He's a Brute (Tough Love, #1)
**He's a Brute is LIVE! Listen as you go with this SpotifyPlaylist**​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?Book One in the Tough Love Series—an enemies to lovers, suspenseful romance, full of sexy Italians, bedroom negotiations, feisty heroines, and an ending that’ll both satisfy you and leave you ready for more!**CONTAINS SEXUAL CONTENT & EXPLICIT LANGUAGE 18+**

He's a Brute (Tough Love, #1) Details

TitleHe's a Brute (Tough Love, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 6th, 2019
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Suspense

He's a Brute (Tough Love, #1) Review

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    So, this book was HOT!!!Not only was it HOT it also was a debut novel – which blows my mind.Upfront, this book reminded me a bit of all the books that came after 50 Shades. Hot, almost too hot to read in public. I experienced it firsthand and can vouch for it. Kinky – with a power-exchange dynamic of dominant-submissive relationship like in 50 Shades. Also the alpha hero had a filthy mouth – just putting it out there, I loved it but some might not.But what I adored the most about this book was t So, this book was HOT!!!Not only was it HOT it also was a debut novel – which blows my mind.Upfront, this book reminded me a bit of all the books that came after 50 Shades. Hot, almost too hot to read in public. I experienced it firsthand and can vouch for it. Kinky – with a power-exchange dynamic of dominant-submissive relationship like in 50 Shades. Also the alpha hero had a filthy mouth – just putting it out there, I loved it but some might not.But what I adored the most about this book was the writing – even if it took me a chapter to get comfortable with the author’s style, the writing was right up my alley. Smart, with fast and witty dialogues. Equally great banter between the couple and friends. And especially the heroine’s sass and spitfire personality was like catnip for me.I devoured every page.The biggest surprise was this huge twist that blew my mind. It came out of nowhere and changed the entire dynamic of the book and subsequently my expectations. That was just one more feature that made this story an exceptional debut. Even though this storyline has definitely been done before, I loved that it was done differently.The heroine was incredibly analytical, precise, dry humored, book smart, and a spitfire. She was strong and confident and had no trouble with pushing the hero’s buttons.He was your typical alpha male, overbearing at times, a bit of an ego, smart, powerful, and used to be control. Her banter was what really got him going. Also the back and forth was the most entering part of the novel for me. It helped that the couple clicked, and eventually made it work, which I appreciated.✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.For more book recommendations, follow me on Instagram
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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this one, but I didn't love it. First, it is basically 50 Shades of Grey (including the older woman mentor who taught him all about sex...yay) and with mafia, sports, and a more intelligent and disabled heroine. Which was fine, there are a lot of books fashioned after that series. Some of them are even better than 50 Shades (not a hard feat, I know). And this wasn't a bad book by any means. I quite liked both Zed and Nairne and it had some great secondary characters. I wasn't a fan of I enjoyed this one, but I didn't love it. First, it is basically 50 Shades of Grey (including the older woman mentor who taught him all about sex...yay) and with mafia, sports, and a more intelligent and disabled heroine. Which was fine, there are a lot of books fashioned after that series. Some of them are even better than 50 Shades (not a hard feat, I know). And this wasn't a bad book by any means. I quite liked both Zed and Nairne and it had some great secondary characters. I wasn't a fan of Nella and had I known her "mentoring" was of the sexual variety I would have passed on accepting an ARC for this one. I am not a fan of this type of OW being a fixture in my books any more. So yea, I enjoyed it. Enough to check out book two?? At this point that is yet to be determined.
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at Booklovers For Life3.5 STARSI’ve been making it a goal to read more debut authors in 2019, and I’m so happy that I can include Chloe Liese to my list! I wanted to read this book because 1) I LOVED the cover and 2) the blurb sounded so intriguing. Mafia, sports, AND science? I was definitely game. I ended up really enjoying Nairne and Zed’s story – if you’re looking for something a little different in your contemporary romances, you should give this a try!Former professional Originally posted at Booklovers For Life3.5 STARSI’ve been making it a goal to read more debut authors in 2019, and I’m so happy that I can include Chloe Liese to my list! I wanted to read this book because 1) I LOVED the cover and 2) the blurb sounded so intriguing. Mafia, sports, AND science? I was definitely game. I ended up really enjoying Nairne and Zed’s story – if you’re looking for something a little different in your contemporary romances, you should give this a try!Former professional soccer player and current bioengineer Nairne MacGregor is set on saving the world with science. She’s in the US for school and work, but in a few months, she’ll be back home to Europe. Which means she has no time to meet anyone, much less fall in love. But all that changes when she meets the boss at her new job. Zed Salvatore is confident, assertive, and has too much swagger for his own good. He’s an alpha through and through, and he’s never met anyone who can hold their own against him… until Nairne. I don’t want to break her. I want to possess her. There’s a serious chemical attraction between Zed and Nairne from the moment they meet at a board meeting. Zed wants to explore what they have while Nairne is more reluctant. But once they do start exploring, boy do they set things on fire. I’d almost say He’s a Brute is lite-erotica – they begin a Dominant/submissive relationship in bed (which stays in bed), and while it’s nothing like Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinner series, it’s HOT and a little kinky. Zed has a filthy mouth on him that I couldn’t get enough of!The one thing that detracted me from fully loving this book was that there seemed to be too much going on to fully devote enough time to each aspect. Zed is part of the mafia in Boston, with a leader role, but he doesn’t do much on the pages relating to the mafia. It was definitely overshadowed by the sports aspect of the story, though I did love all the soccer talk. I also loved the little twist towards the beginning of the book that changes the dynamics of the characters and how I perceived them. Other than that, the writing is fantastic, especially for a debut – I can’t want to read more from Chloe Liese and more about Nairne and Zed.Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change in the final version.Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.Amazon Ebook: https://amzn.to/2VpfTptAmazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Yh7MblLiked this review? Subscribe to Booklovers For Life for more!
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  • Citaholicarka
    January 1, 1970
    *eARC generously provided by the author in exchange for honest review*2.5 ⭐I saw this book posted by other bookstagrammer and it peeked my interest when I saw the word STEAMY, so when author contacted me for reviewing this book I was all up to it! But I must admit I haven't read the synopsis because that's what I always do to avoid spoilers. So the reason why I didn't like this book so much is: 1. dominant/submissive sexual relationship; That's just something that I don't like and actually avoid *eARC generously provided by the author in exchange for honest review*2.5 ⭐️I saw this book posted by other bookstagrammer and it peeked my interest when I saw the word STEAMY, so when author contacted me for reviewing this book I was all up to it! But I must admit I haven't read the synopsis because that's what I always do to avoid spoilers. So the reason why I didn't like this book so much is: 1. dominant/submissive sexual relationship; That's just something that I don't like and actually avoid. 2. mafia/suspense aspect;Another turn off for me. 3. I haven't felt the connection or chemistry between main characters. And maybe I blame that on dom/sub relationship but there wasn't any sparks even though its graphic. I liked Zed and Nairne as individuals. Even though I'm not a fan of Alfa males I must admit that Zed was very attentive, good person, loyal. And Nairne is a feisty and smart one. There weren't any interesting plot twists or the story development, seemed flat; because it was all concentrated on their sexual relationships which at the end did became little deeper. The end is kinda cliffhanger-y so you definitely must read the whole series.
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  • Laura//lauralovestoread Gelinas
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this debut so much! Zed and Nairne both pack the punch with this lust at first sight story. What do you get when you mix one bad boy soccer stud with a sassy, sexy bioengineer with a fiery temper? One hot test of wills, and the sexual tension does not seem to be letting up. If you’re looking for action, it’s all right here!*thank you to the author, Chloe Liese for this complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Joee
    January 1, 1970
    Someone grab some water quick because my Kindle is on fire! Holy hot sauce that book was so spicy! I loved it and couldn't get enough. No for real I was up till 6 am reading. Right away, the chemistry between these two characters was sizzling off the page. This gave me major Fifty Shades vibes and I'm all for it. Pretty sure, I enjoyed these characters more than Christian and Anastasia. Nairne was such a firecracker and I loved her!! I liked that she stood up for herself. She was inspiring! And Someone grab some water quick because my Kindle is on fire! Holy hot sauce that book was so spicy! I loved it and couldn't get enough. No for real I was up till 6 am reading. Right away, the chemistry between these two characters was sizzling off the page. This gave me major Fifty Shades vibes and I'm all for it. Pretty sure, I enjoyed these characters more than Christian and Anastasia. Nairne was such a firecracker and I loved her!! I liked that she stood up for herself. She was inspiring! And then Zed was sexy as hell. Hot dang!!! I'm all here for his macho mafia, soccer player hotness. I never wanted this book to end. And it's one I probably shouldn't have been reading in public because it is steamy but soooooo delightful. I can't wait for book 2. Especially after the twist at the end. If you're not afraid of a little kinkiness and steam plus you love a hot guy who enjoys control, then I highly recommend this. I enjoyed every minute!!! *Thank you to this author for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.* Steaminess level: 9.5
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  • Kellisa
    January 1, 1970
    ✨ Thank you @chloe_liese for sending an ARC in exchange for an honest review ✨#minireview 📖 He’s a Brute is a solid debut from Chloe Liese! I’ll be honest, I didn’t even read the full synopsis to know I wanted to try it, a steamy romance between a soccer star and a female bioengineer? Sold 🙋🏻♀ I really liked how unapologetic Nairne was! She was such a sassy character. A major aspect of her character is introduced about 20% into the book, I didn’t love how late this was mentioned. This is my pers ✨ Thank you @chloe_liese for sending an ARC in exchange for an honest review ✨#minireview 📖 He’s a Brute is a solid debut from Chloe Liese! I’ll be honest, I didn’t even read the full synopsis to know I wanted to try it, a steamy romance between a soccer star and a female bioengineer? Sold 🙋🏻‍♀️ I really liked how unapologetic Nairne was! She was such a sassy character. A major aspect of her character is introduced about 20% into the book, I didn’t love how late this was mentioned. This is my personal opinion, but I would have really liked this mentioned sooner. But I did really like how her character progresses throughout the book. It’s so important to have a heroine with a disability that has an active sex life! 🙌Speaking of sex, when this story is steamy it’s VERY steamy 🔥. I read a lot of steamy books, and even I was like “wait, he wants to do what?!” 😂 This story is definitely on the Fifty Shades level of steam! When it popped up that Zed was also a mafia prince I was very surprised (I told you I didn’t read the full synopsis 🙈)! I’ve never read a mafia romance before, and I’m not completely sure that aspect of the book worked for me. He’s a Brute was a 3 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me! Since this book is part of a trilogy, it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger! If you hate cliffhangers, you may want to wait until all three books are released. But if you need a mafia bad boy with lots of 🔥, this may be for you!! He’s a Brute releases tomorrow (May 6th) on Amazon and will be included on KU!
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a solid 4.25 stars and I can't wait for the next book in the series!This story follows Nairne as she navigates her way through life following a sports injury. She's use to being an intense athlete that defies all the odds so after her accident she's decided to try for a different, more controlled way of life. Since she left Europe she's focused on her research (she's a bioengineer) and that's left little room for anything else. She's is almost done with her degree at MIT when she's This book was a solid 4.25 stars and I can't wait for the next book in the series!This story follows Nairne as she navigates her way through life following a sports injury. She's use to being an intense athlete that defies all the odds so after her accident she's decided to try for a different, more controlled way of life. Since she left Europe she's focused on her research (she's a bioengineer) and that's left little room for anything else. She's is almost done with her degree at MIT when she's hired to assist on a community outreach project that will serve the youth in underprivileged areas of Boston. That's where she meets Zed and she can't stand his arrogance. He shows up to the first meeting late and does nothing but question her qualifications and intellect. Unfortunately she keeps running into him and it leaves her a bit unsettled because she feels betrayed by her body's reaction to him. Zed is trying his best to balance all the different areas of his life, but the community outreach program is one of the most important things to him. It was his mother's project and he will not let her legacy fail. So when he sees young, beautiful Nairne sitting there as the newest expert hire he doubts she's qualified for the task. To say that he was rude is putting lightly, but she's not slightest bit intimidated. Something about her sassy mouth causes his body to react it ways that aren't suitable for a boardroom, well at least when there are other people around 😉. When they keep bumping into each other he can't stop thinking of all the things he wants to do to her. When he's not taking care of mob business, playing soccer, or at the foundation, all he can think about is Nairne. His life leaves very little room for a partner so they enter into a sexual relationship based on contracts with the one rule that they can't fall in love. I absolutely adored this book and cant wait for the second in the series. I loved how independent and strong Nairne was regardless of her injury. She's a total badass! Zed has qualities that make it hard to like him at first, but as he let's his walls down you slowly start to like him. His devotion to Nairne is great and I can't wait to see where this series takes them. This book is for you if like these things:1. An inclusive book (the main character is disabled)2. Hot sex scenes and detailed fantasies 🔥🔥🔥☄/53. A highly intelligent, independent female lead4. Hate to love relationships
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars Oh man. He's a Brute ended just as the story was really starting to demand my attention. I really want to know what happens between Nairne and Zed next, especially after that bombshell that was dropped on Nairne right at the end. Waiting impatiently for She's A Spitfire.
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  • Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
    January 1, 1970
    He’s A Brute by Chloe Liese follows Nairne, a Scottish student studying at MIT and Zed, golden boy of Boston and involved with the city’s underworld. Nairne secures a spot as a public health consultant on his board and the two take an immediate disliking to one another. They verbally spar and yet they both find that they are each completely affected by the other. Nairne’s time is limited in the States until she graduates and the two secure an agreement: no strings, no feelings, no love. All soun He’s A Brute by Chloe Liese follows Nairne, a Scottish student studying at MIT and Zed, golden boy of Boston and involved with the city’s underworld. Nairne secures a spot as a public health consultant on his board and the two take an immediate disliking to one another. They verbally spar and yet they both find that they are each completely affected by the other. Nairne’s time is limited in the States until she graduates and the two secure an agreement: no strings, no feelings, no love. All sounds good in theory until things start deepening. Zed has particularly singular tastes for what he enjoys behind closed doors and his family life tied to the Italian mafia in Boston further complicates things. Nairne used to dabble in Zed’s lifestyle in her past, but after she was burned, she’s shied away from embracing that side of herself. A life-changing physical injury has only propelled her need to keep her walls up but Zed is intent on breaking them down…I ended up really growing to like Zed and Nairne and their dynamic. I’ll be honest, as an Italian from Boston I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book set in my home (I know I’m insane.) This one does take a little bit of time to set the entire story up between the accident, the mob and the romance. I loved that this was a romance that featured someone with a physical disability that was just a part of her but didn’t consume her entire identity. I LOVED Zed’s development throughout the book and how perfect he was for Nairne. The tension developed more and more throughout the story and the steam is there a la Fifty Shades. I can’t wait to read book two in this three part series when it comes out in June. He’s A Brute releases TOMORROW on kindle for only $2.99! // ☕️☕️☕️☕️Thank you to Chloe Liese for providing me a review copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Haley
    January 1, 1970
    *Note: ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Chloe!* I haven't read too many books that borderline on the erotica genre, or even that many dom/sub romances. This one is pretty unique. One thing that I loved: this is a debut novel! A debut novel that was not only exceptionally readable but one I enjoyed. The first thing I noticed was how smart the author is. Her diction and wit alone made her intellect obvious. That's something I enjoyed and respected but I'd be wor *Note: ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Chloe!* I haven't read too many books that borderline on the erotica genre, or even that many dom/sub romances. This one is pretty unique. One thing that I loved: this is a debut novel! A debut novel that was not only exceptionally readable but one I enjoyed. The first thing I noticed was how smart the author is. Her diction and wit alone made her intellect obvious. That's something I enjoyed and respected but I'd be worried about average readers needing to look up a few words. Nairne was the "spitfire"- the fiercely intelligent redhead who was sassy and took no shit from no man. I loved Zed's name, and it matched his personality perfectly. He was straight up- a bastard. One of those dominant alpha male types who needs to possess a woman to feel like a worthy man. Not my cup of tea, but I understand the erotic appeal for sure. These characters, even the side characters were incredibly thought out and generally realistic and relatable. One thing to note though is that because this book chose to focus on a soccer star, who happened to be in the mafia, and also chairs a scientific board... it was hard to anchor to one plot point because of there being so much going on. I liked the mix of science, sports and danger - but I would have probably enjoyed it better if those aspects correlated more directly. The fact that they didn't just seemed out of place and made it a bit of a stretch as a reader. The romance was sexy. It was a type of erotic slow burn, and full of alpha kink. I enjoyed the characters banter and the dialogue was sexy smart. I think the next books in the series will be even better because of the opportunity to expand on those plot aspects and the characters pasts.
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  • Escape_in_a_Book
    January 1, 1970
    I love supporting independent artists and self employed people. After my years in financial management, I have so much respect for the tenacity one must have to succeed in this lane. 👏🏻 After reading several reviews on HE’S A BRUTE, I was more than excited to dive in to the story and downloaded a copy from Kindle Unlimited. Now, typically I am not pulled toward “mobster” stories but after reading the synopsis I didn’t get that vibe. Our hero, Zed, is trapped in a cycle he doesn’t agree with due I love supporting independent artists and self employed people. After my years in financial management, I have so much respect for the tenacity one must have to succeed in this lane. 👏🏻 After reading several reviews on HE’S A BRUTE, I was more than excited to dive in to the story and downloaded a copy from Kindle Unlimited. Now, typically I am not pulled toward “mobster” stories but after reading the synopsis I didn’t get that vibe. Our hero, Zed, is trapped in a cycle he doesn’t agree with due to familial ties. This story, in my opinion, does glorify or perpetuate the “sexy mobster” stereotype. I’ll hop off of my soapbox now. 😂 This book really is quite unique. The heroine has sustained a traumatic spinal injury in her past and now suffers from paralysis. She is in a wheelchair which is not something you commonly see is romantic fiction. She is also a great representation of women in STEM fields. Although there were heavy subjects presented in this story, it was still the bit of escapism I enjoy when reading fiction. This title is available through kindle unlimited for those of you that subscribe. I enjoyed the heck out of this book and am looking forward to the authors next realease. 🤩*I read the kindle unlimited version of this title. All comments/opinions are my own.
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  • Chloe Liese
    January 1, 1970
    She swore off the troublemakers.Dark looks, sexual deviance, rough demeanors. Clashing wills. Secret lives.They’re all wrong for each other. Who says two wrongs don’t make a right? Debut author Chloe Liese brings you enemies to lovers with white-hot chemistry and a story that’ll satisfy you and leave you ready for more!------Purchase your copy today!! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2vH3Sfq&nbspPrint: https://amzn.to/2H3vSAv
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  • Emily (Emily Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    What a refreshing read!! This was truly such a unique romance book and I really enjoyed it! This book had MEGA steam and the chemistry between Nairne and Zed was literally off the freaking charts! Damn are those two good together!! I really enjoyed that this was told in dual perspectives because I loved also getting a chance to be in Zed’s head and hearing what he was really thinking. He may come off controlling and alpha, but the man has a soft spot for our girl Nairne!! This was definitely a p What a refreshing read!! This was truly such a unique romance book and I really enjoyed it! This book had MEGA steam and the chemistry between Nairne and Zed was literally off the freaking charts! Damn are those two good together!! I really enjoyed that this was told in dual perspectives because I loved also getting a chance to be in Zed’s head and hearing what he was really thinking. He may come off controlling and alpha, but the man has a soft spot for our girl Nairne!! This was definitely a page turner for sure and it kept me guessing throughout the entire book! I definitely would recommend this! Wonderful job, Chloe!!*I received an ARC and this is my honest review. Thank you!!
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  • Stephanie R.
    January 1, 1970
    STEAM! I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately but low on the steam radar. This was great debut!.The main characters are Nairne and Zed. Zed is definitely would be considered an alpha male. Even though he did have some jerk-ish moments I found myself really liking him. Nairne is one badass woman. She is smart, independent, and sassy!.Told in dual perspectives we really get to know them. It does have some mafia aspects so there is some danger involved, one that I assume we’ll get to read more a STEAM! I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately but low on the steam radar. This was great debut!.The main characters are Nairne and Zed. Zed is definitely would be considered an alpha male. Even though he did have some jerk-ish moments I found myself really liking him. Nairne is one badass woman. She is smart, independent, and sassy!.Told in dual perspectives we really get to know them. It does have some mafia aspects so there is some danger involved, one that I assume we’ll get to read more about in the second book. One of the aspects I loved is hard to talk about without giving out a spoiler, BUT I’ll say that I love that the author brought something different to her book. Nairne was so unique and bravo to her for still allowing herself to enjoy intimacy. This book does dabble into some Dominant & submissive sex but I don’t think it over powered the story..I really enjoyed the secondary characters. Zed’s family was very endearing ( did I mention he’s a soccer player?). I also found myself loving Nairne’s best friend, Elodie. Overall, I think this was a great debut with not only steamy steams but also some great characters and plot to go along with it. Can’t wait to continue the story. Thank you to the author for my review copy.
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  • Dawn McGill Dalrymple
    January 1, 1970
    I think my favorite part of this book is that the heroine is "handicapped". How refreshing to read about "real" people. And if you're looking for a book with some steam this one brings it! While this is described as a "mafia" read I didn't feel that too much time was devoted to that(not a big mafia fan over here). Overall, I love stories that are unique and fast paced and this book fits those 2 criteria. I cannot wait to read book 2.
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  • Rachel Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    If you like a story with an alpha male and a woman that doesn't give in you'll love this book! Zed likes control, in so many ways. Nairne is independent, strong and does not want to admit what she wants. I loved this book. Nairne is an amazing woman. She has been through so much and is still an amazingly strong person. When she meets Zed she doesn't want to admit that she wants what he's offering, except in her own mind. If you're a fan of a steamy romance you'll love this!
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  • whimsicalandwitty
    January 1, 1970
    Happy publication day to Chloe Liese's He's a Brute. I am so very fortunate to have been sent a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Chloe Liese!He's a Brute is Chloe Liese's debut novel, and it's the first book in the Tough Love series. He's a Brute tells the story of Zed and Nairne. Nairne is a brilliant scientist whose ambitions lie with making healthcare more affordable and accessible. Its why she takes a job at a nonprofit where she just so happens to run into "Ado Happy publication day to Chloe Liese's He's a Brute. I am so very fortunate to have been sent a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Chloe Liese!He's a Brute is Chloe Liese's debut novel, and it's the first book in the Tough Love series. He's a Brute tells the story of Zed and Nairne. Nairne is a brilliant scientist whose ambitions lie with making healthcare more affordable and accessible. Its why she takes a job at a nonprofit where she just so happens to run into "Adonis" himself. Zed is the chair of the board, but he's also a lot more. He's a mafia prince, a professional footballer, bad boy, oh and he's totally hot for Narine.You might like this book if: you enjoy steamy romance novels (18+ sexual content) you need a little thrill/suspense in your romance i.e., the mafia you love well rounded, inclusive female charactersYou might not like this book if: you don't enjoy slow burn romance you dislike mafia romance you prefer to read standalones as opposed to seriesSo much to talk about here, so lets get into it. I pretty much knew I wanted to read He's a Brute the second I saw the synopsis. Hot footballer? Check. The Mafia? Check. Slow burn romance? Check. (!!!!) I have to say that this is my first mafia romance, and it certainly won't be my last. It adds an element of suspense and danger that I didn't know I even needed in my romance until now.Perhaps one of my favorite elements of this book was a reveal about the main character at about the 20% mark. This reveal may sit differently among readers. For me, it totally worked, and I loved it. First I got to know a bit about Nairne - I learned about her job, her personality, her friendship - then I got to know about a significant part of her character/life. All are different facets to her and all are important. I just in particular liked the way this was deliberately withheld and then shown to the reader. I don't want to say more because I don't want to spoil anything!I loved the slow-burn romance between Zed and Nairne. The push and pull between them built up a lot of tension, and I loved the inevitable pull between them. Plus, the scenes between these two are very saucy. Liese definitely delivered a new adult romance.Another great aspect of this novel is the characterization. Both Nairne and Zed felt well written and fleshed out. They both had intense backstories, and some of it we still don't know! (*waits impatiently for the sequel*) I haven't read a romance series in awhile (I still mainly to standalones) so I'm going to have to remember how to be patient. More than our main characters, though, Liese did an amazing job on the secondary characters. I hate when I'm reading a book and the secondary characters feel thin, forced, and as though they are thrown in with no real purpose. That was not the case here. I loved Narine's best friend and even Zed's family. I can't wait to see more from this cast of characters in the sequel.If I had any complaint, it's that I wanted to see more of the mafia aspect. I wanted to know more of the inner workings and experience some more of the danger that Zed was in. I'm assuming that we will learn a lot more about Zed's involvement in book two as I know this book had a lot of "setting up" to do plot wise. I really hope book two delivers a healthy dose of danger (what can I say, I'm a sucker for it in my romances. Maybe I've watched too many crime shows? I'm looking at you, Bones.)Overall, I really enjoyed this new adult romance. If y'all check it out, please let me know what you think! He's a Brute gets a 4/5 from me.
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  • Sian
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb of He’s a Brute intrigued me so I decided to give it a go. I generally like to try books that sound like they have a strong female lead and I was intrigued by her being a scientist. Nairne doesn’t disappoint as a character, she’s strong, independent and is bravely overcoming emotional and physical trauma. This may be a bit of a spoiler (it’s revealed slowly) but Nairne is actually disabled from an injury 3 years previously. I think it’s wonderful that we get a diverse female character, The blurb of He’s a Brute intrigued me so I decided to give it a go. I generally like to try books that sound like they have a strong female lead and I was intrigued by her being a scientist. Nairne doesn’t disappoint as a character, she’s strong, independent and is bravely overcoming emotional and physical trauma. This may be a bit of a spoiler (it’s revealed slowly) but Nairne is actually disabled from an injury 3 years previously. I think it’s wonderful that we get a diverse female character, I don’t think I’ve read a romance book before that has a disabled main character, especially one that doesn’t let it stop her from living her life. I think this inclusion is a particularly good aspect of the novel and I’m surprised it’s not mentioned in the blurb. I was however, no a big fan of Zed he seemed a bit too much, overbearing and possessive, for my taste anyway, I get he’s supposed to be like that being the whole dominant alpha male type but I just wasn’t a fan. Another thing that I thought was a bit too much was Zed’s multiple full time careers, how can one 26 year old guy be a professional soccer player, top mafia man and the head of a medical board? While also seeming to have ample free time, how does he manage it, does he have a time turner? By the was I appreciated the Harry Potter references! I didn’t really feel like this was a kind of hate to love romance situation, it felt more like insta love or lust but with two strong willed grouchy character, I think that it just all felt a bit too easy and predictable. Lastly I was definitely shocked that towards the end when it’s mentioned that the book is supposed to be set in 2006, I read the whole thing thinking it was contemporary, I’m not sure if that’s because I missed something at the start though. Overall this was a pretty quick entertaining read but just not my favourite. But I think I’ll definitely read more of the series to see where it goes! (2.5 stars)Thank you to Net Galley and the author Chloe Liese for this review copy.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    If I was able to just use one word ... WOW! And use one emoji it would be ... 🔥This debut novel, He’s a Bruit by Chloe Liese had everything a good romance should entail; a witty, strong female lead full of sass, a sexy athlete, philanthropist and slightly moody male, lots of banter between the two, little language/dirty talk and LOTS of steam. Nairne is originally from Scotland but is currently a student at MIT. She is selected as a new board member to serve as a public health attendant. Zed is If I was able to just use one word ... WOW! And use one emoji it would be ... 🔥This debut novel, He’s a Bruit by Chloe Liese had everything a good romance should entail; a witty, strong female lead full of sass, a sexy athlete, philanthropist and slightly moody male, lots of banter between the two, little language/dirty talk and LOTS of steam. Nairne is originally from Scotland but is currently a student at MIT. She is selected as a new board member to serve as a public health attendant. Zed is the head of that board. He is also is professional soccer player and as if that wasn’t enough his family had ties to the mafia and underground workings in Boston. Zed liked order and control it was the only way to keep those he cared about safe and away from trouble. Their chemistry was initial, but as they got to know each other their relationship brought up things for both of them that neither was willing to face. They brought out things in each other no one else had been able to do before and they gave each other something they both didn’t realize they needed. Nairne only had a short time in the states, was that going to be enough to satisfy them? He’s a Bruit did remind me some of 50 Shades (but with better writing) and I found myself liking these characters more. I love how Zed developed throughout the book as you started to leave more about him. It did end on a little bit of a cliffhanger though and left me wanting more. I believe this book is part of a trilogy. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two to find out what happens next as Zed and Nairne continue to not only get to know each other but also themselves.
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  • Mia
    January 1, 1970
    ARC REVIEW Hot Damn this book is amazing!‘He’s a Brute’ by Chloe Liese is a first read from this author to me and I am very very pleased with it.It made me laugh out loud, fall in love and get angry with a brute and her fragolina but it was all so amazing.This book is not only a love story but something you can learn from, there are so many unique facts that will leave you dumbfounded and jaw slacked, that and the chemistry and banter between the characters is what makes this book so amazing.Nai ARC REVIEW Hot Damn this book is amazing!‘He’s a Brute’ by Chloe Liese is a first read from this author to me and I am very very pleased with it.It made me laugh out loud, fall in love and get angry with a brute and her fragolina but it was all so amazing.This book is not only a love story but something you can learn from, there are so many unique facts that will leave you dumbfounded and jaw slacked, that and the chemistry and banter between the characters is what makes this book so amazing.Nairne is a Scottish girl, who used to a professional soccer player fascinated by chemistry and helping others. She’s ballsy and a firecracker. Never backs down from a challenge. Never shies away. Never let anyone tell her what to do and don’t do. Until she meets Zed.Zed, soccer royalty and mafia prince. He’s used to getting what he wants when he wants. He’s used to everyone bowing their heads when he walks and agreeing to everything he says. So when he comes across a girl with a weird accent, drop-dead gorgeous, with auburn hair and a mouth to leave you drooling who doesn’t take his shit, he’s hooked.Their relationship is a hate to love one, full of bickering and passion filled banter. Full of spankings and kisses. Full of every kind of emotion you can think of. What I am trying to say is that this is a one of a kind book you should read without hesitating. Especially if you’ve alpha male doms, with a playful side but a hard position in life and a sassy as hell woman who will do anything to get him angry.
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  • Savannah's Book List
    January 1, 1970
    He's a Brute by @chloe_liese is about Zed Salvatore and Nairne MacGregor.  Zed is your all around alpha male. He runs one of the biggest nonprofits in Boston, plays professional soccer, and juggles his family's complicated ties to the mafia. Nairne is a Scottish student studying bioengineering and public health at MIT. She's feisty, complex, independent, and isn't afriad to speak her mind. She meets Zed when she's appointed to a position on his board as the public health consultant. Unable to ig He's a Brute by @chloe_liese is about Zed Salvatore and Nairne MacGregor.  Zed is your all around alpha male. He runs one of the biggest nonprofits in Boston, plays professional soccer, and juggles his family's complicated ties to the mafia. Nairne is a Scottish student studying bioengineering and public health at MIT. She's feisty, complex, independent, and isn't afriad to speak her mind. She meets Zed when she's appointed to a position on his board as the public health consultant. Unable to ignore the attraction between them, Nairne and Zed agree to enjoy each other physically for the time being but that's it... no attachments and certainly no feelings. Famous last words, right? 😉..There is a lot going on in this book...two powerful, multi-faceted characters come head to head. Both Zed and Nairne posess intricate backstories so it took a while to understand all of that before the plot started really moving forward. I looked up quite a bit as I read -- things about soccer, the mob, and even how to pronounce Nairne. 🙈 These rich details within the book definitely deepen the story. Zed and Nairne are complex and very well developed. I found their struggles as a couple especially poignant and real which made their moments of connection that much sweeter...The sex in this book was on a new level for me since it features a dominant. I had read Liese's manifesto on her blog, which discusses why she feels passionate about writing books that feature realistic, honest sex. I recommend reading that manifesto if explicit fiction is something that interests you, or even if you're just curious about its place in the world of literature...He's A Brute is available NOW on Kindle (included in Kindle Unlimited!) and in paperback. I am SO GLAD that it is the first book in a three part series. Book Two, She's A Spitfire, will be released in June and I cannot wait to get back to these characters! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars..Sincere thanks to author @chloe_liese for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marilyn Goncalves
    January 1, 1970
    Chloe Liese’s debut novel He’s a Brute is a must read!This is the first book in the Tough Love Series and am looking forward to the second book. It’s basically an enemies to lovers involving a strong willed and feisty MIT student Nairne who is also adapting to a lifestyle after a scary injury. While working for a nonprofit organization she meets Zed, chair of the board, hot arrogant egotistical professional soccer player and to top it off “mafia prince”. Their first meeting is unpleasant to say Chloe Liese’s debut novel He’s a Brute is a must read!This is the first book in the Tough Love Series and am looking forward to the second book. It’s basically an enemies to lovers involving a strong willed and feisty MIT student Nairne who is also adapting to a lifestyle after a scary injury. While working for a nonprofit organization she meets Zed, chair of the board, hot arrogant egotistical professional soccer player and to top it off “mafia prince”. Their first meeting is unpleasant to say the least as he questions her credentials/ability to get the job done and she of course fights right back however, they can’t deny the attraction they feel for each other. Zed needs control in all things to keep a somewhat semblance of peace in his life . Nairne has no choice but to be in control of everything in her life. That fight for control is more prevalent in the bedroom where the real very hot struggle begins as they both learn to give and take. I liked that the author kept things real behind bedroom doors. It’s in their intimacy that you get their vulnerabilities and strengths. When to trust and when to let go starts in the bedroom and filters into their everyday relationship. I really enjoyed the character growth and development. There is an interesting twist to this story at the beginning a few chapters in the book that I found refreshing and interesting. I loved how Chloe used her secondary characters enough in the story line that are very important to the main character’s but not obnoxious and over the top. These secondary characters did not disappoint and the final twists at the end has me anxiously waiting for the second book, She’s a Spitfire.Thank you Chloe for the review copy, this was fun! Looking forward to reading more of your writing.
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  • Ess
    January 1, 1970
    I am tickled to have found a new author who’s writing style gels with my reading habits in Chloe Liese. I am so ready to recommend this series because these characters, Nairne and Zed, develop as the story progresses and unfolds fluidly. This is a fictional story that teems with slightly over-the-top dramatic moments of absurdity, but I was so involved with the characters and the story that it just read like a well-developed soap in kindle format. I’m into it. Liese managed to put soccer, the ma I am tickled to have found a new author who’s writing style gels with my reading habits in Chloe Liese. I am so ready to recommend this series because these characters, Nairne and Zed, develop as the story progresses and unfolds fluidly. This is a fictional story that teems with slightly over-the-top dramatic moments of absurdity, but I was so involved with the characters and the story that it just read like a well-developed soap in kindle format. I’m into it. Liese managed to put soccer, the mafia, physical disabilities, heated sex and multi-national humans in one novel and make it work. I immensely enjoyed how intense and independent Nairne was— she was capable and massively intelligent and I admired the stuffing out of her regardless of her disability— because who do you honestly know in real life that doesn’t have a disability and is that efficient?? This debut from Chloe Liese was entertaining and heartfelt and I cannot wait for book two!
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  • Cortney Sparks
    January 1, 1970
    He's a Brute follows the choices of Zed and Nairne, and their choices to act upon the sexual desires for each other! Zed is an overwhelming, control seeking man, with ties to the Mafia. He's an amazing soccer player, a total bad boy, but does nonprofit work for children. Nairne is a strong and independent woman and works on his board. She's brilliant and fights his controlling ways every step of the way. He's a Brute reminds me a lot of 50 shades of Grey! These 2 characters enter a sexual relati He's a Brute follows the choices of Zed and Nairne, and their choices to act upon the sexual desires for each other! Zed is an overwhelming, control seeking man, with ties to the Mafia. He's an amazing soccer player, a total bad boy, but does nonprofit work for children. Nairne is a strong and independent woman and works on his board. She's brilliant and fights his controlling ways every step of the way. He's a Brute reminds me a lot of 50 shades of Grey! These 2 characters enter a sexual relationship under the pretense of contracts and rules. But one of those main rules for Nairne was no falling in love. You get to watch these two unfold and bend to each others needs and wants. To develop a relationship that becomes complicated the further they get into it. Often times facing challenges from Zairne's past and present situations, and Zed's inability to just walk away from his ties in the mafia! If you like steamy sex scenes, this book just may be for you!
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  • Mollie
    January 1, 1970
    Oof! What an amazing debut from Chloe Liese. This book is an incredible ride! Packed with emotion, struggles with obligations, riddled with wit & intellect, this was an amazing read I couldn’t put down.Sassy badass super nerd heroine? Yes!Bad boy mafia prince & athlete? Yes!Super hot chemistry? Yes!No slow burn here, this one dives right in. Zed & Nairne were an interesting pair and I loved how bits and pieces of their lives unfolded as the story went on.If you are down for some majo Oof! What an amazing debut from Chloe Liese. This book is an incredible ride! Packed with emotion, struggles with obligations, riddled with wit & intellect, this was an amazing read I couldn’t put down.Sassy badass super nerd heroine? Yes!Bad boy mafia prince & athlete? Yes!Super hot chemistry? Yes!No slow burn here, this one dives right in. Zed & Nairne were an interesting pair and I loved how bits and pieces of their lives unfolded as the story went on.If you are down for some major steam, a badass heroine, & an ending making you itch for the second installment, then this one is for you!!Thank you Chloe for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brunilda
    January 1, 1970
    *Copy provided by NetGalley*Nah, not for me!!!I don't even know how to explain all the problems I had with this book... there were so many Fifty Shades of Grey things here that irritated me so much.And I kind of had high hopes for this book with the soccer and mafia scenarios and I also appreciated the fact that the author decided to write a main character with a disability. All these nice parts could've been developed so much better and they would've make the story so much more interesting.Howe *Copy provided by NetGalley*Nah, not for me!!!I don't even know how to explain all the problems I had with this book... there were so many Fifty Shades of Grey things here that irritated me so much.And I kind of had high hopes for this book with the soccer and mafia scenarios and I also appreciated the fact that the author decided to write a main character with a disability. All these nice parts could've been developed so much better and they would've make the story so much more interesting.However, the "dom and sub" thing was not my cup of tea in here, it lacked content, it lacked story.Sorry to say, but not good enough.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the story of Zed and Nairne. This book may not be for everyone. It’s definitely got steam but there is still a great story, it isn’t 100% steam. I loved the beginning where Zed and Nairne are enemies but there’s something there that keeps drawing them to each other. I would have enjoyed some more of the enemies to lovers being drawn out. Zed is so tough but you can tell how much he loves Nairne. I love Nairne’s character. She is a woman with a physical disability but she doesn’t let that This is the story of Zed and Nairne. This book may not be for everyone. It’s definitely got steam but there is still a great story, it isn’t 100% steam. I loved the beginning where Zed and Nairne are enemies but there’s something there that keeps drawing them to each other. I would have enjoyed some more of the enemies to lovers being drawn out. Zed is so tough but you can tell how much he loves Nairne. I love Nairne’s character. She is a woman with a physical disability but she doesn’t let that define her and she won’t let anyone feel sorry for her! This is a part of the Tough Love series so I can’t wait to see where the second story takes Zed and Nairne!
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    He’s a Brute ⚽You know when within the first 3 pages a line of a book says “My breast’s tingled in heat” it’s gonna be a nice steamyyy romance. I absolutely loved this book. It was like 50 Shades but with an even stronger independent (and we can’t forget with a physical handicap) female that KICKS ASS and knows her worth. The romance scenes were STEAMY and I loved that it showed someone with a physical handicap that is able to be a sexual powerhouse.I also fell in love with Zed because he had a He’s a Brute ⚽️You know when within the first 3 pages a line of a book says “My breast’s tingled in heat” it’s gonna be a nice steamyyy romance. I absolutely loved this book. It was like 50 Shades but with an even stronger independent (and we can’t forget with a physical handicap) female that KICKS ASS and knows her worth. The romance scenes were STEAMY and I loved that it showed someone with a physical handicap that is able to be a sexual powerhouse.I also fell in love with Zed because he had a bad streak to him but he was also so kind and thoughtful. Absolutely a five star read for me and I cannot wait to get my hands on book two!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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  • Jen | mamajustwantstoread
    January 1, 1970
    He's a brute was a sweet fast paced romance. When I first read the synopsis I was skeptical of how mafia/soccer player could be a "thing" but Chloe pulled it off beautifully. The mafia aspect was really interesting and how Zed was pulled into a life he never wanted. I think it made this book really stand out in my mind. His family is charmingly Italian with boisterous personalities and huge hearts.Nairne was such a joy of a character. With hair to match her fiery personality. She's strong and fe He's a brute was a sweet fast paced romance. When I first read the synopsis I was skeptical of how mafia/soccer player could be a "thing" but Chloe pulled it off beautifully. The mafia aspect was really interesting and how Zed was pulled into a life he never wanted. I think it made this book really stand out in my mind. His family is charmingly Italian with boisterous personalities and huge hearts.Nairne was such a joy of a character. With hair to match her fiery personality. She's strong and feminine. Also having a main character with a disability was so refreshing and I love when authors go against stereotypes and are able to normalize things we don't usually see in a book.
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