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SERIES REVIEW: “Men of Smithfield (books 1-5)” by LB Gregg

ABOUT:

Men of Smithfield is a 5-book series about the residents of a small town in Connecticut

 

Book 1 – Mark & Tony:
15781690Title: Mark & Tony (Men of Smithfield #1)
Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 96 
Release Date: August 6, 2012 (2nd edition)
Purchase Links: Amazon

 

Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord — in our bed — was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie’s nose) got bent in the process.

Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of my oldest friend, Tony Gervase. I’ve tried to deny my attraction to the sexy trooper for years. After all, he made it clear long ago that he wasn’t interested in me that way. But if the hot encounter in his kitchen is any indication, he is now. At least the day is ending a whole lot better than it began…

But the morning after, the Jamie situation goes from bad to seriously messed up. The jerk’s in more trouble than I could have imagined. And as it turns out, I don’t know Tony as well as I thought I did either..

 

Book 2 – Max & Finn:
15806133Title: Max & Finn (Men of Smithfield #2)

Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 159
Release Date: September 1, 2012 (2nd edition)
Purchase Links: Amazon

 

When I walked out of his office after the hottest sex of my life, I thought I’d left Max Douglas behind me forever— along with my favorite argyle socks and my self-respect. The last thing I need is the too-serious, too-sexy former Marine living across the hall from me while he acts as a bodyguard for one of my students. Especially since he fired me from my job tutoring his brother—after we hooked up.

I shouldn’t want him. I should despise him after the way he treated me. But he’s exactly my type: older, experienced, in control—and it’s obvious the lust is still mutual. While I may not be able to keep our relationship strictly professional, I’m determined to keep it purely physical. But when the stalker threats escalate, it looks like Max is going to be sticking around the school for a while—and the more I get to know him, the more I’m in danger of losing my heart.

 

Book 3 – Seth & David:
16046092Title: Seth & David (Men of Smithfield #3)

Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 90
Release Date: October 15, 2012 (2nd edition)
Purchase Links: Amazon

 

He’s everything I’ve never wanted — too young, too weird, too wild.

I wasn’t impressed that I had to get my weekly massage from a guy with a toe ring. But when I discovered David Cooke’s skills as a masseur were literally orgasmic, I couldn’t stop thinking about him and his amazing hands, day and night. Especially at night.

He’s full of surprises. And despite my bad behavior, David’s just as eager to explore this chemistry between us. Turns out, there’s a lot more to him than hemp pants and tattoos. If he’s so wrong for me, why does being with him feel so right?

 

Book 4 – Adam & Holden:
16081412Title: Adam & Holden (Men of Smithfield #4)

Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 150
Release Date: November 26, 2012 (2nd edition)
Purchase Links: Amazon

 

They were star-crossed lovers from the start.

Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden’s dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out– by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything–including Holden Worthington–into the open.

 

Book 5 – Sam & Aaron:
20870070Title: Sam & Aaron (Men of Smithfield #5)

Author: LB Gregg
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 126
Release Date: June 16, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon

 

With our family’s legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we’re determined to revive the place. We’ve started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who’s distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can’t quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for…something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we’ve had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can’t stop wondering why he’s searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He’s definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he’s after.

 

REVIEW:

I think if I’d read this series years ago, or even just months ago, I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did having read it just recently. Don’t get me wrong…I love LB Gregg’s stories and the books were, at varying degrees, really enjoyable. But, what made them very special for me is that 4 months ago, I bought a house in a small, remote country location in northwest Connecticut. And the closest restuarant, coffee shop, grocery store…all were in the neighboring town, Litchfield. And it just so happened to be where the not-so-fictional town of Smithfield was based on.

Familiarty and recognition make reading that much more fun!

And just for fun, I went and snapped a picture of The Village, often mentioned throughout the series as the place to eat, drink, and be merry!

thevillage

Each of these books focuses on a new couple in the town of Smithfield. They can be read as standalones for plot, but it’s fun seeing some of the characters make pop-up appearaces in the other books. As I mentioned, they were all fun, quick reads. So, I do recommend tackling the whole series!

For me: 

Favorite book of the series: Mark & Tony – childhood friends to lovers, a crazy ex-boyfriend, danger, a cop, a nurse, and some sexy attraction between the two!

Favorite couple of the series: Max & Finn – I love the nerdy teacher and the sexy growly security specialist. And their first scene together was hubba hubba.

Sweetest couple of the series: Seth & David – I didn’t mind the age difference. And I liked the kids in the mix!

Weirdest couple of the series: Sam & Aaron – considering most of the book questioned if they were related, it was hard and strange finally picturing them together.

Least convincing couple of the series: Adam & Holden – I don’t know that I understood their connection, to be honest. Yet, I really enjoyed their quirkiness.

Best mystery storyline: Mark & Tony tied with Max & Finn.

Best cameo: Tony in Sam & Aaron’s book.

Best “Smithfield” focuses storyline: Adam & Holden tied with Sam & Aaron

Reason to read this series: LB Gregg writes unexpected contemporary romances. She always throws a wrench of some sort into the storyline. She also writes fun couples w/ sexy connections.

 

 

One comment on “SERIES REVIEW: “Men of Smithfield (books 1-5)” by LB Gregg

  1. Jody
    November 11, 2015

    I love everything LB Gregg does. Your review has given me a hankering for another reread. Loved it!

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