Monday 15 January 2018

✪ MAN CARD ✪ Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby ✪ EXCERPT! ✪

© Bianca Janeane

• standalone romance
• 15 January 2018

• 452 pages
• Book #2 in the MAN HANDS series

5 Stars
Nothing ventured, nothing banged...


I still don't know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor--our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down...
It can never happen again. I don't even like Braht. He's too slick. He's a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can't I get him out of my head? 


There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She's the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don't call her the Ashkicker for nothing.
Eventually I'll win her over...if my past doesn't ruin everything first.

We already met Ash and Braht in the first book. They can't stand each other. Or rather, Ash can't stand Braht - he's already planning the wedding! ☺
At the end of the last book we caught them doing licking and sucking things to each other in their friend's pantry.
That will never ever happen again!
But since they both work for the same real estate company, they'll have to see each other all the time.
And when suddenly Ash's criminal ex turns up again, she runs straight to Braht - because her girls Brynn and Sadie have their own stuff to deal with.
Braht could be over the moon, but of course he's very worried about his girl.
And between fighting and working and doing sexy stuff together, he's still trying to figure out why she can't see a future for them - they're just perfect together in his eyes!
And then there's his past that might come calling and destroy everything he so patiently built....


We already loved Braht in the first book. He's so hilarious and weird and perfect.

He's the total opposite of what Ash wants in a man - if she would want a man - which she doesn't, not after her first unsuccessful attempt at a happily ever after.
Braht is ... metrosexual. He gets manicures. He wears pastel. Loafers. Khaki shorts. And a beautiful silly grin, whenever he sees Ash. Too effing cute!
I just loved those two together. Of course it will take poor Braht a long while to get his happily ever after. But we have an amazing time watching him fight for it.

We have LOTS of adorable & funny & swoony moments and some very serious moments and some suspense/mystery and some very sexy moments!
For me it was the most perfect romance! I loved every minute of it!
And I SO need to see this series on netflix or passionflix asap!
And I also want to read Bramley's story and Sadie needs a new Happily Ever After too!!!!

Another thing I really liked - the setting of those two books. We're in Grand Rapids, Michigan. No book has ever stepped foot into Michigan. I really love it when we're in a real place. Not some imaginary town in Anywhere, USA.

MAN CARD was the most amazing romance!
Hilarious Sexy  Adorable • Serious • Just Perfect 
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Braht! This one is MINE!!!!

Copy received for an honest review

We met Ash and Braht in Man Hands, so I have been impatiently waiting for Man Card.
I went in expecting the gut busting, laugh out loud scenario like I had with Man Hands, however we did not get this.
But that's not a bad thing.  Ash and Braht's story, while still funny and had my grinning, it was more.
It was great to see such different characters than the first book. Whereas sometimes in a series we get the same story regurgitated with new names, Ms Bowen and Ms Eby have given us great, 3 dimensional characters that you just can't help but fall in love with.
Both Ash and Braht's stories were deeper and more emotional than I was expecting. Sure, I did laugh a lot at their antics, but my heart hurt a lot for them as their stories progressed.
Braht was so not what I was expecting him to be.  Sure, he is fifty shades of metrosexual and gets his nails done more than I ever will, but behind all that is a completely different man.  One you will absolutely adore.

I loved getting more of Tom and Bree (I so should have been eating dips and balls as I was reading!) and there is some great set up for Bramly (Braht's brother) and I hope that our girl Sadie gets her HEA soon!

I thoroughly enjoyed Man Card, and cannot wait to see what this dynamic duo brings us next.



Name your other favorite movies,” I challenge Braht.
All of them?” He chugs his margarita.
Hmm. Top ten? Top five?”
That’s totally easy,” he says. Somehow I’ve gotten closer to him on the floor. When he sits back, I actually snuggle in beside him. He’s wearing a ridiculously soft shirt that feels good against my skin. And I watch with fascination as he ticks off the names of films on his fingers. When Harry Met Sally. The Devil Wears Prada. Roman Holiday. Clueless. And Working Girl.”
I burst out laughing. I can’t help it. Those are all chick flicks. You should just hand over your man card right now.”
Not a chance.” Braht’s expression grows intense. In the first place, I gave you a very thorough demonstration of my man card last week. I don’t remember hearing any complaints.”
I swallow hard, because this is certainly true.
And secondly, you’re looking at this all backward.”
I…am?” And why can’t I look away? He has the most beautiful, intelligent eyes.
Yeah, you are,” he whispers. It’s the guy who has a firm grip on his man card that can hold your purse. He’s not afraid to be seen with that Tory Burch you like to carry—nice color, by the way. He’ll free up your hands because he likes your hands, and he remembers all the terrific things you can use them for.”
Oh,” I say slowly. Now my fingers itch to reach out for him. I have to make fists with both hands so I won’t do it.
Furthermore, he’s not afraid to quote Working Girl. Because Joan Cusack is a genius. And who wouldn’t want to say Melanie Griffith’s best line out loud?”
I can’t help saying it with him, and together we sound like the world’s horniest Greek chorus: I have a head for business and a body for sin.”
Sin sounds pretty good right now, actually. But Braht’s not done with his speech. Any man who tells you that chick flicks are for pussies can’t be any good in bed. Because that man does not speak the language of women. He doesn’t know that a little luxury can erase a shitty day of worrying about your ex…”
Braht takes my hand in his and begins to massage it. He has a great technique, applying gentle pressure between each joint. I relax just a little bit more against him.
“…That man doesn’t speak the language because he’s afraid of sounding like a girl. But fuck that noise, honey bear. If a man doesn’t have the vocabulary to describe a satin teddy with peekaboo lace and mother-of-pearl snaps at the crotch, he can’t buy it for you and then strategically ask you to wear it. He can’t plan ahead to blow your mind sometime by lifting your skirt somewhere semi-public and dangerous. And he can’t get down on his knees and kiss that lace and then pop open those snaps while you bite your own hand to keep from screaming when you climax.” Braht takes a deep breath and lets it out in one hot gust. Fuck. What was the point of this speech?”
“Um…” My voice is hoarse, and my face is suddenly very hot. Let’s not even mention my nipples. Man cards, I think.” But I’m not sure, because everything tingles.
Right,” he says with a sigh. Still got mine. Shall we watch Working Girl next?”
Okay,” I breathe, sinking a little further into his comforting embrace.


Temporary by Sarina & Sarah Mayberry


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After writing a gripping, dark, gothic novel IN THE GARDEN ROOM, Tanya decided to switch it up. She's hard at work on a romcom, which doesn't feel like work at all.

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