Saturday, April 12, 2014

Up by Five (Counting on Love #5) by Erin Nicholas

He's in the middle of the last thing he wanted… and the best thing to ever happen.

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. They have been giving him gray hair since they lost their father fifteen years ago. Now they're all in love and Conner's ready to retire-- from worrying, fixing problems and cleaning up messes.

Of course, when his fellow paramedic, Gabrielle Evans, needs a place to stay after her apartment burns down, Conner can't say no. But it's no problem-- Gabby's just one of the guys.

Gabby's penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner's usual women. She also has no interest in getting involved with him. Conner's crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now. She has her sights set on medical school in the fall and knows success depends on focus and commitment.

But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby's in the middle of a family crisis that could disprove all her I-don't-need-anyone bluster and Conner's in the middle of the last thing he wanted-a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that's maybe exactly where her stuff should be. For good.

Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won't work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing-you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.

My review:
Laugh out loud funny.  We have watched Conner Dixon lose his mind over watching his sisters each find and fall in love with their futures.  Now they are someone else’s responsibility and he can finally relax.  But when crew mate Gabby needs a place to stay after her apartment building gets burnt down he invites her to stay at his place.  All of a sudden he realizes his friend and co-worker is a woman and not bad looking at that.  But he doesn’t do relationships and she doesn’t do hook-ups.  They may just be what the other needs. 
I came to Erin Nicholas’s work via the first in this series.  And have found a new auto-buy author.  Each book can be read stand-alone but involves characters from the other stories.  They are sweet , sexy and funny.  I’ve adored each and every one.  I will miss these folks but have a backlist I can read while waiting for wherever Erin Nicholas is going to send me next.

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