Saturday, August 15, 2015

KEEP ME by Kathy Coopmans

Title:  KEEP ME
Series:  Shelter Me #3
Author:  Kathy Coopmans
Publish Date:   08.11.15
Publisher:  Kathy Coopmans
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Kathy Coopmans (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  Panty-dropping Book Blog
Goodreads link: Keep Me
Date completed: 08.14.15

Description from the publisher:
Four months ago Shelby Morris left Michigan with bitter words to Antonio Schavone. Words that cut him deep. Made him re-think every aspect of his life.

Even when she left he didn't give up. He’s changed, and he wants her.  And now she’s coming back!

She has her reasons for why she said what she did. A secret she has carried with her since she was a teenager. The reason why she has never let herself get close to a man. The reason why she lives only for her job. The reason why she doesn’t feel like a complete woman. Her sister Erin doesn't even know why she has never had a relationship.

Will he be able to break through her strong willed ways? Make her realize he doesn't care what her secret is and show her she is definitely the one he wants. Or will Shelby and her feisty mouth, wicked tongue and stubborn ways be just a little bit too much for Antonio to handle?

These two are going to heat things up in this final installment of The Shelter Me series.

Everyone knows that the Schavone men get exactly what they want!


This is the third book in the Shelter Me series.  Each does stand alone, but I recommend reading all and in order.

There are three main characters in this story:  Shelby, Antonio, and Markus.  I liked Shelby’s unique secret.  Though she has kept the secret for 12 years, when it comes to Antonio, she is open and takes a chance on revelation for the sake of love.  Antonio may have been a man-whore in the past, but once he saw Shelby, all bets were off.  As a new man, he is unfailingly loyal, protective, and determined to win her heart.  Markus is Shelby’s best friend and business partner in her restaurant back in Texas.  He has a vicious sense of humor.  He’s also determined to get her with Antonio so that they’ll both be happy.  I didn’t particularly like some of the under-handedness, but that’s just my opinion.  At times it skirted the edge of something nefarious, but never got there.  Instead, you knew that, not only Markus, but all of Shelby’s friends, were leading her to where she wanted to go anyway.

This is the final book in the trilogy.  While I don’t think it is the best of the three, I’m very glad that I didn’t miss out on reading it.  It may be the funniest of them.  Sarcasm is hard to convey, but Kathy Coopmans is able to do it and well.  Even better than the taunting and tormenting that is beautifully done between Shelby and Antonio, I think Markus is over-the-top fantastic.  He’s the gay guy-friend every girl wants/needs.

While this trilogy may be done, I look forward to what Kathy Coopmans will bring us next.

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Shelter Me series:
  1. Shelter Me
  2. Rescue Me
  3. Keep Me
The Contrite series:
1.      Contrite
2.      Reprisal


“You have no idea whatsoever the places I want to touch or the things I want to do to you, Shelby. Every part of you turns me the fuck on.”

I gyrate my hips into her backside so she can feel just how turned on I am.

“I- I want you to touch me.”

My eyes go wide and my ears perk up. Oh, fuck. Please tell me I heard her right.

“Where do you want me to touch you?”

She hesitates a moment before answering. “Anywhere you want.”

Her breathing picks up and fuck, her ass pushes back into me as if to give me the green light to go ahead.

“Spread your legs,” I command.

Feeling her pulse quicken, I continue having my way with her by sucking and kissing her neck. I love the way her body is so responsive to mine. When she spreads her legs, my hands shift from her waist, grazing over the top button of her jeans. I’m silently pleading like hell she doesn’t stop me. I need her to know what she does to me, and the pleasure I desperately need to give her.

“Tell me I can touch you. I need to hear you say it.”

“God, yes. Touch me,” she pants, not one ounce of nervousness streaming from her raspy voice.

That’s all I needed to hear. I undo the button and gradually lower her zipper. My fingers glide over her lace panties while I press further into her ass.

“Have you ever been touched here, Shelby?”

Please, for the love of God, say no.

“No,” she says, barely audible, but it’s loud enough for me to hear.   

I’m sure this is the first time in my life the word ‘no’ means more to me than any other.

Thank you [Panty-dropping Book Blog] for hosting this tour.

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