Up by Five

Up by Five

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by Erin Nicholas
     
 

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He’s got the last thing he ever wanted…and it’s the best thing that ever happened.

Counting on Love, Book 5

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. Now that they’re all in love, Conner’s ready to retire—from worrying, fixing

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He’s got the last thing he ever wanted…and it’s the best thing that ever happened.

Counting on Love, Book 5

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. Now that they’re all in love, Conner’s ready to retire—from worrying, fixing problems, and cleaning up messes. Yet when fellow paramedic Gabrielle Evans’s apartment burns down and she needs a place to stay, he can’t say no.

Gabby’s penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner’s usual women—not to mention a total lack of interest in getting involved with him. With her sights set on medical school, Conner’s crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now.

But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby’s up to her eyeballs in a family crisis and Conner’s got the last thing he wanted—a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that maybe this is exactly where her stuff should be. For good.

Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won’t work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing—you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.

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ISBN-13:
9781619217737
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Counting on Love , #5
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
97,890
File size:
750 KB

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Up by Five 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Sweetpea53 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Connor has worked side by side with Gabby for the last two years and due to an unfortunate (or in Connor's case.. fortunate!) event in her life, he realizes she is a woman underneath that EMT uniform and begins to see her in a whole different light. The fun begins and ends with poker with some frosting thrown in along the way..don't want to spoil it for you so you will have to read it for yourself. A great way to end the Bradford and the Counting on Love series.
KKern More than 1 year ago
Erin Nicholas is one of my favorite authors to read,  and I got to enjoy this last installment of her "Counting on Love" series while on vacation. Of course I devoured it way too quickly, as with all her stories. Conner and Gabby are a very fun couple, whom work together, and have fought their attraction to each other, to try to remain professional in their jobs...can't be screwing up and getting distracted when you are paramedics! They are thrown together quickly when Gabby's apartment building burns, and Conner insists she stay with him, since he has a spare bedroom. Well, you can surmise how this plays out...( Starting with a poker table)...it is fun, the characters are lovable, and Conner finds himself in love rather quickly....as does Gabby. I'm glad they didn't try to fight it, and owned up to their feelings swiftly. Another perk for me was having the characters from the other stories revisited....especially Mac. :-)
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
Up by Five is a wonderful conclusion to the Counting on Love series. I am a huge Erin Nicholas fan and have loved every book that she has written, but I can honestly say that this is one of my favorites. She has this way with her writing that makes the characters so real to life that it makes me feel like I know them and cannot help falling in love with each and every one of them. I truly enjoy how I can picture the scenes in my head as I’m reading, and that I can laugh, cry, and even yell at the characters like they are all my friends. Erin’s stories are a fantastic escape from the normal everyday routine.  Conner Dixon has raised his four younger sisters since their father passed away when he was only seventeen. Now, that they are all happily involved in relationships with men they love he’s decided he does not need any other women in his life for a long period of time. He loves his job as a paramedic, and enjoys the crews he usually works with. The friendships he has gained through work are ones he would not give up for anything. When one of his female crewmates needs a place to live he offers her the spare room in his apartment. Since he’s never been interested in anything other than friendship with her he knows that nothing will happen between them while she’s there. There’s nothing wrong with helping a friend, right? Gabby Evans is a member of Conner’s ambulance crew, and she’s never given him a reason to look at her as anything other than a fellow paramedic, but when she moves in with him temporarily Conner starts to notice things about her that he never has before. She is definitely not the type of woman that Conner dates, and she’s starting medical school soon, but the more they spend time together the harder it is going to be when she has to leave.  Gabby has only been with Conner for two days and she is dealing with family problems and Conner cannot stop himself from finding out what it is and helping her solve the family crisis. Can he help her without getting involved too much? Or will he fall head over heels in love with the one woman he never thought would grab ahold of his heart?
Bmassey9 More than 1 year ago
Erin Nicholas has surpassed my wildest expectations and gone above and beyond with Up By Five.  Conner's book has finally come, after he has sat noisily by and had something to say as all four of his Dixon Diva Sisters have fallen in love. He though he was done with women. He's wiped his hands clean of being the one in charge and responsible for his sisters and he can relax and watch their lives unfurl. Life has a funny way of changing all of our best laid plans and Conner is no different.  Gabby Evans has been on the same paramedic team with Conner for quite a while so she thinks she knows what kind of man he is. However when her apartment burns down Conner ends up offering up a room at his apartment. This is great for the short time that Gabby needs before she starts medical school, however once Conner realizes that Gabby is not one of the guys, both of their plans may change. All of our favorites from The Bradford's Series, and all of Conner's sisters and his friends do make their appearances throughout the story and they always know how to keep Conner on his toes!  I have been waiting for this books for a while but I was also extremely sad as well. For myself and other Bradford/Counting on Love fans this is the end of the road for what have become some of our best friends, and the people we've come to love. The relationships built in these books from the romantic ones to those between the guys and girls are ones that many of us wish we had in our own lives. You can't always pick up a book and know that while the main character may face heartaches or bumps in the road they will have people there to pick them up, and care for them no matter what. That's what you could always count on.  I really hope we get one last novella down the road, just to check in on all of our favorites and maybe some of the new characters can ever get their own stories.... Nate's son and Gabby's brothers!!  Thank you Erin for letting us get to know these amazing people and allowing them to become our friends too. 
nocturnus More than 1 year ago
Retirement This series must be read in order. The first book is She's the One (Counting on Love). The second book is It Takes Two (Counting on Love). The third book is Best of Three (Counting on Love). The fourth book is Going for Four (Counting on Love). This is the fifth and final book in this series. Just Count on Me: Counting on Love Prequel is the linking prequel that links the Bradford series to the Dixon series that was released just before this book. Conner has always been about the one night stand refusing to let yet another woman into his life... After all he does have 4 sisters he raised and a mother he looked after. Complications are all that relationships are in his eyes and not that the girls are all happily settled down with his friends he is going into retirement! He rented an apartment where no girls are allowed and is enjoying finally being worry free... Until the fateful night that he responds to a fire at an apartment complex (on their day off no less) and finds out his crew-mate Gabby's building is the one that just burned down. He HAS to be the knight in shining armor so of course he says she can stay with him in his guest room. Little does he know that life as he knows it is over. This book was definitely worth waiting for and wraps up the series nicely. I am sad to let the Dixons go but am not disappointed with the ending. No questions were left unanswered and everyone gets their happily ever after :) I can't wait to read this awesome author's next new series! ***This series is suitable for adult readers
Danniell More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I couldn't put it down. It was great to see Connor finally fall. To see how she had been his friend all along and one crazy night he realized that she was a GIRL. It was also refreshing that Gabby is so independent and knows what she wants and isn't afraid, most of the time, to tell Connor exactly what is up! This book is a MUST buy! You won't regret it. Erin Nicholas sucks you into the story and makes you feel like you are the characters. Wonderful book.
jessybeans21 More than 1 year ago
Very few talented people can write a successful series, a select few from that handful can write and even more successful spinoff! Which make Erin Nicholas a writing miracle! She had you fall in love with Conner in her Bradford series. Conner was introduced to us as a fill in emt who helped Sam Bradford and his gang out. He was smitten with Sarah Bradford And would say and do things for her that not only pissed Mac Gordon off but made you fall in love with him and make you want to know him more. I was sooo excited when I was told that Erin was giving Conner not only his own book but his own series! Throw out the counting in love series you learned more about Conner, you even saw his imperfections. When it comes to his sisters he is over bearing brother, who tries to control their lives and when he messes honor if they stumble he fixes it. Conner Dixon is the knight in shining armor that any female would want in their life, the best brother any sister could ask for and a great guy any friend could have. Which is why gabby Evans didn't stand a chance when Conner went all "Conner " on her! He want to fix all her problems and protect her even if it was from himself. Honestly Erin couldn't have written a better mate for Conner. Gabby is a strong female lead! This book had a lot of complexities that where handled perfectly. She ended the book beautifully! This is why she is a miracle author, she had to end Conner's story as well as the Dixons and the Bradford series! She did it with grace, love and a lot of humor! She made sure you were not left with any questions or disappointment! I literally read this book in one day!!! And it was the best decision I ever made!!!!!! You should make the same one!!!!! I promise you will not be mad!!!
kimschubert22 More than 1 year ago
Awesome!  If you have read Erin's books, you know that they are smart, sexy and fun!  Conner is in love and  it is rewarding and fun to see.  These are characters you want to hang out with and it's one of those books you can't put down and want to re read.   Get the whole series, you won't be disappointed!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
If I could rate this book more than 5 stars I would! These books are few and far between but this is one of those books that you can't put down! Conner has been the protector for his sisters, but now that they have found someone of their own he is scared to let himself find his own HEA. Gabby has known Conner for two years and she has future plans that don't include any man, and she can pretty much do anything that is needed, such as change the oil in her car or play poker. A tragedy for Gabby puts the two of them together with hilarious and HOT results.  This has been one of my favorite reads so far of this year, with a sighworthy hero and a heroine who I can identify with. Cannot wait to read more from this author!
Robyn_Nichole More than 1 year ago
Finally we get Conner's story! Lots of laughs, family, poker, and frosting~ A must read! Erin did a terrific job on the whole series, but I think she saved the best for last with over-protective big brother Conner and laid back tom boy fellow paramedic Gabby! Conner is finally getting to "retire" from having to worry about his four younger sisters now that they have all settled down and have wonderful men looking out for them. That was until Gabby's apartment burns down and Conner's protective nature takes a hold and offers her a place to stay for 2 months. Conner has always thought of Gabby is one of the guys that he works with and someone fun to hang out with but that all changes with one outfit and a few dirty words. Gabby has always been attracted to Conner, but with his reputation of charming and romancing ladies one night and kicking them to the curb soon after has made her want to stay "one of the guys". The conversations between Conner and Gabby are hilarious and their sex scenes will set you on fire!  Check it out and see Who can "Woo" who better? One of my favorite interactions from Up by Five is: "I just might end up being the biggest problem you've ever had," she cautioned. "I'm fully aware of that," he said sincerely. She laughed and swatted his arm. "But it's strange isn't it, " he went on, "how your biggest problem can also be your perfect solution? How the thing that makes you craziest can also be what grounds you and keeps you sane?" This can be read as a standalone, but why would you do that?? The Counting on Love series rocks! Also with several appearances from couples we met in the Bradford series! *Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
JenniVange More than 1 year ago
This review contains spoilers! Up by Five is the final installment of the Counting on Love series. The story of Conner and Gabby, co-workers and friends. Gabby's apartment burns down and Conner, being the guy who has an innate need to help women, tells Gabby she'll be staying with him for the next two months. The problem: Conner has never seen Gabby as anything other than a co-worker. He now sees her as the beautiful, strong, confident woman she is. And he falls hard and fast! Gabby has crazy feelings for Conner but a harder time letting herself love him. There is frosting, poker tables and endless taunting of Conner from Mac! It's a sweet, funny, sexy story that will make you fall in love with Conner (if you didn't already love him). Erin Nicholas wraps up this series in a wonderful way. I really hope that Erin will keep us in touch with the Dixon/Bradford clan. I just hate to say goodbye to this wonderful series. Kudos, Erin!
sferguson105 More than 1 year ago
Up by five love Love LOVE this book!!!   Up by five is the fifth book in the counting on love series (it's also a standalone) I have been looking forward to this book to get Conners story. And it did not disappoint!!! If you love a good, sweet, hot romantic read (that includes some sweet cream cheese icing, hot football players, and EMTs) I highly recommend this! And if you haven't checked out the rest of the series, yo u 
heavenlycirce More than 1 year ago
I’ve always loved Erin Nicholas’ the Bradford series and Counting on Love series, so I was eagerly awaiting Conner and Gabby’s book! “Up By Five” wrapped up the Counting on Love series just perfectly, and it’s honestly my favorite book out of all the stories I’ve read of Erin’s. I also thought it was fitting that the series ended with Conner because who didn’t want to see the oldest sibling finally fall in love? Throughout this series, we had the chance to witness Conner, a protective, loving brother watch all 4 of his sisters fall in love with his best friends! It sure had its ups and downs and funny moments, so it made it even better when Conner falls in love with his friend and fellow paramedic, Gabby! Turnabout is fair play, so it was funny to have the guys tease and antagonize him when they realize he fell for Gabby. Conner is used to always being there for his sisters. He likes to be the hero as Gabby would put it. When Gabby’s apartment complex burns down, Conner takes it upon himself to have Gabby stay over at his place. But how are they going to deal with their attraction towards one another if Gabby stays with him for 2 months? Will they just remain friends, or will they become more? Gabby has plans. She’s always wanted to become a doctor, so she’s pursuing her dream and going into medical school in 2 months! She’s leaving the job she loves! She doesn’t want Conner to fall in love with her. For 2 years, she purposely put her hair up and wore loose-fitting clothing, so Conner wouldn’t notice her as more than a friend. She cannot have anything more with Conner, but even the best laid-out plans don’t always turn out the way you want it. Without giving too much away, one of my favorite things about this book is that we get to see so many of the characters from both series! All of them were there to support Gabby and Conner. You will see this a lot, but even more so towards the end of the book. Now “Up by Five” wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t see the occasional banter from Conner and Mac! Obviously, with Conner always flirting with Mac’s wife, Sara, Mac couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reciprocate the favor! This made for some really hilarious scenes!  “Up by Five” can be read as a stand-alone book, but it is best to read the series just because you get to see all your favorite characters again. If you are a fan of the Bradford series and Counting on Love series, you will love this book! There’s nothing more to say. Erin has written another masterpiece! Simply put, it’s a well-written, well-rounded story that will make you laugh out loud and tug on your heart-strings!
MaureenBartlett More than 1 year ago
Ok, you need to go get this book right now! I'll admit I've loved this whole series, and "The Bradford's" before this, and that I was anxiously awaiting the release of Conner's book, but trust me, read it, you will not be disappointed!   I couldn't put it down.   Finally retired from the job of caretaker for his sisters and willing to pass the role on to their respective significant others, it's now Conner's turn to find love. It was so much fun to see the self reliant Gabby bring down the mighty Conner.   You'll love Gabby and Conner and their journey :) Erin Nicholas has done it again, great book, great series!
bigreaderMF More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It is the fifth and the conclusion of the Counting on Love series. Erin Nicholas does it again with Up By Five. You are going to love the story about Connor and Gabby. I even laughed out loud during parts of this book. This is a definite read to put on your TBR book. I highly recommend Up By Five. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Connor finally gets his story. The last Dixon sibling story. Erin saved the best for last, for the over protected brother of four sisters. Sometimes you find love in the least expected person, your coworker, Gabby. The sexuality between these two is so HOT! I might never be able to to look at a can of frosting again without giggling. This is a laugh out loud book. It was great to catch up with sisters from previous books. This will definitely stay on my kindle shelf for a reread.
JChagnon More than 1 year ago
The Counting on Love Series is one of my favorites. Up by Five was a great way to end the series.  I LOVE Gabby! Don't we all wish we could voice our exact thoughts with such spunk and sass!  Conner is exactly the character he has been. He is in my opinion a big headed, egotistical Prince Charming. It was great to see him taken down :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
am a fan of the Bradfords and the Dixons books and was looking forward to Connor?s story. It did not disappoint. The blending of both families was seamless from the first chapter. I enjoyed the bromance between Connor and Mac. The relationships between the teams and the families continued throughout the book. It may have a been a romance but it was also a book about family the ones you are born into and the ones you make. The chemistry between Gabby and Connor was real from the start, her strength and his vulnerability were well balanced. It had some great scenes, I may never look at a poker table the same way again and am thinking about frosting in a while new light. I recommend this book to fans of the series and even to some of you who are new comers. It has it all, comedy, romance, sex and drama. A definite keeper. Enjoy! Five starts for UP by Five
kmichels More than 1 year ago
A wonderful conclusion to an amazing series! You can't put this book down once you start it! Conner and Gabby have an unusually courtship, if you can even call it that, but Erin writes it the way it should be written.  The relationships with their friends and families always make you smile.  You can never fail with an Erin Nicholas book, and Up By Five is no exception!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud funny.  We have watched Conner Dixon lose his mind over watching his sisters each find and fall in love with their futures.  Now they are someone else’s responsibility and he can finally relax.  But when crew mate Gabby needs a place to stay after her apartment building gets burnt down he invites her to stay at his place.  All of a sudden he realizes his friend and co-worker is a woman and not bad looking at that.  But he doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do hook-ups.  They may just be what the other needs.   I came to Erin Nicholas’s work via the first in this series.  And have found a new auto-buy author.  Each book can be read stand-alone but involves characters from the other stories.  They are sweet , sexy and funny.  I’ve adored each and every one.  I will miss these folks but have a backlist I can read while waiting for wherever Erin Nicholas is going to send me next.
TFlick More than 1 year ago
The last book in the Counting on Love series didn't disappoint.  We've been waiting on Conner to do the one thing he said he wouldn't do.... Fall in love.  I truly enjoyed  the transition Conner makes realizing that Gabby was more than a coworker! I would recommend this series to anyone! Way to go Erin, you never leave your readers down!!!
Reading2Escape More than 1 year ago
I am sad to even be writing this review. Not because I didn't love the last book in this awesome series, but entirely the opposite reason in that I adored this book. A part of me wishes I could forget I ever read the series so I could start it all over. Erin Nicholas never stops surprising us in her excellent writing. I read the first four books in this series a couple of times because I loved the series so much. I will soon be reading Conner's story again in Up By Five. It was a love at first sight romance story but not actually at first sight. Instead it just took Conner a little while to see Gabby as a woman and not just another coworker. I love all the members of the Dixon family and I'm thrilled that Erin gave us updates on all the characters and brought them into Conner's story so they could be a part of the final book in the series. I haven't had a book hangover in a really long time but I did after reading Conner's story and I'm still sad this series has to come to an end. On that note, Erin left us with a complete series and didn't leave us wondering about the characters. Instead she gave the readers closure and a finality to their story. I'm going to miss the Dixons but they will all live happily ever after in my mind. I would recommend this series to any and all romance fans because all five of the books in this series are true love stories that didn't just fall in the characters laps. They took work like real relationships and that made the characters much more relatable to real life. Conner has been by far one of my favorite characters throughout the books especially since he thought he really understood all the women in his life but it took a relationship of his own to realize he didn't know everything. Conner is the big brother that everyone would wish for. He's protective and truly loves his family and friends. Great writing and great romance read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erin Nicholas hit this one out of the park! Sometimes love is right in front of you.. Connor has just realized that Gabby is not only a coworker, but a woman. This story is packed full of laugh out loud comedy and devoted friendship. Throw in a big pink bunny and a yellow duck with a little bit of Dixon drama and you have the makings of a 5 star book. Erin brought a wonderful ending to the Dixon family! Jennefer
booklover1221 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when this series came out as a spin off to the Bradford's. Now both series have been wrapped up in this final Counting on Love book. (Hopefully Erin will add one more novella along the way to catch us up on the gang) The characters in these books have felt more like friends than characters of a book. As each book came out I couldn't wait to see what Erin had in store next. Can you imagine paramedics like these guys (and girls) coming to your house? Love, love, love the way the book ended with all of the characters becoming such good friends and realizing they will always be there for each other. Gabby and Conner are the perfect couple to end this series with. Both have worked together for a while and realize they have feelings for each other. They both have big families and are usually the care takers and fixer of all problems for their families, so neither one wants to add another responsibility to their plate. Conner has always taken care of his sisters and Gabby has always fixed her brother's problems. Conner has mostly seen Gabby as one of the guys but that is all about to change. Join the whole Bradford and Dixon clan in one last novel before they say good bye! Once you read this book you will never look at frosting and poker tables the same.
bookfan747 More than 1 year ago
I just got to say that author Erin Nicholas saved the best story for last in her Counting For Love series. I absolutely loved Conner and Gabby's story in Up By Five. I had so much fun watching Conner finally realizing that Gabby had "breasts". LOL! It was great to see Conner squirm as his libido took notice of Gabby as a woman rather than just a co-worker or friend. OMG! Their sexy times were incredibly hot and spontaneous that involved furniture and food in which I'll never look at the same way again. I liked that Gabby was a strong, independent and sexy woman who was not afraid to speak her mind. I loved how well she knew Conner and called him out on his feelings concerning his sisters, lovers and his on-going "ribbing" with Mac about Sara. I really enjoyed the banter between Mac and Conner which always make me chuckle and definitely makes me want to begin reading The Bradfords series to see where it all began. I also liked Gabby's relationship with her brothers and the banter between all of them. It was really nice to see the whole gang again as they made appearances in this book. This author has created a family that I have come to adore and love and I'm really going to miss them. Thanks for writing such a wonderful story for Conner and a truly amazing series that made me smile.