His to Keep

His to Keep

by Terri Austin
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Anonymous 19 days ago
Storyline wad well thought out, characters were complex, robust, real-life individuals that I could relate to. Dialogue was authentic and natural. Made me laugh out loud at times. Made me feel warm and fuzzy and smile at times. Made me cry at times. Really well written story and I can't wait to read more from this author. Love her point of view and really enjoyed how she nailed the British lingo. I could totally hear it as I was reading. A true testament to a great story is when you are sad to leave the characters and their world behind and that's how I feel saying goodbye to Iain and Brynn. Oh, and the intimacies were handled with such mastery! Scorching hot sex scenes that fit the storyline and were brilliantly placed to help tell Iain and Brynn's story. Well done!
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
Read from March 20 to 21, 2016 3.5 Stars Iain Chapman is a fighter. Born into very poor circumstances, he scrapped his way to fortune and has his eye on more. To get to the next level, he needs an opportunity to convince one of the most successful businessmen in Vegas to invest in his venture and he'll go as far as seducing a family member to get an introduction. I had my eye on this book from the first time I read the blurb and I was looking forward to a very enjoyable experience reading it. Well, it wasn't exactly what I expected but I learned one thing: I have a terminal aversion to passive, weak characters who let people walk all over them and Brynn Campbell is by far the worst of them. My issue isn't that she actually had a mild personality, it's that she never stood up for herself and even in her internal monologues, she talked down to herself. Iain on the other hand, is the alpha male you always look forward to reading about. Barely contained, quite crude in spite of the high end suits and very ruthless in business. In the bedroom, he's very untamed and absolutely dominant. With a woman who is strong enough to go toe to toe with him, it would have been a combustible combination. Sadly, Brynn was not that woman. In fact their every encounter made me think of a big cat playing with prey before going in for the kill and way he steamrolled over her all the time was so annoying, I found myself throwing my tablet to the side a few times. The only place Iain and Brynn were a perfect match was sexually because it was where they completely let go with each other. Surprisingly, in spite of my dislike of the characters, the story was actually enjoyable and Ms. Austin's writing was really good. The changes in Iain were obvious because he went from uncaring and brusque with his employees to a more likable and friendly version of himself. Even personally, it was obvious that he had mellowed quite a bit so maybe Brynn wasn't so bad after all. And she finally grew a spine, very late in the game. If you are not a fan of wimpy females, I'll suggest you pass on this. If you prefer you alpha males to be civilized, cultured and polished, then you may not enjoy this book. And if you don't enjoy explicit sex scenes, then this is not the book for you. If however any of the above flips your buttons, then this is the book for you. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Ian Chapman is your typical arrogant billionaire that has found the next target in business. He needs to convince Trevor Blake to invest in a property he owns. Ian hires and tries to seduce Trevor's sister-in-law Brynn Campbell as a way to earn an introduction. Brynn is a wallflower, who ironically works as an assertiveness trainer. His plan works and Brynn succumbs to his charms. Will their relationship survive when Brynn learns of Ian's deception? I am always a sucker for a sexy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and this story is a great example of an erotic fairy tale. Ms. Austin writes Ian as the perfect modern beast- an alpha business that is wrapped up in himself and Brynn is a great Beauty, who is able to rescue the Beast by helping him to form relationships. This book balances sex and story very well! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
HIS TO KEEP is the third full length installment in Terri L. Austin’s contemporary, adult BEAUTY AND THE BRIT erotic romance series. This is billionaire businessman/ British ex-pat Iain Chapman, and corporate trainer Brynn Campbell’s story line. HIS TO KEEP can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Some of the characters from the previous story lines play secondary and supporting roles. Any important information from previous installments is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Iain and Brynn) HIS TO KEEP continues on the theme of the Campbell sisters falling in love with British businessmen. Las Vegas is all about appearances but Brynn is a woman who is content to hide in the shadows, playing the yes-woman to her boss’s demands-a bit of a doormat when it comes to saying no. When Brynn is forced into working with wealthy British billionaire Iain Chapman, all bets are off when Iain vows that one day she will be his. What ensues is the building relationship between Brynn and Iain, and the length Iain must go to, to hide his original intent. Iain is looking for investors, and Brynn’s brother-in -law Trevor is the perfect man to help with Iain’s investments. The relationship between Brynn and Iain is one of immediate attraction but Brynn is not the usual type of woman Iain has by his side. Brynn is a woman who has written a book about office and business protocol, and Iain refuses to abide by any of Brynn’s suggestions and demands. Brynn is a woman whose sense of taste and style is a throwback to another time, and Iain finds himself ‘charmed’ but her nuances and little idiosyncrasies. Iain is a self made man; a billionaire who makes demands and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the fall out. While Iain continues to push all of Brynn’s buttons, Brynn finds herself falling for a man who is determined to keep himself apart from everyone he knows. The $ex scenes are erotic, intense, provocative and seductive. There is some very light bondage and discipline play-Iain likes control both in and out of the boardroom. The secondary and supporting players include Brynn’s sisters and their husbands: Trevor and Allie Blake (His Every Need #1); Cal and Monica Hughes (His Kind of Trouble #2); as well as Iain’s best friend and business partner Marcus (Marc) Atwell who is having some woman troubles of his own; and Brynn’s hopeless neighbor Natasha. We are also introduced to Brynn’s boss Cassandra, and Brynn’s co-worker Paige. The world building focuses on Iain and Marc’s business ventures, and Iain’s inability to acknowledge the people who work for him –every day. There is an abundance of British terminology and slang that is interspersed throughout the story. HIS TO KEEP is a fun read; sexy look at a billionaire businessman who loses his heart and his soul to an American wall flower who runs at the first sign of trouble. The premise is entertaining and enjoyable; the characters are charismatic and charming; the romance is an erotic path to a happily ever after.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I had such a fantastic time with this book. Book one, His Every Need, was good and book two, His Kind of Trouble was better. But this one had me by turns giggling and swooning. I don't tend to read much in the whole "Billionaire Romance" genre. They just don't do it for me, but this series has been an exception, especially this book. This is the youngest Campbell sister's story. Brynn has always been the shy type, playing peace maker between her two strong willed older sisters. Not much has changed, even though she's all grown up. She is still playing the peacemaker and hiding in the shadows of life. That is until Iain Chapman shows up and yanks her into the light. She kicks and fusses a bit, but with Iain's influence, Brynn eventually finds her spine and her voice. Iain, oh Iain. I couldn't help but adore Iain. He's brash, bold and speaks his mind. He doesn't pull any punches and simply delighted me. His speech patterns and accent had me longing to hear this in audio format. Brynn describes the scent of his aftershave as including bergamot. Recalling my last cup of Earl Gray, totally helped to bring Iain to life in my head. And he was glorious. Let's just say that I would totally fight Brynn for him. ;) I haven't been able to find out if there will be more to come in the Beauty and the Brit series, now that the Campbell sisters are all Britted up. But if there is another book, count me in. This was my favorite book in the series so far, earning 5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read and review the book.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
Let me start by saying this is definitely a sizzling read. Iain knows his way around a woman’s body and Austin makes sure you know it too so you need to be OK with that bedroom door being wide open, showcasing his every dominant moment. It’s hot and sexy but won’t be for everyone. Outside of the bedroom, the story showcases the growth of Iain and Brynn – both individually and as a couple. Iain is ruthless and doesn’t really spend a lot of time thinking of others, having no issue using people to get what he needs. And that includes Brynn. But it doesn’t take long for her to get under his skin, making him change how he treats people. As for Brynn, she has issues saying no and domineering, arrogant Iain threatens her safe, comfortable world. But the more time she spends with him, the more of his take charge attitude rubs off on her and she starts to stand up for herself. I really like how these two help each other, changing and working their way closer to something in the middle for both of them. Of course the biggest issue is the fact that Iain started their relationship to get to her brother-in-law and it wouldn’t be a romance if that didn’t get out at the wrong time, causing trouble. I don’t usually like romances that are based on lies but Austin does a good job of having all of it – the way it happens and the aftermath – fit with their personalities. It’s not pretty but it definitely works and I appreciate that while Iain put everything in motion he decided pretty early on to not go through with it but he didn’t know how to fix it. And once it all goes upside down, I have to appreciate his attempt to set it to rights and win Brynn back. It’s not for everyone – some aren’t going to like the way that Iain uses her (it is kinda old school romance, but that doesn’t stop it from being enjoyable) and others aren’t going to like the steamy sex scenes - but if you give it a go you are going to get a hot, enjoyable read with growth, heartache, and a fun HEA ending. (This is the 3rd book in this series and while there were little things that I didn’t totally understand about Brynn’s siblings it didn’t impact anything – this one can definitely stand on its own) Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Iain could be brutal. He was manipulative and ruthless. Once he set his mind to it he was going to conquer whatever was in his way. No boundaries. Brynn is easily lead. She just cannot say no, regardless of how much she wants to. Ms. Austin knew what she was about. Iain was hard to like but impossible to forget. Brynn was more of a sweetie. That quality made her hard to resist and more of a sympathetic and a character that was easy to relate to. His to Keep by Terri L. Austin is a modern twist on a familiar story. The theme is commonplace but voiced in a way that is expressive and fresh. Received an ARC via NetGalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.
AFOX0 More than 1 year ago
Lighthearted and A Bit Humorous Iain Chapman, arrogant and self-assured businessman wants Trevor Blake as a major investor in his real estate development project. What better way to get an introduction to Mr. Blake than to hire his sister-in-law, Brynn Campbell. From his first sighting of Brynn shyly blending into the background of a party, he knew there was something special about her. He’s British, and oh, so handsome, everything about him screams wealth and sophistication, but his rough and no-nonsense exterior is what’s got him to the top of Las Vegas big business. Brynn Campbell is the youngest of the Campbell sisters, and her story is book 3 in the Beauty and Brit series. Since her mom’s illness and death, Brynn has shied away from anything dealing with the center of attention, she’s okay with being the wallflower. It’s affected her personal and work behavior, always putting other people before her needs. Brynn’s goodhearted nature is what endears her to friends and family, but it is also why others take advantage. Iain sees this as an opportunity when he underhandedly hires her in attempt to lure Trevor Blake as an investor. He can’t resist Brynn, and Ian wants her. But will Iain break her heart to get to the investor he needs for his project? His To Keep is my first book by Terri Austin. This story is lighthearted and entertaining with some laugh-out-loud moments. Just love how Brynn keeps giving herself pep talks whenever she’s in self-doubt mode. How she calls herself “jellyfish” and very much aware she’s a pushover. Thank goodness she grew a spine by the end of the story, I wanted to virtually finger-pop her on the head. But she lived up to the strong heroine I knew she could be. And Iain, finally tuned down the testosterone enough to righteously claim his woman. Their “tacky” Las Vegas style wedding was so outrageous, funny and romantic. It was definitely high up on the swoon-worthy scale.Though I consider this a sweet romance, there is plenty of sex scenes that ratchet up the heat scale. My only complaint is the pace is a bit slow in the beginning and I struggled to keep my attention focused, but it picks up towards the end. Clocking in at 448 pages, it’s quite long but I enjoyed the the romantic ending and epilogue to help round out this story. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My rating: 4
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
His to Keep,  Terri Austin Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,  I’ve read all of this series so far, and each have been five star reads for me. This one lives up to the others though the first book is still my favourite – time for a reread I think! Anyway, three sisters and how they met their man. Its youngest sister Brynn’s turn now. I really liked Brynn, understood her so well. I’m a people pleaser too – I hate to say no when I'm asked to do something. I even went to adult ed assertiveness classes for a few weeks but it didn’t help. I hate role playing and every time I had to say no I felt I needed to apologise much to the frustration of the tutor! It means I can really empathise with Brynn, with the way she allows herself to take on more and more, and has to work so much longer to just keep up. Then there’s Iain, rich, rude and ruthless sums him up really. Yet when he saw Brynn some months ago he was attracted in a way he’s never been before and can’t seem to get her out of his mind. When he and his partner Marc need investors for his latest project and he targets Brynn’s brother in law Trevor it seems a good idea to use Brynn to get to him. Kill two birds with one stone so to speak. Of course we can see its not a good idea, and his partner cautions him, but Iain’s always very single minded and determined to make it work. He gets a surprise though at just how strong his feelings for Brynn are, how it pleases him that he and Brynn fit so well together, that she likes her sex a little out of the ordinary, that while he likes to dominate she loves to submit – it works for them both. Its not in a heavy BDSM way, just a little stronger than other people would like. What I really love about Terri’s stories are the characters, they all feel so real, like people I could know, and the situations they’re in are realistic. I need that in a story, that things could happen that way. Its got some terrific drama too when things go wrong. We can take a good guess at what’s going to happen, but not when and how, and when it does happen its heart-breaking, and played out for some time, not over in two pages or so. Just the sort of dramatics that make a read special for me! Stars: Five. a great read and terrific addition to the series. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot get over this guy's name. It ruins it for me.