Danielle’s got three months to make her grandmother’s rundown Craftsman house livable. Her game plan is to get in, get grubby, and get back home to L.A. She needs a carpenter, and her best friend’s younger brother is a good one. It’s hard to ignore the buffed body under Ryan’s paint-splattered sweatshirts, but her friend declares he’s off-limits so Danielle reluctantly agrees.
Ryan doesn’t have the cleanest record, anyway. His recently ex-ed girlfriend wants him back, and he has a reputation for brawling. He’s also had a crush on Danielle since he was a kid. Despite their nine-year age difference, he knows she’s worth pursuing.
Soon the paint under Danielle’s fingernails starts feeling more natural than the L.A. sunshine. She’ll have to navigate plumbing disasters, money problems, and one seriously cranky best friend to find something she hasn’t had before: a real home, and a man who loves her.
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I just finished King Stud and it was an amazingly good and fun read. I could not put the book down as it was like reading about the at forbidden fruit ... Danielle and Maeve have been BFF's forever and with that territory comes knowing all of Maeve's brothers ... even her younger brother who is nine years younger. Lets move to about fifteen years later, when they are suddenly working together on a project ... he's young and hot and suddenly single, she is in a strange city, working on a project that stirs up emotions ... soon they will be forever entangled ... Sounds good, eh? Liv Rancourt does a wonderful job in creating chemistry and sizzling scenes between Danielle and Ryan. It is beyond smoking hot .... it is a sure fire way to get you heated up and ready, as Rancourt is no stranger in the way she writes the sexy love scenes ... The chemistry between Ryan and Danielle is out of this world, and draws the reader in ... There is no way that Danielle and Ryan can resist each other. I absolutely loved this first book in the O'Connor Family Series and cannot wait to read more from Rancourt. King Stud is a definite must add addition to your To-Be-Read Shelf. Great book!
The book blurb and the amusing title drew me into requesting King Stud by Liv Rancourt. I found the pace to be a bit on the slow side, however, the interesting characters and appealing plot kept me engaged. This is the story about Danielle Jacobsen, a thirty-three year-old NICU supervisor from Los Angeles. She inherited her late grandmother's coastal cottage and tasked herself with fixing it up within three months. Danielle spent most of her childhood in her grandmother's home, so spending some time on the coast of Washington State and getting her hands dirty is not a hardship, although her boss isn't to happy about it. The house is in disrepair, so Dani hires her best friend's brother to do the more difficult work. Ryan O'Connor is a well-skilled carpenter and contractor, in addition to being hunky and only twenty-four. Danielle and Ryan have a ton of chemistry, both in and out of the bedroom. There were a few things that kept me from truly enjoying this book. To start with, Dani is extremely immature for her age, which I found to be quite distracting and unnatural. Despite that, I felt her pain when her world came crashing down. Maeve, Ryan's older sister and Dani's best friend, is immature as well. She is also mean-spirited, and her antics almost cause Dani and Ryan to stop seeing each other. However, I think the author really wanted the reader to feel her wrath, which makes for good writing. I liked Ryan and the way he handled whatever was thrown his way, almost always being able to roll with the punches. His maturity stood out in all of his relationships. Overall, this is an okay read with some very steamy encounters and an ending that will make you smile. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.