Tool Belt Defender (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Series #1687)

Tool Belt Defender (Harlequin Romantic Suspense Series #1687)

by Carla Cassidy
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Tool Belt Defender 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I loved reading this book. I read jacob's story first in which the heroine of this book was rescued. So it flowed nicely because i knew the background. The hero was hunky and his 6 year old daughter was adorable.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Still recovering from a recent kidnapping Brittany Grayson realizes that she’s in no shape to commit to a relationship – much-less one with a child involved – when her stomach starts jumping at the site of her new contractor. The only thing she’s committed to in months is hiring Alex Crawford to build her a deck, she hasn’t even gone back to work, so there’s no way she can handle more. Alex is not planning to spend the rest of his life taking care of another helpless woman. He needs someone who isn’t perpetually afraid. He thought that Brittany might be the one – until she freaked at the sight of a balloon. Really?!? Hott Review Suspense. ‘Tool Belt Defender’ is more fun than suspenseful. It’s got the elements but I didn’t feel pulled in by that aspect of the story. I enjoyed the book overall but it’s not one I’ll seek again.
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I don't know what I expected from this book, but it was a definitely a surprise to me. I have never read any of the books from the Harlequin Suspense line and I was surprised at how really very good, gritty, and suspenseful this one was. I also didn't realize that this was #5 in the series, although after I started reading, it occurred to me that there were probably stories for all of Brittany's brothers since they are all newlyweds in this book. Regardless, this is easily a stand-alone book. I didn't miss any of the details because I haven't read the other books, but I have a feeling that they would be equally good since several of them probably take place during the time of Brittany's original abduction. It's been eight months since Brittany was originally kidnapped and held captive for 4 months by a serial killer. She is finally trying to get on with her life and the first thing on the agenda is to build a deck onto the back of her house where she can celebrate life with her friends and family. She hires her new neighbor Alex to do the job. Alex has only lived in Black Rock for 6 weeks. He's a widower and a lawyer with a 6 yo child. After his wife died, he knew that he couldn't keep up his lawyer's hours in Chicago and still be the kind of parent that Emily needs so he moves to Black Rock where his mother in law lives. There is immediate chemistry between Alex and Brittany, but neither wants anything to do with a real relationship. Alex has tried marriage once and it was a less than stellar event. Brittany is mentally scarred and honestly doesn't feel that she will ever be able to offer enough of herself to a family. Regardless of this, these two become close. I felt like the suspense in this was really pretty good. Like I said, it was much more than I expected from a Harlequin series line. The original event was horrific and chilling and when someone starts to copy those events in Brittany's life, it is equally terrifying. I like that Alex and Emily live only three doors down from Brittany. That offered some great opportunities to develop the story that were really believable. I especially loved the sweet moments when Emily ran away. Her character in the story added such an endearing element to it. I also really liked the influence of Rose, Alex's mother-in-law, on the story. She offered some great insight that I really loved. Overall, this was a great afternoon's read. It kept me entertained. I am a huge fan of romantic suspense and this one definitely did not let me down.
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Once a lawyer, now a contractor, Alex has a thing for his skittish neighbor. Brittany has every reason to be skittish, since she was kidnapped by a serial killer and held for 4 months, subject to psychological terror. With a tough storyline like this, I was grateful the writer didn't make the serial killer engage in sick and twisted things. As it was, this book came out sweet enough in a protective lover, strong but terrified woman, way. Alex finds in Brittany what was lacking in his first wife, the mother of his daughter. And Brittany finds someone who believes in her --unlike her policemen brothers. She also realizes she can go back to her job as a Deputy. A good solid romance, shame about the AWFUL title.