Up By Five (Counting on Love #5)

cover63568-mediumAuthor: Erin Nicholas

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: Samhain & Amazon

Type: Novel in Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  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.


Review: Erin Nicholas writes several series and I just get lost trying to figure them out. But know this–the girl can write and they are all great and worth the read! This one is especially close to my heart because it has one of my wishes–sisters! Conner had four sisters–FOUR! His dad died when he was younger and he had to virtually “raise” them with his mom and he felt very responsible for them. Growing up with THREE brothers was no fun…let me tell you. In Texas especially. It was a boys world and I struggled to keep up with them. Can you imagine how much I would have loved to be one of four girls? ~sigh~ But I’m off topic…

Gabrielle Evans is a paramedic on the same four-man team that Conner Dixon is on, and she knows all about his reputation. He loves to go after the unreachable ladies–the ones who love someone else, are married, or are in a relationship. He can be sweet and romantic and flirty to them. But to available women? He doesn’t give them the time of day, unless it’s for a fling. He can give them one night–but nothing more. He just doesn’t want to get involved! After raising his four sisters after his father died, he’s ready to be footloose and fancy free. Forever.

And anyway, she’s got plans to go to medical school in the fall and she’s already got to emotionally distance herself from her crazy family. She doesn’t need a boyfriend taking up time and space either. So no matter how cute and attracted to him she may be, it’s just not in the cards. And she doesn’t need help–she’s just fine by herself. But when her apartment building burns down, Conner’s the one that has a spare bedroom she can use. He’s the one that invites her to stay. And he’s the one that she ends up in bed with, suffering from a raging case of lust that can’t be quenched from just one time.

Conner doesn’t understand his feelings for Gabi–usually she’s just one of the guys! He really likes her, so when she finds herself in a pickle after the fire, he opens up his home and invites her to stay. Suddenly, he’s “noticing” her and is really attracted to her–but he knows it’s a horrible idea for them to get together. So of course they do! And instead of backing off and trying to maintain a distance, like he usually does with women, he finds himself doing the opposite–and is hurt when SHE pulls back. What’s up with that? Why are his feelings for Gabi so different?

Sometimes it takes a talk with some friends who’ve been there to show you the truth…

Lovable characters, smoking sex and funny situations make this a great read–especially with the summer coming up. This is the fifth in the series. I think I would have benefited from having read the previous ones, but I still really enjoyed it. Thanks!


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