HE’S A BRUTE by Chloe Liese

One dark and handsome control-freak sports star meets one smarty pants bioengineer with hair to match her fiery temper. It’s an experiment straight out of sexual thermodynamics.

Every good scientist knows the second law of thermodynamics: the universe’s disorder, entropy, is always increasing. Professionally and personally speaking, Nairne’s familiar with the principle. After a streak of costly fame, now she’s set on saving the world, microscope in hand, and there’s no time for romance. Problem is, when a rude, despicably sexy Adonis shows up to run their board meeting, chemistry and its ensuing chaos become more than a formula—now they’re a burning hot reality.

Mafia prince. Professional footballer. Bad boy demeanor and a reputation for being as talented between the sheets as he is on the pitch. Rumors are the man’s an absolute brute. And he turns out to be just as demanding, controlling and vicious in person as he is on paper. The Law of Attraction’s proven true, as Nairne finds herself accepting Zed’s proposal: rough, wild stress release, more orgasms than she can count, and most importantly—no falling in love.

Agreement in place. End date secured. No attachments. No forever.What could possibly go wrong?


Title : He’s a Brute
Author: Chloe Liese
Series : Tough Love #1
Format : e-ARC
Page Count : 263
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Indie
Release Date : May 6, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating: ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 3 star review

HE’S A BRUTE was a cover love, blurb appealing arc click. There’s a lot going on in this contemporary romance with a slice of the erotic. It’s a tale of two very strong MC’s who were multi-talented. Zed is a background mafia boss-second, professional footballer (soccer, you American guys!) and lead of an ethically sound organisation; he was something of a contradiction to himself. Nairne was an ex-pro footballer, a scientist and she battling some pretty heavy baggage. I felt like there was almost a bit too much going on with these characters.

The two clashed with strong personalities and there was a tangible attraction between them but despite this, I didn’t always feel their connection. What ensues between these two was a contract, some dominance and submission which really isn’t my bag, but it was fairly mild. I didn’t always buy Nairne’s ability to submit to Zeb. I found Zeb’s desire to care of Nairne controlling despite his arguments to Nairne about this actual issue and so I didn’t feel that attached to them as a couple.

This book has the most amazing disability rep, truly fabulous. I loved the way the sexuality of this character was written with this in mind. Their sexual relationship wasn’t hindered by the disability but it was totally interwoven into what they did and how they did it. Total kudos to the author for this. This aspect of the book is part of why I am still interested in reading more from this series.

I didn’t always love the writing style of this book and I found the intimate scenes weren’t that interesting. HE’S A BRUTE was a debut and the story of Zeb and Nairne will continue across two more books. This isn’t an abrupt end but I do find I want to know more about these two and I will probably read on with these characters. Book two is out now, with book three to come.

Thank you to netgalley and the author this review copy.

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