Griff: I learned early on that the easiest way to avoid a broken heart is to always be the first out the door. Caring about anyone or anything is asking to be disappointed, which is why I avoid relationships and chase freelance gigs - ghost writing restaurant reviews and penning articles about the efficacy of cheesy pick-up lines - instead of chasing my dreams.
Besides, dreams don't come true for people like me. And no one, not even the sexy-as-hell bartender at the club can convince me otherwise. Because I'm never risking my heart again.
Sam: As a bartender I've watched a million pick-up artists work their magic, but none as talented as Griffin Marian. He's a flirt, a good time. Hooking up with him was supposed to be just a fling. I wasn't supposed to care about his fractured past or his buried dreams. I have my own future to worry about, especially after that stupid food critic scuttled my hopes of finally opening my own restaurant.
But, the more time I spend with Griff, the more I'm beginning to realize that my plans mean nothing without him. If only I can convince him to give us a chance to follow our dreams together.
Fair warning: this book includes flirty sweetness, detailed descriptions of man parts touching, and the dirtiest thing to come out of Aunt Tilly's mouth yet.
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I mentioned in my Borrowing Blue review that I don't usually listen to audio books. In fact Borrowing Blue was my very first one. And now Grounding Griffin is my fourth. I don't do audio because my brain just doesn't work that way, BUT this Made Marion series, and Michael Pauley are so good I need it any way I can get it. The ebook, the audio, my eyes are set on the pretty pretty paperbacks now. Michael Pauley is so very good at narrating these books and bringing everyone to life. I can't call them characters because I'm choosing to believe they're real and out there somewhere dangit! At this point I can just copy/paste one review for all of the books because they're all just fantastic and you should really really listen or give a read. Your life will be better for having done so :D Unlike Griffin I'm not a writer and I'm not good with words (inside joke from the book) so I can't adequately express how much I loved the content of the book, or how really awesome it is to hear the people you just read about on paper/kindle come alive and become living breathing voices. To hear the chuckles, and the sighs, the pants of breath during "cardio" scenes, the muttered and playful expletives. All of the little nuances that can be missed on paper are brought out with sound. It's just an experience. That's the best way to say it. Listening to this series is a fun, happy, wonderful experience.
So this was the book review left on Amazon for the ebook:
This review is for those of you who have not yet read a Made Marian Novel. If you had then I know you already have this book and you're currently devouring it, and you're not in need of reading reviews because you know how good they are. So for those of you on the fence about spending your money let me just tell you, I had two problems with this book.
1. I started reading a little before bedtime and kept on reading right into the morning. Thankfully my schedule was not thrown by the lack of sleep. But buyer beware! Once you start reading you're going to want to keep reading. (But it's totally worth it.)
2. My preferred place to read is in bed but I have an SO who goes to sleep before me. I laughed out loud and giggle-snorted so many times (and that's honestly an accomplishment with me) I'm not allowed to read Lucy Lennox books in bed anymore, or at least not at night when others are sleeping.
Actually come to think of it I have a third problem...I'm done reading Grounding Griffon. I wanted to read it so bad. I wanted to hurry and find out about Griff and Sam and their backstories and how they got to know each other and overcome baggage. And I read, and I laughed, and I fell in love, and I felt all the feels and then the book ended. I mean it didn't come to an abrupt end, and it wasn't a cliffhanger, and it had an HEA and an epilogue and it wrapped up quite nicely thank you, but....it ended. And I'm sad. I want more. These guys are so awesome and I loved how perfect Sam was for Griff. He knew just what Griff needed because there is no one formula for loving someone through hurt and ultimately having a healthy relationship. But Sam was just who Griff needed. (Oh, and something else, which may sound a little funny if you're from the states but it gave me a huge happy and if you're like me you'll love it too, Sam was intact! (not cut) I love seeing more of this in sex scenes. Foreskin is so awesome :) Anyway I've just been noting that in reviews lately because I'm seeing it more often and I know most people love that but it's hard to find in American books.)
And apparently come to find out, I'm a book boyfriend whore! I love these two. But my first loves are Blue and Tristan in the first book. And I loved Jaime and Teddy in the second. Jude and Derek were amazing in the third. And now Griff and Sam have my heart too. And I can't tell you who I love more. They're all amazing. Oh! and they're all in this book!! In every subsequent book since Borrowing Blue we get to catch up a little with at least the majority of the Marian family, but in this one! This one! We get all kinds of catching up wonderfulness with everyone. But back to my point...(I did have one). The books are all so funny. The men are all so amazing and sweet and lovable. I mean really to some extent I can copy and paste a review for one and apply it to them all when talking about how great the characters and the writing are. The writing has remained so consistently great, and yet I can't pick a favorite (<--- finally my point) because each couple has their own depth and their own unique story. The books may all be funny. And the guys may all be ridiculously lovable, but they're not cookie cutter stories or characters. You could read all four in a row and not feel like you just read the same story over and over. Although I'm pretty sure your cheeks will hurt like crazy from all the goofy grinning, and your heart will feel like it's about to explode from all the feels. But really of all the problems to have....
So buy Grounding Griffin. Buy the whole Made Marian series. I can't imagine you not loving it, but honestly if you're still on the fence just read the sample because you should be laughing right from the get go. Enjoy!