Manhandled (Hammered #2)


Author: Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott
Published: April 8, 2016
Pages: 277

Stars: 2 out of 5


My name is Faith Keystone, but my friends call me Keys.
I’m the piano player for Hammered.
Did I mention I’m the only female in my band?
That means I technically have five older brothers.
Can’t forget my manager and security team, too.
Alone time is nonexistent.
I escaped an overbearing family to join this happy circus, and most of the time it’s awesome.
Except now, because of one teensy little incident at a show.
Now I have this hulking bodyguard shadowing me like a freaking puppy.
Only this puppy is more like a Doberman with an attitude problem.
And he only knows one word—NO.
I hate that word.
And I hate Quinn Alexander.
The one thing I do like is giving him the slip. Is it wrong that I kinda like when he growls at me after he finds me?
Because he always finds me.
Worst of all? I want him so bad that I keep forgetting I hate him


This book started off really slow. The author introduced a lot of characters and to be honest, I was lost. The wedding ceremony dragged and I couldn’t understand why the author included all this information. And then I realized this was the second book in the series. No wonder I’m confused. Overall, I think you can get by if you start this book before the first. You will only be confused for a short bit. But it might be a good idea to start with book one.
So once I figured everything out, I got better understanding for Keys, aka Faith. She is fiercely independent, loyal, strong, but not to the point of stupidity. At least in the beginning her character isn’t stupid. As the story progresses, she comes off a bit spoiled, becomes careless, and makes stupid decisions because the rules that are meant to keep her same are really inconvenient. She is smart enough to be scared of her stalker. But doesn’t think much or even twice about things that happen around her that are strange or weird. By the end of the book, I didn’t mind her character.
Right from the start Quinn admits he is attracted to Faith. But Quinn comes with a lot of baggage and fights his attraction. He is the opposite of Faith in almost every way. But he is a strong alpha character who is very dominant if not abrasive at times. By the end of the book, he was a completely different character and more compatible for Faith.
To be honest, the begging of this book doesn’t exactly have me rooting for Faith and Quinn to get together. They are completely opposite. He’s controlled, quiet, reserved, boring… And she’s loud, free spirited, laughs, fun. I guess I just don’t really see the match here. The way Quinn and Faiths romance starts is similar to a firecracker going off without warning. I felt like it came out of nowhere and wasn’t a very smooth transition from what was happening prior.
Then next thing you know, Quinn and Faith are together. By this point in the book, it mellows out and is a little more enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed the ending. I felt like everything was leading up to meet I g her stalker and all of that was just there. It wasn’t exciting but still entertaining to a point.
Overall, the book was alright. I didn’t love it and was ok with putting it down for a day or two at a time. I felt like the flow was off and the book was choppy. And in the end, I walked away from the book not loving it, not hating it, but feeling more indifferent about it.

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