Nailed Down by Chelle Bliss and Eden Butler | Review

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: March 20, 2018 (already out!)
Source of my copy: Bare Naked Words PR
Series: Nailed Down #1
My Rating:

America clamored for more Kane Kaino, the hottest handyman on television, but he only had eyes for one woman... his best friend.

Kit Carlyle isn't just some woman. Beautiful? Yep. Seductive? Damn straight. She's also my best friend and my co-worker. But, hell, I'm a guy with a pulse. Every once in a while, I take a look and think filthy things about her that maybe I shouldn't.

But when her cousin dies and leaves her with a long as hell and sexy bucket list, Kit turns to me for a helping hand. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a woman in need. Besides, I'm damn sure not about to let another man steal away my girl, occupy her bed, or fill my shoes.

But as the stakes get higher and the items become hotter, I'll have to face the toughest challenge of all: admitting I want more than Kit's friendship. I want to make her mine.

Nailed Down is book one in the Nailed Down series by USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss and Eden Butler. A friends to lovers romance with heat, heart, and a happy ending!

I was super excited to pick up Nailed Down because I love the sound of it! A friends-to-lovers story involving a sexy bucket list? I was like, sign me up! Also, I have never read anything by Chelle Bliss nor Eden Butler so I was hoping I'd also get new authors to love.

Basically, I had pretty high expectations going in. They weren't entirely met, but I did enjoy Nailed Down and I am looking forward to reading more of Chelle Bliss and Eden Butler's other books whether solo or co-written.

Kit Carlyle and Kane Kaino have known and worked with each other for five years on a home renovation show on TV where Kit is the host and Kane is the head hottest handyman in the crew. After Kit's cousin/best friend/the only family she had left passed away, Jess leaves her with a 10-item bucket list that included things like going zip lining, whale watching, and singing in front of a crowd--things that Kit had always been afraid to do--as well as more sexy ones like getting a toe-curling/moan-worthy kiss and "have sex with someone other than yourself." With a list like that, Kit knew that she needed help and the only man who could help her was Kane.

Kit and Kane had always been mutually attracted to each other, but have never clued the other of their attraction. But, with Kane agreeing to help Kit with her list and finding himself falling deeper for her, he may have to risk their friendship for something more.

Kit and Kane were a fun couple and I liked watching their friendship grow into something more. I am a huge fan of the friends-to-lovers trope, and Nailed Down delivered in that aspect. Kit and Kane had great chemistry and with a half-naked man on the cover you'd think these two would be jumping into bed right from the get go, but it actually took a bit to get there. But, when they got there it was hot!

I guess my biggest issue with Nailed Down was the fact that Kane was so blatantly based on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. It's no secret--the authors dedicated the book to The Rock for inspiring the hero. This wouldn't be a problem if I am a fan of The Rock, but I'm decidedly not--he's just not my cup of tea. It was very hard to separate Kane and give him the usual "blurry face" that all characters have when I read books (no matter how descriptive the author is when describing any character) when Kane is very obviously The Rock. I know this issue might not be a problem for others and fans of Dwayne Johnson even welcome it, so this is completely personal.

I liked that the first person POVs switched between Kane and Kit. I liked knowing what the other was thinking and their reactions to what was going on. I did like Kit's chapters a bit more probably because of my Dwayne Johnson issue, but I thought her chapters read a bit more cohesively than Kane's. However, overall, Nailed Down was a fun, entertaining friends-to-lovers read.

About Chelle Bliss
USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.

Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor's in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can't imagine doing anything else.

About Eden Butler
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Fantasy, Mystery and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. Please send help.

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