, a wild side, and a weakness for good whiskey...

But can their behind-the-scenes connection last once the world falls in love with Flint? And will this be the big break both of them need- or leave them in the dirt?

Find out in Lila Monroe’s fun, sexy new novel!

*This is a stand-alone novel with HEA. No cliff-hangers!*

My Review

**I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Massachusetts: it's adorable here. 
That really should be on those "Welcome to Massachusetts signs." I am a proud Masshole. I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and I got really excited when I realized that the bulk of this book was going to take place there. That NEVER happens! I don't know why the author chose to set the book, there but I thank her for it. Northampton really is a great place!  

So here is the deal...Laurel works in reality television and needs to come up with the next big thing. And fast because her job depends on it. While she is going through some old video submissions, she comes across Flint's tape. Her instincts tell her that a reality show about Flint doing home improvements would be an instant hit. So she flies out, after leaving a few messages and not hearing back from him, to Western Massachusetts to get him to sign on. 

Flint is content with his life at home, but the family hardware business is in trouble. This reality show could be the way to save the business, but Flint never expected that video to see the light of day and has a lot of doubts about being a reality television star. In fact, he is quite rude to Laurel when he says no, but later that night he sees her at the local watering hole and she manages to change his mind. Laurel reassures him that she is on his side and will not only make sure he comes across in the best way possible, but will also do everything she can to help save the family business. 

I knew that Laurel and Flint working together was going to be interesting, but it was also wicked HOT. They felt an instant attraction to each other and even though they tried their hardest to be professional, they couldn't help themselves. I really liked them together. I think they both had preconceived notions about the other person and  were both pleasantly surprised at how wrong they were. From the start there was a level of comfort, especially for Flint, that allowed them to have an easy relationship, both professionally and personally. I couldn't wait for the moment they got their HEA. 

This was such a delightful read. There are some great secondary characters in this story including Flint's sister, Callie, who I loved. She's a harried, stay at home mom who loves reality television and is Flint's (and Laurel's) biggest cheerleader. Callie, along with some of the production people provided the story with some comic relief that had me laughing out loud more than once. This was my first Lila Monroe book and will definitely be checking out some of her other stuff.

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Author Bio

Amazon bestselling author, queen of the short-reads, and expert at playdough, Lila Monroe loves to read and write tales of sexy Billionaires. Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote her first serial, The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.

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