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Can't Shake You

(River Bend #1)

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Lovers to friends to lovers…could it get any more complicated?

One thing Carissa Brandt knows: spontaneity always get her in trouble. Still, she’s gone and jumped head first into an impulsive summer renovation project with her fingers crossed. When her contractor turns out to be a cheat, it seems her only lifeline is the proffered hand of Josh Hudson—the sexy Marine who lef
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ebook, 2nd, 265 pages
Published February 22nd 2014 (first published February 21st 2014)
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♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
4 Gorgeously Romantic Stars



Friends to lovers and other complications!!!

This is the story of Carissa and Josh.... their paths crossed 3 years before.... time passed.... things and other people happened... What will happen now???

Carissa impulsively takes on a summer renovation project but things don't quite go to plan with her contractor. Luckily for her, ex Marine Josh has his very own contractor business and offers a helping hand. Is that all that's on offer???

Josh and Carissa are drawn inexp
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3--Bros Before Hoes--Stars!!

What can I say?? I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. I think my biggest problem was with the conflict.



So three years ago Carissa was in town visiting her friend Maddie when she meets Josh. It's love at first sight and all that jazz and they end up spending the night together and having the best sex of their lives.



Only for Josh to be deployed a few weeks later. While, Josh is gone Carissa ends up dating Josh's best friend Reed, aka Fletcher. They break up shortly
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Lovers to friends to lovers…could it get any more complicated?

One thing Carissa Brandt knows: spontaneity always get her in trouble. Still, she’s gone and jumped head first into an impulsive summer renovation project with her fingers crossed. When her contractor turns out to be a cheat, it seems her only lifeline is the proffered hand of Josh Hudson—the sexy Marine who left her aching for more than their single night together three ye
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Jen
4 Surprisingly Good Stars


When I read the description of Can’t Shake You and requested the ARC, I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. On its face it seems like a cute little contemporary romance with a convenient plot device thrown in to insure our MCs don’t get to ride off into the sunset together too easily. While it’s most definitely both of those things, it’s also at times funny, heartbreaking and sexy as hell.

Josh and Carissa met three years ago through Josh’s brother Dan and Carissa’s bff
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Claire Robinson
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 – Shaken and Stirred Stars!

If “Can’t Shake You” is truly Molly McLain’s first book then all I can say is -



This book was a joy to read from start to finish, I honestly have not written one negative thing in my notes.

Josh was swoonworthy, tattooed and a soon-to-be ex-marine. Carissa is smart, sassy and not afraid to go after what she wanted, their friends and family likeable and easy to read. No major angst or off-the-charts sob stories. Just a group of people going about their lives in River
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Pam
4 stars
”Ain’t no future in the past”



It’s been three years since Carissa and Josh has shared a secret night, one that forever changed their lives, too bad that night came at the wrong time. A lot has happened since then, Josh came back to find “his girl” in a relationship with his best friend, and since he never laid claim to her before he left, according to the man code, she was Fletcher’s and not his. Avoiding each other at ever possibility pretending that they are just friends is getting h
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Michelle [Helen Geek]
02/21/2014 --

1 Star -- I knew immediately I wasn't going to like this one. The dialogue fell flat for me. I really don't like when women dialogue like men about sex. They don't and to portray them as they do just sounds off. The touches of humor didn't work either. It didn't get any better for me as the book progressed.

My husband said I had a puzzled look on my face when he saw me reading this one. Wanted to know why? Well ... this one just doesn't come together. The humor isn't humorous and the
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Margie   'CSR' Fite
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely!! AMAZING
I am so excited to have been one of the people to have the opportunity to read this book before it became open to the public.. and all I can say, is THANK YOU, MOLLY!!!!! This book when you put it on goodreads to check out the 'blurb' I was intrigued to say the least... so I had to get my hands on it.. so thank you for allowing me the opportunity to get to know the amazing characters.. I absolutely LOVE Carissa, she is lovely woman full of love to give, yet broken from a tragedy in her life that ...more
Jos
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Sweet n Sexy Stars

Wow, what a GREAT read:) My only issue, hence my half star deduction, was for the main "issue" that had kept them in hiding! I didn't buy it and thought it was absurd and the fact that t went on for THAT long without anyone knowing was complete BS, lol, sorry just calling it like I sa it. Other than that "issue", I LOVED it.

The storyline outside of the "issue" that I had, I feel was very good, the characters were great and I enjoyed them all immensely and the build-up with
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Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
This was a good, sweet romance...solid debut for Molly McLain!

Carissa and Josh had a connection three years ago...the timing off, situations making it a fleeting moment...only it wasnt! Time has passed and Josh is home from Afghanistan, a sexy marine running his own successful contracting company. Carissa moved on with his best friend, and although it didnt really work out for them, it still makes for a tense atmosphere every time Carissa and Josh are near.

This book had a lot of "fate" like mome
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Catherine Arnaud
I received a copy of this book in exchange of a honest review, and let me say ...it's worth it all the time spent reading it!
This book is so good!
Its a story of second chances, loyalty and friendship.
Clarissa and Josh met before he gone to Afeghanistan, they had a unforgettable night, but no promises are made.
They spent nearly three years apart, but neither was capable to forget that night. Now, they are always around each other because of mutual friends, and after Clarissa was deceived by a co
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Dana
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Can’t Shake You is Molly McLain’s debut and she is off to an awesome start! This book alternates POV between Carissa and Josh which is great because you were able to get into both of their heads. Carissa is a very normal and likable character and Josh is an ex-Marine/Contractor and is super sexy! The chemistry between these two was off the charts and the sex was H-O-T! Throw in a little mystery and some great seconda
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Morgan
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by MJM via NetGalley for an honest review

This is Molly McLain's debut novel and she's off to a great start. I really enjoyed Molly's writing style and story development. I would consider this book to be a contemporary romance. The sex scenes are steamy but tame. The attraction and tension between the lead characters propels the book forward. (Josh and Carissa) The dialogue at times can fall a bit flat. I wasn't the biggest fan of the supporting BFF role- Maddie. This is book 1 in w
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Vishous
*ARC via netgalley*

I pretty much enjoyed this story, it was all I expected. What I did not expect was the small suspense part in it. And it was so small that I ended up wanting for more of it. It's in the background of their romance, "forbidden" love, secret lust for each other.
They spent one night together, got completely hooked for each other. After some time, they meet again and he discovers she is dating his best friend. They kept their thing a secret, even after she got single again and ev
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Zoe
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
Josh Hudson is a good guy: local contractor, Marine reservist, loyal friend. There's just one problem...he can't stop thinking about Carissa Brandt and the night they shared three years earlier. And acting on that still vibrant attraction would be super complicated. Molly takes us back to that night through flashbacks, and it's absolutely delicious to see where Josh and Carissa started, and all that has happened since.

I can say without reservation that Molly McLain's debut novel is a sweet and s
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Heather andrews
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Josh he doesn't like other men touching his girl, "he hadn't planned on going all friggin' caveman about the situation, but something ugly and possessive took over the moment he saw Carissa in his friend's arms and his suspicions were confirmed." I mean sometimes you just have to lay it all out on the table to move past things, "do you think," he began, his jaw set and his voice low and deliberate, "it was easy for me to come home and see my best friend all over the last woman I'd been with?" Sh ...more
Mitzi Carroll
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received this ARC for an honest review*

For readers 18+


"He resisted the urge to roll his eyes, happy that she at least
continued after him, her flip flops slapping against the unfinished
floor like pissed off little penguin feet."



I really, really liked this book, and I couldn't stop reading once I started. This is a sweet romance with a touch of mystery as well as some laugh-out-loud moments that I found completely entertaining. The characters are unforgettable, and I will be thinking about this
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Jos
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Sweet n Sexy Stars

Wow, what a GREAT read:) My only issue, hence my half star deduction, was for the main "issue" that had kept them in hiding! I didn't buy it and thought it was absurd and the fact that t went on for THAT long without anyone knowing was complete BS, lol, sorry just calling it like I sa it. Other than that "issue", I LOVED it.

The storyline outside of the "issue" that I had, I feel was very good, the characters were great and I enjoyed them all immensely and the build-up with
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Samantha
Okay wow! I have been reading Zoe York for a little while now and got an email about a new author. Well I took the initiative and love discovering new stuff. I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY I READ THIS BOOK!!!!

Let me start by it was pretty freaking good, steamy, and actually had a plot to it. From the beginning your are dragged in by the sassy Carissa and the brooding Marine Josh.

Thanks to a one night stand, a stupid rule among friends, and stubbornness the two have been unhappy for a while. This story i
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Jenny
Loved, loved, LOVED Josh & Carissa!!

Carissa was supposed to Josh's from day one... he had her first.
But, his tour in Afghanistan left Carissa open catch. In step's in Josh's best friend, Reed.
Carissa had no clue how Josh really felt about her the day he left for tour.

Three years later...

Josh is back and feels indebted to keeping his feelings to himself for the simple fact that Reed & Carissa were together the whole time he was away. Now no longer together (Reed and Carissa), Josh still f
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Joy
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* I got this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed this book. Once I got started I couldn't stop! The chemistry between the H and H was instant even when they were fighting. The author did a great job of giving the history of the main characters by jumping between present day and three years earlier without it getting confusing. I really loved Carissa. She was feisty, strong but had vunerable moments. Josh was the perfect H. Lovvvved when he said "baby girl". Hot, steamy and a gr
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Greyland Reviews
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The one thing that couldn't stop at all while reading this book was either smiling or laughing. This book made me happy even when there was sad parts (I think something is wrong with I think about it...) but I think I have another or few new Book Boyfriends. I love Josh, Tony, Reed, and Dan. Can't wait to read more from this author. I give this book 5 STARS!!!!! for being so funny and kinky : )
Gemma
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVED it!! Josh is now one of my new faves, totally swoon worthy!!
Very lighthearted romance with a few twists in it, kept my interest from the get go. Highly recommend if you love tattooed guys with a huge heart for the ONE woman who is also a strong & independent in her own right.
Shall continue to follow this series.
Atalia • FMR Book Grind
*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*



"You're in my head every goddamn second of the day. I…I can't shake you, baby girl. And I sure as hell can't forget how damn good we are together." … "We are pretty freaking amazing, aren't we?" -Josh & Carissa



Can't Shake You is a fun, steamy, and heart pounding read that will catch your attention from page one. What happens when the one person you can't stop thinking about is your ex's best friend? or is your best friend's ex? Carissa's a
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Kady
Can't Shake You by Molly McLain
4 Stars
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I think we've been over-dramatized within the New Adult genre. Because as I was reading this book, I kept waiting for the angst-filled back story and the self loathing, and the deep dark secrets I've become accustomed to. But there were no suicide attempts, abusive parents, or issues brought on by past violent attacks. It was just a matter of HONOR here. These two people who wanted each other desperately couldn't have each other. Because of HONOR.

Honor, yo
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Mona
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Can't Shake You,....
I was gifted an ARC from Molly...and I can't thank her enough...It was a beautiful book about Second Chances...

Josh Hudson is a nice sexy Marine who has just returned from his service overseas....He has one wonderful night with Carissa Brandt before he left for deployment...."From the moment he’d stepped into the pub and their eyes had locked, he knew she was someone special."

When he comes back after 3 years he is crushed that she's was dating his best friend Reed..He never c
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Pack52
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m always interested in reading new authors, whether they are new to me or new, as in releasing their first book. In this case, Molly McLain is both. After reading Can’t Shake You, I was so impressed, I had to ask her if she’s sure this is her first. I really loved this book!

The characters in this book have depth and a history, something that is important to me. I don’t like reading about characters whose pasts I k
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Rachel
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got it on NetGalley!!!! *Happy Dancing*

Wow. Okay. So I started reading it, and I could barely tear myself away. I stayed up until 2:30 reading this sucker when I had to work in the morning. I don't even feel bad either.

This was me the entire time I was reading Can't Shake You:




What stood out about this book was the heroine. I actually really really liked her. She wasn't weak (and I don't mean physically, I mean emotionally), she was self-aware, and she never gave up. The side plot, the non-ro
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Char (1RadReader59)
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story revolves around Carissa Brandt and Josh Hudson to people who Three years ago went to dinner and drinks with Dan (Josh’s Brother) and Maddie (Dan’s Fiancé and Carissa’s friend) and were ditched during after dinner drinks. There were sparking chemistry between this Marine and the new comer to River Bend, Nebraska from the minute they both walked in the door.
Carissa really didn’t want to go to Maddie’s and hear her and Dan getting their groove on so she thought out loud and Josh respon
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Melissa Portillo
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

3 years ago Carissa was new to town, ready to escape the baggage that had been holding her back. She meets Josh a Marine who's ready to ship out for deployment. The attraction is wild and their one night of sex something out of a romance novel, but Josh is shipped out before they got a chance to know each other.

Now things have changed Josh is home a popular contractor in his home town, a town where nothing escapes the gossip gr
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