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The Grunt (The Lonely Hearts #3)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,174 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Staff Sergeant Brett Black has a bad feeling that something is going to go terribly wrong. And as a Recon Marine, he pays attention to his gut. Only nothing can prepare him for what he encounters when he arrives at home from the base. His wife is leaving him, and there is nothing he can do about it.

Abandoned with a kid, the super alpha-male has to become domesticated quic
Nook, 309 pages
Published July 25th 2011 by RiverHouse Publishing, LLC
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I loved this book, from page one. Brett is such a sweetheart. He is a tough, formidable Marine, but he's also a caring, warm, emotionally vulnerable man. My heart ached for him because of the way his wife treated him. It seems as though there was little of value to his marriage, but he did keep trying to be a good husband. I can't imagine how hard it was for him to go out on the frontline and have an indifferent, judgmental, unloving wife at home. Never feeling good enough for her or that he had ...more
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
Feb 2013 reread- I still love this book. The characters, the plot. I think there may have been changes made to the book. The part where Brett gets emotional because it had been so long since someone had wanted his touch not just endured it is gone in the kindle edition. I loaned mine out, so it was a redownload. I'm sad that Ms. Nelson took it out.
It seemed shorter as well.

Sept 2011-review
What great book! I love the characters and the way they're drawn. I thought is was realistic, passionate a
A sweet contemporary romance about a Marine soldier whose awful awful wife abandons him and his little boy, forcing him to hire a nanny to help out. He ends up meeting Courtney, a very loving, happy free spirit who basically shows Brett and Cameron (his little boy) what has been missing from their lives. The things that poor Brett had to endure, during and after his marriage ended, were soooo sad and heart wrenching, ugghhh...i felt sooo bad for him. :( Brett and Courtney's relationship/romance ...more
Lady Raven RAVE! /for readers & book lovers.

4.5 stars

Staff Sergeant Brett, comes home from Afghanistan to a not so nice welcome by his wife. He was abandoned, with having to care for his son alone. Now alone and not sure how to raise a child on his own, he finds help at the library. Courtney is a librarian and helps Brett in his time of need.

THOUGHTS (May contain spoilers)
I enjoyed this book. As much as I liked the story, I really enjoyed the way the story was
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
Okay I love everything about this story. I can't believe I waited so long before I read it. But I guess I'm glad I did. I needed this type of book right now.

Straight forward & honest love here. No games. Real issues. Colorful layered characters with LOTS of heart. And an interesting & gripping plot.

I lost count of how many times I teared up reading this book. Or how many times I gasped out loud due to some shocking reveals. I don't want to ruin anything, just read it. Please. You will b
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
This was a book that surprised me on a lot of levels.

Level One:
Brett; our hero. Usually when an author writes about a man in the military they choose a SEAL or something along those lines. If the military hero is not high up on the chain of command then he's working his way up the ladder. This was not so with Brett. Brett's a grunt and he's happy where he is. This was so refreshing because it's not often that you get a character who's okay with not having tons of money or a grand title. Latrivia
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
Genre: Adult Inter-Racial Romance

This book shows you that out of all the hardships life may bring you can still find true happiness. The Grunt

The Grunt starts off with Sergeant Brett Black's wife leaving him and their 4yr old son Cameron for another man. Brett finds himself not only a single parent but utterly lost in thoughts of how it all went wrong. While visiting the base library he meets a young black girl named Courtney. The two run into eachother again later tha
The number of crummy interracial romance novels that I've read in the past week trying to find one that didn't fetishize black women and/or glorify white men is HUGE. When I picked up this book, I was hoping against hope that it wouldn't be more of the same but still preparing myself for more harmful subliminal messages about my skin, hair, big booty, and choice to marry a black man. I kept going from book to book in the Interracial Romance list hoping there was one that was a real love story ab ...more
Theodora Taylor
Description: Staff Sergeant Brett Black suddenly finds himself widowed, with no one to look after his little boy. Enter Courtney Lawless, a wild-child, surfing librarian and the Lieutenant Colonel’s daughter. She’s recently been laid off from her job and agrees to become Brett’s live-in nanny. Passion and drama alike ensues.

The Good: This story is a super-hot and sexy page turner. It also offers rather fresh situations as far as IR is concerned. I was just as compelled by the story as the relati
Elle Chardou
Apr 25, 2012 Elle Chardou rated it really liked it
I can freely admit reading this novel wasn't exactly planned on my part last night. I actually was clearing out my Carousel on my Kindle Fire when I realized I bought it ages ago and still hadn't read it. I started it and let's just say I woke up at 2:30 am this morning to continue reading and didn't finish it till this afternoon but all I can say is whoa!

Ms. Nelson has a way with characterization which kept me reading well past when I thought I would become bored and the storyline, though it se
I loved this book! Exceptional Interracial love story. Believable characters, with a touch Hawt (!!!) love... Highly recommend this book, love the author ;)
Gisele Walko
Apr 29, 2016 Gisele Walko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story a lot. I took off a little for excessive editing issues. Loved the characters and the story. Would recommend to those who like the genre. Great storytelling. Steamy read.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jun 01, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Kelly added it and it looked really good - mine now!
04/04/2013 --
Not much to say on this one. Too many things were just beyond realistic for me to hunker down and enjoy this. I kept thinking about "facts". Also, the dialogue employed by a little 4 year old -- another "not real" moment for me. Not my cuppa!

Love the reviews and the blurb for this one. And, especially that a portion of the sale of this book will be donated to I bought the book and look forward to reading this
Aug 15, 2011 Starapple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually a pretty good read. I keep thinking about this book and its story line. It came across as quite realistic, as if this could have really happened. There is quite a bit of emotions involved by the reader as well. Not just be a fantasy a story.
I am sure others will enjoy this story too.
Lady Raven RAVE!

4.5 stars

Staff Sergeant Brett, comes home from Afghanistan to a not so nice welcome by his wife. He was abandoned, with having to care for his son alone. Now alone and not sure how to raise a child on his own, he finds help at the library. Courtney is a librarian and helps Brett in his time of need.

THOUGHTS (May contain spoilers)
I enjoyed this book. As much as I liked the story, I really enjoyed the way the story was being told. I liked that the author gav
Sep 24, 2011 Chantavis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: interracial
I must say that I've only read one other book by this author and I was really anxious to read this one based solely on the book blurb. I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn't think I was going to like it. Not because of the author's writing but because of the characters that were initially introduced. As I continued to read I fell in love with the hero, his son and eventually the heroine. This book was extremely well written. The characters are very relatable. The conflict wa ...more
~Charmer~the 1-click addict
I've never been into military guys, but now I'm thinkin about em. I've read a few books about military men but this one made me really think about it. I don't know why. I enjoyed the read.

To me this is the hottest book cover eva.
Aug 17, 2011 Kacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I enjoyed this book of this series the most so far. I have read it about six times so far!!
Apr 16, 2013 Mspraise50 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it
Aug 11, 2011 Deva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly enough, I really liked it Lol.
Mar 06, 2012 mw138 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
Brett Black, Staff Sargeant in the Marines, just wants to be happy. He dreads going home each night to his wife, who only sees the bad in everything his does and argues with him incessantly. The one bright spot in his home life is his son, Cameron. When Brett's life is dealt another blow and he finds himself a widower and single parent, he sets out to find a nanny.

Courtney Lawless is a bright, bubbly personality who loves life. Her father and brother are high-ranking officials in the Marines, so
M.J. Friday
The Grunt is the story of Staff Sergeant Brett Black and Courtney Lawless. We begin with Sgt. Black arriving home to find his wife leaving him and their young son for another man, but tragedy strikes and her plane goes down in the Atlantic truly leaving Brett a single parent. Brett finds himself in need of some help with his young son should be deployed. Enter Courtney Lawless, free spirited, soon to be librarian, who just happens to be the daughter of his commanding officer. After a few meeting ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I want to say that I was so wrong about this book. I am a military wife and I thought this was going to be the cheese pizza a lot of military romances are. Also with the way it started I can openly admit that I didn't have any faith in the progression of this book. I will however say that this book exceeded my expectations. I loved it from beginning to end. The introduction Brett I could see because a lot of men are that way, physically and emotionally. My husband is a grunt and he is happ ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Christiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the very first book that I read by Latrivia Nelson...I must say that I absolutely adored this book... I'm now a fan...This book was very well written...I can't think of one negative thing to say about this book...I loved this story about Brett and Courtney...they were so cute together..What I really liked even more about this story, is that it seemed so realistic to me...I could actually see this story happening to anyone...She delivered in every aspect of this book...I felt a little sor ...more
--karen Green-berry
Touched my heart- BRAB Online Book Club

This story touched my heart in so many ways. Brett Black was miserably in his marriage to Amy. When she abandoned him and Cameron to go to her lover, he was devastated. A s luck would have it,he met Courtney at a very vulnerable period in his life. The chemistry between them was instant.

Courtney met Brett at a time in her life when she needed someone to believe in her. Even though she came from a loving family, she could never please her father. Courtney an
Mar 12, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently started reading this author per a recommendation by a friend who likes the author's "Medlov Family" series. I liked 'The Grunt'. Interesting characters, steaminess and drama. I felt for Brett due to all of his issues & appreciated the writing of how Courtney brought comfort and happiness into his life as well as his son's life. And he, in turn, was the good man she needed despite being everything she thought she didn't want.

I recommend it.

On a side note, I really like the cover of
May 06, 2012 Keita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book because of the ratings. I read the author's book "The Ugly Girlfriend" a couple of days prior to this one and didn't care for it. I thought maybe that one was a fluke, but I guess not. I purchase both books at the same time on Amazon so I had it in possession so I gave it a try. I found myself rolling my eyes within the first few pages. By the time I got to middle of the book I couldn't take it anymore. Story lines were just too unbelievable and overly dramatic ...more
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Latrivia S. Nelson is the author of Ivy's Twisted Vine (the largest modern interracial romance novel in its genre) and Dmitry's Closet, President of Nelson Pressed, Inc. (small marketing firm that strategically promotes self-published authors) and Public Relations Senior Specialist for the award-winning, highly-acclaimed firm, The Carter Malone Group (the largest female Public Relations firm in Me ...more
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