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Stepbrother, Mine (Taboo Book 1) by [Dowson, Mandy Lou]
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From Amazon Best Selling Author, Mandy Lou Dowson, comes a new contemporary series that will leave you breathless with longing

This book is a stand alone. It is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to explicit scenes, language and situations.

They were always taught that family was about more than blood, but when step-siblings Sophie Ellis and Logan Castle meet for the first time, their attraction is instantaneous. Forever trying to keep each other at arm's length, they discover that sometimes the best laid plans fall apart, when lovers fall together.
He's everything she's ever fantasized about, and everything she can never have.
She's all he's ever wanted, but never hoped to have.
Trying so hard to be his stepsister, she can't shake the attraction she feels.
He decides it's best to leave, but when circumstances see them reunite, and he discovers their initial attraction is still there after all the intervening years, he can't help himself. He has to have her.
Running scared, she cuts all ties.
Left behind, his bitterness grows.
When again circumstances force her back into his arms, her past comes back to haunt her.
He's determined to make her pay for leaving him.

Desires are forbidden. Loyalties are tested. Hearts are broken. And in the end, is love strong enough to conquer all?

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not only with the gorgeous character, Logan, but with the writer who brought him to life! Almost believing they are star-crossed lovers, their story covers many emotions including empathy, sadness, anger and love. Sophie gets very frustating for the reader and Logan to the point you want to shake her silly! But true love will not be denied AND AS WE ROOT FOR a HEA for them love prevails! Well worth the cost of time and money!
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A easy read. Loved the setting and characters in the story line. Can't wait to read more books by this author
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Amazing book I couldn't put it down.. definitely a must read!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1837474) out of 5 stars 88 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1610f9c) out of 5 stars It was okay Jan. 29 2015
By AB Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Where do I start with this review? I am a fan of forbidden love books so I didn't hesitate on getting the chance to read this one. Logan and Sophie meet each other for the first time on their parents wedding day. In the beginning Sophie is 16 and Logan is 18, so not like a full on brother sister relationship. Although they don't know they are step-siblings until later in the evening. Sparks fly and there is an immediate attraction between them.

In the beginning they both fight their feelings for each other but Logan wants to give it a shot and see how things go between them. Tragedy strikes and Sophie refuses to give into her feelings thinking that everyone around her would be disgusted.

While the premise for the story was good and it was written well I found myself becoming bored. The push and pull went on forever and the ending felt rushed, if that makes sense. I kept reading to get to the end and when I reached that I point I felt a little let down.

Disclosure: This e-book was provided to Alexandria's Book Blog free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa15e7c0c) out of 5 stars A brilliant start to the brilliant taboo series - five star read as ever from Mandy Lou Dowson Jan. 29 2015
By Susan Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So we meet Sophie, the never been kissed, sixteen year old on her mother's wedding day. Sophie had no siblings till that day. The mother-daughter relationship is clear to see and the bond they have is perfect. She was truly happy for mum as the perfect bride to be on her wedding day, with her daughter as bridesmaid. It was that day that would change the rest of Sophie's life forever. Meeting the handsome stranger, with no formal introduction, it felt exciting and new and as I can only explain it, inexorably mean to be. I could almost feel the static in the air reading about them, forgetting they were in fact teenagers.
The inevitable happens when the two are introduced and it dawns on them that the attraction they felt should just be squashed, they were siblings now...well it's easier in theory. How could they create a sibling bond?

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"...I'm not your brother, I'm your stepbrother, which means anything we do with, or to each other is entirely legal."
"But hardly moral..."
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A separation for a year another birthday would bring awful news, and rather than facing their attraction again, the pair cling onto one another through the worst news. We see them fall apart.

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"....I'll always be here for you Soph....I'll always be your family..."
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We meet the couple a number of years later, when Sophie is settled with her then partner and Logan is, well, Logan :)
But he continues to be the support he claimed he would be, he speaks to her frequently about her issues or bad dreams and frequent late night phone calls continue. He pulls Sophie from the darkest hours she has and reminds her of the good. He is the perfect, sometimes hilarious gentleman.

However when Sophie finds herself single, the first person she runs to is Logan. They reconnect not only emotionally but physically and it leaves Sophie feeling confused once again doubtful of others judgments and her feelings, rather than grasping onto some kind of happiness. She runs and this time Logan's hurt and resentment is clear to see. He reaches out but gets nothing.

When the pair meet back up under a business contract they seem like different people. But the attraction is no less. However Logan's hurt is evident and makes him become a character difficult to like. Would he push Sophie too far? Would she be able to refuse the biggest contract her small business have ever been offered? Would he make her jump through hoops to fulfill the contract?

The book was amazing. So completely different from the 'Moon Bound Series' but brilliant none the less. The characters were brilliant and although it was a hard read at points, it was a constant page turner and so emotional. All I desperately wanted was for them both to find their own happiness.

Even someone close to Sophie can realise her feelings for Logan and I hoped maybe that would be the permission she needed to grant herself some happiness.

A five star read and the same for my steam meter ;)

(Reviewed by myself for Ladies Living in Bookland: http://www.ladieslivinginbookland.co.uk/2015/01/mandy-lou-dowson-stepbrother-mine.html)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Bookie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So, you know when you are really excited about something and go to tell a friend, but your story winds up being something like "This happened, and then this, and then this, and this!"? That is how this story is written.

From the second Sophie meets her step-brother, Logan, she is highly attracted to him, but she doesn't know who he is yet. When she finds out who he is, she immediately feels dirty for having those thoughts about her step-brother. I kind of wanted to slap her for being so dumb... you aren't actually related. This whole "oh I can't! what would society think?" is a big issue in this book for no reason.

The story takes places over a ten year span and ends pretty abruptly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa161000c) out of 5 stars Looking for an Excellent Step Brother Read? March 17 2015
By Riley Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"Things will get hard, but you won't run. And if you do I'll always find you." His lips grazed her brow as he kissed first one eye and then the other, tasting the saltiness of tears from her lashes. "I will never get bored of you. I have been thrilled by even the thought of you for a decade. What people think of us is non of our business. What people will see is a couple who belong together right down to their very marrow." ~ Logan Castle

If you didn't melt a little after reading that beginning quote, it's quite possible you're made of ice.

Logan Castle is immediately attracted to Sophie Ellis. Who wouldn't be? She's an absolutely beautiful girl. Sophie Ellis is immediately attracted to the dark, brooding Logan. They meet on the day of Sophie's mom's wedding. They even share a brief flirtation during the reception since they are seat at the same table. Imagine their shock when our would be couple find out they are step brother and sister!

After the flirting and sexual tension Logan feels the whole taboo thing of falling for his two years younger step sister, he pretends his best friend Jan is his girlfriend when Sophie over hears their phone conversation. As much as Sophie doesn't want to, she can't help the feelings that overcome her around Logan.

The two do their best to deny their feelings for each other. They sort of fall into routine of knowing they desire each other but trying super hard to ignore their feelings. Sophie starts to date Taylor and Logan starts to hook up with random girls. This seems to be working for them until the night of Sophie's seventeenth birthday. After a disastrous try at going to a movie together, (sexual tension so thick it's ridiculous) the two try to go out for pizza. The thing is around Logan, Sophie becomes a klutz. She splatters a ketchup packet and runs from the pizza place. Long story short of course Logan goes after her. The two wind up sharing a very steamy long overdue kiss and Sophie freaks out.

I think Logan was open to having a relationship with Sophie from the get go. Sophie had a lot of anxiety about what others, especially their respective parents would think. Here's the thing about their parents. Sophie's mom is lovely. They have a loving relationship. Logan and his dad on the other hand are practically strangers to each other. Logan's dad never married his mom and the two have never really had a relationship to speak of. The only reason Logan goes to live with his dad and new family is because dad's paying for Logan to go to college.

You get the feeling from the start, Logan's dad doesn't really like him very much. He constantly belittles Logan and throws out insinuations that he knows Logan's feelings for Sophie are less than honorable. So he makes it extremely clear Logan is to not even think of Sophie in anything other than a brotherly way. This proves to be difficult because anyone with eyes can see these two are wildly attracted to each other.

Sophie's birthday seems to be a time everyone comes together and I have to admit Logan tends to be very bold in his actions toward Sophie. Logan's brain firmly believes in the fact that they're step siblings. He knows the way he feels about Sophie and he doesn't care about what anyone else thinks. On this particular birthday, Sophie's eighteenth, the two are hit with a tragedy that rocks their world.

The story unfolds over ten years. Their relationship changes throughout. There's even a time when Logan is so broken the two are like strangers and only come together again through a work opportunity. Logan is different, almost cruel and so unlike him. He hurts Sophie during this time and you wonder if their relationship can be salvaged. Of course I'm not giving that away. I will give you this...at some point, Logan and Sophie do get naked and let's just say that pent up sexual tension explodes and yes Logan is book boyfriend fantasy worthy.

I was completely #teamlogan through the whole story. Even when he was being a jerk to Sophie, I got why. I didn't like it, but I got it.

I know there are a lot of step sibling stories coming out these days, but I must say Stepbrother Mine is one of the best. The quote from Logan up top is just a tiny portion of some of the swoon worthy things Logan says. The boy is the entire package. You'll be cheering for Logan and Sophie, but secretly wishing Logan could be yours.

A five lip smack review for Stepbrother Mine and a new book boyfriend in Logan Castle.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa160edec) out of 5 stars Not my fave March 7 2015
By DiDi - Guilty Pleasures BR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading other books with a similar topic, I was excited to see how a new-to-me author handled the taboo topic. But, rather then enjoying myself, I felt a little bit let down by the contrived nature of most elements of the story.

Sophie and Logan were unaware of the other’s identity and attracted to one another when they first met at their parent’s wedding. Upon realizing that they were now related through marriage, they hid their true feelings behind the label of being “siblings”.

This is where I had my largest issue with the story. Granted, at 16 and 18, they were both young, but Sophie and Logan were old enough that they were not raised together. They did not know one another when they were younger or even live together for more than a few months. Yet Sophie insisted on viewing Logan as her “brother”. She waivered from “yes I want him” to “no, we’re brother and sister” so much that I felt dizzy. Just because your parents are married you are not related! The taboo that was supposed to be the crux of the story just felt too forced.

My second issue with the story stemmed from the convenience of everything that happened. Whenever Sophie needed a job, it was suddenly there. Whenever there needed to be a storyline where she attracted Logan’s attention, there managed to be a crack in the sidewalk/thread in the carpet for her to trip and land with her head in Logan’s lap/hands on his thigh…you get the point. Everything in the story just felt forced, predictable and contrived to me.

Lastly, I had an issue with the fact that I simply did not like the heroine. She was so wishy washy, so needy that I didn’t understand Logan’s attraction to her in the first place other than the fact that she wore short skirts. I thought her actions in leaving Logan were childish and selfish. Plus, she had to be the klutziest woman I’ve ever read about. It didn’t make her endearing to me. It just made her annoying.

While I liked Logan as a hero and thought the idea of the story had potential, I felt that it was bogged down in forced scenarios and a false sense of guilt that I didn’t understand. The story did pick up in the last quarter of the book, but by that time I no longer had the patience for Sophie and her “he’s my brother” nonsense that I couldn’t get invested in their romance any longer.