Until her new job starts in September, buttoned-up elementary school teacher Laurel Harris is at loose ends and in need of cash. Fortunately her best friend's older brother is a single dad and desperately needs a nanny. Or so she's told. She doesn't anticipate him being such a menacing, muscled, and undeniably gorgeous man...or that he has zero interest in hiring a nanny.
Micah Crane will do right by his young daughter, no matter the cost. And right now, that cost is juggling parenthood with long hours at his bar and working as an enforcer for a notorious crime boss. He doesn't need another complication in his life, but the sweet, frustratingly opinionated little blonde hell-bent on caring for his daughter stirs his blood like no woman ever has.
All it takes is a moment of weakness to ignite the lust blazing between them. A moment that will unravel their self-control and unleash all of Micah's darkest secrets...
Each book in the Boston Alibi series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 A Moment of Weakness
Book #2 A Moment of Madness
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A Moment of Weakness
A Boston Alibi Novel
By Brooklyn Skye, Heather Howland
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Micah Crane's fist collided with the guy's face for what he hoped was the last time. He'd known the shithead would fight back — they always did — but this guy was huge, at least two-seventy-five to Micah's two-twenty.
"Who are you with again?" the guy gasped, wiping the bead of blood from his split lip.
Micah laughed, the sound echoing down the length of the dark alley. "You have debts with more than one associate?" He shook out his hand, the deep ache in his knuckles dulling. "Either you're really fucking stupid or a walking death wish." Or both. And Micah didn't care. While roughing guys up wasn't exactly a chosen profession, the guys he was paid to "handle" for Russo were all hoods who needed to have the shit beat out of them anyway.
The guy sat up and coughed. "I —"
"Shut your mouth," he said with a raise of his hand. Don't ask, don't tell. A strict policy he held when dealing with these douchebags. Micah didn't want to know what they owed, or why. It made him feel like less of an asshole when going home to his daughter every night.
Eyes not leaving the guy, he bent to retrieve his bat, thankful he hadn't had to use it. Fists first, but in this business, protection was necessary.
"Settle up with Russo by the end of tomorrow," he said, back-stepping toward the mouth of the alley. "Or you can deal with the guy who comes after me. And he likes to enter his get-togethers carrying a shovel, if you know what I mean."
It was only a short drive to the Central Burying Ground but plenty of time for Micah's heart to jump into overtime. Meeting with Russo was his least favorite part of the job, but the associate for the well-known organized crime family insisted on doing things face to face. And one thing his father had taught him ... Do what they say, stay on their side, and all will be well in your wallet.
He chuckled to himself. Yeah, the pay was damn good all right. Enough to cover what The Alibi — the bar he co-owned with his best friend — didn't. Shaelynn deserved the best school in Boston, especially now that she was entering first grade.
He parked in the shadows and stole past the eerie span of rickety gravesites — artists, poets, composers ... people who'd made a difference, been important; people who were nothing like him — and stopped at the plaque of The Great Elm. Uneven and crumbling at the edges, the marker sat where a giant tree, once a point of fortification and used in hangings, had stood. Fitting, he couldn't help but think every time he set foot near it.
Russo emerged from the surrounding trees, his arms held wide. "How long did it take this time? Wait, let me guess. Five hits? Six?" He smiled, his teeth gleaming in the moonlight. "Asshole was huge, huh?"
Huge enough to ask for a heftier fee, yes, but he wouldn't dare. He nodded to Russo with his chin. "Can we make this quick? I've got to get back to work." Rather, back to Shaelynn. But he'd never talk to this man — or any of the associates — about his daughter. Regardless, Russo was a member of the most powerful crime family in the state. Of course he knew about her. Micah had seen the man in his bar a few times. Watched him order one drink, make eye contact with him, and then leave with a sleazy grin on his even sleazier mouth. An acknowledgement on Russo's part that he could hold everything Micah had over his head if Micah didn't produce.
He'd never let this man touch his daughter.
Russo exposed a wad of bills from his jacket pocket and handed it to Micah. "When can I expect my money?"
"He'll pay by the end of tomorrow." And he knew the thug in the alley would. They always did after a visit from him. It was why he'd had a continuous stream of jobs from Anthony Russo, whether he wanted them or not.
After a quick stop at the gas station to clean up, Micah entered The Alibi. A few of his regulars sat along the bar, chatting and guffawing with the bar's longtime bartender Trey — a thirty-something ginger with a laugh that could draw in the ladies. A pair of younger-looking guys — closer to his little sister's age than his — stood belly up to the bar, a beer in each of their hands. Micah had never seen them before.
No ladies tonight either, he noticed on his way to the back room he and Ryan used as their office. With the dilapidated sign hanging out front and sketchy projects surrounding their neighborhood block, it took a severe case of martini goggles for Boston's women to make their way into his small, ramshackle bar, which usually didn't happen until well past midnight.
In his office, he tucked the wad of cash from Russo into the safe hidden in the file cabinet and started to work on payroll. The bar didn't revenue enough to pay for a bookkeeper, and this was his least favorite part of the job. Sitting behind a desk had never been his thing. Maybe if it was, Shae would have a better life.
At the thought of his daughter, the back door swung open and she skipped in and jumped onto his lap. "Daddy!" Six years old and still wanting to sit on his lap — he hoped she'd never stop.
Kissing her temple, he ran his hand down her wavy blonde hair. "Hi, princess. How was your day?"
"The best! Uncle Ryan took me to get ice cream. For dinner! Chocolate with Oreos."
"Your favorite," Micah said to her with a discreet what-the-fuck glance at his partner.
Ryan shrugged and jerked the black beanie off his head, his normally slicked-back hair looking more like a dirty mop. "You told me to keep her happy."
He did. He also hadn't had a choice when Russo texted him last minute with an assignment.
"We went to watch chickens wrestle too," Shae said with a grin, stealing his pen to draw a heart on the back of his hand. "I didn't like that, though. They were being mean to each other."
Micah scowled at Ryan. "You took her to a cockfight? How is that appropriate for a six-year-old?"
"Hey," Ryan spouted, roughly combing his fingers through his thick beard, "You weren't the only one who had sh — I mean crap to get done. Jackson needed to meet about the Bud account. I had no choice."
Shae leaned in and, with a giggle, whispered into Micah's ear, "Shit, Daddy. He was going to say 'shit'."
"I know, baby girl." Micah nuzzled her close. Jesus, his little girl wasn't a baby he could entertain in an Exersaucer in the back room anymore. Every day, she was growing more perceptive, more aware of the world and the life he'd spent building for her. A life, he thought as he scanned the dingy room, that wasn't fit for the princess she was. He kissed her head again. "But you're better than crazy Uncle Ryan, so I don't want you saying it."
The words came out, but the conviction in them was missing. Ryan glanced at him, his eyes seeming to ask exactly what Micah was thinking. Would Shae really grow up to be better than them if he continued to drag her to The Alibi? Drag her into a life no better than the one he was raised in?CHAPTER 2
Laurel Harris's eyes flickered back and forth between the red-haired director sitting across the desk from her and the notes she scrawled every time Laurel answered one of her questions.
What is your highest level of education completed?
Do you have your teaching certification?
All applicants require a background check. Would this be a problem?
Being the city's most prestigious daycare, Ivy League Childcare Center was more ostentatious than the others she'd interviewed at, looking more like a fancy hotel than a place for kids. No matter. It was a job — something she desperately needed.
Laurel toyed with the scratchy material of her skirt and smiled. These questions she'd answered on the application, and if the woman stuck to them, she'd have no trouble finishing out this interview.
A strand of hair drifted loose from the woman's bun and stuck to her lips as she tilted her head and asked, "How many years of experience do you have teaching children?"
Laurel shifted her shoulders back. "I don't have any years teaching yet. I grew up babysitting all the kids in my neighborhood and helping my parents, who are both teachers, in their classrooms. I've already been hired with the school district for the fall, so I'm really just looking for something to keep me busy throughout the summer."
Or to pay her rent check.
Eat three meals a day like normal people who have jobs.
Save for school supplies for her new classroom.
She pinched her lips into a smile.
"Just the summer?" the woman asked, stilling her pen along the paper. Beneath the desk, the woman's legs uncrossed, and something about that movement sent Laurel's heart skittering up toward her necklace. Would the little arrow charm start to bounce? Would the woman see it?
The director set the pen down. "Here at Ivy League, we place a high amount of importance on keeping our center family oriented. In doing so, we create bonds with children and parents that last long past when they leave our program. Part of that process is finding teachers who desire long-term employment, not just a summer job." She stood. "Thank you for your time." Her hand shot out, opened and ready to shake.
Wait. She was ending the interview already?
Laurel pried herself from the chair, the words way to ruin the interview floating through her head.
"We'll be in touch with you once we make our decision," the woman added as she escorted Laurel to the door then shut it behind her. Laurel had been on enough interviews to know that the blunt tone of the woman's voice meant she wouldn't be calling.
She closed her eyes and stole a breath. Ivy League was the last on her very short list of hiring daycares. The breath released. How would she pay her rent through the summer?
Driving home, Laurel scanned the storefronts — coffee shops, clothing boutiques, jewelry, shoes ... Maybe she'd apply at some of those. Or all of them. Yes, definitely all of them.
A sudden burst of energy struck her as she parked in front of the old house she'd been renting a room from, a mental list of businesses she'd submit applications to running through her head. She didn't have a choice. Her parents had some money but were on tight budgets of their own, which didn't allow enough to loan her for her summer rent.
Up the cracked walkway, her landlord Ms. Hastings emerged from the front door. The woman looked as old as the house, just as weathered too. The type that knew age was stealing her brain and didn't like it one bit. Laurel waved with a forced smile then ducked her head, praying there'd be no mention of the two-day-late rent notice currently sitting on her kitchen counter. She only had half the amount so far.
Ms. Hastings knitted her brows together in a your rent is due, young lady scolding sort of look but thankfully didn't say it.
Inside her tiny room, she settled at the makeshift desk in front of her computer, ready to spend the rest of the evening with a deluge of online applications. She could do this.
She had to do this.
A few hours later, a yellow, rubber ... what would I even call that? appeared in front of her face.
"It's called The Tickler," her best friend April supplied, jiggling the ... thing. It looked like a colorful pig's tail with a nub on each end.
"A what?" Laurel rolled back her shoulders and creaked her neck to the side. How many applications had she just filled out?
Her roommate fingernailed a tiny switch, and it started vibrating.
"Oh my god," Laurel said, pushing it away. "Why are you showing this to me? I don't need to know what you do while I'm sleeping." She pointed to the wall where a few of her pictures hung. "Do you know how thin this house's walls are?" It had been a joke when the two of them had rented side-by-side rooms from Ms. Hastings. A snicker and smirk from April, knowing the chances of hearing Laurel with a man was slim.
"It's not for me," April said. "I got it for you. You know, since you don't ever let a man do the job for you." She held up the contraption. "The package says it's a rabbit vibe, a clitoral massager, a cock ring, and a G-spot stimulator all in one." Her bright red lips stretched into a smile as she plopped it into Laurel's lap, still pulsating. "You can thank me later."
"I'll thank you never. I'm not using that." Sure, her roommate was right — she didn't bring men home. Nor did she go home with them. One night of pleasure then a week of hoping he would call wasn't all that appealing now that she'd graduated college and was trying to make something of herself.
April leaned in, eyeing the classifieds list on the computer. "How'd the interview go?"
"They were looking for long-term employees, not people only for the summer." She sat back in her chair and sighed. "Finding a summer job has been way harder than I expected."
April perched at the edge of the desk and tapped her long acrylic fingernails against it, screwing up her face at the same time. "Kids ... I can't believe you want to voluntarily insert yourself into a room of them."
Laurel shrugged. "What could be scarier than kids?"
"Slimy, snotty kids."
They both laughed. Okay, maybe she was right there. But both her parents were elementary school teachers, and ever since first grade, when her teacher told her to walk around the classroom and show every student how awful her work was, Laurel had known becoming a teacher who didn't create a negative environment for kids was what she wanted to do. She'd heard stories from her parents about the nation being so focused on test results and high scores that true teaching was very quickly being replaced with teaching to the test. Pressure like that was sure to increase stress among teachers, and therefore students, and Laurel knew deep in her heart that situations like that would only leave kids with a bitter taste in their mouths regarding school. Then what kind of adults would they grow into? What kind of generation would follow hers?
"I have an idea," April said, sitting taller. Her thin, floral blouse stretched against her bony shoulders. "Or a temporary one that might get you through the next few months. My big brother has a daughter and could really use some help with her. Why don't I talk to him? He could probably take you on for the summer."
Already, Laurel was shaking her head. "I'm looking for an actual job, Ape, not a babysitting gig. We're not seventeen."
"She needs a role model too."
"So why don't you do it? You are her aunt."
"Uh, no," April said, her nose scrunched. "The girl is cute, and I love her to death, but there's no way I could spend my afternoons with peanut butter and washable markers." She gave Laurel a Have you seen me? kind of look, and Laurel laughed. Yeah, the image of her over-the-top, skincare-selling friend acting motherly was amusing. Then April sprang to her feet and ran out of the room, heels tapping along the wooden hallway to her room. Over her shoulder, she sang out, "I'm calling him!"
The Alibi. Was her best friend crazy? Meeting for a job interview at a bar? And a decrepit one at that?
Laurel straightened her skirt, adjusted the silky white blouse she'd borrowed from April, and yanked open the bar's bright-orange door. Hot, alcohol-stenched air burned her nose as she stepped across the grime-encrusted floor to the bar extended along the back wall.
"What can I get you?" the bartender said, at the same time dunking a pint glass into a vat of soapy water.
"Actually ..." Laurel cleared her throat and said, "I have a meeting with one of the owners. Micah Crane? His sister arranged for me to meet him here."
The bartender smiled, the blizzard of freckles on his nose scrunching into a solid plane. "He had to run a quick errand. He'll be back in a minute." Then he pointed to a barstool. "Have a seat, and I'll get you something to drink. What'll it be?"
She glanced around the empty bar and then to her watch. Four o'clock. Certainly too early for a drink. Especially on this side of town, where she'd likely have to utilize her pepper spray once the sun went down. "A Shirley Temple, please." She said it with a smile, hoping he wouldn't see the way her body was strung tight. Sheesh, why was she so nervous? She didn't even want this job — was only there to meet Micah because she hadn't heard a single word from any of the businesses she'd applied to, and over the last two days, Ms. Hastings's stern looks had morphed into full-on scowls. But she needed money and was willing to take whatever work she could find.
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I finished this book in two days, and wished it kept going. The story lije is great and the chemistry between the characters is phenomenal. Loved the book!
The characters have real chemistry and I enjoyed them getting to know each other. Throw in a precious 6 year old and the chemistry is undeniable
My Thoughts: When I heard that Brooklyn Skye was going to have a Brazen novel out from Entangled, I was so excited. I enjoyed the first novel of hers that I picked up, Just One Reason, so I was anxious to see what she had in store for this book. Laurel and Micah don't completely hit it off when they first meet. He's not willing to accept help, and he certainly doesn't want to say why. Somehow she manages to convince him to let her nanny his daughter, Shae. Over the course of this job, Laurel and Micah get to know each other, albeit reluctantly on his end. He has his reasons, and they're absolutely legitimate, but they're still in their way. When they act on their underlying desires, it's only a matter of time before they have to put all their cards on the table to make it any further. A Moment of Weakness was a steamy ride! I enjoyed how everything played out from start to finish. I'll have to say that Micah's attitude left little to be desired at first, but I warmed up to him as time went on. The romance between him and Laurel was amazing, and the way Laurel and Shae got along was perfection. Can't wait for the next story in the Boston Alibi series! My Rating: Very Good
Sweet...very sweet...good girl meets surly co-owner of a seedy bar and mob enforcer--and single dad of a six-year-old future princess... At times, Laurel tips the sweet and innocent bit just a bit too far, but overall I liked her as a heroine. She's a little too heavy-handed on the "teacher out to save the world" and gets annoyingly preachy at times (do we really did the whole don't use red pens in the classroom lecture?), but when it comes to standing up for what's right for six-year-old Shae, even when her parent is doing his best to be a scary a$$hat, Laurel's fantastic. Micah...well, he's a "scary sex god" to be sure, but he's also a total jerk for a huge chunk of the book. I get why he is--his backstory's not a good one, and it definitely explains a lot--but his whole attitude gets to be old pretty fast. And what he says to Laurel at the end? (Not the end-end; that was pretty good, and shows he definitely has potential. But before that...? No. Just...No.) Not acceptable. His love for his daughter is definitely his one redeeming feature, and makes up for a lot of sucky attitude, though he's way too permissive with her for about 75% of the book and is lucky she's as good natured as she is, honestly. He's definitely trying to do his best for Shae and later on, all he can to protect both her and Laurel, but he's still tough to like for a lot of the book. The storyline kept me reading--I was invested in the characters, and really wanted to see Micah redeem himself and manage somehow to make a life for the three of them in the end. Shae loved him, and so did Laurel, so clearly he had hero potential and I wanted to see him live up to it at last. I wasn't sure how he'd be able to get himself out of the mob life, though...and I have to say, I'm 99% sure that the way he finally does it is completely implausible. It was waaaaay too easy to be believed. If that actually worked, we wouldn't need the witness protection program. That part left me feeling a bit cheated. I did like Ms. Skye's writing, and even though I didn't always like the hero she still had me rooting for him, so I'd give another book by her a try. Micah's sister has definite heroine potential, and his partner in the bar venture was intriguing. His facial hair, though, has got to go... (I'm not sure who the woman on the cover of this book is...but it can't possibly be Laurel. No way. Even the few times she gets a teensy bit aggressive and growly, she's still nothing remotely close to that woman on the cover. And where are Micah's tattoos...? Oh well. It is nice to look at, at least.) Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Micah was a hard man from the start of this book, his only weakness, his daughter (whom was the cutest). But after being around Laurel, although physically attracted to her, she somehow softened him, made him more human. Granted he still had his moments where he frustrated me to no end, but by the end I liked his character. Laurel was a do-gooder with a pure heart. I loved her weakness for those who were less fortunate than her or those who were mistreated. Her whole red pen thing totally made me smile. Her reaction/attraction to Micah was hot and uncontrollable. They were like a magnetic force, bam, together. Their story for me was pretty good. I think I would have liked a little more on the Russo development and resolution. The epilogue was really cute in a funny way. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Micah is a single dad that will do anything for his daughter. Micah is a bad boy, owns a bar, enforcer for the mob and oh so sexy. Laurel is a good girl a school teacher in need of some cash until her job starts, her friend suggest she works as a nanny for her brother Micah. Sparks fly. Micah and Laurel have plenty of obstacles in their way before they find a happily ever after, will they succeed? Enjoyable read, held my interest throughout and plenty of steam.
Complex yet thoughtful Romance I loved this story—an emotionally closed off Hero & an a sweet , naïve Heroine with a sweet little child makes for one terrific story! In this story , Elementary school teacher Laurel Harris is needing a summer job until she starts her new job in the fall . She gets words from her best friend that her older brother is in need of a nanny . She is so there and so she goes to work for Micah Crane and his young daughter. What she doesn’t expect is for him to be so handsome and yet so unapproachable. She feels like he doesn’t want her there with his daughter. Laurel tries really hard to help out, to be there for his daughter yet the more she helps, the more he gets angrier with her. Micah does the best he can to be there for his daughter and to do right and to make sure there is money there to raise his daughter. In doing so, he has had to take a job doing things he didn’t want to do-things that were not right. He did it so that he could keep his daughter and make sure no one could take her from him ever. This was gone out of almost a panic and a way to make sure no one would ever mess with him. Now here is a woman that shows him that there is a way out and a way to have a good life and it makes him angry because he wants to have his cake and eat it too. The way to happiness between the two MC is paved with heartache and pain yet there is also lined with dots of golds and reds of happiness between the couple. You can tell they are meant for each other but what Micah does brings danger to their door and he pushes happiness away. Will they ever have a HEA? I do not want to give away the ending but what I can say is I really enjoyed this story and I liked how the author wrote this story and because of this , I will read her again. My Rating: 4.25 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
*I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* I liked this book a lot. Micah is a super hot badass and Laurel is the loving, caring woman who provides him with a wake up call regarding how he lives his life and cares for his six year old daughter. I found myself immersed in this story and could hardly put it down. I loved the very steamy scenes between Micah and Laurel. Shae, Micah's daughter provided some humor to the story and there are some real heartwarming moments amidst the drama. I really enjoyed this book by Brooklyn Skye.
Okay. But I wanted and needed more. Reviewed by Kim I wanted to read A Moment of Weakness because of the blurb. Okay, and the cover didn’t hurt. I mean come on, an elementary school teacher, a single dad, and a kid. Talk about a perfect recipe for a romance. For me, the perfection ended there. Micah Crane is a single father and sole caretaker of his six-year-old daughter Shaelynn. He’s part owner of a crappy bar in Boston. He’s also an enforcer for a member of the most powerful crime family in Massachusetts. Laurel Harris is awaiting the start of the fall school year so she can start her new job. She’s strapped for cash and is running out of places to apply for a summer job. Her best friend, April suggests she become a nanny for her niece. As it turns out, the six-year-old desperately wants to get away from her dad’s bar and have a woman in her life. I’m a fan of Entangled Brazen and I’ve read plenty of books from them. According to their submission requirements, the heat level has to be steamy and the book should contain 5+ sex or sexual scenes. However, at 63% Laurel and Micah have only gotten to third base twice. I’m expecting a home run, at least once. At this point, I have to admit the story started losing my interest. But hey, 63% I have to keep going. At 85% it gets better. I wasn’t a fan of Micah consistently coming home with cuts and bruises, looking like death warmed over. When I read he was an enforcer, I didn’t think he was going to consistently be fighting with his hands. I thought he would be a guy who had a gun and would be so big he didn’t need to truly risk his life. The highlight of the story for me was Shae. Being raised as she was, she sees more than you would think. I loved when she called her dad out for being an idiot. The story is predictable so I knew what was coming. Micah’s severing of his ties with the mob didn’t seem realistic. And I don’t truly have an idea of who he is at the end of the story. While I wasn’t overly crazy about A Moment of Weakness since it lost me more than halfway in, I would definitely read Brooklyn Skye again. This is the first book in the Boston Alibi series and I would love to read April’s story. Ryan, Micah’s business partner, became likeable close to the end, and I would be willing to read his story as well. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** A Moment of Weakness by Brooklyn Skye Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: October 19, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): He can fight anything...except his need for her. Until her new job starts in September, buttoned-up elementary school teacher Laurel Harris is at loose ends and in need of cash. Fortunately her best friend's older brother is a single dad and desperately needs a nanny. Or so she's told. She doesn't anticipate him being such a menacing, muscled, and undeniably gorgeous man...or that he has zero interest in hiring a nanny. Micah Crane will do right by his young daughter, no matter the cost. And right now, that cost is juggling parenthood with long hours at his bar and working as an enforcer for a notorious crime boss. He doesn't need another complication in his life, but the sweet, frustratingly opinionated little blonde hell-bent on caring for his daughter stirs his blood like no woman ever has. All it takes is a moment of weakness to ignite the lust blazing between them. A moment that will unravel their self-control and unleash all of Micah's darkest secrets... What I Liked: Okay this book wasn't as bad as I had expected. One of my blogging friends didn't like this book at all, so I went into it with super low expectations. Obviously I didn't love it, but I thought it was okay! Micah Crane has two lives - he part-owns a bar called The Alibi, and he enforces for a crime boss. He is stuck enforcing, and can't get out. When someone owes Russo money, Micah is sent to have "a chat" with the person. His life is dangerous, but Micah wants the best life for his daughter, Shae. Which includes hiring a nanny for the summer, to watch Shae. Laurel is Micah's sister's best friend, and she's excellent with children. Shae loves her, and it's not long before Micah starts to feel something for Laurel. Overpowering lust, for sure. But with his lifestyle, can he afford to feel anything more? Micah is such an interesting guy. He's a complete grump, douche, a**hole, but he has the best intentions for Shae. He can't say no to her, and he will put all else aside for her. He isn't the nicest guy to Shae when he gives her the job, but he can't deny the attraction between them. Especially since they are living together (in order to do her nanny duties properly, Laurel is staying at Micah's apartment for the summer). Laurel is really young, and so sweet. She's twenty-four, certified for teaching, and wants to change the world, one child at a time. She's always wanted to work with younger children, and six-year-old Shae is a perfect start. Too bad Shae's father is a "scary sex god" (to quote Laurel), who likes to yell when he doesn't like how things are handled with regards to his daughter. But Laurel is so attracted to Micah, and doesn't fight it. Their chemistry is instant from the start, and I think the author did a good job of keeping the pot of tension and chemistry well-mixed and steamy. Although I personally think the first kiss scene came on suddenly, in terms of percentage into the book, it didn't. The relationship progresses, as does the chemistry. The steamy scenes aren't super hot, but Laurel and Micah get it on. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
3 stars A Moment of Weakness was an OK read. While the storyline was entertaining and I did read it in one sitting I struggled to connect with the lead characters, especially Micah. I found him stubborn, close minded and he tended to lash out with his words to purposely hurt Laurel then think a simple I'm sorry was enough and all was forgiven. This left me seeing Laurel as weak, I was disappointed she never really made him work for forgiveness. It's ok to forgive someone when they hurt you unintentionally but when they look you in the eye and knowingly hurt you? yeah that doesn't sit well with me. What I did enjoy was the relationship between Laurel and Shae, Micah's little girl. She was smart and sweetheart, loved how they connected and how much she came to respect and love her. The ending was sweet and I was happy they were able to finally find their HEA.
Laurel needs a summer job, her bff April's brother Micah needs a nanny for his young daughter. This story idea had potential, but didn't come together for me. I liked the characters, but didn't feel connected to or invested in them. I didn't feel their chemistry. Their attraction seemed very superficial. I wanted more meaningful scenes between them. I feel the writing itself was sound, but there were pacing issues throughout. No real plot, not much actually happened. A predictable dramatic incident late in the story propels it to an equally predictable conclusion. The supporting characters (April, Ryan) were interesting but under-used. A few things bothered me as extremely unrealistic. Laurel was a live-in nanny, but didn't have a room and slept on the couch. That might work for a one night babysitter, but not a live-in longer term situation. Was she living out of a suitcase in the the corner the entire time? Who would tolerate that? The ending was also ridiculous and ruined most of the good feelings I had for Micah. Brooklyn Skye is a new author for me. I feel her writing is promising, but I'd like to see better plotting and stronger character development in future books. I feel this book would be a better fit in one of Entangled's other imprints. It didn't have the sexual heat or chemistry that defines the Brazen imprint. A low three stars. ARC kindly provided from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley
Until her new job starts in September, buttoned-up elementary school teacher Laurel Harris is at loose ends and in need of cash. Fortunately her best friend's older brother is a single dad and desperately needs a nanny. Or so she’s told. She doesn’t anticipate him being such a menacing, muscled, and undeniably gorgeous man…or that he has zero interest in hiring a nanny. Micah Crane will do right by his young daughter, no matter the cost. And right now, that cost is juggling parenthood with long hours at his bar and working as an enforcer for a notorious crime boss. He doesn’t need another complication in his life, but the sweet, frustratingly opinionated little blonde hell-bent on caring for his daughter stirs his blood like no woman ever has. All it takes is a moment of weakness to ignite the lust blazing between them. A moment that will unravel their self-control and unleash all of Micah’s darkest secrets... Review I liked the characters; all of them were very likable and interesting, though Micah does have his moments where I want to smack some sense into him. I liked the idea that Micah is a single father and has literally done what he needs to do to give his daughter a comfortable life. I am having a hard time deciding what to rate this one though. In spite of some of it being a little cliche and a little far fetched, i.e. he walks away from the hospital hours after being severely beaten and then at the end just leaves the Mob. I really liked the story, thought the Author was a good writer. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Laurel, Micah and Shae. Also, I was a sucker for the big, grand apology at the end. I would definitely read anything by this Author again. I think the story had more potential, but I did really enjoy it. 3.5Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
This isn't a super complex book/plot to read. It's straightforward, sexy hot and fun! Micah is a big tough badass, but I adored him from the start. There was just something about the tough demeanor one second, then soft as a marshmallow as soon his daughter walked through the door that really stole my heart. Laurel Harris was an up and coming brand new elementary school teacher, but needed a job over the summer to pay her rent. She was applying everywhere, but no one was looking for such a short term hire. Her best friend April piped in saying her older brother Micah needed a nanny for his little girl, Shaelynn. Micah Crane thinks April is sending a friend to interview for a job at The Alibi, the bar he co-owns with his best friend Ryan. When Laurel shows up saying she's there for a nanny position, he's really pissed off. He doesn't leave his daughter with strangers and doesn't need any help raising her! Once Laurel points out how dangerous it is to have her sitting in the back room of the bar for hours on end while he works, he relents and agrees to give it a try. Shaelynn is adorable and Laurel loves her on the spot, but Micah is mean and downright rude, but when he lets his guard down and shows his tender heart, Laurel can't help but fall for him. He's hot! Will they act on the mutual attraction that is swirling around them every time they are in the same room together? When Laurel finds out that he work
This was a cute story that kept me interested until the very end. It was a first read for me by Brooklyn Skye and I am so glad I read it!! Laurel is a young lady waiting on her school teacher job to start that September and is trying to get a part time job to help her with money while she waits. When all her leads fall short because she is only temporarily available, her best friend tells her that she is setting up a meeting with her brother for a position of a nanny to her niece. The only thing is, she forgot to tell her brother what she was sending Laurel over for. Micah thought that Laurel was there for a job at his bar, but never for a nanny position with his daughter, Shae. Micah was left with his daughter when she was little and has made it his goal in life to do right by her. Micah is part owner of a bar and he works long hours. Micah ends up having Shae at the bar with him and leaves her to color in one of the back rooms of the bar. Not the optimum situation for them, but Micah does what he has to do for her. When Laurel and Micah meet at the bar, Micah is dead set on not needing any help with Shae. Laurel has to pretty much persuade him into letting her have a job to help him out. Micah is not sure about all of it at first but he decides to give it a shot with Laurel. Laurel and Shae hit it off immediately and She even minds Laurel better than she does her dad. Laurel tells him that you have to change things up a little and that helps with getting Shae to do things. As time goes by and Laurel is around more and more, the sparks that were there between Laurel and Micah from the first time they met begin to ignite. Micah wonders why he is think of his nanny in this sense, but can not control himself and gives into the temptation of Laurel. They have to be careful of when they do things because of Shae but Micah has that down to a science and goes for what he wants. Do Laurel and Micah get to be together or is it just a fling while she is working for him as his nanny? You need to read this romantic filled story to find out! Brooklyn Skye does a great job with this one and I couldn't out it down. Thanks for the great read Brooklyn and I can't wait for more from you!!
I loved this one! I thought the story was fresh and unique and while Micah was a bit of a jerk, I'm not sure the story would be believable if he were any other way. It's a quick easy read that once I started, I had to finish! A bit on the mellow side for the sexy times we've come to expect in Brazen books but I thought it was perfect for the story. Micah Crane finds himself in a life he doesn't know how to get out off. No one just walks away from being a mob enforcer. When Laurel Harris, prim and proper school teacher, enters his life to help him with his young daughter, he finds leaving his current lifestyle behind is exactly what he wants to do. This is one I definitely recommend!
A Moment of Weakness, Brooklyn Skye Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, I usually like Brazen reads and this sounded fun but...sadly it was a fail for me. I didn’t like either of the main leads, Micah was a surly, arrogant individual and Laurel was just a pushover. Given Micah wants the best for his daughter, and Laurel supposedly needs the job and wants to do her best, they didn’t act that way. I didn’t feel any connection between them except lust which they both gave way to far too soon IMO. Then the fact it was for the summer only – what was going to happen after that? Who’d be looking after his daughter? He has to leave for his second “job” at late hours and short notice very often, and its a dangerous one where he could end in hospital or worse. That's not what a caring father does....When you’ve kids you have to plan for every eventuality especially if you don’t have other close family to help. The ending, the scenes at the school just wouldn’t/couldn’t happen. Wouldn’t be allowed in these security conscious days. I know its fiction and you can stretch reality but this was a step too far for me. It just didn’t work for me. I struggled with it, picking it up, putting it aside, trying again and again to get a feel for the characters and the story but I never did. Some you win some you lose and this was a lose for me. As always though everyone likes different things and there will be readers who love this story – its all very personal and its not a bad book, just one that doesn’t work for me. Stars: Sorry, just a two – others will love it, five star it and that’s great for them but for me this story just didn’t make it. ... ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers If you enjoyed my review I'd love it if you would please click “Like” and if you didn't I'd love to know why, so I can make future reviews more helpful.
Pretty good for a short-and-sweet novella. Could have been better if it was longer.