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Grounding Griffin

(Made Marian #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,560 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Griff: I learned early on that the easiest way to avoid a broken heart is to always be the first out the door. Caring about anyone or anything is asking to be disappointed, which is why I avoid relationships and chase freelance gigs — ghost writing restaurant reviews and penning articles about the efficacy of cheesy pick up lines — instead of chasing my dreams.

Besides, d
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published January 21st 2017
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
I liked this one okay.....but not as well as the others in the series.

It was just as entertaining and hot as the others. Low angst and drama. Maybe it was a little too sappy. And Sam was a bit of a doormat. But I liked him. He seriously had the patience of a saint. Because...GRIFF.

This guy drove me nuts. I either wanted to

(a) roll my eyes...

or (b) punch him in the face...

Frustrating to say the least. Griff ran very hot and cold. Luckily he realized what an idiot he was being rather quickly, y

So far, I have read all the books in this series and I have enjoyed them all. Some I liked more than others though. I'm having a bit of trouble rating this one though, because eventhough I enjoyed reading it, there were also some things that annoyed me.

Griffin in one of the adopted brothers of the "Marian" family. He was kicked out by his parents when he came out to them and has lived on the street for some time. After being beat up and found by a cop, he is giving the choice to go to a youth ce
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot express just how much I love this series!! There is something about the Marian family, about their lives and relationships and love for each other, that is just so warm and comforting and welcoming. I loved them after Borrowing Blue but now, after 4 books, I feel like a part of the family. The first three books in the Made Marian series are amazing so I had high expectations for this installment, and Grounding Griffin does. Not. Disappoint!

Griff and Sam are absolutely perfect for each o
~Mindy Lynn~
I actually really enjoyed this one. Some of the books in this series have been more enjoyable than other's, but they have all been solid reads for me.

Griff was no doubt frustrating and I got a little annoyed with some situations, but I could look past them because I just really liked him and Sam together. They worked. The chemistry was strong and the relationship was well developed.

Griff needed Sam to ground him. But they needed each other to follow their dreams. I liked this part of the story
3.25 stars


Michael Pauley made this book better for me. I am in love with his enthusiastic narration it matches the Marian Personalities perfectly.

This is the story of Griffin former street kid who was kicked out by his parents when he came out to them and now one of the Marians after being adopted by the wonderful, loving Mr. and Mrs. Marian. And Sam the bartender, son of a former disgraced football quarterback.

I liked

*Sam and Griff together- they complemented each other, encouraged each othe
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

Although I enjoyed this fourth installment in Lennox’s sexy and sweet Made Marian series, Grounding Griffin didn’t quite live up to the standard of its predecessors.

This story is a fun and romantic romp in its own right, with plenty of panty-melting steaminess and lots of delicious drama to keep readers entertained. However, the sheer level of irrepressible passion that I felt sizzling between the previous book couples seemed to be a little less all-consuming here where new MCs Griffin
* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

Ok, I want to preface this with the fact that I still enjoyed the outrageous antics of the Marian family, but this is a far cry from the first book Borrowing Blue. I’m not saying that that’s necessarily a bad thing, but what started out as wild fun and funny has evolved into something more serious, and understandably, that’s decreased my overall enjoyment factor when crazy ott was what I expected from this series.

Though my rating reflects an overall decline, let me make clear that I stil
Denise H.
*** Amazing, fabulous, magnificent and delicious ! Worth more than 5 stars !
Griffin, does a friend a favor,

by reviewing a restaurant, and there are consequences. Griff is a writer/artist and is currently working on a funny article about the use of "pick-up" lines in bars.
Bartender, Sam, watches

curly haired Griff night after night, flirting, and thinks he's either a slut or a hooker, until he finds out the truth.
Sam finds Griff beautiful, and vice versa. Sam manages to help Griff as Griff i
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-marian-mm
4 stars Griff and Sam. They were just as sweet as the others!!

I love this series!!!! ❤️
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Whelp. That was disappointing. The huge conflict was weak as fuck. Griffin is a commitment-phobe because of childhood abandonment issues so he runs hot and cold all throughout the book. He's loving, sweet and kind to Sam, the guys spend all their time together and he acts like they're a couple but whenever anyone comments on them dating or being boyfriends, he shoots them down and completely downplays the relationship as casual and insinuates it's just a friends with benefits type of thing right ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I think this series improves with each book. I enjoyed Griff & Sams story - even though there were a few frustrating moments with Griffs " on the run" behavior. I would have possibly left out the section with Sams long forgotten parents at Xmas as this really was a waste of Sam & Griff time but I guess Sam needed some drama too ! Looking forward to the next installment ...more
4 Stars

The whole time I was listening my stomach hurt with anticipatory anxiety as I waited for Sam to find out what Griffin had written...took a little longer than I expected given how often he kept meeting Griffin's friends, but progressed exactly as expected when the shit hit the fan.

Putting the next one on the TBR shelf.

(And is it me or were the Grannies less inappropriate this go 'round? Just enough to be cheeky and embarrassing, but not so over the top as before.)
Shin Mon Thway
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
I really like this novel but I didn't love it as much as I did for the other 3 books prior to this one. The story started very strong and interesting. The concept of Griffin working as a freelancer and using endearments to pick up strangers at a bar, that idea was really genius. And our all macho protective Sam mistakenly assumed that Griff is a prostitute, that was hilarious. And then, it goes a bit meh. Don't get me wrong, the story is still interesting but it's quiet flat. There's nothing maj ...more
Pam Nelson
I enjoyed Griff and Sam’s story it wasn’t my favorite but I liked how they fit. Sam just gets Griff and Griff needed Sam to push him just a little to see what he was missing by always being so closed off.

Sam also got pushed and I think that is why they worked so well they just needed each other.
Oh my gosh, the grandma cracks me up she gets, even more, bolder in this book haha.

Again I am enjoying Michael’s performance.
Anna lost in stories *A*
This is the fourth story in Made Marian series of contemporary romances, but worry not if you are not familiar with the previous ones :) each book tells a story about a different sibling in this big family, and all of them work perfectly well as standalones ;) of course, when you read them in order, you get a better understanding of a lot of relationships and connections between certain characters, but again, it's not necessary to enjoy each story :) ok, so let's get into a bit more details abou ...more
Aղցela W.
This was book 4 in the "Made Marian" series. I loved this book and this series its like a feel good series too me. Griffin "Griff" Marian learned early that the best way to avoid getting hurt is to run. He was kicked out for being gay his mother died when he was 8 he lived on the street until he was adopted by Thomas and Rebecca Marian adopted him. Griff is a freelance writer and while doing an assignment at a bar about pick up lines he meets Sam Coxwell. Sam is a bartender at a bar called "H ...more
It's been way too long since I listened to one of the Made Marian stories... It was way overdue. Griffin is super sweet, and he's got a lovely hurt/comfort story.

Audio by Michael Dean - nobody else can perform this series ❤.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited, m-m
This just missed the mark for me.

It wasn't as exciting. I don't know if that is the right descriptor but, yeah, something was missing.

I still love all the is Marian, this just wasn't one of my favorites.

Regardless, I think I'll always crave more in this series.
I think this might be my favorite of the series so far. I LOVED Griffin and Sam. I loved how the Big Misunderstand was subverted by *gaspshock* talking it out. I liked how they supported each other and I really enjoyed their romance. I wish there had been more resolution with Griffin's brother, I wish he'd told his family or started looking for him or something. I wish there had been development with Sam's Dad and his Mom. We hear how horrible they are but even when they visit we don't see them. ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and Awesome. I Loved this one. Now my only problem is deciding on which book in this Series is going to be my favorite. Lol. Anyways.
This book was so freaking funny with some Hot and Steamy scenes mixed in. I laughed throughout the entire book.. Sam and Griff have a great story and the chemistry between them is perfect. All of the fun names and pickup lines these use throughout the book are really cute and funny. Definitely an Awesome read. Highly recommend checking out this entire se
Len Evans Jr
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Once again this author managed to up the anty and write a truly incredible story. I have found reading her books in public to be a definite hazard; believe me crying on a bus is not good for one's ego! :-) Anyway, I am gonna have to just survive by reading the 2 short stories on the author's website while waiting for book 5 to by released next month; unless I go back and reread the first 4 again! Can't wait to see what happens next to the Marian clan!
Jessica Frances
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grounding Griffin is another fantastic entry into this series. It was full of heart, humour and left me with a huge smile over my lips. It was so much fun to get back into this world, and all the family times we got to see were brilliant. I also loved Griffin and Sam. They were both so great, and I loved being in their heads, plus how they handled situations in an adult way. This is a definite must read for fans of this series. It is fun, sexy and such an enjoyable read. Can’t wait to read the n ...more
A great series, perfect as audio! :)

...... but maybe only in small doses to enjoy, no more than two parts per month, otherwise it might get boring .....
♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
Overall book rating: 3.5 Stars
Audio book: Narrator - Michael Pauley - 3 Stars
Book Cover: 3 Stars
MC1: Griff
MC2: Sam

Griff and Sam's story was nice and sweet but to be honest after the high I was on after Jude's book I don't think my rating will be fair on this book - so I am just going to leave it like this.

Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book four of the Marian boys delights but isn't quite a wow romance

I've five starred the first three books in this series but for quite a while with this one, it just wasn't working for me.
Thankfully though, it did pick up considerably and by the end I was thoroughly enjoying it.

It's difficult for me to put my finger on just what is missing to stop it being another 5 star read but I think perhaps it took a little bit longer to get into the emotional exchanges which made the first three such a hi
Barb ~rede-2-read~
My favorite so far. I'm not even sure why. I can't say that either character is my favorite, but together, they were sweet. Plenty of angst, plenty of subplots, and definitely plenty of sex scenes (more than enough, actually) and the big Marian family, full of love and support were on scene quite a bit in this one. Aunt Tilly and Granny are getting a bit OTT but they do lend some humor here and there.

Mostly, I think what made this one for me was the communication between the two. Though Griff r
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
This was good until the 93% mark and then it was like what the fuck just happened. Griff’s (view spoiler) was so out of character. Also I’ve had enough of Aunt Tilly. ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, my-mm-reviews
The Made Marian series has been a pleasant enough jaunt in contemporary romance tropes, enriched by friendly large family interactions, relatively detailed contexts (e.g., vineyard, rock star lifestyle, wilderness) and ample jaunty m/m sex. This contribution to the series is under done, perhaps a consequence of how quickly each volume seems to be popping out. Most of the ingredients were there, but it wasn't cooked enough. This is a simple tale: two guys see each other. Lust moves to love quickl ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot express just how much I love this series!! There is something about the Marian family, about their lives and relationships and love for each other, that is just so warm and comforting and welcoming. I loved them after Borrowing Blue but now, after 4 books, I feel like a part of the family. The first three books in the Made Marian series are amazing so I had high expectations for this installment, and Grounding Griffin does. Not. Disappoint!

Griff and Sam are absolutely perfect for each o
Abbey's Fully Booked
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I went in with every intention of this being a 5 star read, and whilst 90% of me felt that way after finishing, the other 10% had me holding out for me.

The banter, humour, main characters chemistry and connection as well as all the secondary characters input had me anxiously reading the book - delving deeper and deeper into their story and getting swept away with the world that is Made Marian.

However, the only thing stopping me from adding the extra star is the lack of angst/drama. I kinda wish
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Made Marian (9 books)
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