Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review of Neat by Kandi Steiner

By Kandi Steiner

“You’re interesting, Logan Becker.”

I was so over the moon excited for the next installation in this series! The Becker brothers are so easy to love, and Mallory Scooter took the words right out of my mouth when she said that Logan Becker was interesting. 

“ ‘You made me Greek food.’
I grabbed the back of my neck. ‘You said it’s your favorite.’
‘Once,’ she reminded me. ‘Like…in a passing comment. I can't believe you remembered that.’
‘I listen to you,’ I said on a shrug. ‘And I have a pretty good memory.’ ”

Ohhhhhmygawdddd Logan-freaking-Becker. I could write a thesis on why all men should read this book and take notes. Let’s start with the fact that he is an avid reader. ‘Kay, boys, start there. But in all seriousness, Logan is the epitome of a good man. He works his ass off, he loves his momma more than life itself, his passions are far-reaching, and he knows exactly how to treat a woman. Case and point in the above quote, the man LISTENS and acts on the information he learns. 

Watching (yeah yeah, I know reading, but if you’re not visualizing you’re doing it wrong) Logan Becker fall head over heels in love is a masterpiece, and it’s only fitting that Mallory is quite literally the artist in this story. Forbidden romance is always a steamy trope, but the reason these two families hate one another goes beyond a petty rivalry.

Logan Becker’s father was killed in the one and only fire that’s ever taken place at the Scooter Distillery, and it’s long been suspected that the Scooter family had something to do with his death. Enter Logan and Mallory, the literal Romeo and Juliet of their small town. 

“ ‘There’s a girl,’ I settled on, and as soon as the words were out of my mouth, there was a smile curling on Mom’s.
‘Ah,’ she said, eyes on the toothpick she was dragging over brownie batter, creating swirls of chocolate and caramel. ‘As there always is…So do I know this girl?’
‘You do actually…’
‘No!...Now, I’m sure Mallory Scooter is a nice girl, Logan, but it’s so much bigger than that. Her family is trouble, son. You don’t understand what they’re capable of.’
‘Mom, come on…’
‘I don’t want to hear another word about this.’ ”

Clearly, the relationship wasn’t going to get the green light from either family, but could Logan and Mallory get past that? 

They thought so. 

Things get pretty intense when the pair is assigned to clean out a storage room and find a box hiding Logan’s fathers laptop—believed to have been destroyed in the fire that took his life. A secret they choose not to share with either of their families. And just when the two think they might be able to push past the familial disdain, a shit load of gasoline gets thrown on the already burning fire. Mallory’s father gifts her something that rightfully belonged to Logan. 

The whole town saw it coming, the whole distillery, but Mallory couldn’t imagine a universe in which it was true. So, when this bombshell blows her relationship into a million tiny pieces, she makes one of the bravest decisions of her life in order to fix it.

I can't tell you what it is SILLY! (go and get the dang book!)

But I can give you a peek at her father’s reaction:

“ He placed his palms flat on the desk, stood very, very slowly, and waited until he was towering over me to look me dead in the eye. ‘You will do no such thing, young lady. Now, I don’t know what the hell has gotten into you, but if you do remember right, it’s me who pays the bills on that little studio you love so much. It’s me who bought that apartment about it where you sleep every night. And it’s me who can take all of that away,’ he said, snapping to illustrate the point. ‘Just like that.’
‘Fine,’ I said, shrugging. ‘Do it.’

Now, as much as I could say about Logan—double that and you’ve barely scratched the surface with Mallory. I think one of the things I love most about Kandi’s writing is that it seems to grow braver and more fierce each time she publishes. Her leading ladies have always had spunk and tenacity, but she’s not afraid to give these women baggage and show us how they can grow and fucking shine in the aftermath. It blows me away.

Neatand the entire Becker Brothers series, has me on the edge of my seat with excitement for every installation. Although we’re watching the four boys find love and healing, we’re also getting this masterful mystery that’s unfolding bit-by-bit as we all wait to see how the boys will uncover the truth about their father’s death. 

I’m also holding out hope that their sweet momma might find someone to fill in that missing piece. Not replace—because no one could ever do that—but create a new picture. Because she deserves all the love. 

I loved every single page of Neat. It’s twisty, and heartwarming, and Kandi writes intimacy like a GD queen. She defines family in so many ways in this series, and I can't wait to see how that love expands and matures in the books to come. Do yourself a favor and one click this book right now on Amazon. You’re not going to regret it, I promise. 

Kandi, you magical woman, thank you for the ARC and for letting me be part of your team <3

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