Former military man and single dad Mark Matthews is focused on making his daughter’s life the best he possibly can. Between work and taking care of his little girl, dating and any kind of love life is off the table. Until his one-night stand with the quiet but sexy Daisy O’Rourke, who is as secretive as she is beautiful. So when he runs into her at their friends’ wedding, Mark realizes Daisy is worth the chase…
Each book in the Shillings Agency series is STANDALONE:
* Temporarily Yours
* Stealing His Heart
* Seducing the Princess
* Taking What's His
* Say You're Mine
* His Best Mistake
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His Best Mistake
A Shillings Agency novel
By Diane Alberts
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Diane Alberts
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He's been dead for two years. Two long, lonely years.
At times, it was almost impossible to believe it had been that long since she lost him, and at others ... it felt all too possible. She missed him more and more every day. If anything, the pain just deepened and split her open inside, like a huge, jagged chasm that would never go away no matter how much time passed.
"Next up on the Augusta Eye Witness News, tragedy on Sixth Street." The newscaster on the television gave a half smile, her pink-lipstick-coated mouth parting to show perfectly white teeth. "Police were dispatched to a home on the fourteenth block of Greene Street today in response to a domestic disturbance. Authorities say a man held his wife at gunpoint, but the Maine State Police were able to end the standoff with no casualties. More to come on the eleven o'clock news tonight."
Daisy tightened her grip on her empty martini glass, frowning down at the cast on her arm. "You see that? Look what we're missing."
A month ago, she'd been on a case similar to that one. The perp had been an abusive husband who'd been two bottles of cheap whiskey into a binge. When she'd tried to take him down, he evaded her on a fire escape, and when she tried to follow him, she'd slipped on the wet metal and her arm snapped like a twig. So now she was stuck on desk duty until it healed, while the asshole who'd thought beating his wife and then fleeing down a wet fire escape had been a good idea walked free ... after his wife dropped charges.
It killed her that she wasn't out on the streets, doing what she did best ... saving lives. Without her job, without her passion, she was floundering in the middle of the ocean without even a hope of a rescue boat coming along to save her. It was who she was.
And now she was stuck with nothing.
Her phone buzzed, and she glanced down at the text.
It was her best friend, Lauren. Are you there yet?
Daisy rolled her eyes and picked up the phone. Yes, mother.
I can't help it that I'm worried about you.
Relax. I'm at a hotel less than an hour away from you. It's not like I ran away to live in a foreign jungle with Tarzan.
The reply was immediate. I wish you would run away with Tarzan. You need some action.
No, I need peace and quiet.
Three dots popped up, and then: Fine. Whatever. Enjoy it. I'll be there late tomorrow morning. See you then?
I'll be here.
Though she still wasn't really sure why she was here in the first place. She knew the couple getting married tomorrow, sure, but not well enough to be invited to their wedding. The only reason she was on the list was because she was friends with Lauren, whose fiancé worked for the groom as a private security agent at The Shillings Agency, and that somehow gained her an invite.
She'd take it.
God knew she could use a break from her normal life ... which was why she was at the hotel a day early. Living with a roommate who was also on the force was both a blessing and a curse. Lately, it had been more curse than blessing. It was just ... she just felt so ...
The news music played, and Daisy glanced up again.
"Good evening," the newscaster said. "Tonight, our head story is a tragic crash on Werner Street that ended in a horrifying death. A gray sedan was driving —"
That's just what I needed tonight. Another reminder of what I've loved and lost. Thanks, Universe. I needed that.
Turning away, Daisy blinked rapidly and held her glass up to the bartender. She didn't usually drink, with good reason, but tonight was an exception to that rule. And it was time for another one. And then maybe another. Her plan was to drink until it didn't hurt anymore ... as many as it took. Like father, like daughter, she supposed.
As the server made his way over, someone sat beside her. Daisy glanced over, already annoyed because she wasn't here to flirt, or talk, or make friends. She was here to forget.
But then she locked gazes with the deepest, darkest, prettiest brown eyes she'd ever seen, and any irritation at the interruption of her emo mood was shattered. The man next to her was tall, impossibly so. Even though he was sitting down, she'd easily place him at six foot three or more. He had blond hair, which looked as if he constantly ran his fingers through it all day long, and stubble darkened his jaw ... which had a freaking dimple in it. He glanced over at her and froze, his eyes narrowing when he caught her staring.
Cheeks heating, she turned away as fast as she could, breathing quickly. Her stomach tightened into a knot, and she stiffened because this was a feeling she hadn't experienced in two years.
Ever since ...
"Hello," the man next to her said, offering an easy smile. Damn it, he was even hotter when he smiled. Why couldn't he have crooked teeth, or an even more crooked smile? Couldn't the universe do her one teensy weensy favor and make this guy a little less attractive?
"Mind if I sit here?" he asked quietly, his voice filled with deep respect. She had the feeling he was the type of guy who would never raise his voice in anger. Never lose his cool.
She happened to like men who were calm in the face of chaos.
"And if I politely decline?" she asked, like she always did when men hit on her in bars. It always made them shrink away and seek out easier targets.
He blinked. "Then I'd politely sit and drink my drink without bothering you, one seat over this way, because I want to watch the game, and the TV is over here."
Gah! That was the perfect response.
Tucking her probably frizzy hair behind her ear, she forced a cool smile despite her racing heart. "I'm not saving the seat for anyone, so feel free to sit where you want."
"Excellent." He set his phone down on the bar next to hers. "How are you tonight?"
"Good. Great. Wonderful."
A smile played at his lips again. "You're empty."
How did he know? "What?"
"Your glass." He pointed at it. His fingers were long and lean, yet somehow strong, and coated with a light dusting of blond hair. "It's empty."
She tore her eyes off his fingers, pressing a hand to her stomach, which felt a hell of a lot emptier than her glass. Get over yourself, Daisy. They're just fingers. "Oh. Right. I was about to get another."
"Excellent." When the bartender came up, the guy next to her gestured at her glass. "We'll have two of whatever she's having."
The bartender started to walk away, but she held up a hand and he stopped, smiling flirtatiously at her. He'd been acting interested all night, but it hadn't done a thing to her insides. Not like the guy beside her had within seconds of arriving. Ugh.
"You might want to rethink that, sir. I'm having a cosmo," Daisy said, eyeing the man who'd managed to turn her on ... or upside down ... whatever. "It's pink. And frothy."
The man hesitated, laughing. "Uh ... I happen to like pink drinks."
"No, you don't," she said, tapping her fingers on the bar, and shooting him what was hopefully a playful smile, but probably came off more like a hyena on the prowl because she didn't have a single frigging playful bone in her body and never had. "You're just trying to play along. Act cool. Pretend not to be emasculated by the threat of a pink drink. Go on — get a whiskey instead, if you want. I won't think less of you."
Yep. That totally came out as more of a challenge than a flirtatious reply.
Daisy: 0. Hot guy: 1.
"Two cosmos, please. The pinker, the better." After the bartender headed off, hot guy leaned in, shooting her an easygoing grin. "It happens to be my favorite color."
She lifted a brow. "Is that so?"
"Yeah." He lifted his leg. "I'll prove it."
Daisy blinked down at it in confusion. "What —?"
"See?" He rested the bottom of his black shoe on the side of her bar stool, lifting his pants leg. His socks were gray-and-pink plaid. "Told ya."
A laugh escaped her. She couldn't help it ... but she did choke it off right away. It felt wrong, being amused by another man, today of all days. "Okay. Fine. I get it. You like pink. I do, too."
"Is it your favorite color?" He smiled. "Because if it is, we already have something in common."
Fighting back a smile, because he was so refreshing and playful and different from the men she usually met at bars, she shook her head. "Sorry."
He held a hand to his heart. "Darling, you're killing me. Please say it's not blue."
"It's not," she said, laughing, then pointed to the purse sitting next to her phone on the bar. "It's yellow."
He eyed her purse. "Yellow?"
"Yep. Guilty as charged. Guess we don't have anything in common after all." She lifted a shoulder and shoved her hair behind her ear again. To the left of them, a gorgeous blonde who was perfectly put together from head to toe watched the man next to her with hungry eyes. Daisy forced her focus off the other woman uncomfortably, because she had a feeling her eyes were just as hungry, and she didn't like that. "Sorry."
"I don't think I'd say that ..." He lowered his foot, watching her closely. The way he looked at her, all heated stare and hard jawline, made her stomach tighten enough to scare the crap out of her. She didn't know this guy — didn't need to be feeling things she had no interest in feeling.
It was time to end this flirtation before she did something stupid ...
Like kiss him.
After a few seconds of silence on her part, he cleared his throat and held his hand out. "Since we exchanged favorite colors, I guess I should introduce myself? My name is —"
"Don't," Daisy inserted quickly, her tone tinged with a little bit of panic. The second she learned his name, she would never forget it ... or him. It's better not knowing.
His brow furrowed. "Don't what?"
"Don't do your spiel on me. The flirting. The smiles. The shared laughs. It won't work." She pushed his hand down, not shaking it. "You don't have to tell me your name, either."
He frowned. "Okay. I was just —"
"Look. You're a nice guy and all, but I'm not the kind of girl who is going to go back to your room and show you if my panties match my purse. And I don't need to know if your boxers match your socks." She gestured to his feet, her cheeks on fire because, God, this is why she didn't go out with guys, or engage in idle conversations with them at the bar. She wasn't ready. Plus, she sucked at small talk. And flirting. And, you know, being cute and friendly. "I'm not that girl. I'm just a girl in a bar, drinking a few drinks, before I go back to my room ... alone."
When he didn't say anything, just stared at her, she did the worst thing possible.
She started blabbering, because she and awkward silence were not friends.
"I'm not being a bitch. I just don't play games, and you seem like a nice guy, so I don't want to waste your time. If you're looking to get laid tonight, you'll have better luck with the blonde in the corner. She's watching you like she's just waiting for me to walk away so she can pounce." She pointed at her, not even bothering to hide it. "I bet she'll like your socks."
"Wait." He blinked, shifting back, but not leaving. "Are you saying that you don't like my socks?"
"I ..." She opened her mouth, closed it, opened it again, and nothing came out. Because out of all the things she said, he focused on that? "I ... I like them. They're perfectly nice socks."
"So you do like my socks?"
She let out a nervous laugh. "Yeah. Sure. I like your socks. But that's not the —"
"Oh, thank God." He gave her an easy smile. How did he do that? Look so ... so ... casually hot? "I was about to get up and walk away." The bartender came over with their drinks, and he paid before she could even open her purse. "Thank you," he said to the server, who nodded and left them alone again.
She wasn't sure what this dude's game was, but if he walked away because she'd told him he wouldn't get laid, that would say a lot about him.
He turned back to her, still smiling. When he saw her staring at him speculatively, he sighed. "Look, I didn't come over here to get you naked in my bed. I came over to talk to you because, to be honest, you looked a little sad. And I hate seeing women sad."
She swallowed hard, not sure what to say to that because he was right. She was sad, but it wasn't something she wanted to talk about, especially with a stranger.
When she remained silent, he shifted closer. "If you don't mind, I'd like to keep talking to you. But if you'd rather be alone, I'll take my pink drink, and slide over a seat or two to give you space. I'm not interested in the blonde woman. I'm interested in you, and making you smile a few times, if you'll let me."
She should send this guy packing, because he was tempting her in ways she wasn't ready to be tempted. She opened her mouth, and the stupidest thing she'd ever said came out instead. "I'd like that. You can stay."CHAPTER 2
Mark couldn't take his eyes off the woman next to him. She had deep red hair, and bright green eyes that honestly pulled him closer to her in ways he didn't understand or even want to understand. The second he walked in to the hotel bar, his gaze had fallen on her sitting there with a cast on her arm, looking seconds from either punching something, or bursting into tears, and he hadn't been able to ignore the urge to walk up to her, sit down, and say something witty to get her attention.
Because, fuck, he needed her attention.
So ... he'd settled for ordering pink drinks.
Smooth. Real smooth.
But still, he couldn't regret his choice. After all, she hadn't denied being sad, and he hadn't been lying. He hated seeing women looking so upset. More than likely she was down because some dude she'd loved had broken her heart. That's usually how love ended.
Life was too short to lose time to that emotion.
He'd learned that the hard way.
Smiling, he settled back into his seat and tugged on his collar. "Okay. Good. I'm —"
"Don't." She pulled on a long curl, staring at him without a hint of flirtation or pretense. "I still don't want to know your name," she said flatly. "At all."
There was something about her, and the way she just blurted out whatever the hell she was thinking, that called to him. She was refreshingly honest in a sea storm of false smiles and even emptier promises he'd encountered ever since his wife, Tina, died ... and left him alone in the world with a three-year-old daughter who happened to love pink socks. "Then how about we give each other fake names, just so I can call you something in my head besides 'pretty woman'?"
She laughed but cut it off quickly. "Uh ... okay."
"Excellent. I'll call you ..." He leaned back and considered her. Long legs that went on for miles. A waist that cinched in before flaring out gently for her hips. Breasts that looked as if they'd fit in his palms perfectly. She was, hands down, the prettiest woman he'd ever met, besides — he shut that thought off right away. Tonight wasn't about her. "Scarlett."
She choked on a laugh. "Seriously?"
"Is it the red hair?" she asked drily.
"Yeah. I've always had a thing for Black Widow, and she had red, curly hair like yours." He reached out and tugged a curl gently. She sucked in a breath and held it, staring at him with wide eyes. "Shorter, but still. Scarlett it is."
"All right, then." She leaned closer, giving him the same careful inspection he'd given her. It didn't escape his notice that her new position lifted her breasts and offered a delicious display of cleavage for him to enjoy. He shifted uncomfortably, his body coming to life a little bit too enthusiastically. "In keeping with the Marvel theme, you'll be ... Chris. Or Tom. Nah. Definitely Chris."
"Hold up." His interest in her kicked up about twenty notches. "Don't tell me you like superheroes. Or, even better, all of their movies ... even The Avengers?"
"Guilty as charged."
"That's it, Scarlett. I'm keeping you. You don't have a choice. I found a beautiful woman who likes superheroes. That's the mecca of the dating world." He grinned and lifted his pink drink. "To our happy future together."
For a second, he saw panic gathering in her eyes, and he thought he'd taken the joke one step too far. But then she picked up her drink, clinked it to his, and said, "To Chris and Scarlett."
They both took a sip, and Mark winced. It tasted like a damn lollipop. "This is ..." Sweet. Horrible. Alcohol-less. "Good."
She laughed and took it out of his hand, lifting her arm as she slid his sweet drink toward her other one. The bartender came back immediately. "He'll have a double shot of whiskey, neat."
"How'd you know I liked it neat?" he asked, not even bothering to argue because that pink shit was not his thing.
"I had a feeling."
She stared down at the cosmos, spinning his in a slow, careful circle. As he watched, she lifted it and took a sip out of his glass, her lips touching where his had been moments before.
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I really enjoyed this book, especially how it ended. With the characters both having gone through loss and pain to have found each other was truly inspiring. So worth reading.
Loved the story.
This was a pretty good read. Although it's book 6 in the series, it reads very well as a standalone. What I liked: I particularly enjoyed the sexy opening scene. I was immediately pulled into the story by witty dialogue and great chemistry between the main characters. Which leads me to my second favorite facet of the story – two strong main characters. The emotional elements of the story were also enjoyable. The pop culture references were a huge plus! Any man who names his daughter after a Harry Potter character and chooses Disney and Universal Studios as his top choice of places to visit … is a man after my own heart. I’m all about the theme parks!! What didn’t work for me: The push-pull dynamic hit a nerve with me. Both the H and h took a long time getting over their fears and ingrained prejudices. I get it, but I didn’t always enjoy it. I’m not big on repeated pushing and pulling away. If you make a choice, stick to your guns I say. I also had a teensy bit of trouble keeping up with all the other couples. This was my first read of the series and it worked out well as a standalone, but there were several mentions (I assume) of previous couples that didn’t click with me. Other than those small issues, this was a very enjoyable read. Overall, I this was a very good read. I’d consider reading the five previous books in the series to catch up. I look forward to reading more from Diane Alberts. I rate it: 4 stars
His best mistake is a hot steamy easy to read ADULT book. Some mistakes in life turn out to be the best mistakes ever made, and this is exactly what happened here with Daisy and Mark. A story of emotion, love and second chances. Romance novels are a must for relaxation and this one hit the mark.
I’ve read almost all the books in the Shillings Agency series and I can honestly say His Best Mistake has a very different feel to it. Mark Matthews and Daisy O’Rourke are no strangers to loss. Each have lost the loves of their lives in horrible ways. Each have closed off their hearts to the possibility of love again. Both feel the price of opening themselves up comes with too great of a cost. But if they are willing to take a chance, they will have a bigger payoff than they ever imagined. I loved the opening scene of His Best Mistake. Picture it, a guy walks into a bar, sees a girl and approaches her, not knowing that she’s his future. “I came over to talk to you because, to be honest, you looked a little sad. And I hate seeing women sad.” Mark. Mark. Mark. Those two lines had me falling hard. Coupled with the fact that he’s a single father to a three-year-old little girl and I was a goner. This chance encounter between Mark and Daisy is the set up to a romance and relationship neither wants, but at times will find themselves fighting hard for. With the opening sentence, you get a sense this story is going to be heart wrenching. Diane Albers has managed to take Daisy, Mark, and readers on an emotional journey, but at the same time has managed to add a little bit of humor. In classic Diane fashion, these two heat up the sheets. If you’re looking for a story that’s going to take you on an emotional ride and leave you satisfied this is the story for you. **I received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** His Best Mistake by Diane Alberts Book Six of the Shillings Agency series Publisher: Brazen Publication Date: October 3, 2016 Rating: 3 stars Source: eARC from publisher ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): One night with a stranger… Security expert Mark Matthews has loved, and lost, and has no intention of ever loving again—especially not a woman who thrives on her life being in danger. Now, hot, meaningless sex with strangers he had no intention of ever seeing again? That's a whole other story. And it's all life as a single father allows him to enjoy. But when he meets a woman who refuses to tell him her real name, the game is on, because she's everything he swore to stay away from. Daisy O'Rourke has bad idea written all over her, but he's in too deep to walk away now… What I Liked: Another three-star read from this author. My last Brazen novel was literally a Diane Alberts book, Temporarily Yours, the first book in this series. I've now read three of the books in this series (Temporarily Yours, Say You're Mine, and His Best Mistake), and I've read two of Alberts' books as Jen McLaughlin. While I enjoyed Say You're Mine, the other two books I've recently read in this series have been so-so. We meet Mark in Say You're Mine. He's a single father and security expert at Shillings Agency. He's ex-military too. Ever since his wife died several years ago, he hasn't been serious with women... because he doesn't want to go through that again, or put his daughter through that loss. Things change when he meets Daisy O'Rourke at a bar, and they have a one-night stand that he wants to be more than one night. But Daisy is suffering from loss too, and she's determined not to be with someone of a military background. Is Mark making a mistake by chasing this stubborn woman? Mark, I adored, in this book and in Say You're Mine. In this book, we see his pain and his loss, and how his background and his past shaped him. We don't really see much of him and his daughter, since his daughter is with his mother while he is attending his friend's wedding. Daisy is attending the same wedding, but she doesn't know that the man she just had a nameless one-night stand with is also at that wedding. And funnily enough... her friends want her to hook up with a guy named "Mark", who turns out to be the nameless one-night-stand man. Daisy is quite stubborn, hot and cold, but she can't deny their chemistry. The chemistry was medium hot, definitely not Alberts's typical level of heat, but still hot enough for a Brazen novel. I liked seeing Daisy change her mind about Mark (because she was wrong about him, so many times). In the end, they're a great pair. What I Did Not Like: All of that being said, I didn't love this book. I didn't like Daisy, for one. She is so hot-and-cold, and sends so many mixed signals. It's always a battle with her, always an argument or a tug-of-war. And then she's always, always running. Every time things get too serious for her, she runs. Or lashes out. Honestly Daisy isn't the nicest person to be around, and I'm a little surprised that this is the type of person that Alberts would pair with a man with a little girl. The flight thing was really annoying... Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
I can't say enough wonderful things about the latest addition to Diane Alberts' Shillings Agency series, HIS BEST MISTAKE. I was hooked right from the beginning. I honestly felt a strong, compassionate connection to the heroine after just a few paragraphs. And then the scene where Scarlett meets Chris, it was totally brilliant. They were so perfect together and clearly needed each other. I mean the sex scenes were off the charts, but what really made it hot was the undenial emotional connection. No wonder neither of them could leave it at a one night stand even once they knew who each other truly were after meeting at the wedding. As Mark says, Mark and Daisy might be all wrong for each other, but Scarlett and Chris make complete sense... or something like that. This story touched all of my feels. It was intense. It was humorous. It was raw and emotional. It was beyond steamy sexy. It was unpredictable with a flash of suspense... meaning these two had some seriously legitimate reasons for not being together and there were points in the story I wasn't sure it could all work out. The characters and their motivations were on point and the story flowed easily from there, completely captivating me so much that I did not put it down until I finished the book. It was also a bonus that the characters from previous books in the series were such a big part of Mark and Daisy's story. In a nutshell, this story was real, absolutely beautifully written and I highly recommend it. On a side note, I claimed Cooper Shillings as my book boyfriend long ago and though he still has my heart... I'm definitely ready to cheat a little with Mark. I'm just happy no one expects monogamy with book boyfriends because I want them both!! 4.5 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. Review comments are my honest opinions.
4 “Pink is my favorite color” Stars I just can’t resist a good “devoted-single-dad” story. I just can’t. It’s against my religion, ingrained in my genetic makeup… or something. Mark works at a security firm, ex-military and widowed to a military wife, he now dedicates his life to putting his little girl first. That’s why he keeps away from relationships, he can’t let his baby girl get attached to some woman who will leave her as she has dealt with enough loss as it is. That’s also why even though his friends at the agency insist on matching him up with Daisy, that’s just never going to happen. She is a cop, she risks her life on a daily basis and he simply can’t deal with even the idea of it. Daisy has one rule only, don’t date military men. So even when her best friend swears this Mark guy is perfect for her she doesn’t want to even consider him a possibility. Well, you know what happens when you form opinions based on pre-conceived notions: they come back to bite you in the butt. And that’s how Mark aka Chris meets Daisy aka Scarlett in a hotel bar and they end up having the most amazing one-night-stand. Now you can imagine their surprise when they meet again face to face the day after, and they get introduced by their common friends. Thus begins a tug of war between what they think they should do and what the feel and want to do. I’m not going to lie, the constant back and forth grew tiresome as the story and their relationship progressed, and they seemed to hit the same wall in a different place over and over. Fortunately, their chemistry is so good, and their sextivities so hot I was persuaded to overlook this fact. Mostly. Both their stances came from an understandable place so I didn’t find their prejudiced notions as obnoxious as I usually do this kind of set up. Mark was a fantastic father, sweet and caring, definitely bossy in the bedroom department and sexy as hell. Daisy was a total badass. I loved her and her determination to do what she loved and the reason behind her choice. I found her and how she dealt with the circumstances she had admirable really. I wish they’d had more time as a settled couple, as most of their togetherness passes between the sheets… or against a wall. As it is, I still found His Best Mistake an excellent read. It had humor, sexy times aplenty, some introspection and two great main characters. And Mark’s little girl was just adorable. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Opporisites do Attract ''His Best Mistake " Take Two commitment-phobes who meet up at a friend’s wedding. They had met before as one night stands. They are the same yet different—they are not wanting to settle down due to issues in their past. Daisy didn't want someone who had been in the military because of her childhood while Mark didn't want someone who was a cop who goes out and puts their life on the line because his wife had died serving her country. Only thing is, the heat between these two is off the charts. It was back and forth, yes then no. At times, I felt like I was in a sports match due to the volleying between the MC. There was a lot of angst and pain, they w ere afraid to reach out but yet, they did and then suddenly Mark , after they were doing good on building that path of communication, just tool a runner. But that is why there are plot twists in stories. There was a good plot twist and turn which took this story in a new direction. Did they or didn’t they? Read to find out the ending and love story of Mark and Daisy. My rating: 4.4 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
This book drew me in from the fun flirty interesting way Daisy and Mark met to the smiles at the end of their story. I am surprised my phone didn't melt from their explosive chemistry. Both had demons that kept them from being with one another and buy did those demons appear several times in the book. But I loved the way he pursued her and the way she would give in. I even loved the way she gave it to him straight during a hard emotional scene. There wasn't any part of this book that I didn't like. It kept me engrossed in it, my heart racing, (im)patiently waiting to see who was going to give in first, how it would end. Beautifully written. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
4 stars His Best Mistake was a quick, entertaining and steamy read. I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Mark and Daisy, they captured my interest from the first meeting and held it until the end. They had great chemistry, both were likable and relatable characters. While I did find Mark's one step forward, two steps back attitude with Daisy job/career a little frustrating, I totally understood his reasoning for holding back from fully committing to her. It warmed my heart watching him push through the fear and pain from the past to open his heart and love Daisy unconditionally. Mark and Daisy made a great partnership and they truly deserved their HEA. His Best Mistake was another entertaining read by Diane Alberts and a great addition to the Shillings Agency series.
I loved this book. I don't know why as it is a traditional one night, hot hook up story, but then it becomes so much more. The author nailed with all of the reasons they should not be together and the heat factor is a big plus. I loved the character development and the fact that the story takes on big issues for these two. The fear to overcome and make a commitment is pressing and heart pounding. But the fact they cannot stay away is overwhelming. Full of heat, hot scenes, tenderness, love and an overall great story! Part of a series yet can be a standalone easily. I never felt lost in this book. * copy received for review purposes and my honest opinion
So i'm going to admit it took me a little bit to get into this book but by the end i could not put it down. And the ending was ever so satisfying. Mark and Daisy were a great couple steaming it up under the sheets but then giving the tugs on my heart as they each struggled with their issues. The entire Shillings agency books have been great but i'm thinking this might be my favourite of the series.
*3.5 Stars Rounded Up In this book, we have two people meet in a bar and find they have an incredible connection. Neither looking for anything serious, they don't exchange real names and they agree to just one night. Until they discover that they have mutual friends who have been trying to set them up. And that their connection is possibly a bit too strong for either to sever it. I liked how this started with a connection, then they woud bite at each other, then give in.... and over and over, up and down. It was a fun rollercoaster and felt true to life. That said, I found Daisy's reasons for being anti-military man was a bit weak. I didn't necessarily get the sense that the military had much to do with Daisy's daddy issues, and it seemed to take just her seeing Mark as a caring father once for her to cave almost completely. Her fear of abandonment seemed to be a much bigger issue. The thing that held Mark back from a relationship with Daisy (before they met...) did make a lot of sense though, and I wasn't keen on how Daisy always wanted to turn his problem with her having a dangerous job into some sort of feminist/sexist thing. The man had married a woman who was active military, so that in itself shows how much respect he has for women willing to put themselves in dangerous situations to protect others... The dialogue and situations felt very genuine and I really liked that. Often in romance, arguments and problems between the couple can feel a little more idealized, but that wasn't the case here. Daisy and Mark had some issues that did feel very genuine. I would recommend this one for anyone who is a fan of contemporary romance with two strong leads! I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.
His Best Mistake is book #6 in the Shillings Agency. I've not read any of the other books in this series and wasn't lost at all as the story unfolded. It's also the first book I've read by Diane Alberts! Mark and Daisy had a one-night stand a while back. What's wrong with that...well, nothing except it was a no name one-night stand. Plus, the fact that they see each other again later on...awkward. Oh yea, the plot thickens because their friends had been trying to set them up together. Such a great story line!! Even though neither wanted to go out for various reasons. Fate had other ideas with these two! I enjoyed this book and loved the characters!! A good book! I'm planning on going back and reading 1-5 in this series since this one was so good! Thank you to Entangled Publishing LLC (Brazen) via NetGalley for a copy of this book!
4.5 Marvel Stars! You would think a series would get stale after awhile but not so with this one! His Best Mistake is the sixth book in the Shillings Agency series and it was fresh, funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and very sexy! When Mark sees Daisy for the first time in a bar looking sad, he can't help but want to make her smile. Daisy is mourning the 2 yr anniversary of her fiance's tragic death. She wasn't looking for a hookup but she and Mark have instant chemistry and make each other laugh. Mark hasn't had a relationship either since his wife died leaving him a single father of a little girl. But Daisy was refreshing, genuine, and sexy. Daisy was drawn to Marks' warmth, compassion and wit. They challenged each other, and had fun. They agreed on one night together, then go their separate ways, not even getting their real names. It was the most intimate and passionate night that neither of them would ever forget. Until they find out they were going to the same wedding with mutual close friends! So begins the entertaining attempts at trying to deny their fiery chemistry, only to find how much they like spending time together and can't stay away. But they have their own issues and fears they need to work thru to make that happen. I really enjoyed the banter, the friends who don't make it easy on them and the sensual passion. This is an emotional, sweet and sexy second chance at love romance that is a must read.
Loved this one! Mark was never suppose to see her again after that one night of nameless passion. But when is red haired beauty turns out to be the woman his friends at the agency have been trying to fix him up with, things get real interesting real fast. Mark has loved and lost once already and he never plans to let that happen again. He knows though, deep down, that Daisy might be the woman who could change his mind. Until he discovers Daisy is a cop. No way! He can't love another woman in a dangerous job. It wouldn't be fair to him or his young daughter. Sometimes though, the heart wants what it wants..... Definitely a recommended read! It's part of a series but easily read standalone.
I've read this whole series, and while I loved the previous books this one was not a favorite. Something felt missing here that the other books had. This story is about Mark, who works security for Schillings, widower and single dad and Daisy who is a police officer. Mark lost his wife while they both served in the military. He swore he'd never risk losing someone like that again. Daisy is also grieving the loss of her fiancé who was killed a week before their wedding. Something she hasn't gotten over. They meet anonymously the night before a wedding in the hotel bar and their was an obvious attraction between the two. Never gave their real names and spent the night together. He felt happy for the first time since his wife died. The next day the are face to face at the wedding, real names brought forward and turns out that Daisy is the girl that Lauren has been trying to fix Mark up with. Mark knows she is a cop therefore a no go in his book. Too risky. Despite the fact that he is in the security business himself. These two can't stay away from each other, he wants more. And then more again. Daisy is reluctant but she really tries to trust him and jumps in with both feet allowing herself to be vulnerable. During an incident in town where there is a standoff between police and a armed shooter, Mark shows up. Daisy's partner, they ever protective Tim ( I loved him) tells him to leave before Daisy sees him. Oops too late. Daisy is angry that he's there, so what does he do? He dumps her. Then add to that when she goes to his house to talk to him, he has been drinking and makes it quite clear they are done. He says some things that would be hard to take back. Apart these two are miserable. Another incident happens this time involving Mark, where there is a gun involved, police are called and Daisy and Tim are the responding officers. Tim takes Mark's partner leaving her no choice but to interview him about the incident. Again words are exchanged and they part angry. This book didn't have the same smoothness as the previous books did. It felt rushed. I didn't connect with Mark at all. He was all over the place, and as a supposedly solid dad, didn't fit the painted picture. And the things he said to Daisy. He seemed to use sex as a solution or lead in to avoiding their issues when they came up. This book had plenty of steam and we all love that. I liked Daisy, although her redundantly saying she was a cop, would always be and wasn't changing that for anyone got old, it wasn't necessary. All things pointed back to the same verbiage. The backstory was fine, interesting at the 90% mark of the book it comes up that Mark is thinking about how little time he actually did spend with his wife because they were either deployed, in different duty stations and etc. Something that could have been expounded on earlier in the book. She was his "ideal" when in reality they never had to face day to day living together. I gave this 4 stars because I do like the author. Reality wants me to give it a 3 because it just didn't hit home for me like the previous 5 books did. I really recommend you read the series. It's great. And has it all. Diane is a great writer. This book just ran a little weak. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled** in exchange for an honest review
So, I haven't read this entire series. I've read a couple of them though, and liked them, and this one caught my eye. I'm a fan of Diane/Jen in general, so I figured it was worth a try. I was right! This book started strong and didn't let go. Mark and Daisy meet at a wedding, well, actually, the night before a wedding at the hotel bar. They've both lost a lot in their lives, and they are drawn to each other immediately. They decide to help each other out and give each other comfort, for one night only. No real names. No seeing each other again. Nothing but passion, and care for the night. Of course, nothing ever works out the way you plan. Turns out, they're both attending the same wedding the next day, and their shock is absolute. They are especially shocked to find out that they are the people who Daisy's best friend Lauren has been TRYING to set up with each other for months, always saying they'd be "perfect" together! They start at that point playing a game of push and pull that pretty much lasts right up until the end. She mostly runs, he mostly chases. Neither of them feel they would work in real life. She doesn't want to date a veteran, because of her hot mess of a dad. He doesn't want to date someone with a dangerous job, because of how he lost his wife. They know all the reasons they should, but they can't stay away from each other. The main characters chemistry was explosive, and they were constantly drawn back to each other because of it, even when it would have been safer, for their hearts, to just let it go. Their push and pull hurt them both, in turn, and I wasn't sure how this was all going to turn out. But, they managed to persevere, (this is a Romance, after all) and come through for each other in the end, after many ups and downs. I love a story where there are big, serious, realistic obstacles, but the characters find a way to make it happen, because their love is truly worth the risk. That was this book, in spades. I really enjoyed it, and I'm probably going to go back and read the rest of the series now!
You didn't confuse what I said. I probably didn't say it very well. I was trying to say that people can make a successful career out of writing. But to do that you have to WRITE all the time. I was thinking about authors in terms of trade folks, not journalists/freelancers. A lot of the authors I follow have managed to leave their day jobs behind, even though they may not be household names, because they are producing enough to make a sustainable living. It's not BIG BUCKS. But it's a living. I honestly don't think Joy knows what kind of writer she wants to be, but I also just get annoyed when she decrees herself the PERSON who KNOWS about being a WRITER. FWIW, I was also trying to say it doesn't matter what kind of writing to do, if it makes you happy and is part of your identity then call yourself a writer. I feel like most of us on planworld would identify as writers in some way.
I enjoyed this story and sixth installment in the Shilings Agency series. In this book we get the story of Mark. who is fairly new to the Shillings Security team, and Daisy, a police officer. We get a bit of them in the previous books, but never of them together. Everyone has been trying to set them up with no luck. When we meet Daisy and Mark, they both have been through their fair share of loss and heartache. Daisy lost her fiance in a car wreck the week before they were supposed to get married. It has been 2 years and it doesn't get any easier for Daisy. Mark lost his wife a little over 2 years previously and is not the single father of a 3 year old little girl. Mark and his wife were both in the service and while he had just returned from a deployment, she was just beginning one and her convoy was attacked and she did not make it. Mark has sworn off getting attached to someone again because he doesn't want to have to go through the heartache again if something were to ever happen to the next person he gives his heart to. When Mark and Daisy meet at a bar the night before a wedding they are both supposed to attend the next day, unknowingly, they don't give each other their real names. Seems easier to not get attached to someone if you don't know their real name. So Daisy is Scarlett and Mark is Chris. Seems fair enough. The night that these two spend together is anything but forgettable. Neither one of them can get their minds off the other. When Daisy and Mark go off to the wedding, they think that things are over between Scarlett and Chris, but low and behold who their friends have been trying to set them up with, Daisy meet Mark and vice versa. They are in shock that they are who their friends have been trying to get them together with. There is a lot of back and forth in this story as both Daisy and Mark try to figure out what they want exactly from a relationship. I love the way that Mark pretty much immediately took up owning Daisy and was not willing to let her go. He fought for her. This was another great installment in the Shilling Agency series and I am looking forward to the next book in the series as well. These men are the Alpha heroes some women dream of with their ability to provide security and protection for others.
Sometimes the biggest mistakes can turn out to be the very best ones. And this book proves that statement to be just right! His Biggest Mistake is the sixth installment of The Shillings Agency, but it can totally be read as a stand-alone. His Biggest Mistake is a quick and sexy read. It is fast paced, but don’t let that fool you. At 178 pages, this story packs a punch and does not disappoint. This story has it all. You’ve got fantastic characters with amazing chemistry that just has you begging for more. You have an amazing story-line that just pulls at your heart and has you believing in second chances. There is sex, romance, drama and of course, a little bit of angst. I’m telling you, this book has it all. His Biggest Mistake is a fantastic read from beginning to end. I finished this book in just a few short hours and devoured every single page. His Biggest Mistake is a fantastic addition to this series and I can not wait to see where Diane Alberts will take us next.
4 - "Sleeping with you was the best mistake I ever made." Stars! The sixth book in Diane Alberts Shillings Agency series ticked all the right reading boxes for this reader. Two commitment-phobes, both for different, but in a way similar reasons come together incognito initially, but then as the people they really are, after they are unwittingly pushed together at a mutual friend’s wedding. "I’m here… and you can do whatever you need to do to me, with me, and no one will ever give a damn. Whether we drink until we both forget our names, or I just sit here beside you, shut up, and hold your hand, or… whatever. Anything. I’ll give it to you. I’m yours tonight." I think what I liked most about Mark and Daisy’s story, is the fact that although the author is dealing with some pretty heavy issues in both of them as characters, and she deals with that aspect of the story really well, it didn’t overtake the sexy connection that this couple forge between them from the start. It made their actions and reactions to things relevant and not over-played, and it gave me as a reader and emotional connection to them both as the book progressed. "It’s hard for me to believe people when they say they like me, or they want to be with me…" Plenty of updates on the rest of the Shillings team in this one as well, I enjoyed it so much I read it in one sitting. This is the type of book I expect from the Brazen imprint. Plenty of sex, a meaningful connection and a little drama to keep things moving along, His Best Mistake was a perfect balance of all those things for me. "I want to be yours, and I want you to be mine." ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.
Loved this book! Very sexy and fast paced romance that is swoon worthy. Mark became a single parent to a young child when his wife died while she was on deployment overseas. His heart isn't ready to take a chance on love again, so he meets his physical needs with a series of discreet one night stands. Daisy is a police officer whose fiance died one week before their wedding. She believes that he was the love of her life and that she'll never find love again, so she isn't even looking. One night, before a friend's wedding, she is sitting at the bar having a uncharacteristic drink when Mark sits down next to her. They begin talking and agree to not even use their real names. One thing leads to another, and you can guess what happens next. So, if it's predictable why did I give it five starts? Because it's just so well done. The author has mastered the romance genre and this book proves it. This is a must read for fans of the genre. While this novel is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. The author is on my must read authors' list.
I'm in love with love and authors like Diane Alberts are the reason why. The romance genre gets a bad rep. Not believable or serious enough. Too much sex, not enough story. Totally untrue and explicitly unfair. Romance authors tackle serious issues like rape, kidnapping, emotional and physical abuse, depression and in the case of His Best Mistake, how to deal with grief and the fear of loss. Daisy has already turned one tragedy in her life into a positive. Losing her mother brutally and senselessly at a young age, put her on a path to protect innocents. As a police officer she sees herself making a difference. When she suffers yet another tragedy, she decides that her heart can't take the beating and closes herself off from love. A friend on a mission, a sexy, drunken night with a stranger and her heart just might be open for business. If she can let go of the past and he can get a handle on his fears, this may be a match made in heaven. The message: Life is too fragile to miss out on every precious moment.