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Max and Finn

(Men of Smithfield #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,395 ratings  ·  152 reviews
Previous title: "Cover Me"

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 m
ebook, 159 pages
Published September 2012 by Carina Press (first published October 2nd 2009)
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Written November 19, 2014

3.6 Stars - Bold, yummy hot, light suspense and chuckling fun. - What more could a smut-girl want?

Book #2

This was the second 'stand-alone' novella audio (5 hrs) in the Men of Smithfield series I listened to this week. I really enjoyed the first Smithfield M/M story, #1 - Mark and Tony (3.3 stars) and started this second as soon as I managed.

An autumn tale, it's Halloween time
...and wacky enough, I heard warm tropical rain splash here (in Thailand), sitting on a hotel b
I'm having a hard time figuring out how to rate this book; there were parts of it that made me really, REALLY angry on behalf of one of the characters, there were parts that were completely entertaining, and then there were parts that were incredibly sweet and fluffy but bewildering at the time time.

I'm just going to put this out there: Max is a complete and total asshat. For 75% of the book, he's the worst kind of Robocop - he's judgmental and arrogant and wholly insensitive to those around him
3.5 hearts

Pure entertainment.

Between L.B. Gregg's humorous writing style and Shannon Gunn's ...erhm... enthusiastic narrating, I found my self laughing more often than not. I know that was L.B. Gregg's intention in her writing, but was that Shannon Gunn's intention with the narrating? I'm not sure, but I found him to be freaking hilarious.

It all starts when Finn decides he likes the older brother of the boy he's tutoring. What's the next, logical step in a situation such as this?

Step 1: Go to c
Tiya Rosa
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, asshole-mc
2.5 stars

I didn't want to rate an L.B. Gregg book a 2.5, but this just didn't work for me. It was still undeniably well written and there were no eye rolling or Kindle cursing involved, but a lot of how shit went down just didn't sit well with me.

First the mystery. There wasn't any. You get to figure out who was going to be the culprit even before you reach Chapter 3. He was practically wearing a 'disturbed and has a future in serial killing' sign around his neck.

The romance. It wasn't convinci
Mar 20, 2019 rated it did not like it

Unfortunately, stories about sexually starved fools who put up with total lack of personality, manners, and respect and allow their partners to treat them like dirt just because they have the hots for them is not something that appeals to me. This was like a celebration of verbal abuse, disrespect, and total lack of self worth. Really not my thing
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked Finn but Max was kind of a douche. He redeemed himself in the end, but he wasn't very likeable for most of the story. I enjoyed seeing officer Tony from the first book :) On to book #3...
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well narrated. Each appear to be stand alone and have minimal character overlap should you accidentally read them out of order (like I did). The characters are strong, so to the story line, despite the shortness of each book. Nice quickies!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I LOVED the audiobook narration by Shannon Gunn in this one—superb! The book I liked, but it didn’t wow me. And to be honest, things got a little crazy there at the end on the boarding school grounds.

It took me awhile to warm up to both MCs, Max specifically. He’s an ex Marine now running a security firm. Finn, the other MC calls him robocop. And that’s what’s he seems to be for most of the book.

Finn is a theatre and creative writing teacher at a prestigious prep school in Connecticut. Max thi


3,5 stars.

I liked this one a tiny bit too less than the first book, but it is my personal feeling. The series tells always different love stories and the pair constellation, their previous history(if there is one), the social background in every book is just a matter of taste. You can read every book as a standalone. But why should I?
A security specialist and a English teacher. Sounds perfect. And it was not bad. But not very memorable. I also didn't find the narrating of Shannon Gunn as
3.6 Stars

Wow, I'm not sure how I forgot how Shannon Gunn's narration can be...oh, let's say, a bit dramatic. It totally was...but I had a blast listening to it, even if the story was pretty standard bodyguard fare. The ending surprised me because I think I had everyone BUT that person pegged as the culprit (including Hemmy's dad doing it as some sort of publicity stunt). Also, wow, high-schoolers are super annoying.
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This is the first time LB Gregg has let me down.

Here's the problem: Max treats Finn with a total lack of respect. He insults him to his face, casting aspersions on everything from Finn's character to his work ethic to his (supposedly promiscuous, unsafe, irresponsible) sex life. And he's wrong about every one of those things, but that's almost beside the point.

Max radiates casual contempt for Finn. And I want to emphasize "casual," because Max isn't being malicious, or aggressive, or hostile --
1.5 star

The main character's name should be changed into Fionna, instead of Finn. In fact, that's what I'm going to do with this chick with a dick story.

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Ended well but the first sixty percent I thought Max was an asshole and Finn was a doormat. The last part of the book it was like Max became a different person, the transition was shocking and abrupt.

Unfortunately, the mystery was too obvious and i just couldn't find a connection with the guys.

On a good note, there are lots of funny parts that made me chuckle.

I like the series so i will just chalk this up to a " you can't please everyone, all the time" and move on to book four.
Camille Adams
I found this to be somewhat flimsy insomuch as the bones of the intended narrative were barely covered. This goes for the mystery and the cliche romance.

Also Shannon Gunn seems only able to utilise a sarcastic or an acerbic tone.

It was just okay. Nothing terribly special.
Erotic Horizon
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars

When Michael “Finn” Finnegan is fired by security specialist Max Douglas under less than ideal circumstance, he had no idea that a few months later they would be sharing rooms in the same boys dorm.

Finn a drama teacher in a private prep school takes his job as seriously as any teacher would who happen to be responsibly for a bunch of boys. With little to break up their days Finn and the boys gets on like a house and fire, so when he finds out one evening that his nemesis Max Douglas w
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - This is part of Gregg's Men of Smithfield series, but like the others, is a stand-alone story. This time focusing on Michael "Finn" Finnegan who teaches at a posh prep school in Smithfield and whose routine is upended when security expert Max comes to campus to guard a student from a stalker. Unfortunately for Finn's case, Max was also a one-time fling from the summer before that had ended badly. So now he's juggling his mixed feelings for seeing hot Max again along with the needs fo ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm, series, zz-amazon-yes
This was an enjoyable story with the same feel as the previous books in the series. There is mystery and a lot of humour in the telling of the tale.

I liked both the main characters and the sex was hot. I usually like more romance in my books but with this series, I read more for the other elements rather than the romance - it's not hearts and flowers.

It was really interesting to read this book after listening to the audio version of the first two books in the series. I actually heard the narrat
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another easy read in this series.

The mystery story worked well for me. I had an idea of who it was, but was never certain until the end. (I’m sure others wont be as unsure lol).

As for Michael and Max, I’m afraid I just didn’t feel any emotional connection between them, just a mutual sexual attraction.

I seem to be following a pattern in these books of liking one MC but disliking the other. Maybe its just the whole D/s feel to them.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Max was a dick and then he wasn't. Finn made me smile. I'm gonna keep going.
Cover Me is the third book in LB Gregg’s Men of Smithfield series. I found the past two books by this author, Gobsmacked and Happy Endings, to be fun and light reads. Cover Me still has some light moments but LB has also written a great suspense mystery in between the pages. If you were a fan of LB’s other books, you will feel the same with Cover Me.

Michael Finnegan is a teacher at the Dalton Boarding School. Over the summer he tutors to make some extra money. He’s having a hard time with Kyle D
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars – This is part of Gregg’s Men of Smithfield series, but like the others, is a stand-alone story. This time focusing on Michael “Finn” Finnegan who teaches at a posh prep school in Smithfield and whose routine is upended when security expert Max comes to campus to guard a student from a stalker. Unfortunately for Finn’s case, Max was also a one-time fling from the summer before that had ended badly. So now he’s juggling his mixed feelings for seeing hot Max again along with the needs fo ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Premettendo che non ho letto il primo volume di questa saga, posso dire che questo secondo capitolo è perfettamente godibile lo stesso. Tra l’altro, Tony – il precedente protagonista – fa giusto una comparsata veloce, niente di troppo importante.
Che dire della storia?
Comincio col fatto che è arduo amare un libro quando passi metà del tempo desiderando di prendere a ceffoni il coprotagonista, perché il comportamento di Max mi ha fatto proprio desiderare uno sfogo per buona parte della storia. L’a

3.5 stars

Lawdy. The opening chapter sex-in-the-office scene is steamy hawt. It’s an awkward beginning for Max and Finn, though. Then, a mystery stalker at the elite boarding school where Finn teaches takes over and things get a bit hairy. Lucky for him, Max, a security expert and ex-Marine, is put on the case to sort things out. (And Tony from book one makes a short appearance.)

This was a entertaining read. There is an ease to the writing, nicely laced with humor and snark. Oh… I’m talking about
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
While the mystery part of this book was quite interesting (although I figured out the point much sooner than the MC), I did not enjoy the rest. Maybe it was because the book started when the MCs already knew each other, but I couldn't feel the attraction between them - they seemed to have so different world views and, apart from the lust, I didn't get why Finn liked Max and vice versa (Max did explain it a bit at some point, but why would he value the free spirit in Finn when he didn't want some ...more
Well color me disappointed. I really thought the first one was funny and cute. I liked Finn/Mikey well enough but Max I wanted to junk punch for being such a prick one second and then a playful guy the next. Dude. WTF?! I didn't buy the authors rationale of the whole "I'm working" sorry...there's a difference between professional and grade A asswipe. The mystery was sorta...mystery-ish, better than book 1 (Mark and Tony) I thought but the romance seemed a little secondary to all the other going ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2012, m-m, on-blog
This is my favorite in the Men in Smithfield series so far. Granted, I was not a big fan of either of the main characters but the story more than made up for it. There is mystery, danger and violence... with a bit of sex thrown in. Good story.

A great addition to the series.

Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Ex marine turned security professional and a boarding school teacher have the common mission to keep a student with a high profile parent safe. Good set-up, good chemistry, ok who-done-it. I like this series.
2.5 stars rounded up.
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

Book 2: Max & Finn - 3.5 stars

Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun! Pleasing. Inconsequential but addictive. On I go with this series. Very glad to have found Ms Gregg! Thank you.
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