Manhandled (Hammered #2) by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott-a review

MANHANDLED (Hammered #2) by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott-a review

Manhandled / / B&N / KOBO /

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date April 8, 2016

My name is Faith Keystone, but my friends call me Keys. I’m the piano player for Hammered. Did I mention I’m the only female in my band? That means I technically have five older brothers. Can’t forget my manager and security team, too. Alone time is nonexistent. I escaped an overbearing family to join this happy circus, and most of the time it’s awesome. Except now, because of one teensy little incident at a show.

Now I have this hulking bodyguard shadowing me like a freaking puppy. Only this puppy is more like a Doberman with an attitude problem. And he only knows one word—NO.

I hate that word. And I hate Quinn Alexander. The one thing I do like is giving him the slip. Is it wrong that I kinda like when he growls at me after he finds me? Because he always finds me. Worst of all? I want him so bad that I keep forgetting I hate him


REVIEW: MANHANDLED is the second installment Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott’s erotic, rock romance series focusing on the band Hammered. This is keyboardist Faith ‘Keys’ Keystone, and former Ranger/security specialist Quinn Alexander’s story line. MANHANDLED can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Quinn and Elliott’s HAMMERED is a spin of from their best selling Lost in Oblivion rock series. You do not have to have read the original series to understand the premise of the Hammered series. There is an occasional character cross-over between the series.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Faith and Quinn) MANHANDLED focuses on Faith; a stalker who has attempted to abduct our heroine; and the bodyguard who will protect Faith with his body and his heart. What ensues is a forbidden relationship between Faith and Quinn, when our hero begins to fall for the client he has been hired to protect.

Quinn is a man hired to do a job and Faith is unlike any of his previous clients. She is snarky, funny, energetic and a little bit crazy for the likes of Quinn, but Quinn is a man determined to never repeat the darkness that invaded his life once before. Quinn likes regimented order and schedules, while Faith is a woman on the move 24/7. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and hot. The sexual tension is palpable and frenetic.

All of the previous story line characters play secondary and supporting roles throughout the story. There is still a bit of a mystery surrounding Reed aka Bats, and his constant disappearing act as well as his ‘relationship’ with a woman who isn’t welcome with band. Faith’s BFF Owen is someone whose story needs to be told soon.

MANHANDLED is a fun and intoxicating read. The premise is imaginative and uplifting; the characters are passionate and intense; the romance is provocative and electric. Quinn and Elliott’s writing flows seamlessly touching the heart and soul of every reader.


Reviewed by Sandy


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