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Peek Inside Say You're Mine

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin. Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy. Lauren knows Steven’s not relationship material, so she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters...

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She’s a challenge he can’t afford to lose…

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.

Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can-she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…

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Review

  • "A sweet and sexy romance between friends, Say You're Mine was a perfect contemporary military romance." -- Beth @ Goodreads
  • "...brimming with passion, love, and raw emotions to keep romance aficionados happy with this sweet and sexy love story." -- Michelle T. @ NetGalley
  • "I am such a sucker for best friends falling in love and this story is honestly one of the best ones I have read." -- Danielle J. @ NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754539
Series: Shillings Agency, Book 5
Release Date: Dec 7, 2015
Page Count: 222
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: friends to lovers, one night stand

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By Michelle December 07, 2015

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Irresistibly sexy and sweet!!!!! If you are a fan of the friends to lovers trope then Say You're Mine by Diane Alberts is the book for you. Ms. Alberts has written a story that had the right amount of angst, drama, sweetness, and sexiness... ...more

By Beth November 25, 2015

Say You’re Mine rocks the classic falling in love with your best friend romance.

Lauren has always watched Steven play the field, never settling down. How can she trust a drunken night of passion has changed his ways?

Steven finally realized what has been missing. Its been standing right in front o... ...more

By Claire December 09, 2015

4 - "What's it gonna be?" Stars!

The fifth instalment in the Shillings Agency series gives us Steven and Lauren's story. Both featured a little in the previous book as Steven is Holt's friend and colleague and Lydia's older brother. We move from one tried and tested trope in 'Brothers-Best-Friend'... ...more

*ARC received from publisher via Netgalley*

What a sweet story!

Two people who have been friends since childhood and remained close friends as adults, until they realized they couldn’t be just friends anymore. I guess Lauren has always known that Steven is the one for her, but Steven, not so much,... ...more

By Sybil aka Lala December 14, 2015

Steven and Lauren have been friends since either of them can remember. Through bad boyfriends, drunken nights and tours in Iraq the two have them have stayed fast in their friendship. They have never, not once, crossed the line that would take them from friends to lovers. But that would all chang... ...more

By Alyssa December 01, 2015

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Say You're Mine by Diane Alberts
Book Five of the Shillings Agency series
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date: December 7, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from... ...more

By Siobhan December 12, 2015

This is a well-written 'friends to lovers' story and an entertaining quick read. Steven is a Navy Seal who has returned from his stint overseas struggling to deal with the horrors he faced. He's been in self-destruct mode since then, drowning in booze and women. Lauren has been his best friend si... ...more

By Nicola December 07, 2015

Say You're Mine is an enjoyable addition to Diane Albert's Shilling Agency series. I'm quite partial to a brooding, stubborn hero and Steven Thomas ticks those boxes nicely.

"He’d die for her. Kill for her. Fight for her. But not love her."

Suffering the after effects of his last deployment, Ste... ...more

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By Mandy December 11, 2015

5 Steven is my new book boyfriend stars!

Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book from the very first sentence! This was such a fun, quick, playful, steamy, and emotional read that I didn’t want to put down. And when I did put it down, I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters. I gobbled it up like a... ...more

By Danielle November 27, 2015

This is my first book by Alberts and all I can say was wow! I actually really enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting. I am such a sucker for best friends falling in love and this story is honestly one of the best ones I have read.

Lauren and Steven have been best friends forever but have never... ...more

By Devika December 07, 2015

ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review ...more

By Rachel December 06, 2015

It’s time for another visit to the Shillings Agency and be prepared dear reader, this is the book we’ve been waiting for. Steven and Lauren….finally.

I love a friends to lover’s trope and this one has been a long time in the making so it makes it even better. So when I read the blurb and it was ab... ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This is the fifth story in the Shillings Agency series and contains the fairly predictable trope of friends to lovers. In this case, Lauren and Steven have been friends since they were kids, and while at one point Lauren had a crush on Steven when they were teens, it never went anywhere. When Ste... ...more

By Marcy December 05, 2015

This book contains two of my favorite tropes: wounded warrior and friends to lovers. I loved both Steven and Lauren. They've been friends since they were teens. Lauren feels more than friendship though, and Steven feels unworthy of love, especially after leaving the SEALs. The journey these two a... ...more

By Bette December 04, 2015

An excellent friends to lovers story! Lauren and Steven are both afraid of losing the best friendship they each have in their lives so pursuing more between them is a no go! That is until one drunken night changes everything. These characters definitely have chemistry and Steven's delicious dirty... ...more

By Kim December 06, 2015

This is a friends to lovers story that takes a twenty year old friendship, throws in some sexual tension, a bit of alcohol, and then opens the floodgates of lust and hidden feelings.

But they've both got issues...and they are supposed to be off limits.

Steven is suffering from PTSD, guilt, loss, an... ...more

By Amy December 07, 2015

“I don’t have a clue what the hell I’m doing, or how this ends, but I’m gonna fight for this–whatever the hell it is, or whatever it could be–because with you, I’m me. The real me. But first, I’m going to become a man that is worthy of you, and then I’m never gonna let you go.”

Such a great friend... ...more

By Kim December 07, 2015

Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

Diane Alberts is easily one of my favorite Brazen authors. I always fall for her heroes and love her heroines. Her Shillings Agency series is fantastic and I'm happy to see it continue with Say You're Mine. I don't like to play favorites, but if I... ...more

By ❤ 2 Girls & Their Kindles ❤ September 05, 2016

Say You're Mine is the first book in the series that I have read, and my first by Diane Alberts, it was a good enjoyable short book.

It a pleasant love story, not overly complicated by drama or angsty hero's, Steven is a retired Navy SEAL, trying build his life outside of the military. Lauren is h... ...more

By Kassiah July 10, 2016

4-1/2 stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

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The pic above pretty much sums up the way I feel about Navy SEAL Steven Thomas. Oooooh that boy is hot. Do you need to know anything else?

The summary for this is pretty spot on. BFFs Steven and Lauren have a one-night stand that gets them... ...more

By Beneath The Covers Blog December 12, 2015

*I received an ARC for my honest review*

Steven and Lauren have been best friends since the 4th grade. Over the years they have watched each other go in and out of relationships all along knowing those were the wrong people for them. Will they act on their feelings and possibly ruin a life long fr... ...more

By Reanell December 08, 2015

5 Say You're mine stars!!

Steven and Lauren.....oh my! I just loved this friends to lovers book! The writing was fantastic, the characters were fabulous and the sex was HOT! This is the 5th book in the series and I do believe I may have to go back and read books 1-4 now!! As you can tell each book... ...more

By Caro December 07, 2015

This was a great read.

I loved both Steven and Lauren, and from the start I couldn’t wait for them to realize how great they were and get together.

They both had their issues, which came from really crappy past experiences, so I got where they were coming from. It was great to see how little by lit... ...more

By Erica December 31, 2015

Ah! Best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes. And Diane Alberts does it justice! Say You're Mine was an adorable story with a heaping dose of sexy!

I just loved Steven and Lauren - they are a fantastic pair, and watching their transition from friends to more than friends was quite enjo... ...more

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Diane Alberts

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Diane Alberts

Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name. Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats.

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