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Lovers to friends to lovers…could it get any more complicated?One thing Carissa Brandt knows: spontaneity always gets her in trouble. Still, she’s gone and jumped head first into an impulsive summer renovation project with her fingers crossed. When her contractor turns out to be a cheat, it seems her only lifeline is the proffered hand of Josh Hudson—the sexy Marine who leLovers to friends to lovers…could it get any more complicated?One thing Carissa Brandt knows: spontaneity always gets her in trouble. Still, she’s gone and jumped head first into an impulsive summer renovation project with her fingers crossed. When her contractor turns out to be a cheat, it seems her only lifeline is the proffered hand of Josh Hudson—the sexy Marine who left her aching for more than their single night together three years ago. Josh has two hard and fast rules: never mix business with pleasure and don’t look twice at women his friends have dated, much less loved. It makes life in a small town simple—or it would, if he wasn’t harboring a secret with the potential to destroy his good name and the reputation of a woman he can’t get out of his head. When Carissa finds herself in a bind, Josh’s integrity—both personal and professional—won’t let her fail. Will working together finally extinguish the attraction lingering between them? Or will the smoldering embers of their passionate rendezvous ignite all over again and set aflame the friendships they cherish the most?Warning: This book contains a hella-sexy, inked up hero, a spunky heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, smokin’ hot sex, and enough swearing to make your momma blush. For readers 18+....

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Can't Shake You Reviews

  • ♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
    2018-11-20 05:27

    4 Gorgeously Romantic StarsFriends to lovers and other complications!!!This is the story of Carissa and Josh.... their paths crossed 3 years before.... time passed.... things and other people happened... What will happen now???Carissa impulsively takes on a summer renovation project but things don't quite go to plan with her contractor. Luckily for her, ex Marine Josh has his very own contractor business and offers a helping hand. Is that all that's on offer??? Josh and Carissa are drawn inexplicably to one another but they have one big stumbling block.... A code of honour. A pact!! Do not mess with your friends exes.... Neither of them wants to lose a valuable friendship.... or risk the wrath of their close-knit community.Our Hero and HeroineCarissa’s a good girl at heart. She tries to do the right thing and avoid situations that will cause unease. And she believes she SHOULD NOT be fantasizing about Josh!! No! No! No!I love her sassy personality, her feistiness. She doesn’t just fall into his arms. Josh has to work for it and this makes us the reader want it even more…..Anticipation and longing is wonderful. Josh's moral fibre is admirable. He’s such a good man... and incredible sexy! It was a refreshing change to read about him, and it helped that he's as sexy as hell!! He wants to do the right thing by everyone.But Josh has a secret…. A secret that could ruin his friendship??? Maybe?? And Carissa could suffer from small mind mentality??They needed to keep things uncomplicated. NO emotional involvement… Are some things worth the risk? Drama, drama!!Her emotions were slightly contrary at times.I kept having a slight nagging question in my head... but why???Why can't you be together???The situation with the ex-boyfriend seemed amicable... They're friends so, the 'drama' and reason Josh and Carissa are off limits to each other is a tad unnecessary, if I'm absolutely 100% honest, but at the same time, for some reason, I found it plausible??? I believed that the characters believed it, however misguided they were, if that makes sense? For me character motivation and believibility are very important so I did give this aspect of the story some thought. There's a whole lot of drama with Josh's building company that added further layers to the story and the budding relationship of Josh and CarissaLovely feelingsMy heart hurt a little each time he thought a relationship with Carissa was not possible, he was just so lovely....Their intense attraction to one another became palpable. I love stories where the main characters have such an intense pull towards each other. There are some incredibly HOT times. Smoking!! I enjoyed that a lot!!The story is told from a dual point of view, which is always luscious, and it occasionally went back in time to cover key events from the past. I loved that because it gave me so much more understanding and meaning. And in the end, after all the drama.... (view spoiler)[“She’d give him forever if he wanted her to.” (hide spoiler)]Just beautiful!!!The story is a stand alone, although happily, there's a second story about another character in the book coming soon!! Can't Shake You is a SUPER, GORGEOUS, ROMANTIC read!!! By the end the character's feelings were so intense my heart was fit to burst for them.... If you like spending your reading time on a romantic cloud with some character driven drama, you will enjoy this pretty read. Arc received, via Netgally, for an honest review.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • J *deep in the heart of Texas*
    2018-11-17 00:46

    3--Bros Before Hoes--Stars!!What can I say?? I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I think my biggest problem was with the conflict. So three years ago Carissa was in town visiting her friend Maddie when she meets Josh. It's love at first sight and all that jazz and they end up spending the night together and having the best sex of their lives. Only for Josh to be deployed a few weeks later. While, Josh is gone Carissa ends up dating Josh's best friend Reed, aka Fletcher. They break up shortly after Josh returns but now things are all weird for everyone. Apparently Josh, Reed and all of their buddies had this big Bros before Hoes clause. But Josh and Carissa never told anyone they slept together. Carissa is flipping a house and it turns out she's getting screwed over by her contractor and so Josh swoops in and saves the day. So naturally, things between Josh and Carissa heat back up again....what with the off the charts sex and all. But hooking back up would be a direct violation of the bros before hoes clause. "But she had to realize that giving in to their primal urges was wrong in every way imaginable. And the repercussions for getting involved again, if anyone ever found out, would be nothing less than nasty for both of them."I mean FFS, these people are in their mid to late twenties, who gives a shit who sleeps with whom. You people are adults, act like it. Talk to Reed. No, instead they act like they are still in high school and keep it a big secret. So of course it all blows up when it could have been avoided by a simple conversation. Sadly, I also thought the side story of someone targeting Josh didn't add anything to the story. Not to mention, I figured out "who done it" right away. The writing was pretty good, and it was steamy I just didn't get the whole conflict. Bros Before Hoes....really?

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    2018-11-25 21:23

    FREE on Amazon US today (10/3/2015)Stand-alone book 1.BLURB:Lovers to friends to lovers…could it get any more complicated? One thing Carissa Brandt knows: spontaneity always get her in trouble. Still, she’s gone and jumped head first into an impulsive summer renovation project with her fingers crossed. When her contractor turns out to be a cheat, it seems her only lifeline is the proffered hand of Josh Hudson—the sexy Marine who left her aching for more than their single night together three years ago. Josh has two hard and fast rules: never mix business with pleasure and don’t look twice at women his friends have dated, much less loved. It makes life in a small town simple—or it would, if he wasn’t harboring a secret with the potential to destroy his good name and the reputation of a woman he can’t get out of his head. When Carissa finds herself in a bind, Josh’s integrity—both personal and professional—won’t let her fail. Will working together finally extinguish the attraction lingering between them? Or will the smoldering embers of their passionate rendezvous ignite all over again and set aflame the friendships they cherish the most?http://www.amazon.com/Cant-Shake-You-... FREEBIES are often good for MORE than one day, I have gathered all my FREEBIES on a special shelf: Kindle-freebies (currently over 490 books)https://www.goodreads.com/review/list...

  • Jen
    2018-11-27 03:29

    4 Surprisingly Good StarsWhen I read the description of Can’t Shake You and requested the ARC, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. On its face it seems like a cute little contemporary romance with a convenient plot device thrown in to insure our MCs don’t get to ride off into the sunset together too easily. While it’s most definitely both of those things, it’s also at times funny, heartbreaking and sexy as hell. Josh and Carissa met three years ago through Josh’s brother Dan and Carissa’s bff Maddie, who also happen to be a couple. The sexual tension between Josh and Carissa was undeniable and even though Carissa lived a few towns over and Josh was set to deploy to Iraq, the two spent an unforgettable night together. Fast forward a couple of years when Josh returns home with thoughts of exploring a relationship with Carissa on his mind only to find out she’s moved to his hometown and is now dating one of his best friends. Since Josh never claimed Carissa as his before he left and she’s now dating his friend, apparently he can NEVER ask her out or pursue her romantically. You know, bros before hoes and all that jazz. Now a year later finds Carissa and Josh both single and both wanting a relationship that can never be. Damn the small town “rules” they’re forced to live by! Yep, this was my biggest and really only problem with the story. What the hell kind of sorry excuse for not pursuing a relationship is that? You’re telling me that in a small town that often lacks fresh dating prospects, once a girl’s taken her shot with one of these guys who’ve been friends since high school (and the group of friends is large), that’s it for her and any hopes of dating an attractive, successful man? No, nuh uh, I don’t think so! Suffice it to say this story would’ve been much stronger with a conflict that didn’t seem so easy to overcome simply by saying “We’re dating now. You got a problem with that, bitches?!?”Story problems aside, I absolutely loved Josh and Carissa together. The dialogue and banter was always natural and there was real affection between the two and they actually liked each other as friends beyond the sexy times. Carissa and Josh both find themselves dealing with life and work related issues and I enjoyed seeing them rely on each other for support, even with the lack of a real “relationship.” And the sex? The sex between these two was hot as hell from the very beginning. The appreciation these two have for each other’s bodies and what they can manage to accomplish with them made Josh’s decision not to pursue a relationship piss me off all that much more. Sheet burning sex isn’t always easy to come by, especially when your buddies keep claiming all of the available women.While I did have my obvious issues with this story, I also had a fabulous time reading it. Can’t Shake You could’ve easily been a 3 Star read for me, but I found it to be an entertaining and sexy read that's most definitely 4 star worthy. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Claire Robinson
    2018-12-03 22:23

    4.5 – Shaken and Stirred Stars!If “Can’t Shake You” is truly Molly McLain’s first book then all I can say is -This book was a joy to read from start to finish, I honestly have not written one negative thing in my notes. Josh was swoonworthy, tattooed and a soon-to-be ex-marine. Carissa is smart, sassy and not afraid to go after what she wanted, their friends and family likeable and easy to read. No major angst or off-the-charts sob stories. Just a group of people going about their lives in River Bend, and dealing with the problems that are thrown their way, I loved that they had a little history between them and we got too see glimpses of it as the story unfolds, there is also a little suspense thrown in just for good measure.This is the type of book, that when I have finished reading it, leaves me fluttery tingles in the bottom of my tummy. The flutters are for the excitement that I may have just discovered my next drop-everything-for-to-read-series, and the tingles are for that feeling you get when you know you have discovered an author that has the potential to blow you away with each and every book they release.What I loved about Can’t Shake You most is it’s the foundation stone in what I believe could be absolute series-gold, we are introduced to enough secondary characters in the book that there is potential for quite a few more to follow on. I love that Tony is getting his story next, and I CANNOT wait until June to read Can’t get Enough.ARC provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  • Pam
    2018-11-18 22:48

    4 stars”Ain’t no future in the past”It’s been three years since Carissa and Josh has shared a secret night, one that forever changed their lives, too bad that night came at the wrong time. A lot has happened since then, Josh came back to find “his girl” in a relationship with his best friend, and since he never laid claim to her before he left, according to the man code, she was Fletcher’s and not his. Avoiding each other at ever possibility pretending that they are just friends is getting harder and harder to do especially now that she is a single woman again. Plus it doesn’t help that Carissa is in a bind when her spontaneous summer renovation project is in jeopardy and she has no choice but to accept the help of Josh.“I want you, Josh. And I’m sick and tired or pretending I don’t.”Josh never mixes his business with pleasure, but even after all these years he can’t forget what it’s like to have her under him. Josh has been all work and no play and Carissa is too much of a temptation just by simply breathing. Thinking this is their chance to finally put out the fire between them once they give in to their desires but deep down they know there is no chance they both are gonna come out unharmed. “You’re in my head every goddamn second of the day. I…I can’t shake you, baby girl. And I sure as hell can’t forget how damn good we are together.”Between keeping their naughty little secret, Josh’s work, Carissa’s hang-ups, a nosy small town they have their plates filled. How long can it all lasts before everything starts to crumble ???Can’t Shake You was a great steamy read, dealing with the small town life. The whole lovers to friends to lovers thing was complicatedly delicious, it made their pre/post interactions even more entertaining because you were in on the secret. Josh had a heart of gold, wanting to do what is right even though he probably will end up on the Carissa’s shit list. Carissa wants to prove she can handle things on her own, but the thing about a small town you are never really alone, someone is always there to look out for and take care of you. Their story is told from both their POV, with plenty heat and a lil mystery that had me devouring the book in one sitting. One thing that I had to get used was the man code, I was yelling at the book for them to man-up and shout their secret out, but in the end I understood where they were coming from, small town dynamics and all. I can’t wait for the next book in the series, something tells me Tony’s story is gonna be a sweet steamy read ;) Another thing, the warning that came with the book, for me it wasn’t really a warning more like a welcome sign … lol Warning: This book contains a hella-sexy, inked up hero, a spunky heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, smokin’ hot sex, and enough swearing to make your momma blush. For readers 18+. ARC kindly provided by MJM, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.**Quotes were taken from the ARC version of the book and may change upon publication**

  • Michelle [Helen Geek]
    2018-12-08 00:51

    02/21/2014 --1 Star -- I knew immediately I wasn't going to like this one. The dialogue fell flat for me. I really don't like when women dialogue like men about sex. They don't and to portray them as they do just sounds off. The touches of humor didn't work either. It didn't get any better for me as the book progressed.My husband said I had a puzzled look on my face when he saw me reading this one. Wanted to know why? Well ... this one just doesn't come together. The humor isn't humorous and then I read him some of the dialogue. Hmm... why are you reading that? Don't you have something else you can read? He's right. Time to move on.You may like it better than I. If so, I'm very glad .. good for you. Just didn't click for me. In a huge way it didn't work. For me.Happy Reading!ARC provided by the author via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Margie 'CSR' Fite
    2018-12-12 00:27

    I am so excited to have been one of the people to have the opportunity to read this book before it became open to the public.. and all I can say, is THANK YOU, MOLLY!!!!! This book when you put it on goodreads to check out the 'blurb' I was intrigued to say the least... so I had to get my hands on it.. so thank you for allowing me the opportunity to get to know the amazing characters.. I absolutely LOVE Carissa, she is lovely woman full of love to give, yet broken from a tragedy in her life that disrupts her family and she moves to try and find herself.... and she meets OMG, JOSH - a HOT Marine that rocks her world.. just to be sent active duty. He leaves without a word how he feels about her and she is lost with just a memory of one fabulous night....When Josh returns, he finds Carissa is dating his best friend, Reed Fletcher.. this is a confusing and very different relationship.. and ended not too long after Josh returns home.. however, Josh now stays away from Carissa due to the 'man code of not dating friends ex-girlfriends'even if he had her first (but he never told anyone!)there is a lot of twists in this book... and Josh is thrown into Carissa's world in more ways than one... her bff is getting married to Josh's brother (hello, can you say.. best man and maid of honor) she purchases a home to fix up and sell and he is a contractor ( she just happens to hire a cheap contractor and he cuts corners and get's shut down.. so guess who get's the job? I don't want to say much more... but people, there is so much drama, intense moments, and I have to say... hot.. hot.. steamy sex scenes, I received this book one late afternoon and did NOT stop reading until I finished it.. yes, that means I did NOT sleep until wee into the early morning.. it was that good!! if I could give 6 stars , I would.. way to go Molly!!!

  • Jos
    2018-11-18 01:49

    4.5 Sweet n Sexy StarsWow, what a GREAT read:) My only issue, hence my half star deduction, was for the main "issue" that had kept them in hiding! I didn't buy it and thought it was absurd and the fact that t went on for THAT long without anyone knowing was complete BS, lol, sorry just calling it like I sa it. Other than that "issue", I LOVED it.The storyline outside of the "issue" that I had, I feel was very good, the characters were great and I enjoyed them all immensely and the build-up with the H and the h was HOT!!!!! This was a great, easy read, flowed very well, had some suspense and really HOT sex, lol, and it was simply the perfect afternoon in the sun read:)I loved Josh but Carissa stole the show for me:) I absolutely LOVED the fact that she took the initiative when the time was right, I loved that she went with the "flow" of things throughout, there was no wishy-washy, she went after what she wanted and I LOVED that about her! I cannot wait to read more by this author and MORE of this series:)

  • Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
    2018-11-18 23:26

    This was a good, sweet romance...solid debut for Molly McLain!Carissa and Josh had a connection three years ago...the timing off, situations making it a fleeting moment...only it wasnt! Time has passed and Josh is home from Afghanistan, a sexy marine running his own successful contracting company. Carissa moved on with his best friend, and although it didnt really work out for them, it still makes for a tense atmosphere every time Carissa and Josh are near.This book had a lot of "fate" like moments! It was as if the world was conspiring to make Josh and Carissa whole again. From wedding party partners, construction needs, and small town meet up...these two could not get away from one another. This was ok since neither could deny the connection between them. When the tension was too much and libido won over the mind, it was sesual and so right! Now if only the rest of the world would get on the Josh and Carissa train all would be well!For the most part, this book was predictable. From the "finally" moment when the panties dropped, to the off story of vandalism at Josh's company, everything was easily seen. The angst factor was minimum and honestly...the whole "bros over hos" as the crux of drama was a bit weak! I did take issue with Maddie and Dan and Mark's POV..honestly who cares what they hell they think! Geeze way to not be supportive! Oh well...Josh Hudson is enough to keep you reading! He is very noble and good hearted...he is a Marine! Josh and Carissa are pretty special and they make a good romantic tale!

  • Catherine Arnaud
    2018-11-16 04:51

    I received a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review, and let me say ...it's worth it all the time spent reading it!This book is so good!Its a story of second chances, loyalty and friendship. Clarissa and Josh met before he gone to Afeghanistan, they had a unforgettable night, but no promises are made.They spent nearly three years apart, but neither was capable to forget that night. Now, they are always around each other because of mutual friends, and after Clarissa was deceived by a contractor, Josh shows up to help her.With all this proximity, it becomes difficult to resist one another, but the problem is, while he was abroad, Clarissa dated his best friend, and now he is between loyalty to his friend and the love for Clarissa.Will their love be enough to face everybody?A great reading, don't miss it!

  • Dana
    2018-12-09 01:32

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Can’t Shake You is Molly McLain’s debut and she is off to an awesome start! This book alternates POV between Carissa and Josh which is great because you were able to get into both of their heads. Carissa is a very normal and likable character and Josh is an ex-Marine/Contractor and is super sexy! The chemistry between these two was off the charts and the sex was H-O-T! Throw in a little mystery and some great secondary character and this was an excellent read :) I am really excited that this is going to be a series; I can’t wait for both Tony and Reed’s stories! Thanks so much to Molly for the opportunity to read this book!

  • Morgan
    2018-11-19 01:23

    *ARC provided by MJM via NetGalley for an honest reviewThis is Molly McLain's debut novel and she's off to a great start. I really enjoyed Molly's writing style and story development. I would consider this book to be a contemporary romance. The sex scenes are steamy but tame. The attraction and tension between the lead characters propels the book forward. (Josh and Carissa) The dialogue at times can fall a bit flat. I wasn't the biggest fan of the supporting BFF role- Maddie. This is book 1 in what looks to be a whole series around the town River Bend. I'm eager to see who the next character focus will be on because... I didn't have a connection any of the supporting characters. (view spoiler)[ I also felt that it was really hard to get over Josh's issues with dating his best friend's ex. I get that it's a small town and that life is a bit slower/different in River Bend... but for goodness sakes, get over it.(hide spoiler)]I did enjoy the "eye candy" that Josh provided. He had a few alpha tendencies that I wish were explored more. Carissa was an okay lead, it was harder for me to relate to her. There is a whole slew of backstory for her that gets a bit complicated to follow (and is never fully explained). There is a bit of a mystery/suspense in the book, someone is out to get Josh. It provided some drama to the plot (view spoiler)[ although I think it's pretty clear who the culprit is, at least, I wasn't surprised. (hide spoiler)]Overall, this is a feel good novel and had a hard time putting it down. And while I hate to compare authors, if you are a fan of the Robyn Carr series, this book may be up your alley. Oh, Hi Josh! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Vishous
    2018-12-09 01:31

    *ARC via netgalley*I pretty much enjoyed this story, it was all I expected. What I did not expect was the small suspense part in it. And it was so small that I ended up wanting for more of it. It's in the background of their romance, "forbidden" love, secret lust for each other. They spent one night together, got completely hooked for each other. After some time, they meet again and he discovers she is dating his best friend. They kept their thing a secret, even after she got single again and even after they started hooking up again. It was actually a pretty fun read, and I enjoyed the chemistry between them, constant fights regarding job or anything else. And I understand their reason why they kept it a secret, but seriously, it was like you are stuck in high school and are not allowed to cross some boundaries. The reason why not 4 stars is that the suspense part ended abruptly. Like it was culminating to that part, and you knew what would happen, and it happens, and they get the villain and that's the problem. The conclusion to that part is one sentence and romance moves on. It goes through the whole book in the background and then just simply ends like that. Overall, I enjoyed it and had fun reading it.

  • Zoe
    2018-11-24 03:27

    Josh Hudson is a good guy: local contractor, Marine reservist, loyal friend. There's just one problem...he can't stop thinking about Carissa Brandt and the night they shared three years earlier. And acting on that still vibrant attraction would be super complicated. Molly takes us back to that night through flashbacks, and it's absolutely delicious to see where Josh and Carissa started, and all that has happened since.I can say without reservation that Molly McLain's debut novel is a sweet and sexy home-run.

  • Heather andrews
    2018-11-18 00:43

    Josh he doesn't like other men touching his girl, "he hadn't planned on going all friggin' caveman about the situation, but something ugly and possessive took over the moment he saw Carissa in his friend's arms and his suspicions were confirmed." I mean sometimes you just have to lay it all out on the table to move past things, "do you think," he began, his jaw set and his voice low and deliberate, "it was easy for me to come home and see my best friend all over the last woman I'd been with?" Sh narrowed her eyes, her spite egging him on. "Or better yet, to shake his hand and pretend I didn't know how effing beautiful his new girlfriend looked when she came?" And good Lord, Carissa knows how to get this man's blood pumping, "she gasped and trembled in his arms, involuntarily bouncing against his throbbing co** and damn near making his eyes roll back in his head. "Jesus, woman," he growled." He gets offended easily especially over his skills, "not nice to laugh at a guy less than ten seconds after sex, babe," he muttered, falling back down against the blanket." And let's not start on the jealousy issues he has, "hey, you might've just stirred up a hornets' nest. Who knows? I may go absolutely nympho now, throwing myself at every man I see." With that, he slid his hand to her a** and jerked her body tight against his. He leaned up and glared at her, but said nothing. He was pretty sure his pi**ed expression covered his feelings on the matter." And he appreciate his girl's assets, "skimpy shorts, that provided a very nice, tempting view of the curvy lower part of her cheeks. He stifled a groan of appreciation. God, he loved this woman's a**."

  • Mitzi Carroll
    2018-11-23 03:48

    *I received this ARC for an honest review*For readers 18+"He resisted the urge to roll his eyes, happy that she at leastcontinued after him, her flip flops slapping against the unfinishedfloor like pissed off little penguin feet."I really, really liked this book, and I couldn't stop reading once I started. This is a sweet romance with a touch of mystery as well as some laugh-out-loud moments that I found completely entertaining. The characters are unforgettable, and I will be thinking about this book for a long time. Carissa Brandt and Josh Hudson had a one-night stand three years ago. After he deployed to Afghanistan she began to date his oldest friend, Reed Fletcher. But Reed never knew about Carissa and Josh's hook-up. Shortly after Josh returns from Afghanistan, Reed and Carissa break up. Both Carissa and Josh carried the memory of that one night in their hearts for three years and they haven't been able to shake the undeniable feelings they have for one another. When Carissa's contractor was discovered to be cheating her on a summer renovation job, Josh offers to lend a hand and take over the contractor work. Their attraction is re-ignited, but because of a man code of "don't look twice at a woman a friend has dated" Josh tries (and fails miserably) to deny his feelings for Carissa. This is a story of second chances, familial redemption, and learning to follow your heart. Give this book a read. You'll be glad you did. I know I am.

  • Jos
    2018-11-22 03:30

    4.5 Sweet n Sexy StarsWow, what a GREAT read:) My only issue, hence my half star deduction, was for the main "issue" that had kept them in hiding! I didn't buy it and thought it was absurd and the fact that t went on for THAT long without anyone knowing was complete BS, lol, sorry just calling it like I sa it. Other than that "issue", I LOVED it.The storyline outside of the "issue" that I had, I feel was very good, the characters were great and I enjoyed them all immensely and the build-up with the H and the h was HOT!!!!! This was a great, easy read, flowed very well, had some suspense and really HOT sex, lol, and it was simply the perfect afternoon in the sun read:)I loved Josh but Carissa stole the show for me:) I absolutely LOVED the fact that she took the initiative when the time was right, I loved that she went with the "flow" of things throughout, there was no wishy-washy, she went after what she wanted and I LOVED that about her! I cannot wait to read more by this author and MORE of this series:)

  • Samantha
    2018-11-18 01:31

    Okay wow! I have been reading Zoe York for a little while now and got an email about a new author. Well I took the initiative and love discovering new stuff. I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY I READ THIS BOOK!!!!Let me start by it was pretty freaking good, steamy, and actually had a plot to it. From the beginning your are dragged in by the sassy Carissa and the brooding Marine Josh. Thanks to a one night stand, a stupid rule among friends, and stubbornness the two have been unhappy for a while. This story is how they get over all of that while dealing with Carissa's best friend Maddie and Josh's brother Dan's wedding. I seriously got to the last page and was so mad my kindle decided to not let me turn the page. I'm not proud but I seriously sat there for a time trying to get the page to turn. I even looked at my sister and asked if she could try. She thought I had locked up the kindle or something, but no I'm sad to admit I just did not want this book to end. I can't wait for more!!!!

  • Jenny
    2018-11-28 02:42

    Loved, loved, LOVED Josh & Carissa!!Carissa was supposed to Josh's from day one... he had her first.But, his tour in Afghanistan left Carissa open catch. In step's in Josh's best friend, Reed.Carissa had no clue how Josh really felt about her the day he left for tour.Three years later...Josh is back and feels indebted to keeping his feelings to himself for the simple fact that Reed & Carissa were together the whole time he was away. Now no longer together (Reed and Carissa), Josh still feels he is obligated to stick to the "bro code" and not pursue what was rightfully his first - if he had opened his mouth from day one.Their sorta-forbidden love will set your heart racing. But there is no other way these two will end but with their rightfully, well deserved HEA!!!

  • Joy
    2018-12-16 01:50

    * I got this ARC in exchange for an honest review*I really enjoyed this book. Once I got started I couldn't stop! The chemistry between the H and H was instant even when they were fighting. The author did a great job of giving the history of the main characters by jumping between present day and three years earlier without it getting confusing. I really loved Carissa. She was feisty, strong but had vunerable moments. Josh was the perfect H. Lovvvved when he said "baby girl". Hot, steamy and a great HEA. Please grab this book as soon as you can! You won't regret it.

  • Greyland Reviews
    2018-12-11 04:28

    The one thing that couldn't stop at all while reading this book was either smiling or laughing. This book made me happy even when there was sad parts (I think something is wrong with I think about it...) but I think I have another or few new Book Boyfriends. I love Josh, Tony, Reed, and Dan. Can't wait to read more from this author. I give this book5 STARS!!!!! for being so funny and kinky : )

  • Gemma
    2018-12-02 05:24

    Love, love, LOVED it!! Josh is now one of my new faves, totally swoon worthy!!Very lighthearted romance with a few twists in it, kept my interest from the get go. Highly recommend if you love tattooed guys with a huge heart for the ONE woman who is also a strong & independent in her own right.Shall continue to follow this series.

  • Atalia • FMR Book Grind
    2018-11-18 22:23

    *Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*"You're in my head every goddamn second of the day. I…I can't shake you, baby girl. And I sure as hell can't forget how damn good we are together." … "We are pretty freaking amazing, aren't we?"-Josh & CarissaCan't Shake You is a fun, steamy, and heart pounding read that will catch your attention from page one. What happens when the one person you can't stop thinking about is your ex's best friend? or is your best friend's ex? Carissa's and Josh's relationship is the definition of complicated. Two people who due to misunderstandings and some decisions made, make it hard for them to be together. Add in small town gossip, mysterious accidents in construction sites, perceptive friends, and a sizzling attraction, things are bound to get a little crazy. In order for these two to be together, they must first learn to forgive and find the courage to, for once, go after something they want with everything they have despite the consequences. Will they risk everything for love?"Carissa had been unlike any other woman he'd ever met. So sweet and fun, so sincere and beautiful. From the moment he'd stepped into the pub and their eyes had locked, he knew she was someone special. Someone unforgettable…"-JoshBeing hurt by someone very close to her caused Carissa to put her guard up and love became something she could do without. After the death of her mother, she had to step up and live for two by taking care of her grieving father. For all of 6 years the roles were reversed and she became the parent while her father lived recklessly. Until one visit to a friend in River Bend changed everything. One day there helped her realize that it's never to late to go after the life you've always wanted even if it means you'll have to walk away from a life you've always known. And so begins her new life in River Bend, a second chance to follow her dreams. A place where she'll meet new people who'll become loyal friends and a man who will make her want to believe in love again. Her first encounter with him leaves her feeling something she hasn't let herself feel in a while and leads her to make an impulse decision that will cause them both grief. But sometimes in the game of love fate steps in and takes charge. Soon she'll have another chance to be with him again, this time for more than one night."Being with him filled the void she'd lived with so long and while a small part of that realization scared her, an even bigger part of it made her feel more alive than ever."-CarissaJosh is the kind of person who always puts others before himself. He's there to lend a hand when anyone needs help, there to listen when anyone needs to talk, basically whenever someone is in need, he's always there. Always the rescuer, never the saved. It doesn't come as a surprise that at the young age of 18 he decided to fight for his country. A decision that wasn't supported by all, namely his father. The one person who always made him feel like second best. But despite this, he did what felt right to him and for several years, he served his country overseas. Due to past decisions, he has two rules. Two rules that because of one girl, he will soon break. A girl who he let get away by not letting her know how he felt about her but never forgot. One night with her is all it took to ruin all others for him. A missed opportunity turns in to an awkward one once he returns from deployment and finds his best friend dating her. Once that relationship is over, it becomes even harder for him to stifle his feelings for her. With the help of a construction job, advice from an unexpected person, and a bit of courage, he might just make the one person he's ever wanted his forever."I'm done running when the going gets tough. You know why? Because love is worth the heartache. I might've been too scared to follow my heart, but I'm not that wounded girl anymore. This time, Josh, I will wait for you. As long as it takes."-CarissaOverall, Can't Shake You is an enjoyable read filled with characters that will grab your attention from the beginning. I'm glad this is a series because I'd love to read more about the supporting characters and hopefully also get to see what the future holds for Carissa and Josh. Definitely looking forward to reading Tony's story in Can't Get Enough!Other Favorite Quotes:"This is about you and me, Josh. No one else."-Carissa"… I can give you a safe place to fall."-Carissa"The truth was, a piece of her had gone to Afghanistan with Josh. And for so long she'd tried to pretend that hadn't been the case. It wasn't until she and Reed had went their separate ways that she let herself acknowledge seeing that little part of herself reflected back at her whenever Josh was around."-Carissa"Everything you've taken, I gave willingly. I haven't been blind. And even if you do break my heart, loving you for a little while will be worth it. You're a risk I'm wiling to take."-Carrissa

  • Kady
    2018-12-04 04:44

    Can't Shake You by Molly McLain4 StarsI think we've been over-dramatized within the New Adult genre. Because as I was reading this book, I kept waiting for the angst-filled back story and the self loathing, and the deep dark secrets I've become accustomed to. But there were no suicide attempts, abusive parents, or issues brought on by past violent attacks. It was just a matter of HONOR here. These two people who wanted each other desperately couldn't have each other. Because of HONOR. Honor, you say? What's that? Well, here it's a matter of best friends making a promise years ago. It's a matter of keeping your word and caring about your reputation. It's a matter of not trying to move in on your buddy's ex. Maybe that doesn't seem like a huge conflict to us New Adult readers (WHAT? No cutting? No alcoholism? No abuse?!) But it was a very big deal to Josh and Carissa. And I thought it was actually kind of sweet and refreshing. So Carissa and Josh met briefly and had a one night stand years ago. This one night stand was so amazing that neither of them were able to forget it. The one thing I kept waiting for was the flashback of THAT ONE AMAZING NIGHT. We got glimpses here and there of some of the events of that night, but I wanted EVERY single detail (Perhaps Can't Shake You #0.5 - the First Night Between Carissa and Josh Novella is coming out next? What do you think, Ms. McLain?)Well, after this amazing night, Josh is deployed, Carissa moves to town, and she ends up dating Josh's best friend. When Josh comes back and finds out she's dating his best friend, he never says a word about their previous hook-up. And she never tells anyone either! Now they are both single. She's lonely and looking for someone. But every time she almost hooks up or gets asked out on a date, Josh steps in with all of his hot alpha jealousy and puts a stop to it. This confuses Carissa, because she definitely still has a thing for Josh. And she begins to wonder if perhaps he still has a thing for her too? They end up working together (and more). Their chemistry is off the charts! But they are conflicted about what they have together. I sort of appreciated their moral dilemma. I like characters who care about their friends' feelings. She had to realize that giving in to their primal urges was wrong in every way imaginable. And the repercussions for getting involved again, if anyone ever found out, would be nothing less than nasty for both of them.I wish they would have made some different choices because in life, even if your heart is in the right place, deception is never a good idea! But they had to learn this lesson the hard way. Nevertheless I was rooting for them and I really wanted them to have their HEA! I enjoyed reading Josh and Carissa's story - Josh was an honorable, sexy hero. I'm glad it was a standalone with NO CLIFFY. Overall, it was an impressive debut novel and I would read the other books in the series for sure!

  • Mona
    2018-11-30 03:30

    Can't Shake You,....I was gifted an ARC from Molly...and I can't thank her enough...It was a beautiful book about Second Chances...Josh Hudson is a nice sexy Marine who has just returned from his service overseas....He has one wonderful night with Carissa Brandt before he left for deployment...."From the moment he’d stepped into the pub and their eyes had locked, he knew she was someone special."When he comes back after 3 years he is crushed that she's was dating his best friend Reed..He never claimed her as his, but man he should have just told her. He still have a thing for her, and finds out she's not with his friend anymore.The excitement has just begun..wait and see...Carissa Brandt is a strong, but vulnerable person....After the loss of her mother things changed between her father and brother.... She has now changed things in her life now, and bought a house which she's concentrating on flipping....the contractor she hires is cheating her...when she finds out what he's doing she has to fire him..The things that happen next to her will be heartbreaking but also touching...you will see why...She has to find a new contractor, and the only person that's available is Josh Hudson of Hudson Contracting..The two have a history, and it get's very interesting...Let's say fireworks will be seen...How long can they fool everyone and even themselves? Does the heart grow fonder while apart? I would like to think so...There are both scared of there feelings, but she wants to take the risk now.."Because love is worth the heartache".Let's see if Josh is too...I suggest you pick it up when it's comes out...you will love it. I loved how Ms. McLain went back to show what happened to Carissa and Josh 3 years ago...For a new series I'm hooked..and can't wait to see what is in store for the other characters...I guarantee you will love them...one maybe not so much, but you will see why...A wonderful kick off to a great series in a small town called River Bend...Hot Spicy Scenes Behind Closed doors and sometimes you will see.....Now buy it on March 2 you won't be sorry...

  • Pack52
    2018-12-08 04:48

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I’m always interested in reading new authors, whether they are new to me or new, as in releasing their first book. In this case, Molly McLain is both. After reading Can’t Shake You, I was so impressed, I had to ask her if she’s sure this is her first. I really loved this book! The characters in this book have depth and a history, something that is important to me. I don’t like reading about characters whose pasts I know nothing about. I also don’t like writers who feel they have to repeat things over and over to make sure the reader “gets it” or to fill a page. Ms. McLain does none of that as her words and thoughts are clear throughout.Josh Hudson is a former Marine who had a one night fling with Carissa Brandt the night before he was deployed. For three years he couldn’t get her out of his mind. While he was gone, Carissa got involved in a relationship of convenience with Josh’s best friend, Reed, which ended before his return. When Josh comes home, he keeps Carissa at a distance to stay true to his promise to himself that he would never get involved with his friends’ former girlfriends. Unbeknownst to him, Carissa never forgot that night three years ago, either. She knew from that night that he was the one for her. In the midst of flipping a house, Carissa fires her contractor, Alex, for being less than honest. Josh, who now owns his own commercial contracting business offers to help her with the flip. A good idea? Not so much for two people trying to deny their attraction and stay just friends. Despite Josh’s determination to keep it just that way, Carissa is not as sure. Will they follow their hearts and take a chance on more? What follows is a nice balance of mystery as to who is trying to sabotage Josh’s business, of a long-time friendship between Josh and Reed on the verge of ending, and of a sizzling hot romance between Josh and Carissa.I wholeheartedly recommend this book and to give Molly McLain a try. You won’t be disappointed. I look forward to many more small-town stories by this amazing new author. Congratulations, Mollie, on a real winner!

  • Rachel
    2018-11-25 02:50

    I got it on NetGalley!!!! *Happy Dancing*Wow. Okay. So I started reading it, and I could barely tear myself away. I stayed up until 2:30 reading this sucker when I had to work in the morning. I don't even feel bad either. This was me the entire time I was reading Can't Shake You: What stood out about this book was the heroine. I actually really really liked her. She wasn't weak (and I don't mean physically, I mean emotionally), she was self-aware, and she never gave up. The side plot, the non-romance one, was pretty simple and there were really no surprises there. However, I just didn't care. The romantic plot was perfect. It's so refreshing to have a female character who stood her ground in the relationship. I love that she initiates the romance and is the one who keeps it together.Josh is an excellent front man as well. He's not quite as put together as Car is, but that's his journey. He's an extremely hot, wonderful alpha male. Every scene where he was jealous was done perfectly. It was just enough to make you hot but not too much that you wanted to hit him with a 2x4. Because, seriously, if a sweat built former-Marine construction worker doesn't do it for you, I don't know what will.Drool.I really loved how both characters owned up to their mistakes and were trying to be better people. I loved the side story of Car with her family. This is a really excellent solid romance with smokin' hot sex scenes. Definitely recommended for the romance crowd. This was an excellent debut, and Molly McLain is an author to look out for.

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2018-11-20 21:35

    This story revolves around Carissa Brandt and Josh Hudson to people who Three years ago went to dinner and drinks with Dan (Josh’s Brother) and Maddie (Dan’s Fiancé and Carissa’s friend) and were ditched during after dinner drinks. There were sparking chemistry between this Marine and the new comer to River Bend, Nebraska from the minute they both walked in the door. Carissa really didn’t want to go to Maddie’s and hear her and Dan getting their groove on so she thought out loud and Josh responded. Josh being the nice horny guy he is tells her she can stay on his couch or bed, with a devilish smirk and Carissa jumps on it and him. At some point Josh deploys for two tours never giving any indication that he would want a relationship or more so she ask for him to keep it their secret.When he returns she is with one of his best friends. He’s not happy but what can he say, “Hey Fletch, I jumped you gal bones before you did.” I think not. So, he’s kept the secret even though it killed him, dreaming about her daily and Carissa about him too. They were both wanting each other and both not happy but not wanting to be the first to call “UNCLE!” When the contractor that Carissa hires turns out to be a fraud and Josh comes to the rescue things take a huge change. You wouldn’t want to miss it… I totally enjoyed this story. There was not only a romance going on but a mystery suspense going on at the same time it turned out to be who I thought from the start. It did make me start questioning myself thinking it could be one of the key supporting characters. I totally enjoyed the bond and pull Josh and Carissa had on each other. What just tugged at me was the talk between Josh and his Dad. You won’t want to miss it, I know you will enjoy it and this book too.Find Us at: www.1rad-readerreviews.com Provided by netgalley.com

  • Melissa
    2018-11-29 05:42

    I was given this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.3 years ago Carissa was new to town, ready to escape the baggage that had been holding her back. She meets Josh a Marine who's ready to ship out for deployment. The attraction is wild and their one night of sex something out of a romance novel, but Josh is shipped out before they got a chance to know each other. Now things have changed Josh is home a popular contractor in his home town, a town where nothing escapes the gossip grapevine. Josh still has eyes for Carissa but he knows he can't act on it. It goes against the guy code.. During his deployment Carissa had a relationship with his friend Reed. Even though they are now Ex's and Reed is the town playboy he can't do that to his friend. However when Car starts getting ripped off by Alex Kelly another contractor in town he knows he has to step in and help his friend and the woman in all his fantasies.Great debut novel for a series that has a lot of promise. I really loved the small town feel to this story and the great characters with memorable personalities. You can just feel the stories brewing in River Bend with its Soap opera feel.I thought Carissa and Josh made a fabulous couple, well suited and there attraction was HOT! I can't help but feel a lot of their troubles could of been avoided with their misplaced sense of loyalty. I mean come on Reed was the town whore! I liked him but he's still a whore LOL, Man I can't wait for him to fall in love!I enjoyed the cat and mouse romance mixed with a little of mystery.. Somebody was out for Josh.. but who? and to what end? I liked that their could of been a number of suspects.Very entertaining bring on book 2.