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Peek Inside Taking What's His

After going from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician, Holt Cunningham can't resist the offer of sexy distraction from the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar. Before he knows it, she's blown his mind...and then skipped out the next morning. After being far too good for way too long, Lydia Thomas was ready to be bad. Except Holt doesn't know that Lydia is his best friend's little sister. Now with his friendship on the line, how far will Holt go in order to claim what's his?

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Some lines are meant to be crossed…

One explosive device was all it took to turn Holt Cunningham from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician. Hell, he’s still not over it. So when the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar asks him to kiss her, Holt can’t resist the temptation of a sexy distraction. Before he knows it, she’s blown his mind…and then skipped out the next morning.

Lydia Thomas never expected things with Holt to go quite that far, but oh, it was worth it. After being far too good for way too long, she was ready to be bad. Except that there’s that tiny detail that Lydia kept to herself—Holt just spent the night doing naughty things…with his best friend’s little sister.

One night isn’t nearly enough. But with his friendship on the line, how far will Holt go in order to claim what’s his?


Praise

Review

  • "Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts is just one of those authors you can rely on to bring you a hot sexy read." ~Nicola, Goodreads review
  • "Diane has made me squeeing with this hot panty-melting and swoon-worthy book." ~Michelle, Goodreads review
  • "Be still my nerdy heart...Oh how I loved this book." ~Rachel, Goodreads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752597
Series: Shillings Agency , Book 4
Release Date: Apr 28, 2015
Page Count: 208
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: best friend's little sister, one night stand

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4 Stars

She'd known that underneath those glasses was a bad boy who knew exactly what to do with a good girl like her.


Well, well, well, Diane Alberts. How DO you keep doing it? Giving us one hero after the other that just gets better and better. I think that Holt Cunningham just may be my favo... ...more

By Claire April 23, 2015

4.5 - "If you'll knock, I'll let you in." Stars!

Diane Alberts Shillings Agency series has so far offered up the good, the mediocre and the pretty damn special. Taking What’s His definitely falls in the latter category for me. In fact, I would even go as fast as to say that Holt Cunningham has jus... ...more

By Janey December 04, 2015

ARC generously provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review..

Merged review:

4 Doctor Who stars

Bloody loved Holt!

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This was a great addition to this series, and a definite improvement on the last one IMO.

Holt Cunningham finds himself on his usual trail, following a day at the Sh... ...more

By Michelle April 28, 2015

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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"Geeks were the dirtiest, freakiest, sexiest men of them all. Hands down. And this guy might be the king of them all."

Jen McLauglin/Diane Alberts has always been one of those authors that I instantly one-click and is on my a... ...more

By Nicola December 01, 2015

Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts is just one of those authors you can rely on to bring you a hot sexy read. Taking What's His is another great addition to her Shillings Agency series, and brings us Holt Cunningham; a dirty-talking, bespectacled, dominant man with a vulnerable side.

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When Holt meets Ly... ...more

By Kim Reads April 29, 2015

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by Kim

Oh my God. I’m in love with a Gamma. Holt Cunningham is a thick-rimmed black glasses, plaid shirt wearing Clark Kent. He’s former military with a dark, tragic past. He’s a guy who’s up for one-night stands, but doesn’t do sleepovers or commitment. H... ...more

By nick May 01, 2015


From time to time, I like to pick up an Entangled Brazen book as a palette cleanser. They are short, sexy and a lot of fun to read. When I found out that Holt, the main character in this book, was a nerd, I was all over it. Sure enough, I got out of Taking What's His exactly what I wanted : a fun... ...more

By Devika April 13, 2015

4 stars..............


ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
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By Maria Rose April 03, 2016

This sexy romance, book four in the Shillings Agency series but easily read as a standalone is the story of Holt and Lydia. Holt suffers from PTSD, physical as well as emotional symptoms from an IED explosion that ended his military career and has resulted in his new job in IT at the Shillings se... ...more

By ChuCha May 11, 2015

Holt Cunningham has a lot of baggage. After an explosive device turned his world upside down, he gave up being a Marine and became an IT Technician at Shillings. Even though he tries to live a normal life, nightmares and headaches would still visit him at times. Meeting the strawberry-blondie who... ...more

By Lindy April 26, 2015

My Thoughts:

Taking What's His, by Diane Alberts, was such a fun, flirty, and fantabulous read! Not to mention steamy, sexy, and downright drool worthy! If you are in the mood for a fast-paced, erotic, and sizzling, sensual, and swoon-worthy escape, this is the perfect read for you!

A year ago Holt... ...more

By The BookWhisperer May 27, 2015

Okay, when the opening letter from the author states this: “This one goes to all the Whovians out there. And if you’re not one yet…what are you waiting for? Join the dark side. We have cookies, bowties, and fezzes.” I know that I have a great book in my hands. And I did have a great book in my ha... ...more

By 2kasmom April 30, 2015

Holt Cunningham and Lydia Thomas had never met before. They have someone in common, her older brother is Holt's best friend. Is it a lie if she does not tell him?

Holt and Lydia are explosive right from the start. Where he was just sitting, drowning his sorrows in a bar and then she kisses him. Yo... ...more

By Jackie April 22, 2015

Advanced Readers Copy Courtesy of Entangled Publishing...:)

This is the 4th book in this wonderful series by Diane Albert's and I can honestly say it is my favorite one so far...

This is Holt and Lydia's story and its a doozy.....Holt works for Cooper at Shillings Agency. He is a bit of a IT geek (... ...more

By Marcy May 07, 2015

This book has my favorite type of hero: a nerdy wounded warrior. The Shillings Agency series just keeps getting better and better. I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us next! ...more

By Crystal January 01, 2016

I LOVED this book. Just like I love every Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin book I read. She can seriously do no wrong in my book! ...more

By Anja November 19, 2016



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By Adria (Romance Reviews) April 28, 2015

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews

Former Marine Holt Cunningham spends his days as an IT technician and his nights picking up random women to help him dull the nightmares that plague him. It’s the same routine every time,... ...more

By Rachel April 18, 2015

Nerdy review alert.


“Geeks were the dirtiest, freakiest, sexiest men of them all. Hands down. And this guy might be the king of them all.”

Be still my nerdy heart. That may be my favourite line from this book. It’s so perfect for Holt. Oh how I loved this book. As a lifelong Whovian (and if you do... ...more

By Eleanore May 05, 2015

All it takes to stop you in your tracks and start your life in a totally new direction, sometimes, is a single moment. Maybe beyond your control.

Former Marine Holt Cunningham knows that better than anyone. After an explosion kills the rest of his comrades and leaves him with a terrible head injur... ...more

By Kim April 28, 2015

Lydia Thomas never expected that Holt Cunningham would take her home the night she met him in the bar. She never told him who she was but she knew he was her brother’s best friend whom she never really met. Holt was a love them and leave them type of guy. What he went through as a Marine has left... ...more

By FTTEBB May 18, 2016

Lydia Thomas never expected that Holt Cunningham would take her home the night she met him in the bar. She never told him who she was but she knew he was her brother’s best friend whom she never really met. Holt was a love them and leave them type of guy. What he went through as a Marine has left... ...more

By Shelee May 21, 2015

Taking What’s His is about a veteran that is suffering both mentally and physically, who uses sex for a quick fix, and doesn’t want any entanglements…until something about her messes with his mind. Something about the sweet, young, woman he meets at the local bar that will forever change his path... ...more

By Malissa April 28, 2015

Taking What's His is a sexy romance centered around an ex-Marine turned IT guy fighting his way through PTSD (and trying to do it alone, Oh Holt *sad frowns*) and Lydia the woman who corners him in a bar, agrees to go home with him, turns out to be his best friends sister, and the best thing to e... ...more

By Kim May 10, 2015

Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads .

"Geeks were the dirtiest, freakiest, sexiest men of them all. Hands down. And this guy might be the king of them all."

I thank writers like Diane, Tessa Bailey and Megan Erickson for giving me all the sexy nerd books I can handle this spring. I'v... ...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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