Book 2, Steele Ridge
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Slick sports agent Griffin Steele is living the highlife in Los Angeles, far from the shadow of the North Carolina mountains where he grew up. But when his hometown falls on hard times and needs his help, Grif reluctantly agrees to commute between coasts. He never expects the lush scenery, in the form of pretty tomboy Carlie Beth Parrish, to be such a temptation.
After an impetuous one-night stand with Grif Steele fifteen years ago, hardworking blacksmith Carlie Beth has tried to make a living and raise her daughter in the hometown she loves. Then, too-sexy-for-his-Rolex Grif blows back into town like the perfect storm, making Carlie feel less like a thirty-something mom and more like an infatuated teenager.
When a stalker targets Carlie Beth, Grif can’t help but step in to protect her. But once he discovers the fourteen-year-old secret she’s been keeping from him, will he embrace the truth or will he turn his back on Steele Ridge and Carlie Beth forever?
Reviews for Going Hard
★★★★★ Couldn't put it down!
"This was my first book by Kelsey Browning, but it definitely won't be the last. I truly couldn't put this down, and no matter which brother gets the next story, I'm definitely reading it. Steele Ridge is going on my automatic buy list!"
"It's the type of book that keeps you turning its pages even though it's time to cook dinner or go to sleep."
"This is definitely a book that is built around suspense and a serious mystery. There is also a lot of humor, smoldering heat and heart - all things Kelsey Browning does exceptionally well."
"If you only read one book this month, make it Going Hard by Kelsey Browning!"
"One of the things [Browning] does so well is develop the interactions between family members based on love and humor. We all know you don't get to pick your family. If it were possible, however, I want one that Kelsey has written."
"This book is an absolute gem! I wasn't expecting the turn this story just took; it has quite an unexpected surprise that is jaw-dropping good! Murder, mystery, thrills, and passion continue to keep you glued to the pages..."
4 1/2 STARS!
We previously met the Steele family in the prequel STEELE RIDGE: THE BEGINNING. With this first full-length novel in the new series, Kelsey Browning brings us Griffin Steele's story which is filled with happenings around town, family drama, lots of intrigue, and a generous dose of steamy romance! Great characters make for a fun, attention grabbing book!
Grif enjoys living the high life out in LA as a high end sports agent. He's making a quick dash home to North Carolina to help his brother Jonah with a project for their hometown, but finds out that the plan is to snooker him into helping him on a longer term basis.
While in town, he runs into Carlie Beth Parrish who he had one night of passion with just before he headed to Los Angeles all those years ago. He wouldn't mind picking up where they left off, but she's a bit stand-offish. He soon realizes it has to do with a little secret she failed to let him in on ... namely a 14 year old daughter!
When it becomes evident that a stalker is targeting Carlie Beth, Grif steps in to keep her and their daughter safe. Will he decide he's found the place he belongs or will he soon be hightailing it back to California?
Loved this one and I can't wait to really get to know the other Steele brothers! This is the first full book in the series and it's a great one. In an attempt to save their failing home town the Steele brothers have returned to North Carolina. Griff knows he can take a little time away from his sports agency to help but he can't wait to get out of there and back to LA. That is until he reunites with Carlie Beth and discovers that their one night of passion 15 years ago resulted in the birth of his daughter. A daughter he was never told about. As angry as Griff is about not being told he was a father, he can't help but come to Carlie Beth's aid when it appears she has a stalker and maybe just a bit because he can't seem to resist her!
Put this one on the must read list. I highly recommend it.
This story has some suspense and hot steamy romance. I was hooked from the beginning. Grif is sexy and hot. Grif comes to his hometown to help his brother out. Carlie Beth is feisty and stubborn and protective of her daughter. When Grit and Carlie Beth reconnect the attraction it's still there. Grif is surprised to learn his night of passion with Carlie Beth fifteen years ago resulted in his becoming a father. Can Grif forgive Carlie Beth for keeping his daughter a secret? Can Grif keep them safe? I enjoyed this story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.