hunky single dad… and my neighbor.
bad-mannered, and reclusive.
away from him… except I can’t.
fire, and you will get burned.
can easily be broken again.
contemporary romance from award-winning international bestselling author SC
Daiko, a beautiful love story with plenty of heat and angst.
A sexy brooding Brute of a man, a kindhearted woman starting over, and two precious children all make for the start of a beautifully blended family in this book. Equal parts sweet and swoony, hot and steamy, and suspenseful Brute had me devouring the pages hooked from nearly the start. I easily finished this in just a couple hours it had me that hooked.
Daniel is a man filled with secrets and heartbreak. Shutting everyone away from him and his son he ignores the whispers of “brute” from people and continues living a reclusive lonely life until Cat and her daughter burst into is quiet bubble. Cat is a widow starting over near her best friend with her adorable daughter. First impressions confirm all that she’s heard of her new neighbor, the man is most definitely a brute.
With their children quickly becoming the best of friends these two have little choice in being forced together. As they get to know each other the chemistry between them grows into something explosive and quickly become much more than chemistry and lust as the incredible heat between them turns deeper into love. With secrets and danger from his past catching up to their new found happiness keeping me biting my nails waiting to see what would happen joined in the the sexy and sweet romance I adored this book!
FOUR 🎩🎩🎩🎩 hats from Julia!
Brute turned into way more than I expected! Both Catrin and Daniel have lost their partners. Both realize they are extremely lonely. Both start a friendship that goes way further than either imagined. The second chance at life after losing the ones they loved was profoundly beautiful. SC Daiko broke my heart, then put it back together again starting with their kids, Ben and Becca.
Catrin is strong but lonely. She has a fire in her that keeps burning brighter and brighter. Becca helps her with the loss of her husband in only a way a child can. When she meets what the village calls the brute she gets intrigued. Daniel, the brute, has closed himself off from everyone but his son. Daniel will make your heart ache. He’s learned that to protect him and his son he must be rude to others. An unlikely friendship happens between Catrin and Daniel, helped along by their adorable kids. Neither is looking for more, but more is what they find in each other. Secrets long buried threaten to end their happiness.
Brute is much more than a romance. We get an intimate side of two people healing each other after tragedy. I think the sex was hot, but also cathartic to Catrin and Daniel. Maybe I’m feeling to deep into it? I fell completely head over heels for Brute, and I think everyone else will too.
through it. Birdsong and the scent of blackberries fills the air. I let Toby
off his leash and he immediately starts foraging for anything edible… wild
fruit being his favourite snack.
up in good time. Soon I come to a glade where the trees have been thinned out.
Oh shit, standing in the middle of the clearing is Daniel. He’s bare-chested
and dressed in running shorts, doing stretching exercises braced against a
fallen tree trunk.
and rake my gaze over him. His thick almost-black hair is dripping sweat; it
falls down his face and the back of his solid neck. His beard is unkept and
wild-looking. But it’s his powerful body that mesmerises me and I study the
tats on his muscular arms, tempted to get closer for a better look. God, he’s
beautiful, I suddenly realise. Beautiful but freaking scary at the same time.
it, Cat. You shouldn’t be looking at him that way. The man in front of you is a
brute. You need to keep your distance from him.
and prepare to make my way back down the path. Except, Toby comes bounding up
and starts to bark.
I was scared before now I’m practically peeing myself. He straightens himself
to his full height, still glaring at me, not saying a word.
hold of his collar and fasten the lead. “Sorry to disturb you.” I bite at my
lips. “We’ll get out of your way.”
intricate patterns. He catches my gaze, and I feel my face burning up.
teeth. “Leave me alone.”
an edgy laugh.
down the pathway, Toby at my heel.
award-winning, international bestselling contemporary romance author. Originally
from the UK, she now lives in Italy with her husband and two cats.