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Say You're Mine

(Shillings Agency #5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  445 ratings  ·  97 reviews

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She's a challenge he can't afford to lose...

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She's been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he's managed not

Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published December 7th 2015 by Entangled: Brazen
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
3.5 Stars

He'd die for her. Kill for her. Fight for her. But not love her. He didn't do love. Didn't want it. Hell, he didn't deserve it. Guys like him didn't get to be loved.

Diane Alberts remains one of my go-to authors in category romance for constantly delivering on the swoony and panty-melting romance with deliciously stubborn heroes. Her Shillings Agency series has been a favorite of mine from the beginning. I've been itching to get my hands on Steven's book since a little peek of him in T
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Irresistibly sexy and sweet!!!!! If you are a fan of the friends to lovers trope then Say You're Mine by Diane Alberts is the book for you. Ms. Alberts has written a story that had the right amount of angst, drama, sweetness, and sexiness to keep readers entertained. I have always been a fan of best friends to lovers romance and let me just say Ms. Alberts has written one deliciously sexy romance.

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Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has been best f
Say You’re Mine rocks the classic falling in love with your best friend romance.

Lauren has always watched Steven play the field, never settling down. How can she trust a drunken night of passion has changed his ways?

Steven finally realized what has been missing. Its been standing right in front of him as his best friend Lauren. Now he just has to convince Lauren that its worth the risk.

A sweet and sexy romance between friends, Say You’re Mine was a perfect contemporary military romance. Caught u
Claire Robinson
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 - "What's it gonna be?" Stars!

The fifth instalment in the Shillings Agency series gives us Steven and Lauren's story. Both featured a little in the previous book as Steven is Holt's friend and colleague and Lydia's older brother. We move from one tried and tested trope in 'Brothers-Best-Friend' to 'Friends-to-Lovers' in Say You're Mine. But when done well, both of which are personal favorites.

She was the one constant in a world full of chaos.

You could sense something was simmering between ou
Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from publisher via Netgalley*

What a sweet story!

Two people who have been friends since childhood and remained close friends as adults, until they realized they couldn’t be just friends anymore. I guess Lauren has always known that Steven is the one for her, but Steven, not so much, although he got there eventually.

Given their history, it was understandable there would be wavering because turning friends to lovers is a delicate balance. If the lover part messes up, the friend part c
Sybil aka Lala
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Steven and Lauren have been friends since either of them can remember. Through bad boyfriends, drunken nights and tours in Iraq the two have them have stayed fast in their friendship. They have never, not once, crossed the line that would take them from friends to lovers. But that would all change on one drunken night…

Steven is an ex-navy seal who is dealing with the invisible scars left by war. He drowns his fear and pain in copious amounts of alcohol and women. He’s hiding a secret pain from h
Siobhan Davis
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a well-written 'friends to lovers' story and an entertaining quick read. Steven is a Navy Seal who has returned from his stint overseas struggling to deal with the horrors he faced. He's been in self-destruct mode since then, drowning in booze and women. Lauren has been his best friend since forever. At the same juncture, they both seem to realize that they have more than friendly feelings toward each other and the story is essentially about their transition to lovers.

There is plenty of
I don't know how I feel about this book...
I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either!
It was fast paced but that wasn't the problem!The thing
that kind of bothered me was the situation between Steven&Lauren...

So the story about these two is that they were best friends for
twenty years!They had feelings for each other but never acted on them.
They both had problems Lauren always had jerk boyfriends and Steven was on Navy SEAL and had his deamons which he was trying to forget with drinks and wom
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Diana Albert, Brazen, Romance
3.5 Stars When you read a Shilling Agency book you know you are going to get men who have demons to conquer, a feeling they do not deserve the woman they pine for and then when they do fall for that woman... they fall hard!

This story had the man with the past... The long time girl who had been in the friend zone for years... and then the day of recognizing... they both loved each other...We experienced slamming hot sex between these two, some serious angst and just the right Brazen touch.

A gifte
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Say You're Mine by Diane Alberts
Book Five of the Shillings Agency series
Publisher: Brazen
Publication Date: December 7, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

She's a challenge he can't afford to lose...

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and L
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Say You're Mine is an enjoyable addition to Diane Albert's Shilling Agency series. I'm quite partial to a brooding, stubborn hero and Steven Thomas ticks those boxes nicely.

"He’d die for her. Kill for her. Fight for her. But not love her."

Suffering the after effects of his last deployment, Steven has turned his focus onto booze and women to numb the pain. A night out, a few too many drinks and his focus finally lands on Lauren, his lifelong best friend and person who knows him in every sense
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Steven has regrets, big regrets, and he's leaning on alcohol and women to get him through each day. He has three people he cares about, his brother Hoyt, Hoyt's wife Lydia, and his best friend Lauren Brixton. She's the girl he can count on and he'd never do anything to ruin it, until one night he starts seeing her in a new light. Lauren promised to be there for Steven always, but she's tired of ignoring her attraction and watching him go home with women who don't care for him and drown his sorro ...more
5 Steven is my new book boyfriend stars!

Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book from the very first sentence! This was such a fun, quick, playful, steamy, and emotional read that I didn’t want to put down. And when I did put it down, I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters. I gobbled it up like a box of Godiva chocolates and it left with a cheesy and swoony smile on my face when I finished it.

Steven and Lauren have been best friends since they were children and have always been in each other liv
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Alberts and all I can say was wow! I actually really enjoyed it and finished it in one sitting. I am such a sucker for best friends falling in love and this story is honestly one of the best ones I have read.

Lauren and Steven have been best friends forever but have never crossed the line into anything else. Steven only does one night stands and Lauren only dates jerks. Lately Steven has been realizing his attraction to her but he doesn't know what to do about it.

One ni
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s time for another visit to the Shillings Agency and be prepared dear reader, this is the book we’ve been waiting for. Steven and Lauren….finally.

I love a friends to lover’s trope and this one has been a long time in the making so it makes it even better. So when I read the blurb and it was about Steven and Lauren, I may have let out a whoop of joy because I have wanted these two to open their eyes for what feels like forever and they certainly didn’t let me down. I loved their book.

Would you
Maria Rose
This is the fifth story in the Shillings Agency series and contains the fairly predictable trope of friends to lovers. In this case, Lauren and Steven have been friends since they were kids, and while at one point Lauren had a crush on Steven when they were teens, it never went anywhere. When Steven went off to war, he came back with a strong case of PTSD after the death of several of his comrades. Lauren's been his one constant. But he's starting to realize that the feelings he's having for her ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 cupcake stars

Lauren Brixton has been watching her BF, Steven, come and go during postings as a Navy SEAL. Friends since elementary school, she has secretly carried a torch for the winsome man, so his regular one-night stands suggest he wouldn’t be accepting of anything more.

Steven Thomas finds himself at the Shillings Agency, following a nightmare departure from the Navy. He doesn’t feel he succeeds at much so far, and when his drunken best friend suggests their burning attraction should be
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Say You're Mine is a sweet & sexy read. It's the first book in this series that I have read and I enjoyed it.

It has the romantic falling in love feeling to it. There are some small parts that are filled with some tension but overall, it's a very lovely story.

Steven is a retired Navy SEAL, trying to find life again in the general public. Lauren is his best friend for over 20 years. Steven finally realizes what's been in front of his face all these years. Lauren feels it but can't get
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This book contains two of my favorite tropes: wounded warrior and friends to lovers. I loved both Steven and Lauren. They've been friends since they were teens. Lauren feels more than friendship though, and Steven feels unworthy of love, especially after leaving the SEALs. The journey these two are on is emotional and made me tear up several times. I highly recommend this book! Other characters from this series are included but this book can be read on it's own without any confusion.

An ARC was p
Bette Hansen
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
An excellent friends to lovers story! Lauren and Steven are both afraid of losing the best friendship they each have in their lives so pursuing more between them is a no go! That is until one drunken night changes everything. These characters definitely have chemistry and Steven's delicious dirty talk is enough to send anyone over the edge but Lauren does put up a good fight. Not too much angst in this one. The biggest factor between them is getting past the fear. Nothing too deep to the story m ...more
Dec 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
This is a friends to lovers story that takes a twenty year old friendship, throws in some sexual tension, a bit of alcohol, and then opens the floodgates of lust and hidden feelings.

But they've both got issues...and they are supposed to be off limits.

Steven is suffering from PTSD, guilt, loss, and anger. He's restless, stubborn, slow to trust, and has a decreased sense of self worth. He is afraid of relationships. He keeps a lot bottled up. But to his best friends and his sister he is loyal, kin
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“I don’t have a clue what the hell I’m doing, or how this ends, but I’m gonna fight for this–whatever the hell it is, or whatever it could be–because with you, I’m me. The real me. But first, I’m going to become a man that is worthy of you, and then I’m never gonna let you go.”

Such a great friends to lovers romance! Say You’re Mine is the 5th book in the Shillings Agency series, but can totally be read as a stand-alone.

So, once again, I’m reading this series out of order and am totally kicking m
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Diane Alberts is easily one of my favorite Brazen authors. I always fall for her heroes and love her heroines. Her Shillings Agency series is fantastic and I'm happy to see it continue with Say You're Mine. I don't like to play favorites, but if I did, this would totally be my favorite in the series so far. It was hot, sweet and even had quite a bit of feels. I loved everything about this book.

The friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites a
 Lynsey Goddard ❤
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Say You're Mine is the first book in the series that I have read, and my first by Diane Alberts, it was a good enjoyable short book.

It a pleasant love story, not overly complicated by drama or angsty hero's, Steven is a retired Navy SEAL, trying build his life outside of the military. Lauren is his best friend for over 20 years. It's not instalove, Lauren doesn't believe Steven can hold down a relationship, she's been on the sidelines watching, as other women in his life have come and gone too e
4-1/2 stars.

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The pic above pretty much sums up the way I feel about Navy SEAL Steven Thomas. Oooooh that boy is hot. Do you need to know anything else?

The summary for this is pretty spot on. BFFs Steven and Lauren have a one-night stand that gets them both realizing they want more. They've both got reasons for not wanting to explore a relationship, the least of which is the fact that neither want to ruin their friendship. It isn't long before they're
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I liked the (previous?) book - and I liked this one too.

Stephen is an ASSSSSHATTTT. And Lauren is great, but I totally don't like how the OMG LIE drama exploded. The whole ... "SHUT UP" scene by the trashcan is so true to life and perfect though (you'll have to read it - right before the misunderstanding)

Anyway ... I don't even really see why/how it was a lie - she was worried. So the MAJOR CONFLICT felt a bit contrived and he way over reacts and needs to be slapped upside the head ...

but I ca
Beneath The Covers Blog
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads, alison, arcs
*I received an ARC for my honest review*

Steven and Lauren have been best friends since the 4th grade. Over the years they have watched each other go in and out of relationships all along knowing those were the wrong people for them. Will they act on their feelings and possibly ruin a life long friendship?

Steven has demons, demons that have haunted him since he's gotten back from war. He's got a dirty mouth and I'm a sucker for dirty mouths and at times can be a jerk, but hey I like those too in
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