Nailed It

Nailed It

by Cindi Madsen
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Nailed It 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
beckymmoe 23 days ago
Ivy and Jackson's story--finally! In many ways, this book was absolutely worth the wait--I loved Ivy and Jackson together. When they were getting along and even when they weren't, it was a lot of fun to read their back-and-forth banter. (Jackson's morning coffee messages were some of my favorite bits! So adorable.) Ivy had some major issues to work through, though (and Jackson has the patience of a saint, fortunately) which made the romance of this book move at about the same pace as Savannah and Linc's ( 12 Steps to Mr. Right ); in other words, agonizingly slow at times, because did I mention Ivy's issues? Once again. I really think being able to see Jackson's side of things would have alleviated some of the frustration of reading--over and over again--about how Ivy just doesn't believe in love all the while she's (wait for it!) falling in love with Jackson. So, yeah. Parts toward the middle had me feeling a bit stabby toward our heroine, but like in Savannah's book, a fabulous ending made up for so much of what had come before. I almost don't remember the aggravating bits ;) Plus, Black Widow and Loki. And a reading nook not always used for reading. There's pretty much nothing else I need. Well, maybe some man glitter... Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous 28 days ago
Sexy handy man?? Yes please!!! Lets start off with the fact that the writing was excellent, you got so sucked into the book that you could practically feel what the character felt. Will Ivy get out of her own way and get over her commitment fear, so she and Jackson can be happy?? I loved this book, I hope you do also!! Happy reading!!!!
nelriv 3 months ago
Received an ARC at no cost to author, for my voluntary review. So this was a cute, funny, sexy book. The heroine had a commitment phobia , so the relationship was slow going. I enjoyed Jackson, he qas lovingly pafient. funny, sexy and sweet slow-burn about a commitment phobe heroine and a delicious and determined yet incredibly patient hero. He was boyfriend material I would graphics him. Ivy could annoy you, with her flip flop attitude, make a decision and stick with it, and enjoy and have fun.
belllla 3 months ago
3.5stars So in this book, we see just Ivys POV which is a little bit frustrating. Why because we see like all breakups not just here, but a few of her mother breakups. And from time to time she was annoying with her rules and for me was like she is touring herself. Jackson was an ok guy, likable for him hat down because he finds a way to break the walls Ivy had built. It doesn't show him like he is some alfa male but in the end, he does get a girl. They are some funny interaction while rebuilding the house. The chemistry between Ivy and Jackson is hot and I was satisfied that Ivy changed her mind and left love in her life. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
Lori-Gonzo 4 months ago
My first thought after finishing this book was, "why are all the Jackson's I read perfect?" This one especially. I know he has all flaws as we all do, but he takes the cake on this. He is funny, sarcastic, extremely sexy and good with his hands, gentlemanly, caveman (in the best of times (, supportive, encouraging, and can see what Ivy needs along with not giving up on her. How is a girl to resist??? Thankfully our heroine, Ivy, realizes all he is to her and her true feelings. But man my heart went out to her. Her nomadic past mixed in with lack of family support and her growing up a whole lot faster than needed. I could sympathize and be compassionate to her plight and wish her a life of happiness. This was a great story that I couldn't put down and was very happy with the way it turned out. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
KaraS 4 months ago
Cindi Madsen rocks it again!! Cindi is becoming one of my favorite new authors. Her books are hands down some of the wittiest and entertaining books I've read. From the beginning - you know it's going to be fun reading Ivy and Jackson's story. Ivy's ways are just meant to be broken. They share a brief past and then Jackson comes to Ivy's rescue when she takes on a HGTV-like project where she's in way over her head. "He and I had two settings - crazy attraction and crazy irritation." You know this is going to be good!! Succubus slams and all. Ivy's a commitment phobe, but Jackson is one determined guy. It makes for a raucous relationship that you don't want to miss. I submitted a request to the publisher to read and voluntarily review an advance copy of this book via Net Galley.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 4 months ago
3.5 stars-sweet, endearing romance 3.5 stars--NAILED IT by Cindi Madsen is a stand alone, contemporary, adult romance story line focusing on building contractor Jackson Gamble, and bartender Ivy Clarke. We were first introduced to our couple in the author’s 12 Steps to Mr. Right. Ivy is Lincoln Wells’ cousin; Jackson is Savannah’s brother. Told from first person point of view (Ivy Clarke) NAILED IT follows the acrimonious relationship between bartender Ivy Clarke, and building contractor Jackson Gamble. Ivy is hoping to ‘rehab’ and flip the house where her fondest memories of childhood began but our heroine struggles with the overwhelming amount of work, and a lack of funds to complete the job. Enter carpenter and contractor Jackson Gamble, Ivy’s ‘one week stand’, and her best friend’s brother. What ensues is the building relationship and love between Ivy and Jackson, and the fall out as Ivy struggles with her inability to trust, and her mother’s history of broken relationships. Ivy Clark wants nothing to do with relationships, love or a long term commitment. Her mother’s history of different men, in and out of our heroine’s life, leaves Ivy struggling with an inability to trust or ever fall in love. Ivy has her own ’12 Step’ program she follows to ensure that her own happily ever after never occurs but she battles the loneliness of an empty bed, and a series of hopeless one-night stands. Jackson Gamble is hoping to settle down but the woman that calls to his heart refuses to acknowledge her attraction to, and the palpable sexual energy between them. As Jackson slowly works his way into our heroine’s heart, Ivy believes their time together expires with the sale of the house. The relationship between Ivy and Jackson is a second chance romance. Years before Ivy pushed Jackson out of her life when their relationship began to take on something more permanent. Months of caustic back and forth banter would lead to a temporary truce as the couple battle their attraction working together. The $ex scenes are mostly implied or fade to black. NAILED IT is a sweet story of romance; of one woman’s struggle to rise above her mother’s past; and one man’s battle with his attraction to a woman too jaded to give love a chance. The premise is cute and endearing; the characters are lively; the romance is delightful and charming.
shobeteener 4 months ago
Ivy Clarke is kind of coasting through life having not really found what she wants to do with her life. She finds out that the only 'home' she knew growing up is for sale. She gets in over her head attempting to fix up the house to flip it. Her best friend, Savannah, send over her brother, Jackson to help her out. These two are awesome together. Their banter is too great! Jackson knows just what to do and say to get Ivy fired up. You just know that underneath all that banter that there is chemistry. It's explosive! Ivy doesn't do relationships. Her mother has fallen in and out of love with an ongoing string of men all through Ivy's life. Ivy has always been the grown up in their relationship. Always having to pick up the pieces when another one of her mother's relationships fails. Jackson does his best to show Ivy that love is real and that they can have a future together. Ivy doesn't trust love and ends up hurting Jackson in the process. Her #1 rule now is-Love fully, no matter what. It's totally worth it. She now has prove it to Jackson and hope it's not too late. I loved that my emotions were all over the place with this book. I felt sorry for Ivy for her lack of a childhood. I felt sorrow for Jackson when he was hurt by Ivy. I laughed several times during their banter. I absolutely loved this book! It is so well written that it grabbed my interest right from the start and kept me hooked all the way till the end.
BananaTricky 4 months ago
Ivy Clarke has a secret, she slept with her best friend Savanna's brother Jackson a while back - seven days of wonderful carnality until she realised she as developing feelings and broke it off. Brutal words were said on both sides and now their legendary sniping at each other has taken a nasty turn. Ivy's mother Cora was the poster-child for women who only feel completed by a man. Ivy's childhood was a revolving door of new step-dads and dubious father figures as her mother latched on to one man after another. Why get a job when a man can provide? All too soon Cora would fall out of love, or the man would, and Ivy and her mother would be back with Cora's best friend Dixie, until she had the audacity to fall in love with one of Ivy's mother's cast-offs. Ivy has learned from her mother's failures and her own experience that the Clarke women can't do love, can't do commitment, can't do relationships. If her best friend Savanna is a relationship guru, Ivy is an anti-relationship guru. When Ivy drives past Dixie's old house, the most constant 'home' in her childhood, and sees it up for sale she is hit by a wave of nostalgia and, in a fit of enthusiasm fuelled by to much HGTV, persuades Dixie to let her 'flip' the house by renovating and splitting the profits. Unfortunately, DIY isn't quite as simple as they make it look on TV and soon the house is looking worse than ever. Savanna calls Jackson behind Ivy's back and suddenly Ivy and Jackson are working together renovating the house, arguing about tiles and paint colours and, Ivy at least, resisting the chemistry that sparks between them. I do love TV renovation programmes and I love a woman who has hardened her heart against love with a hero who's not afraid to keep trying to make connection. For me this was light-hearted, flirty, DIY heaven. I haven't read what I assume is the previous book in this series and TBH I didn't warm to Savanna so I'm not devastated, you certainly don't need to have read her story to enjoy this one. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return fro an honest review.
FromTheSouth 4 months ago
I’ve been dying to get my hands on Ivy and Jackson’s story ever since they verbally sparred in “12 Steps to Finding Mr. Right”. Cindi Madsen nailed it once again by giving us a sassy, feisty heroine on the outside but conflicted, broken, and looking for love even though she doesn’t realize it on the inside. Her hilarious internal monologues often had me giggling aloud, and I absolutely loved both character’s quick comebacks to their back and forth banter. Jackson, the good guy/construction worker hero, has just the right tools to mend her broken soul, folks. I’m talking about his heart and determination to get this girl to see the light and possibilities of a meaningful relationship with him. Well, his lips, hands, and other body parts came in pretty handy, too, of course. He took quite a few emotional punches to the heart as he let Ivy work through her fears and insecurities until she fully surrendered her heart and soul to him. Yeah, there is some brief OW drama, because the main couple are not dating at the beginning, but he only went on a few dates with her. Details of some important events that happened after the end of book 1 but before this storyline began are eventually revealed. We are left with a surprising role reversal from your stereotypical romantic read, folks. This time around it is the heroine who tries to keep the hero at arms length, because she is afraid of getting hurt by committing to a relationship. The hero patiently struggles through on and off again rejection determined to be there for her when she is finally ready to let love conquer those deeply embedded fears. Title: Nailed It, Author: Cindi Madsen, Pages: 331, stand-alone but part of a series, lots of relationship angst, great back and forth banter, heroine’s POV, celibate during separation, afraid to love/sassy/feisty bartender heroine, wants to commit good guy, patient hero, very steamy scenes, briefly dates OW but not intimate with her, no OM drama. Book 1 - 12 Steps to Mr. Right (Savannah & Linc), 9/26/16, Pages: 350 Book 2 - Nailed It (Jackson & Ivy), 10/23/17, Pages: 331 (I received a free advanced reader copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No type of compensation was given to this reviewer. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
astroyic 4 months ago
Heartwarming With All the Feels! Great, fun and an engaging romance, that was so enjoyable to read. As well as a mixture of a couple of my favorite tropes Best Friend’s Big Brother and Enemies to Lovers Romance. A great mix of everything I adore in a story, humor, heart, animosity and heat. 
Ivy Clarke tends bar, to make ends meet, and doesn’t believe in Love. How can she, after she has seen, the havoc and destruction love left in its wake, her whole life. Vulnerable and dysfunctional when it comes to relationships, unable to rely on others, she goes through her life keeping herself closed off. Her best friend Savannah, is disgustingly in love and engaged to Linc, and since she is going to be the maid of honor in their wedding, Ivy must try to get along with Savannah’s brother Jackson Gamble till the wedding is over. As long as she can stay away from him, she just might be able to ignore the way that Jackson’s drives her crazy in both irritation and turning her on. Seeing him at the engagement party with a date, they decide on a temporary truce. But when Ivy comes across a for sale sign, at the only place that had felt like home, her mother’s best friend, Dixies’, Victorian house, she comes up with a plan and convinces Dixie to let her renovate it and split the profits. But soon, Ivy is over her head, and Savannah surprises Ivy by sending her brother, Jackson to her rescue. As these two work closely together to renovate, will they be able to resist their attraction to one another? Will Jackson break down Ivy’s walls? You will need to read to find out. Great heartwarming read! 
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
ADonovan 4 months ago
I loved this book, such a fun read! Because her mother always sought out a new relationship once the previous one fell apart, Ivy has been through more changes than a person should, and it's made her commitment-phobic in terms of everything. The one constant in Ivy's life has been her best friend, Savannah. Savannah's older brother is hot, fun, smart, dependable, and definitely interested in Ivy. But there was that one time they tried to be together and it ended in an epic failure, so now they're enemies, until they end up renovating a house together. Told from Ivy's point of view, this is a great story about confronting the things that scare you and figuring out what you want and what you're willing to risk to get it. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
Laura_F 4 months ago
I loved Ivy and Jackson in 12 Steps to Mr. Right so I was so excited to read their story!! Ivy and Jackson seem to not get along at all. The secret is that they had a short fling and haven't been able to be in the same room together since. When Ivy learns that the woman who helped raise her is selling her home and it needs a lot of renovations, she decides to take on the project herself. Watching home improvement shows on HGTV means that you can renovate an entire house right? When she realizes that she's bitten off way more than she can chew, her best friend enlists Jackson to help. Ivy and Jackson have off the charts chemistry and I was rooting for them from the very first page. Jackson is patient and so committed to changing Ivy's mind about having a full relationship. Ivy is fiercely independent and I loved getting to know her better. This story was quick, fun, and insanely entertaining. I couldn't put it down but I never wanted it to end. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
etoile1996 4 months ago
ivy clarke has rules against falling in love. 13 of them actually. her best friend savannah might be a dating coach with 12 ways to love, but ivy knows that her rules are better. they are meant to keep her heart safe in nailed it. if only she hadn't gotten in way over her head in a house-flipping project. if only her only source of salvation weren't jackson gamble. if only her stupid body and heart wouldn't react every time jackson was in the same room with her. she tries to mask all her attraction with antagonism. but it's just an act. and the more closely they work together it's inevitable that they'll end up in bed together. but jackson wants the real thing—love, commitment, and a happily ever after. and ivy knows that she'll never be able to give jackson what he wants. she's a mess. she has no idea what to do with her career. her mother continues to be an emotional timesuck. she's that girl from the wrong side of the tracks and there is no way that jackson's family would ever be happy with her pairing up with him. jackson has to be the bigger man here. he has to have the faith for both of them. because ivy is just a little too broken, a little too afraid to admit that her heart is engaged. but will time be enough for ivy to realize that she's got everything backwards? that even if you try to avoid feelings, humans are built to have them? the chemistry between jackson and ivy is off the charts, and there are some really sweet emotional beats between the two leads as they figure out their way to a happy ending. there's ups and downs, but it's a relationship that is worth sticking out, even when ivy is being super stubborn. **nailed it will publish on october 23, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (amara) in exchange for my honest review.
Bette313 4 months ago
LOVED this book! It's light, sexy, and fun. In true HGTV fashion renovations lead to a fantastic happily ever after. Ivy and Jackson were such fun characters and the chemistry jumped from the pages. Most people would think they hated each other seeing as they can't be in the same room without snapping at each other. Yet when Ivy takes on a project that is well over her head she knows the only person she can turn to is Jackson. Who knew working together to renovate an old Victorian was a great way to work through your frustrations with a person! Definitely a fun read and a book I highly recommend.
Lashea677 4 months ago
I have an affinity for cheeky and entertaining. Cindi Madsen hit the nail on the head (pun intended) with Ivy and Jackson. Nailed It combines two of my worst addictions: HGTV and hilarious, steamy, heartwarming romance to create an irresistibly tempting renovation of the heart. The ultimate fixer upper has arrived and left a lasting impression on my heart.