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Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father’s legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There’s one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she’ll take a few risks to get closer. A Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father’s legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There’s one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she’ll take a few risks to get closer. Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she’s the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn't felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything…


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Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father’s legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There’s one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she’ll take a few risks to get closer. A Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father’s legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There’s one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she’ll take a few risks to get closer. Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she’s the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn't felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything…

30 review for Make Me Stay

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    3.5 stars. Make Me Stay is a good opener to Rebecca Brooks' Men of Gold Mountain series. With likeable characters, a beautiful setting and plenty of the hot stuff it was an enjoyable read. "It was his home, and he wasn’t giving it up—no matter how hard Samantha Kane tried." However, it wasn't flawless and as much as I enjoyed Austin and Sam together, the basis of their growing feelings is a little on the unbelievable side as Austin, bless his not-so-little snow covered boots, seems to have a l 3.5 stars. Make Me Stay is a good opener to Rebecca Brooks' Men of Gold Mountain series. With likeable characters, a beautiful setting and plenty of the hot stuff it was an enjoyable read. "It was his home, and he wasn’t giving it up—no matter how hard Samantha Kane tried." However, it wasn't flawless and as much as I enjoyed Austin and Sam together, the basis of their growing feelings is a little on the unbelievable side as Austin, bless his not-so-little snow covered boots, seems to have a little bit of a bit clueless side. (view spoiler)[Austin is expecting a visit from Samantha Kane, businesswoman. On the ski-slopes he bumps into a random lady who tells him her name is Sam. Does this set any alarms off? Nope. (hide spoiler)] And that just dampened things slightly, because I couldn't buy into it at all. But despite this, everything aside of that worked and it was by no means a difficult read; Austin and Sam do have a great chemistry, it's sexy, heartfelt and the ending was exactly what I was hoping for. And with the scene set for the next book in the series, I'm looking forward to seeing where Rebecca Brooks takes Connor and Mack's story. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review It’s no secret that I am huge Brazen junkie fanatic as I always look forward to their scorching hot reads and so it was given that I would look forward to reading Make Me Stay by Rachel Brooks. I liked the premise of the story but sadly I found this book to be just okay. There wasn’t anything that stood out to me to make this memorable. In the beginning of the book I was like oooh a strong leading heroine but after that everything wen ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review It’s no secret that I am huge Brazen junkie fanatic as I always look forward to their scorching hot reads and so it was given that I would look forward to reading Make Me Stay by Rachel Brooks. I liked the premise of the story but sadly I found this book to be just okay. There wasn’t anything that stood out to me to make this memorable. In the beginning of the book I was like oooh a strong leading heroine but after that everything went downhill. Pun intended. I guess the biggest factor was either the hero was dumb as a rock or just plain dense. The hero in this book was expecting Samantha Kane to meet him to help persuade him to sell a part of his land and then he meets a woman named Sam that same day. And this Sam is very secretive of her identity and was asking question about why he doesn’t want to sell his land. Ummm, hello...Austin is anybody home upstairs?? Instantly when the author wrote that scene, I was already disinterested on the gullible nature of the hero. If the heroine, made up a name when she knew she marked her target Austin then I would be like okay then it would make sense to fool him but she didn’t so it made her hero dense. If you can overlook that factor, the book was just okay as your progressed to the sexual chemistry and romance of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Okay, so here's the thing .... if you're gonna play the i didn't know who you were / i'm trying to hide my identity from you card in a story, you might not want the name of the person to be Samantha and she uses Sam as a decoy. AND you make it work ... because it doesn't work. Not in real life and not in fiction and it just makes your characters come across as dumb ... so let's not do THAT, k. Aside from that, it's still a sweet sexy read. The chemistry is there and the romance builds nicely. And Okay, so here's the thing .... if you're gonna play the i didn't know who you were / i'm trying to hide my identity from you card in a story, you might not want the name of the person to be Samantha and she uses Sam as a decoy. AND you make it work ... because it doesn't work. Not in real life and not in fiction and it just makes your characters come across as dumb ... so let's not do THAT, k. Aside from that, it's still a sweet sexy read. The chemistry is there and the romance builds nicely. And the conflict is resolved so everyone wins ... perfect little afternoon romance read :) Copy provided for blog tour

  4. 4 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Samantha is the heir of a billion dollar company. Her father was working on a large project and she has to make a success of it to convince the board she's capable and to secure her place. Sam's dad wanted to turn Gold Mountain into a national top three ski resort. Sam is trying to continue the work and honor his legacy, but there's one problem and it's up to her to solve it. There is someone who doesn't want to sell his property. Sam is used to getting her way, so she decides to find this man a Samantha is the heir of a billion dollar company. Her father was working on a large project and she has to make a success of it to convince the board she's capable and to secure her place. Sam's dad wanted to turn Gold Mountain into a national top three ski resort. Sam is trying to continue the work and honor his legacy, but there's one problem and it's up to her to solve it. There is someone who doesn't want to sell his property. Sam is used to getting her way, so she decides to find this man and make him change his mind. Austin used to have a promising career as a professional skier. A shattered knee put an end to it and now he's working as an instructor. He loves Gold Mountain, it's his home and the place is in his heart. The last thing he wants is change. Austin doesn't recognize Sam and has no idea why she's there. He thinks she's on holiday and she uses this to get close to him, but the more time they spend together the less time Sam spends thinking about her purpose. Will Austin get his way or will Sam get hers and are they actually mutually exclusive? Make Me Stay is a great sexy story. I loved both Sam and Austin from the start. Sam is capable, independent and she knows what she wants. Her work is her life and she has a reputation to uphold, she always gets her way. She also has a sweet side. She's caring and kind and she has a good heart. Austin hasn't had an easy life. He doesn't let people come close and likes the quietness and solitude of the mountain. He's good at skiing and loves being outdoors. He cares about his surroundings and wants to fight for the area he loves. That's an admirable quality and I loved that. Austin and Sam have amazing chemistry together, which results in some pretty hot scenes. They connect on an emotional level as well and I enjoyed reading about their ideas, their dreams and their beliefs. Rebecca Brooks has written a wonderful romantic story. Her writing flows easily and she knows how to capture the magic of a winter wonderland. I read her beautiful descriptions of Gold Mountain and the snow with a big smile on my face. It's such an incredible setting and it almost felt like a third main character. I loved the way Rebecca Brooks writes about it while expressing feelings. She combines this with very well built up tension, which results in some impressive intense scenes. Everything about this story was exactly right for me. Make Me Stay is a fun heartwarming winter romance. I highly recommend this fabulous story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lovingbooks1

    *A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.* Sam is trying to make her dead fathers dream come true by building a resort in the mountains but one person is not willing to sell a part of his land and that is postponing her plans. When she drives up to meat this person she meets Austin and connects with him. Of course he is the person she seeks........ I liked this book a lot, actually so much I don't have anything to complain about. But that *A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.* Sam is trying to make her dead fathers dream come true by building a resort in the mountains but one person is not willing to sell a part of his land and that is postponing her plans. When she drives up to meat this person she meets Austin and connects with him. Of course he is the person she seeks........ I liked this book a lot, actually so much I don't have anything to complain about. But that's disturbing because I can't explain why I didn't get that special feeling I get with only a few books that makes me say "amen". Anyway it was a excellent book!!!!! This is a story about leaving the past behind and stepping in to the future. Both main characters are lingering in the past and throughout the book the author brings them to the future in an excellent way. I thought the storyline was good and the characters were described well. There were som of the love scenes that were extra hot, specially one in a shed in the woods;-) The writing style was very easy and it made the reading experience good. I give it a good 4,5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    A mini review of this title has been posted at All About Romance: http://allaboutromance.com/book-revie... Rebecca Brooks starts off her Men of Gold Mountain romance series with a sexy tale of a retired Olympic skier and a businesswoman intent on convincing him to sell his land for further development of the ski resort where he lives and works. The tricky part comes when she meets him on the ski hill and doesn't reveal her true identity - at least not until it could cost her the man she's falling A mini review of this title has been posted at All About Romance: http://allaboutromance.com/book-revie... Rebecca Brooks starts off her Men of Gold Mountain romance series with a sexy tale of a retired Olympic skier and a businesswoman intent on convincing him to sell his land for further development of the ski resort where he lives and works. The tricky part comes when she meets him on the ski hill and doesn't reveal her true identity - at least not until it could cost her the man she's falling for. For the most part this is an enjoyable read, with a few sticky points for me. I enjoyed the skiing scenes, and they felt very realistic (as much as I can say that, being a non skier myself). Austin comes across as a bit of a brooding hero (for good reasons) and a loner so when he finds himself attracted to the beautiful stranger Sam that he meets on the ski hill, a commitment free fling seems apropos. Sam's decision to hide her identity is weak, since she uses her real name Sam, short for Samantha, and Austin doesn't seem to clue into who she might be even with all the hints (such as her obviously being a wealthy and dedicated businesswoman who seems to be on the side of Kane developments, the company trying to buy him out). Also, I'm not a big fan of the 'keeping things secret' until late in the story plot device as a way to build conflict. I'd much rather have seen Austin and Sam hash that out in the first part of the story and then build on their relationship. But they do have chemistry, and the steamy scenes are well written and engaging. And I liked how the story ended, the compromises they both had to make in order to consider a long term relationship and how Sam was able to work Austin's concerns into the development plans for the area while maintaining her own professional integrity and her father's dreams. That was well done. In the end, it's a 3.5 star read for me. I look forward to reading the next in the series! Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley*** This was an interesting read, although I think the "secret" of Samantha's identity was kept away from Austin for too long, which made it a little difficult to engage in the story. I get the fun of the idea of a story in which one of the people has a secret...but in this instance, I thought it was a little obvious and that there was no way the secret of her identity could have gone on for as long as it did. And, for all of the time the book spent fo ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley*** This was an interesting read, although I think the "secret" of Samantha's identity was kept away from Austin for too long, which made it a little difficult to engage in the story. I get the fun of the idea of a story in which one of the people has a secret...but in this instance, I thought it was a little obvious and that there was no way the secret of her identity could have gone on for as long as it did. And, for all of the time the book spent focusing on it, I thought it was made a non-event once everyone knew. Other than that, I actually enjoyed he relationship between Sam and Austin. I also really liked her story arc, as she became more of a person in charge and came out of her father's shadow in the company. I thought their relationship seemed authentic and that there was a lot in the book that really worked. I just had issues with the secret and how long it went on. ***This and other reviews also featured on “I’m A Sweet and Sassy Book Whore” http://www.imasweetandsassybookwhore.com***

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    +++ Arc provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, for an honest review +++ I gave up. This one sounded interesting and the writing is good, but there was no subtlety. I lost interest at about 15% of the story, it’s just not my kind of plot, with insta-attraction and insta-sex: and having acess to the hero’s POV, since it was just the regular guy’s POV, really killed my curiosity. One thing that I didn’t like was the heroine’s deception.But, then again, I could live with that if the other dimens +++ Arc provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, for an honest review +++ I gave up. This one sounded interesting and the writing is good, but there was no subtlety. I lost interest at about 15% of the story, it’s just not my kind of plot, with insta-attraction and insta-sex: and having acess to the hero’s POV, since it was just the regular guy’s POV, really killed my curiosity. One thing that I didn’t like was the heroine’s deception.But, then again, I could live with that if the other dimensions were interesting and/or exciting. I'm grateful to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Isha Coleman

    To move forward, there has to be a point of letting go. Make Me Stay took that adage and ran with it. Sam and Austin were so focused on what could have been that they lost sight of what could possibly be. Seeking to complete her late father's dream, Sam sets out to convince Austin to help her to make the dream a reality. Half-truths and emotional attachment muddies the water making her clear cut plan into a heartbreaking choice. Make Me Stay was frustrating, irritating, exhilarating, heartbreaki To move forward, there has to be a point of letting go. Make Me Stay took that adage and ran with it. Sam and Austin were so focused on what could have been that they lost sight of what could possibly be. Seeking to complete her late father's dream, Sam sets out to convince Austin to help her to make the dream a reality. Half-truths and emotional attachment muddies the water making her clear cut plan into a heartbreaking choice. Make Me Stay was frustrating, irritating, exhilarating, heartbreaking and captivating. An expression of all the feelings of love.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Three years ago Samantha Kane lost her father. He was the CEO of Kane Enterprises and left the company to her. Samantha has been trying to fill her father's shoes ever since. She always went skiing with her father at Gold Mountain and now the company has big plans to make Gold Mountain the biggest ski resort in the country. Only one man is standing in the way and he's nowhere near signing over half of his land. Sam knows that the board is having doubts about her and she needs this deal to go thr Three years ago Samantha Kane lost her father. He was the CEO of Kane Enterprises and left the company to her. Samantha has been trying to fill her father's shoes ever since. She always went skiing with her father at Gold Mountain and now the company has big plans to make Gold Mountain the biggest ski resort in the country. Only one man is standing in the way and he's nowhere near signing over half of his land. Sam knows that the board is having doubts about her and she needs this deal to go through. Can she show them all that's she capable of running a billion dollar company? Sam's decided to go to Gold Mountain herself to persuade Austin Reede to sell. Austin once had a promising career as a professional skier, but after a horrible accident that is no longer on the cards for him. He now works as an instructor and patrols the mountains to help people in need. Everything he wishes to have is in Gold Mountain. It's his safe haven and he doesn't want this to change. He refuses to sell his land when all it will do is take away his freedom. When Sam and Austin meet, there's an instant attraction. Sparks fly and Sam has no idea when or how to tell Austin who she really is. What will Austin do when he learns about Sam's identity? Make Me Stay is a beautiful heartwarming story about finding love when you least expect it. I loved Rebecca Brooks's vivid descriptions of Gold Mountain and I could easily picture this place in my mind. I've never skied in my life, but after reading Make Me Stay I wished I could. Rebecca Brooks makes me want to pack my bags and travel to her beautiful mountain. Make Me Stay is a great romantic book. I loved the amazing chemistry between the main characters. They're both passionate about the things they love. I like it when people care about something so much and I connected with Sam and Austin straight away. Make Me Stay is the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series and it's a brilliant start.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    3.5 Hard-driving real estate developer Samantha Kane travels to Gold Mountain to persuade a last holdout to sell land to her company so she can realize her dead father's dream to develop the Washington state ski mountain into a major resort. But she ends up meeting the holdout, Austin Reede, on the slopes and because of their attraction, doesn't immediately reveal who she is. And she keeps not telling him the truth, as they engage in a weekend tryst that turns into something far more emotionally 3.5 Hard-driving real estate developer Samantha Kane travels to Gold Mountain to persuade a last holdout to sell land to her company so she can realize her dead father's dream to develop the Washington state ski mountain into a major resort. But she ends up meeting the holdout, Austin Reede, on the slopes and because of their attraction, doesn't immediately reveal who she is. And she keeps not telling him the truth, as they engage in a weekend tryst that turns into something far more emotionally meaningful than either expected. Brooks crafts a compelling romance between two strong characters in this brief novel, both of whom have had difficulties opening up emotionally to other people (and for very good reasons). And it was great to see the big developer role taken on by a female character, especially one as hard-driving and as savvy about gender issues as is Sam. I'm not a big fan of books where one character hides his/her identity from the other, though; I hate anticipating that cringeworthy moment when the truth comes out. The deceived partner has a right to be angry, too, and so the making-up between the two is hard to craft without making one or both partners look silly or stupid. Brooks falls into that trap here; Austin's turnaround happened far too quickly, after only one short conversation with his friends. As Sam says toward the end of their make-up scene, "I don't understand how we got here"—readers will likely wonder, too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This trope is so freakin' tropey. But she did a good job with it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Make Me Stay is a new series in the Entangled Publishing’s Brazen genre, so far it seems to be a winning series in my opinion. Samantha is a woman out to make her father’s dream come alive by developing in the Gold Mountain to make it the most profitable ski resort the country, her only problem is one man. Austin is not about to sell his land to the Kane Enterprises no matter how many zeros and promise they offer. Austin is happy for his life and town to say just the way it is and doesn’t need s Make Me Stay is a new series in the Entangled Publishing’s Brazen genre, so far it seems to be a winning series in my opinion. Samantha is a woman out to make her father’s dream come alive by developing in the Gold Mountain to make it the most profitable ski resort the country, her only problem is one man. Austin is not about to sell his land to the Kane Enterprises no matter how many zeros and promise they offer. Austin is happy for his life and town to say just the way it is and doesn’t need some development coming in and messing up things. What Austin doesn’t know is Sam is Samantha Kane and she is the one looking to buy his land. He is attracted to the woman he met one the mountain and that attraction turns to one night of passion. But then he finally finds out her real identity and things get interesting. I really enjoyed Rebecca’s writing style and I can’t wait for more from this series. I would give this novel 4.5 stars. (ARC provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchanged for an honest review)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Make Me Stay is the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series by Rebecca Brooks. Make Me Stay is an adult contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series, and I can't wait to read the next book. It is a new spin on a familiar concept, one that I have seen done more in romantic comedy movies rather than in books, so it was fun for me to read about it. In this case Sam Kane **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net** Make Me Stay is the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series by Rebecca Brooks. Make Me Stay is an adult contemporary romance. I really enjoyed the first book in the Men of Gold Mountain series, and I can't wait to read the next book. It is a new spin on a familiar concept, one that I have seen done more in romantic comedy movies rather than in books, so it was fun for me to read about it. In this case Sam Kane was a developer wanting to buy land on the mountain to develop a ski community and finish out her father's dream, but the concept can be used for anything. It goes like this, two people have never met but one is mad at the other one because that other one is trying to make them do something they don't want to do (in this case sell his land). Two individuals meet but one or both of them don't know who the other is. They like each other. Then they find out who the other one is, and disaster ensues. I like the concept a lot and I really liked watching Sam and Austin get to know each other without him knowing it was Sam. That being said, I always kind of think the other person should just introduce themselves sooner rather than later. I feel like Sam would have gotten so many more brownie points if at her first meeting she said who she was. She was meeting Austin on good terms and I think he would have respected that, but it never seems to happen that way. Either way, watching them two of them interact before, during and after they knew who the other one was, was a lot of fun. Make Me Stay is a very well written and well executed story, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here. Austin is such a stand up guy. He is my favorite kind of guy actually. Sure, he is a little bit stubborn but he has a kind streak a mile wide. And Sam is kind too, even if she doesn't want to admit it. Austin is good for Sam. Make is Stay is a delightful read, though a little predictable in concept, this book is very well done and it will surprise you. I really enjoyed this one. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Pierson

    Samantha Kane is known as the Wolf, after she took over her father's legacy. She's trying to make the dream he had for Gold Mountain come alive, but there's one man standing in her way. Sam decides to just show up in person to try, and convince Austin Reede to sell, but she didn't expect him to be so sexy. So she while she didn't have any intention to hide her identity, she decides to not let it out of the bag so quickly. Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until an injury to Samantha Kane is known as the Wolf, after she took over her father's legacy. She's trying to make the dream he had for Gold Mountain come alive, but there's one man standing in her way. Sam decides to just show up in person to try, and convince Austin Reede to sell, but she didn't expect him to be so sexy. So she while she didn't have any intention to hide her identity, she decides to not let it out of the bag so quickly. Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until an injury to his knee, finished his career. Now he's an ski coach at Gold Mountain, and there's no way he's going to sell his home so Kane Enterprises can destroy his place of refuge. He never dreams that when he meets the sexy Sam, she's the one to blame. He's more interested in the strong attraction he feels to the secretive beauty. But the one night stand they share is so hot that they can't seem to stay away from each other. Will the truth douse the strongly burning flame out?! Make Me Stay is yet, another story that I NEVER saw coming! I LOVED it so much, that I devoured it in a matter of hours. The character development is great for such a fast paced story, and the cast of secondaries present, are all very hilariously colorful! Holy Hell, the palpable chemistry had my heart pounding, and thankfully, it ignited into fiery flames of sexy scene goodness quickly, before my kindle and I, combusted! The well placed humor of the people who lived in the town surrounding Gold Mountain, was original, and hilarious! I laughed hard quite a few times, and the "beet burger," had me spitting out my drink! Rebecca Brooks has a very talented writing style that drew me in immediately, and I fell in love with Sam and Austin quickly. She brilliantly wrote a fast paced story that never slowed down, and yet, never came off like too much was happening at once. Of course, the intensity was sky high with the explosive secret of Sam's full identity swirling around, which kept my heart threatening to pound out of my chest, but I couldn't get enough, and managed to not skip to the end for spoilers. I'm very excited about this author, and HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND the first book of a fantastic new series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dísir

    ‘Make Me Stay’ is quite unlike any other Brazen book I’ve come across before. It’s written in a style that’s more literary and wordy than usual, flowingly descriptive especially when it comes to skiing and the landscape though sometimes awkward in incorporating the steamy scenes between Sam and Austin. But there’s no denying Rebecca Brooks wields that much power over language and that is the book’s standout feature. We’re given a comprehensive layout of Gold Mountain, the sense of why it’s so pr ‘Make Me Stay’ is quite unlike any other Brazen book I’ve come across before. It’s written in a style that’s more literary and wordy than usual, flowingly descriptive especially when it comes to skiing and the landscape though sometimes awkward in incorporating the steamy scenes between Sam and Austin. But there’s no denying Rebecca Brooks wields that much power over language and that is the book’s standout feature. We’re given a comprehensive layout of Gold Mountain, the sense of why it’s so precious to the folks who live there and the differing visions Austin and Sam have for the beautiful area. Yet it is possibly, also an unwitting tool of distancing her characters who move around and speak like the dramatis personae rattling on stage, separated by physical and emotional space. And frankly, I’m still undecided about that, simply because I’m having a hard time rooting for Sam and Austin (more the former though), whose short-lived affair seemed more like a blunder without any real connection forged between them than any real thing based on respect and truth. It wasn’t hard to like Austin as the man who was understandably cautious in making new trails for himself after a nightmare of a past, but I couldn’t say the same about the ice-cold, very alpha and uncompromising Sam who thought about everything in terms of a business transaction, even as she plotted to take over Austin’s property while planning for their night together. A lot of the book is carried by Sam’s deceptive plans and her ulterior motive and this casts her in a very unforgiving light. But she shows sufficient intelligence in admitting her mistakes towards the end even if I thought she hadn’t quite done enough to repair the broken trust between her and Austin; their HEA is as a result, swift and well, a little abrupt to be satisfying. Brooks however, has done up a cast of secondary characters I’m already interested in and this series is shaping up to be something I’m going to keep my eye on. *ARC by netgalley (always grateful, mind)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte

    Make Me Stay gives an in depth description of the Gold Mountain, the ski resort where this story takes place. Sam has inherited a multi billion business in property development and is on the verge of realising a project started by her father. She is known as being tough and unmoving when it comes down to business deals. This project is taking longer to finalise due to one individual refusing to accept her offer because of his principles. Austin was on his way to the Olympics for a skiing medal b Make Me Stay gives an in depth description of the Gold Mountain, the ski resort where this story takes place. Sam has inherited a multi billion business in property development and is on the verge of realising a project started by her father. She is known as being tough and unmoving when it comes down to business deals. This project is taking longer to finalise due to one individual refusing to accept her offer because of his principles. Austin was on his way to the Olympics for a skiing medal but withdrew due to cruel circumstances. He is now a ski instructor and is fairly content with his life on the mountains with his dog for company. Although he has made some good friends, he doesn't divulge his past to any of them. Sam takes a trip from Seattle to go to the mountains with the intention of using a personal touch to convince Austin why he should accept her offer. She has no idea who he is until she comes across him by accident! One look at him and she feels that she has been struck by lightning. Spending some quality time with him before revealing her identity and the purpose of her presence seems like a good idea. Austin is just as struck by her and they spend time on the ski slopes which leads to a scorching one night stand. Only one night isn't enough and feelings start to run deep. How will Austin react when he finds out why Sam is in Gold Mountain? Sam comes across as being selfish, deceitful and uncaring of others as long as she gets what she wants. It's a different story when she finds herself on the receiving end. On the plus side, it makes her rethink her behaviour and her purpose in life. Austin doesn't allow anyone to get too close but his intentions are honourable and he has a great sense of humour. The story becomes more and more intense as it goes along and finding out how it all turns out becomes a compulsion. I would recommend to those who like steamy novels full of drama and surprises. I was kindly issued with an an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    Review can also be found in Chill and read Samantha Kane, Sam, is the CEO of a huge business that has the money and the means to transform a whole mountain and the surroundings to an attractive luxurious resort. She is just about to, but she is held behind by a man that refuses to sell half his property to the company, Mr. Reed.So she decides to get over there her own, as her colleagues and employees have not managed to change his mind. Austin, Mr. Reed, is working as ski patrol and coach at Gold Review can also be found in Chill and read Samantha Kane, Sam, is the CEO of a huge business that has the money and the means to transform a whole mountain and the surroundings to an attractive luxurious resort. She is just about to, but she is held behind by a man that refuses to sell half his property to the company, Mr. Reed.So she decides to get over there her own, as her colleagues and employees have not managed to change his mind. Austin, Mr. Reed, is working as ski patrol and coach at Gold Mountain. It’s been a while since he was the fastest skier in US Olympic team, but after his injury, he could no longer ski. He has found peace in the mountain’s breathtaking environment and he is not willing to let go of what he owns, so that a monstrosity is build in his back yard. When the two of them meet in the snowy mountain, the attraction strikes them as lightning. At first, they have no idea who each other is, but this changes soon for Sam, who decides to keep her anonymity and study Austin. It begins clearly professional, but it ends up really personal. The love story moves rapidly as if they both are in great need of someone that loves them. Even though in their minds they believe that this is only a one-night stand, or at least something bound to end as soon as Sam leaves the mountain, they behave as if they are looking on a long term relationship. We see the sensitive sides of both main characters, but it is way too fast to get that emotional and attached. Yet again, this is not real life, so such rationals are allowed! The writing style was decent and easy to go by, making it an enjoyable read. ARC received courtesy of Entangled Publishing via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review. This was my first Rebecca Brooks novel and it won't be my last! I really enjoyed this novel of second chances in life, love, and opportunities. Opportunities have always come easily for Samantha Kane. She has lived a life full of love and opportunities. Samantha worked hard to become the head of Kane Enterprises, but never really wanted to be the one in charge--until her dad died. At work, she's considered to be anything but "nice. Kane Enterprise I received an ARC in exchange for a honest review. This was my first Rebecca Brooks novel and it won't be my last! I really enjoyed this novel of second chances in life, love, and opportunities. Opportunities have always come easily for Samantha Kane. She has lived a life full of love and opportunities. Samantha worked hard to become the head of Kane Enterprises, but never really wanted to be the one in charge--until her dad died. At work, she's considered to be anything but "nice. Kane Enterprises has been trying to get Austin to sell them his property so they can turn Gold Mountain into a world class ski resort--third largest in the world. He refuses, so Samantha heads to the mountains to deal with Mr. Reede herself. Austin Reede had the kind of childhood he'd rather forget. His dad regularly beat his mom. At 18yrs old, Austin had hopes of going to the Olympics. His mom had never seen him ski before, so Austin came home to pick her up so that she could finally see him ski. Austin's dad thought he was taking her away from the abuse, so came after Austin with a hammer crushing his knee and his chances to become an Olympian. After rehab, Austin escapes to Gold Mountain to start over. Austin and Sam meet on the mountain and find their attraction so strong, they can't seem to stop thinking about each other. Their friendship quickly turns into something more, until Austin realizes who Sam actually is. Samantha didn't intend to lie about who she really was, but started falling for Austin and knew he wouldn't even talk to her if he knew who she really was. So as not to ruin the ending.....let me just say I LOVED the Epilogue. It brought the story full circle and gave Sam and Austin their HEA. I highly recommend this novel! It was very well written, sad, but happy at the same time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amber - TBR Book Blog

    Sam is a strong, independent woman who is the CEO of Kane Enterprises. She's known to be strong and commanding, a wolf. She plans to head and meet with one of the holdouts on her expansion project. Austin is a former skier who is now training other skiers and dodging Samantha Kane's calls about selling his land. Conveniently, the Sam who helps him in a crisis situation and that he's wildly attracted to is actually the one woman he's trying to stay far from... A cute story of mistaken identity. I Sam is a strong, independent woman who is the CEO of Kane Enterprises. She's known to be strong and commanding, a wolf. She plans to head and meet with one of the holdouts on her expansion project. Austin is a former skier who is now training other skiers and dodging Samantha Kane's calls about selling his land. Conveniently, the Sam who helps him in a crisis situation and that he's wildly attracted to is actually the one woman he's trying to stay far from... A cute story of mistaken identity. I can't wait for more of the Men of Gold Mountain series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim Vanravenswaay

    The best part of Make Me Stay, is the ending. It was just too cute. I wonder how the book would have turned out if Sam would have introduced herself with her full name? Would there have even been a story? Austin is a good friend to everyone in town. He's such a good guy, that he trust Sam without even knowing her. Sam hates the way people see her. On Gold Mountain people see her as kind, sweet and friendly. She's afraid what will happen when they find out who she really is.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Grace Massey

    I've read the first two other books by Rebecca Brooks and looked forward to this one. I can truly say that I wasn't disappointed--I loved this book! It was fun, definitely sizzling, had a strong female lead, and, as I've come to expect from this author, so well-written--both the descriptions of the slopes and (especially) the sex scenes. Looking forward to the rest of the series to see what else is happening at Gold Mountain. Definitely recommend! ARC provided by NetGalley.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Unit

    This is the third Rebecca Brooks book I've read. Once again she shows her ability to create fascinating characters and a interesting story line in addition to sizzling romance. If you like any of these things you’ll probably like this book and if you like all three you’ll be delighted! I'm glad this is #1 of a series so I have more to look forward to.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimhe Rockchicks

    Lovedcit I love all the Brazen titles and this one is do good Austin is yummy and Sam is just perfect for him

  25. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Lori Book provided by the publisher I have a confession to make, when I was fourteen, I went skiing for the first time, and I was abysmal at it. I never went again. The reason why I bring this up is because the opening scene in this book is on a snowy mountain top and everyone is skiing. Just from her words, I can see the trees, the hill; I can feel the cold air as is hits my face. That’s where the similarities end. Sam skis her afternoon away, and I….fall on my……neither region, as wel Reviewed by Lori Book provided by the publisher I have a confession to make, when I was fourteen, I went skiing for the first time, and I was abysmal at it. I never went again. The reason why I bring this up is because the opening scene in this book is on a snowy mountain top and everyone is skiing. Just from her words, I can see the trees, the hill; I can feel the cold air as is hits my face. That’s where the similarities end. Sam skis her afternoon away, and I….fall on my……neither region, as well as freeze it off. At least it was numb. I really liked this book. This author likes to write about independent characters, and it shows in her work. I like that even though they are independent and used to doing things a certain way, they are able to change and are willing to try something new. I had a very hard time liking Sam. She was on Gold Mountain to accomplish one thing, and nothing was going to get in her way. Life has ways of derailing the best laid plans. She’s a businesswoman, a CEO who’s used to wheeling and dealing, not taking no for an answer, and not taking other people’s perspective on situations. She lied to Austin and to herself and it was difficult for me to get past this and not feel frustrated with her. I liked her vulnerable moments when she was thinking about her father, and the times they spent together. It helped me to see her in a more favorable light. However, all that that being said, she did redeem herself to me at the end. She grew as a character, she learned about herself, she stopped assuming about people, and she really made me happy about liking her. Austin was a character that I really liked and related to. He had big secrets he had difficulty revealing to just anyone. He has a difficult time revealing anything about himself. He has a lot of reasons why he feels this way. He has a vulnerability that makes him real to me. The author shared one of his inner thoughts to the reader. It was a scene where he was being teased by some of his students, and he was thinking that even as a grown man, he still feels embarrassed by teenage girls. I loved that the reader got to see that. To me this makes his character real. He has an innate strength within him to keep going and living his life even with all of the heavy thoughts weighing him down. Austin grew as a character too. He is so closed off about himself; it must be difficult to carry around so much dark emotion all the time. I guess its good that has so physically fit, he doesn’t get fatigued. I hope that the reader takes a chance on this book. It’s fast paced, it’s funny, and it’s just so good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Loz

    3.5 Brazen Stars Brazen are always good for a little fun romance, and this one from Rebecca Brooks was no exception. We have a strong female lead. CEO of her father's development company, Samantha Kane has arrived on Gold Mountain to obtain the signature of land owner and ex-pro skier Austin Reede, his repeated refusal to sell has left her board of directors unhappy with her performance and with no other choice but to confront the man in person. After a chance meeting on the slopes, Sam is vague 3.5 Brazen Stars Brazen are always good for a little fun romance, and this one from Rebecca Brooks was no exception. We have a strong female lead. CEO of her father's development company, Samantha Kane has arrived on Gold Mountain to obtain the signature of land owner and ex-pro skier Austin Reede, his repeated refusal to sell has left her board of directors unhappy with her performance and with no other choice but to confront the man in person. After a chance meeting on the slopes, Sam is vague when introductions are made, and the two hit it off with sparks flying. Sam maybe mislead Austin for a little too long, and the blow-up was well and truly expected. Very predictable though I liked the characters and the scenery, book 2 sounds fun with Austin's friends from Mack Daddy's (the pub) Mack and Connor, hope to pick it up soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mommaleena

    According to plan? This book had me hooked from the get go... and not just because it’s about the state I grew up in. Rebecca did an AMAZING job with details that make you feel as you’re right there with the characters. (Now I want to go to the mountains, I can’t ski but I can enjoy the beauty)! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, what you do with the aftermath is what matters, as with the characters in this story. Now I need to find another book by Rebecca to read. She’s amazing. You’v According to plan? This book had me hooked from the get go... and not just because it’s about the state I grew up in. Rebecca did an AMAZING job with details that make you feel as you’re right there with the characters. (Now I want to go to the mountains, I can’t ski but I can enjoy the beauty)! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, what you do with the aftermath is what matters, as with the characters in this story. Now I need to find another book by Rebecca to read. She’s amazing. You’ve got to read this book to get the beautiful details about how life is on the mountain. Due to sexual situations and adult language, this book is recommended for readers 17 and older! ARC received from Netgalley for an honest voluntary review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vero Stro

    This is Book 1 in the "Men of Gold Mountain" Series and it was an interesting read. Samantha and Austin are nice characters, the plot is interesting and it is well written. I think the plot of the secret identity was kept for too long and I would have prefered that the situation was solved earlier. The chemistry between them was very good and it was an easy and entertaining read I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin Judge

    Fun, immersive, and sexy as all get out. I don't know anything about skiing, but the descriptions in this book are so detailed and physical, I still really enjoyed the skiing parts. Reading about precision athletics is like a great sex scene, and this book has plenty of both. Plus, the characters are smart, and, though they come from different worlds, we get to see every situation from each perspective. A really fun, hot, and empathetic book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    A steamy read This is the first time that I have read a work by this author. I really didn't know much about her style of writing. As it happens, I enjoyed the story line, the basic premise, but there was too much explicit sex for my taste. This simply wasn't my cup of tea, although it may be for others.

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