Title: Stepbrother, Mine
Series: Taboo #1
Author: Mandy Lou Dowson
Release Date: January 29, 2015
They were always taught that family was about more than blood, but when step-siblings Sophie Ellis and Logan Castle meet for the first time, their attraction is instantaneous. Forever trying to keep each other at arm's length, they discover that sometimes the best laid plans fall apart, when lovers fall together.
He's everything she's ever fantasized about, and everything she can never have.
She's all he's ever wanted, but never hoped to have.
Trying so hard to be his stepsister, she can't shake the attraction she feels.
He decides it's best to leave, but when circumstances see them reunite, and he discovers their initial attraction is still there after all the intervening years, he can't help himself. He has to have her.
Running scared, she cuts all ties.
Left behind, his bitterness grows.
When again circumstances force her back into his arms, her past comes back to haunt her.
He's determined to make her pay for leaving him.
Desires are forbidden. Loyalties are tested. Hearts are broken. And in the end, is love strong enough to conquer all?
**This book is a stand alone. It is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to explicit scenes, language and situations.**
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First I’d like to say thank you to Give Me Books and Mandy Lou Dowson to allowing me an ARC of this book to read in return for an honest review. I’m a biiiiig fan of Mandy’s! But my review will be honest!
***small spoiler alert***
In August of 2004 Sophie's life changed in a few ways. Her mother was marrying a man she loves and they'll have a family together with one added member. Sophie's new stepfathers son. Her stepbrother. She had never met him but wondered what it would be like to have a brother. Being an only child she didn’t know what to expect. Today she'd find out. After the wedding though she managed to catch the eye of a very handsome fella. Okay, so he was more than handsome, he was hot. Even sat at the same table as the young hottie at the wedding reception but what she hadn't been counting on was that... the hottie at her table, the one who made her body come to life was her new step-brother. Logan. So, she does the only thing she can at the time... when Taylor asked her out at school a few days later she agrees. She needs the distraction.
On the other side of that veil he had been feeling the same way about the beautiful girl in the red dress and a beautiful smile. Only to be slapped down when he found out she was his step sister. Now with the unexpected feelings he's going to have to stay far away from her as he can. When Sophie’s 17th birthday gets close Logan declares it needs to be a weekend event. Doing whatever Sophie wants. By this time Sophie has been ‘dating’ Taylor and of course she wanted to go to the movies with him and her friends but they all had plans. Her mom and Harry had a date night so it was just her and Logan to go to the movies on Friday night. Couldn’t be that bad right? Well it was a somewhat good night. There was a build up of emotions between the two and at midnight he told her to make a birthday wish. And then.. he kissed her. That was when things went south. When they got home he asked her what he wish was… she wanted him. But that wasn’t possible. After that he moved out and went to live in the dorms. It was easier that way.
February of 2006 though started a strange turn of events that would change all of their lives forever. On Sophie's birthday her mom, step dad Harry and Logan along with her best friend, her boyfriend and Sophie's boyfriend met at the Italian restaurant and enjoyed a night out. Logan's gift to her this year had been a lucky penny and a scroll saying she could have the wish back from last year. And start if she wanted it. So dinner had been challenging with them both fighting these crazy mashed up feelings. After dinner as they walked home Logan was going to tell her how he felt about her but fate stepped in and fucked them both. Sophie received a call that her mom and Harry had been in an auto accident. By the time they got to the hospital Harry was dead and her mom was barely hanging on... and in the blink of an eye her mom was gone too. Logan knew then that no matter his feelings he would keep them to himself. Right now all he could do was be there for Sophie and they both had to move passed this.
Seven years after their parents deaths (2013) both Sophie and Logan are still closer. Closer than years ago. They have a bond and a lace in time that no one but they can understand. Logan has always been the one person that was there for Sophie when she needed him. The only one that could get through to her when she was having a panic attack or there for her if she just couldn't sleep. Anytime she was sad Logan was only a phone call away. He really was the only one she could count on. Taylor her boyfriend of years was no good at that stuff. Things were good with him or so she thought... Until she caught him fucking some chick in the shower when she came home early from work. After kicking them both out she called Logan. He convinced her to come to him. She didn't want to stay in that house so why not? A few hours drive and new surroundings would do her some good. And she needed Logan. He was her rock.
Weeks later though her choice to go and stay with Logan backfired in a way that she wasn't ready for. After a night of drinking and flirting with the guitarist for a cover band at the local bar she came home to find Logan and a bimbo going at it on the dining room table. To say it turned her on was an understatement. The need and desire that filled her was nothing compared to the look he had when he caught her touching herself. The orgasm she had from watching him rolled through her like nothing she had ever felt before. Then she ran to hide in her room. The night only made the next morning worse. She tried to hurry and get out of the house so she could pretend last night hadn't happened. But her attempt was poorly executed. He was in the kitchen waiting on her.
She tried to ignore him, but then he touched her and all of the desire and need run through her until it's too late. The passion that builds between them causes them both to take that next step. The sex was mind blowing. More than she had ever had… but once it was over.. she flipped the fuck out and left. A little later a call to her best friend only made it worse for her. He isn’t her brother, they are not related more than her mom and his dad were married before they were killed. But that didn’t help her. She had to move out, get away from him. She would go to the city, find a job and move on. As always, she could do that. A fresh start. Five weeks later she is still looking for a job, which is not as easy in the city as she thought it would be. But as it was the Gods were smiling down on her and she got a new job designing with a partner and was putting the past in the past. That meant Logan too. She turned her cell off and would be getting a new one. No more looking back.
A little over a year later Sophie and her design partner Alexis had their own company “Sophex Designs” and were doing well. they stayed busy with smaller jobs but Soph wanted a big job. A hotel maybe, something that she could put her stamp on. Make her own in a way. And now, her chance at that was coming true. Sophie and Alexis had an appointment with a Mr. Hoster. Alex couldn't go so it would be up to Soph to wine and dine him into choosing them. But something happened when she arrived at the hotel to meet with Mr. Hoster and his partner. A feeling she hadn’t had in over a year slammed into her. Hoster’s partner was Logan. Logan was at a table before her. Seems Mr. Hoster is Logan’s best friend Janet’s husband. Small world, right? Logan doesn’t seem to be all that happy to see her but yeah I can’t blame him there. The meeting itself went okay but eh Logan she knew is buried too deep to see.
The contract was accepted with conditions of course. One of which made her (Soph) available to Design rep (Logan) at all times of the day and night. And on every Tuesday night. Just like before. She thought he was making a way to get back into their old way but that was far from it. He was using her contract to get what he wants out of her. Though she had decided to seduce him so the dinner that night turned into an awkward mess and the sex and then fight in his room later made it all too clear. She had broken him so bad he wasn’t who he used to be. Not at all. Eventually -after some serious time and a few reality checks between them- both Logan and Sophie are able to move along and even try to start this whole friendship thing again. Its like a backward roller coaster. It was challenging and a downright pain in the ass but they seem to make it work.
The night of the hotels grand opening though there are a few players in the game of get Logan and Sophie to be honest and open up to each other. From Jan -Logan’s best friend- who corners Sop in the ladies room and lets her have it with both barrels. She tells her of their relationship from his side. How she broke him, hurt him and turned his world inside out. Needless to say it was a wake up call for Soph. Her fear of what if has always been a problem and even tonight it makes its play in the game and Soph runs. But not to be outdone Logan chases after her. Its now or never. He has to tell her how he feels and then he will decide what to do with himself.
Okay, I am just… (rubs my face) My feels are all over the place. And I swear if I could have made a character come to life it would be Sophie for now. I want to shake her until her teeth rattle. Stubborn damn woman. My God. Chick was making me mental. LOL But seriously I loved this book, not that I had a doubt it wouldn’t be good. On the contrary I love Mandy and her characters even if they -the characters- make me mental. It maybe a Taboo subject but it is what it is, you can’t help who you fall in love with. And it wasn’t like they were blood related or something. Anyhoo… (grins) I am glad to have another hot little read on my shelf thanks to Mandy!
Mandy Lou Dowson was born and raised in a small town in Ireland, in 1983, and at this stage in life, she's pretty sure the town won't let her leave. Family is a huge deal to Mandy. She has three wonderful children (most of the time), and two Siberian Huskies who are each as naughty as the other – in fact, she's sure they egg each other on in silly cartoon voices when nobody is looking.
“Climb out the window and get covered in mud.”
“No, I did it last time. You do it!”
“R'uh, r'oh, here SHE is. Shhh.”
When she's not writing, reading, or plotting her next book -- or, you know, world domination – , she likes to relax with a few glasses of wine and some karaoke. You can usually find her procrastinating on social media of some sort, chatting to fans and talking nonsense.
Mandy started reading at quite a young age and her appetite for the written word has only increased with time. It would not be at all surprising to find her reading anything and everything from shampoo bottles to Edgar Allan Poe.
She is the author of three different genres of romance books. The Moon Bound series, which is in the Paranormal Romance genre, and is gathering rave reviews, and the Taboo series, which is Contemporary with a hint of the forbidden, the first of which has gathered very mixed reviews across the board, from one extreme to the other.
She has also made a foray into Dark Romance recently, with her first title in the genre, Retribution, releasing in Summer 2015.