Up by Five (Counting on Love #5) by Erin Nicholas

Up By Five 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.goodreads

I am a sucker for the medical romances. I can’t help it, it appeals to my mid-90’s ER sensibilities. It wasn’t a stretch for me to think of Conner as a very George Clooney type of man. Rawr.

Conner Dixon is a paramedic, and he is done with women. He’s raised four and gotten them squared away with men of their own, so he is done. That is until Gabrielle enters the picture. She’s a fellow paramedic and when her apartment burns down he offers her a place to stay. He soon finds out that Gabby is different from most women, and he starts entertaining thoughts of more than just temporary roommates.

Ok, so I won’t say that this isn’t the most unpredictable book ever. We’ve all seen plots like this before, so it really wasn’t anything new in that respect. BUT, I really thought the characters were great and that the flow of the story really worked. It may not be original, but it’s still enjoyable.

The sex in this book is smoking hot. Let’s just say that Connor and Gabby, once they get it on, do not lack creativity. Gabby is a very no nonsense type of woman, and I thought her strong independence was a breath of fresh air from other heroines. She totally calls Conner on all of his crap. She and Conner fit together so well, I found myself smiling absentmindedly as I was reading it.

Overall, I really liked this one. I say if you’re looking for a fun summer read on the beach or laying out by the pool, you aren’t going to get much better than this. 4 stars.


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