Let Me In

Let Me In

by Callie Croix

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Let Me In by Callie Croix

On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He's had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she'd love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further.

A former marine, Liam's specialty is planning tactical operations, and that's just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm's length for too long, and this time he's finally going to claim her—body and heart.

What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she's going back on deployment and doesn't want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426893773
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/21/2012
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 271,257
File size: 374 KB

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"Welcome back, soldier."

Lieutenant Talia Barnett smiled politely at the customs officer. "I'm a Marine, actually." It was stenciled on her uniform, so kind of hard to miss. Most civilians didn't understand the difference though.

He glanced up at her. "Oh. The few, the proud…"

"That's us." She was proud to be a Marine. And apart from allowing her to serve her country, her job had the added bonus of taking her as far away from home as she could get for long periods of time.

The man studied her passport, graying brows pulling together in concentration. "Where're you coming from?"

"Kandahar."

He nodded, tapped a few keys on his keyboard. "Home for Thanksgiving?"

"Yes."

Looking up at her, he actually smiled a little. The first time she'd ever seen a customs officer do that. "Bet you're looking forward to a home-cooked meal while you're home. Probably didn't get much of that over there."

"Food was pretty good, actually." She kept her tone civil, but not so friendly as to invite further conversation. All she wanted was to get settled at a hotel and figure out what she was going to do.

The man handed her back the passport. "Have a good visit, and thanks for your service."

Pleasantly surprised by his refreshing attitude, she smiled. "Thank you." Was it the holidays that were making everyone so appreciative all of a sudden? The last couple of times she'd come home no one had said anything to her, but today a handful of people had stopped her since landing stateside to thank her. She appreciated the acknowledgement.

Shouldering her carry-on duffel, Talia headed through the glass doors into the waiting area. Out near the entrance of the airport, a crowd of people waited for the passengers filing out of the security area. She watched as several other Marines from her flight hurried past her, met with open arms by ecstatic family members.

One little boy about five years old held a fistful of balloons in his little hand. When his father rushed up to hug him, the boy's face lit up with a joyous smile, his little arms and legs wrapping around his dad.

A hard lump settled in her throat and she had to look away. All around her people were hugging and crying, laughing. Stupid of her to be lonely now. It had been her decision to come home instead of spending her leave in Europe with friends. But seeing all these happy reunions hit her harder than she cared to admit. She dreaded the holidays because they were a constant reminder that she had no one to spend them with. Figured the start of her leave would fall on the week of Thanksgiving. How ironic was that?

Hyperaware of the reunited families around her, she couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to have a loved one waiting at the airport when she arrived. In the handful of times she'd come home over the past three years, not once had anyone been there for her. Maybe because she only had one relative. And half the time she never even saw her mother while she was home. If not for the Brodies, she'd have no reason to come home at all.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself, she scolded, walking faster past the milling families toward the exit. Outside was a taxi with her name on it, to take her to her hotel for a hot shower and a good night's sleep.

"Talia!"

Startled, she whipped her head around to see her closest friend, Angie, hurrying toward her with a big bouquet of yellow roses in her arms. Talia grinned in surprise. "Hey," she called, dropping her bag to hug her.

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Let Me In 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
Let Me In is an enjoyable novella with a hero who has more than sex appeal. Liam Brodie, former Marine and military contractor, has an ideal combination of qualities to satiate contemporary erotic romance fans. The Story Marine Lieutenant Talia Barnett arrives home for Thanksgiving, which should be a happy occasion, but Talia’s home has issues attached. Fortunately, she has become an unofficial member of her best friend’s family. The Brodie family is happy, stable, and everything she has ever wanted. Her attraction to Liam Brodie is an unwanted complication. She will not risk losing this family for a relationship that will surely break like all her others. In Talia’s experience, deployments and a mentally ill mother are too much for boyfriends to accept. Liam Brodie has been attracted to Talia since the first day he met her. He appreciates her inner strength and independence. She keeps her distance, but he catches her longing glances. Now, he’s going to push for more and hope she lets him into her life. My Thoughts Talia has a mother with suffering from major depression expressed in a severe case of hoarding , which is a first I’ve seen in a romance. Talia feels helpless, ashamed, angry, and enjoys the escape military life provides. I felt sympathy for her character as her secret spills out for Liam to see. Eventually, my sympathy waned as her character repeatedly hit the same roadblock. It was Liam Brodie who really shined in this short story. He’s capable of putting his need and wants aside to comfort Talia. He displays a chivalry that is not always common in BDSM alpha heroes. I really loved that! He tries to solve their relationship issues with meaningful dialogue rather than hot steamy sex. Let Me In is the first book I have read by Callie Croix and I will be reading her work again. There is a book that precedes this novella, but this book can stand alone. (The previous book’s hero and heroine from No Holds Barred is referred to once.) This story is tight and the hero engaging. The heroine was the weakest link, which may depend on the reader. The BDSM is light and may appeal to contemporary romance fans who appreciate explicit love scenes. Final Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars Release date: May 21, 2012 ARC generously provided by Carina Press via Netgalley
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: Talia has been friends with Liam's little sister for two years. As a result, she has come to know and be embraced by his family, including Liam. But Talia's home life leaves a lot to be desired, so she has always held herself away from this family's embrace. She doesn't want them to know the truth about her mother or why she never has anywhere to go for the holidays. For her, it's simply easier being deployed so she spends a lot of time overseas. Liam has wanted Talia for a long time. As a former marine, he works as an independent contractor and continues to deploy. He's tired of Talia keeping him at arms length and has decided when she comes home this time, things are going to change. I really liked the military aspect of this novella. Both Talia and Liam feel strongly about what they are doing overseas and I love that. Talia is a much more private person. She knows that she's in love with Liam but doesn't feel that she deserves him. Reading about her character and what she is dealing with, I just wanted to give her a hug and invite her home to stay with MY family. But Liam is a good match for her. He's a serious alpha guy (with some very mild Dom proclivities which we see glimpses of in the book) and he knows what Talia needs. He's not going to sit back and let her get away again. Liam's family is wonderful and I loved watching them embrace Talia. What Liam's mother does in the epilogue is just wonderful. Such a completely sweet moment! This is a fun and entertaining little sexy read and I enjoyed it.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
Let Me In by Callie Croix is a steamy, titillating erotic romance that leaves your blood boiling with so much heat that you want more. This novella, while short, has the fillings for complete spice and engages you from page one, all the way to the end. The characters are believable, the drama adding just enough, and the chemistry off the charts. I truly enjoyed Liam and Talia’s characters and found myself subtly falling in love with the leads as Ms. Croix wrote out their story. While it read fast – which isn’t a bad thing – I found myself wanting so much more once it was over. It wraps up nicely and gives the reader a sense of right at the end, a smile that stays for hours. I’ve just added a new favorite author to my list and can’t wait to see what else Ms. Croix publishes. Well done. Five out of five stars. Synopsis: On leave for Thanksgiving, the last thing marine lieutenant Talia Barnett expects to find is Liam Brodie waiting for her at the airport. He's had a starring role in her fantasies for the past two years, and although she'd love to make them a reality, she has a dark secret that prevents her from taking things further. A former marine, Liam's specialty is planning tactical operations, and that's just what he plans to do to win Talia. The woman has kept him at arm's length for too long, and this time he's finally going to claim her—body and heart. What begins as comfort quickly turns hot. When Liam shows Talia a hint of the dominant nature inside him, the submissive part of her flares to life. Though she desires him, she's going back on deployment and doesn't want to dump all her drama on him. Will he find a way to break through the protective walls around her heart and convince her they have a future that goes far beyond the bedroom?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hot sexy read!! Enjoy all of Callie Croix's books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow Read
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AMR0406 More than 1 year ago
Wow, does this book have a lot of emotional ups and downs. I really enjoyed the plot and the pace at which it moved along. This book seems more like a hot contemporary romance than an erotic romance. That probably isn't good for those that read erotic all the time and like lots of hot and steamy scenes throughout the book, but for those that want their first taste at an erotic romance categorized as such or like a more hot contemporary romance, this is a great one to try. There are a some very hot and steamy scenes in this book but that wasn't all. It is the perfect balance for what I look for in a book with some heat. Liam loves Talia. He has for the past couple of years but she has held him at arms length.  Wefind out it is because of her mother and the shame Talia feels for the situation her mother is in. Liam is a Marine, though and doesn't give up easily. He continues to pull Talia in closer and uses whatever he can to get through her defenses. Liam always says what you want him to, which is what I love about him. He is direct and to the point. He callsTalia out on things and doesn't let her hide. Callie does a wonderful job developing Talia. She is such a complicated character trying to take on so much by herself. I admire her strength and loyalty to her mom and her country, but she needs to let others help her more. She wants to let Liam in but is afraid. I can never say enough great things about Callie's books. Her writing is always spot on, consistent and her characters always tug at your heart. If you are looking for a sexy, emotional read with a sweet romance to go along with it, I highly recommend you try Let Me In by Callie Croix.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I requested this book, I was looking for a military romance. It is a short read, but well worth it. One of the things I liked about the book was that while it is a military romance, it's not in a military setting. Talia is on leave and visiting, so we get to see these two develop a relationship without a lot to interfere. Talia's secret with her mother was different. It was heart-wrenching, but Callie does a great job giving you just enough detail that you understand her mom's problem, but you're not overwhelmed. The struggle of trying to hide your secrets and be the person everyone things you are was very well written. I really liked Talia. She was an easy character to connect with. Liam is determined, hot, and caring. Pretty much everything you'd want in a man. His pursuit of Talia was relentless and I loved watching him chase her. When he goes after something he wants, there is no stopping Liam. Once he and Talia quit fighting at least the physical attraction it was on. His determination to break down all of her walls grew stronger. I was certainly rooting for Liam from beginning to end! If you are looking for a quick, hot read I'd recommend LET ME IN.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend.
lanalucy More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing a copy I received through NetGalley. Let Me In is a very short story about Marine Talia coming home from the Middle East for a three-week break. I enjoyed this story, and could have enjoyed it more. There was some slight inconsistency/confusion regarding how long Talia had been friends with Angie, and that took me out of the story a bit too much from the beginning. Talia's issues with her mom didn't warrant so much attention. I found it difficult to believe that a woman, a Marine, as squared away as Talia is in her professional life would be so profoundly insecure about her mother's illness and how other people would see it. The romance moved a bit too fast for me - fast is somewhat of a necessity with such a short story, but in this case, the move from crush to submissive sexual behavior to a possible HEA was just too much for me. And I definitely had to suspend my disbelief on how fast her mother went from 60 back down to 0. On the good side, Croix's descriptions of Talia's response to her mother's situation, and the interactions between them were stunningly well done. Angie and Talia's friendship and connection was easy to feel, though I never got how they met, since Talia's pretty much been out of the country the entire time they've known each other. I completely understood her attraction to Liam - he sounds all around like a really good guy. The sex was steamy enough, though there was very little of it. The characters, all of them, are interesting enough that I'd like to revisit them, get to know them better, hopefully in a longer story. It was a fast, fun read, and I'll look for more by Croix.
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TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I recently read Touch Me by Callie Croix and liked it so, I thought I'd give this one a try as well. I enjoyed this one just as much, if not a little more than Touch Me. This book wasn't very long, so I'm going to jump right in with my thoughts. Talia was a little bit tough for me to connect with right away. She keeps herself distanced from the people in her life as a defense mechanism. Once her story begins to unfold, I had a better understanding of why she guarded herself and began liking her a bit more. Liam on the other hand...I liked him right away. I found out after finishing the book that Liam is also in No Holds Barred. There is a part in Let Me In that eludes to an encounter involving Liam and his friend Nathan. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to have to read that one too. Liam is pretty hot. As for the smexy, because of how short the book was, I was expecting the sex to start pretty early into the book. That wasn't how it turned out. The sexy scenes started around the 40% mark. However, it was well worth the wait. Their first tryst was pretty steamy, but it was the second that really got me steamed up. Let's just say that a bathtub is involved. Pretty freakin' hot! You can tell that Liam is much more advanced sexually and has a darker side. He definitely takes the lead in the bedroom and in this case, it also helped in breaking down some of the walls that Talia had up. I would recommend this book for a quick afternoon delight. Not only does is have some pretty sexy scenes, but I liked the overall story as well.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talia is a Lt. in the Marine corp who comes home for Thanksgiving. Every time she comes home she has to deal with her mother who is nothing short of a handful due to her depression. Liam meets Talia at the airport with his sister and takes her back to his parents house for dinner. Afterwards Liam makes his feelings known for Talia but she pushes him away for fear of losing not only his friendship but the relationship she has with his family. She's always wanted a close family relationship like Liam has with his family and if things end badly between Talia and Liam she may jeopardize that. This was not at all what I thought it was going to be. First off Marine's don't wear their cammies out in public... ever! So no wonder the customs guy at the airport thought she was a "soldier"... he thought she was in the Army flying around in her cammies. I also didn't really feel for the characters, I was really detached from them. Thalia had a messed up life as a kid and you get a glimpse of what her mother is like when she goes to visit her mother while she's getting evicted from her house due to her hoarding. The mother goes ballistic and starts thrashing around like a lunatic while Thalia is trying to hold her down. Liam has to step in and secures her down on the floor until the police can handcuff her. Liam had no clue what her family situation was but after what happens he is dead set on taking care of Thalia even if she refuses to acknowledge the attraction between them. I don't know why but for some reason I just couldn't connect with the characters.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
This is a short read (about 100 pages). The synopsis really does not go into all the storylines of this book. Of course the book has the story of Talia and Liam together but it also is the story of a daughter who needs to care for her mentally ill/hoarding mother, her inability to become close to anyone because they might find out about her mother, her desire to be in a real family where she feels loved and cared for and her desire to know she is not alone in her world. Talia is a very complex character who can be a strong Marine and put her life on the line every day while deployed but a scared child when she comes home on leave. Liam has been in love with Talia for the two years he has known her and is willing to take on her burdens if she would only let him. While the book mentions over and over his dominant nature there really is not much shown in the book. There is very little that I would even consider that makes this book require the “erotica” title. Of course there is sex in the book but we are not talking S&M dominant just a man who takes control in the bedroom. I enjoyed this read and it would be a great book to have on your e-reader for when you need a short, interesting, and enjoyable read. REVIEWED BY: Kimberly
Cimmaron More than 1 year ago
First, I just have to say this novella started up my unadulterated weekend of smutty reads that left my head stuck in a cloud of dirty thoughts. I was so glad I was able to pick this up from NetGalley because I ended up loving this little short story which packed some heat and emotional baggage. Since Let Me In is a novella (less than forty thousand words) I can't tell you too much of what happens without giving up the whole story. A lot happens within a short period of time and the author dives in to some very emotional family drama. It's this conflict that had me loving the story because although Talia's abandonment issues aren't all that uncommon it's the reasons behind it that makes if different from everything else that I've read in the past. Talia was a great lead and I found myself really relating to her. She's a Marine (Oorah!) and is great at what she does. Being a Marine, she's strong, independent and loyal but underneath her tough exterior she's also vulnerable and insecure. She's been crushing on her best friend's brother, Liam, for over two years. Too scared to put her friendship with Liam and close relationship with his family at risk, she keeps her feelings to herself. Her reasons for keeping her feelings at bay is palpable and probably something I'd do myself. Liam is a very drool worthy character. As a former Marine, he's a pure 100% Alpha male. It's hinted that he's had an illustrious sexual past and likes to delve into a little BDSM in the boudoir. Since meeting Talia he's harbored feelings for her but never really pursued it because Talia had always kept him at arm's length. No longer able to keep his feelings and desire for Talia at bay, Liam makes his intentions known and at the same time forces Talia to confess the same desires she's felt for him. Although the author didn't spend too much time with Liam's past the time spent with him makes the reader desire him. The only complaint I had with Let Me In was that I wished it were a little longer. Croix writes some very sexy love scenes and had me wishing we could gotten even more action in the bedroom. Liam displayed his dominant nature and Talia's submissive parts came out and I would have loved to explore that aspect a little more. Call me a horny thirty something but I really wanted to see Liam showing Talia the kind of kinky activities he's into. Let Me In was a very enjoyable read and Croix leaves the reader with a satisfying and viable ending. Her characters were both believable and relatable. I also loved that Talia was of Asian decent because let's be honest, we don't see very many Asian characters in books, television or movies. After reading Let Me In, it had me craving more of Croix's work especially No Holds Barred which tells the story of Liam's threesome with his best friend and his fiance (this is pre Talia of course!) So if you're pressed for time but craving a good steamy but emotional romance read then I wold highly recommend picking up Let Me In.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you want to smile cry and laugh
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Sometimes I have some difficulty with women who allow family isssues or past problems to so heavily influence their character and their ability to form relationships; but in this case I overlooked it since it helped the story. The male lead is hot, caring, an all-around great catch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hot, sexy read-well worth the time!
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
Talia Barnett finds herself flying home to Colorado over Thanksgiving with no idea what awaits her. She and her mother, her only remaining blood relative, have a tenuous relationship due to her mother's mental illness. But when she exits security at the airport, she find her best friend, Angie, and her older brother, Liam waiting for her. Talia has always envied Angie and Liam for their close knit family, wishing she could have a sliver of what they have together. It's that wish that caused Talia to inform Liam, in the past, that despite their attraction, nothing would happen between them. Talia really does want Liam and she's denying herself a chance with the man because of her embarrassment over her mother's mental illness. But something happens to Talia once Liam starts pushing her. She finds herself giving into him. Liam has had a thing for Talia for as long as he's known her. While he's let her push him away, he's decided that this Thanksgiving it's going to be the time he makes his move. He soon comes face to face with the ugliness Talia has been dealing with on her own and vows to be there to support her and prove that she can rely on him. As the book blurb says Liam sees Talia's submissive side and shows her small portion of what he would like to do with her. While their sexual chemistry was hot, Liam (in my opinion) was more a tender lover who likes to be a little pushy than a Dom. And Talia didn't come off as being a submissive, instead she let Liam take the lead. I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. It was refreshing to actually have the heroine needing to suck it up and crawl back to the hero after screwing things up colossally. If you want a read where a "broken" lead manages to turn their life around and get a HEA, give this one a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago