By Cindi Madsen
Releasing October 23rd, 2017
In Nailed It by Cindi Madsen, Ivy Clarke doesn't believe in love, but there isn't anything wrong with engaging in a limited-time affair. So, when she starts working side-by-side with Jackson Gamble to renovate a house, she finds herself heading into unfamiliar territory and falling deeper under his spell. Will she realize she's in love with Jackson before it's too late, or will their chance at happy ever after slip by?
What a completely compelling and absolutely engaging read Ms. Madsen has delivered in this book, which offered plenty of amusing moments and delicious tension between the main characters that had me turning the pages until I was at the end of the story quicker than I thought I would be. The way this story started had me wanting to laugh at the heroine's predicament, as being a disbeliever of love would make anyone want to run from the conversation Ivy's found herself having with someone. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time that had me absolutely charmed by this couple's intense chemistry and the way they interact. They seem to be frenemies since Ivy is Jackson's sister's best friend and she treats the hero as an enemy because of everything that's happened between them. Does she really think seeing him as the enemy is going to be able to keep her from falling in love?
As for the dialogue, it was well-written, entertaining and I liked the heroine's cynicism when it came to love and relationships. Really, it was endearing trait of Ivy's, especially when she's up against Jackson doing everything he can to prove her wrong when it comes to her believing the only person she can rely on is herself. Moreover, the heroine is extremely independent and I could understand why after everything she's been through in the past that makes her determined not to give any man a chance. I also liked her enthusiasm for renovating the house, as she's quite good at it. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is her courage in taking a chance on Jackson, even though it's hard for her to put her trust in a man. Then again, he's one of the good guys. While the hero, he is one of the best heroes I've read lately due to his back story and his determination to win the heroine over by everything he does, especially the moment where they are with his family. Will Ivy go off at him for what he does? I also enjoyed the tight bond he shares with his family, as his sister, his mom and his aunt are determined to see him find happiness.
Overall, Ms. Madsen has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was heady and formidable; and the ending filled me with joy because of what the heroine does in order to win Jackson back after things go awry between them. Certainly, Ivy has plenty of courage and is determined in her plan. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because of the surprise Jackson has for Ivy. I would recommend Nailed It by Cindi Madsen, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the friends to lovers trope, the sister's best friend trope, or books by authors Emma Hart, Wynter Daniels, Sara Ney and Kadie Scott.
I'm Ivy Clarke. Bartender, best friend, and disbeliever in love.
And now I'm in over my head, trying to flip a house all by myself.
I'm not too proud to admit I need some help. Too bad the only one who can help me is the same man I want to throw out this house's second-story window.
Jackson Gamble and I can't be in the same room together for more than a minute without devolving into a sparring match.
Except for that one time…
But enough about that. Jackson's looking for forever, and I don't believe in love, remember?
Get in. Renovate. Get out. Keep my heart firmly in tact.
Because it's much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart.
Full of humor and dripping with delicious tension, Nailed It proves that every heart can be ready for a little rehabilitation, if only you're willing to open it up.