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Hug It Out (Haven Hart Universe #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  536 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
Riordan Darcy has spent the last fourteen years building a name for himself as a notorious assassin. He travels the world taking the lives of some of the worst humanity has to offer, leaving his signature on every victim.

Riordan becomes unhappy and withdrawn from the world after a job goes horribly wrong and he makes the decision to get out of the life he was forced into,
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 234 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Davidson King
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was even more my kind of thing than book one was and I absolutely loved that the author went to one of Unseelie Court's more obscure Irish mythological figures for her assassin's nickname and modus operandi. Vicious but brilliant.

The Dullahan isn't something to be messed with and is believed to be a big influence on the story of the Headless Horseman in Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow, so Riordan's Irish ancestry was a perfect starting point for him to carry out his hits by removing the h
Tanu Gill
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a far better book than the first one in the series, in terms of story, writing and characters development. It felt like a thriller movie’s plot, and I enjoyed the whole ride, be it while sitting on the edge of my seat, with my heart in my throat, or laughing like crazy at the funny moments.

There were a few typos, and the writing felt a little bit jerky at times, like switching been two things abruptly, but all in all, an enjoyable read, and it has gotten me hooked to all these assassins,
Jul 13, 2018 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fiction
DNF @ 7%

I like the cover, and really liked the blurb idea of an ultimate Tough Guy in fear of hugs. It sounded so adorably silly and cute on the surface I just had to read the story. I was hoping there would be depth too; perhaps having a go at traditional masculinity cultural and gender norms.

Turns out I never got very far into the story. The plot felt contrived and unrealistic. None of the MCs behaved as I would expect a professional to do at their first meeting. And even more damning, Tough
Apr 01, 2018 added it
This is yet another one I will not be rating. The assassins in this book were imo, pretty laughable and unbelievable. What assassin let's a random stranger practically live in their house immediately. Also, I knew who the mole in this book was pretty much right away. It was beyond obvious, and was disappointing these highly trained assassins couldn't figure it out. There was a scene at the end that was beyond cute and romantic, but that was about it for my enjoyment of this book. However, there ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, m-m
I loved this story very. Although there are darker parts I cracked more than once because they were funny together. It had an innovative storyline and amazing plot.

Riordan's business goes terrible wrong and now needs help he isn't completely aware off. He gets an offer from an uncommon corner.... his sister hired a counselor who will keep Riordan company for a month.
Teddy is a professional hugger... yes you read it well a hugger and has to try to bring Riordan back from his withdrawal.
Easier sa
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know that it was the second book in the series. So I was pleasantly surprised to see Snow and Chris there too. The plot was good, the relationship between the friends assassins was funny and endearing sometimes. I liked the mole situation and that it was not known almost to the end who it was.

Some minor moment made me roll my eyes a little (how easily Black released him from service for example). But the ending was charming and great fun. I love the world the author is building. I hope
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I haven’t yet read Ms. King’s debut novel but I have a Pavlovian response to the word “assassin” in a blurb and had to read this. The idea of a professional hugger as his love interest was intriguing too. I liked the characters quite a bit, even when I wasn’t totally sold on the plot but the author did make disparate choices in characters work well together. Riordan is a killer with a conscience, sort of, and the author did a good job of presenting him that way. Talk of gruesome killin
I was fascinated with the hero, Teddy who is a professional hugger and also a part time gamer. Despite the blurb mentioning the other hero, Riordan being an assassin, this is not a suspenseful or action-packed story, at least not in the beginning. When I found out that Riordan's sister basically hired a live-in companion for him, I know that this should be treated as some sort of romcom, right? Their first meeting was awkward and understandably so. Teddy is such a sweetheart though, and Riordan ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Looks like a second book for Davidson King is continuing on with the tight writing and strong
characterization from the first book and I think this book is on par with the first book.

It takes a lot to make a real, true antihero sympathetic enough to be a romantic lead that we can get behind. Balancing the softer side with the darkest side is a tightrope that isn't easy. In this book like the last one, she doesn't quite hit the mark.

It was a little convoluted and it felt really, really forced w
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ;)
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, reviewed
Riordan is a notorious hit man, or he would be if anyone knew who he was. He's been an assassin for a long time and he wants out after his last job went sideways and innocents were killed. He knows it won't be easy to get out

Teddy is a hugger. He uses touch to help people through traumatic life events. People who need a human touch to help them heal, or make their lives more comfortable.. He is hired to give comfort to Riordan. They come to an uncomfortable agreement to spend a month together. R
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!!!! Loved this book!! You can't have two more opposite characters than a hugger and a hitman. Yet the chemistry The writing is straight forward, no fluffy prose. REALLY looking forward to more!!
The Novel Approach Reviews
Riordan Darcy is a troubled man. Trapped in a profession he did not choose and tied to it by a previous crime of passion being held over his head, Riordan is haunted by the things he has done. A professional assassin whose last job mistakenly took the innocent lives of a woman and child, he grapples with the fact that previous to this assignment, he always knew the target he was going after deserved it in some way. Riordan’s sister recognizes that his job is slowly alienating him from her and th ...more
Joyfully Jay
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Hug It Out is sort of a very loose sequel to Snow Falling. I loved Snow Falling so I was pretty excited to read Hug It Out. Unfortunately, it didn’t work quite as well. The book is well written and there’s a fleshed out story arc that serves the characters well. It’s pretty far fetched, but it still works on most levels. Teddy is endearing, if somewhat naive and prone to jumping to conclusions about people. Still, he’s the easiest character to connect with and he
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was Ok. I didn't read the 1st book in this series but you really don't have to. The problem with the book for me is that the circumstances surrounding the book are a little unbelievable and even though the writing is good it's not good enough to make you buy it. I mean it's not K.A Merikan or Sloan Kennedy so the whole underworld scenario and the people in it seemed fake to me. Overall it was not bad and I did enjoy parts of it, especially Teddy and his belief in his hugging system.
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. I was highly anticipating to read this sequel to Snow Falling. It is one thing to write one great book; it is another to write another one as expectations are high. Well, I can honestly say this author delivered on all fronts. It was a wonderful story full. I have read a lot of books over the years, but I’ve never come across a professional hugger. A wonderful find and surprisingly not strange at all. Everybody needs hugs and cuddles. Even a professional assassin. Even more, ...more
Denise H.
*** Two totally different guys, and a wild story.***
On one hand we have Riordan, 33, black hair and green eyes, a hit man, "the Dullahan," 15 years of being careful, intense and dangerous.

On the other hand, we have Teddy, 26, brown curly hair, tall, lanky and wears glasses, who is outgoing, a giver of happiness and comfort. Really, that is his job, a professional hugger.

He's a friend of Snow, from the first story, who is married to the mob boss Christopher Manos.

Aisling hires Teddy to help Ri
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I loved the first book in this series, Snow Falling, and this was just as great as that one! It was the perfect mix of sweet, suspense and sexy. It had some funny parts courtesy of Teddy. He is so quirky in a way, but genuine and a very refreshing character. He means well in all aspects of his life and is one of the most likable characters I have ever read.

When we first meet Riordan, he is serious and grumpy, but before long, Teddy is warming his heart. Their dynamic throughout the bo
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, holy hell!! Davidson King aka Meredith King has done it again!! I just finished Hug It Out (Haven Hart #2 3/29) and it was just as amazing as Snow Falling (#1). I'm not a huge mystery/suspense reader, but both of these books have totally captivated me. The perfect blend of mystery/suspense and romance, Hug It Out is a snarky, sweet, sexy, intense read that had me riveted to my seat until the very end!!! "You're a companion that drives an Escort?" 😂 Oh Meredith, you are a snarky, snarky wom ...more
This one took me longer to get into because Riordan was an asshole. I LOVED Teddy though and his fierceness to protect himself and his business. He didn't care what people thought of what he did for a living. He believed in it and took pride in it.

I don't know why Riordan changed his mind to give Teddy a chance, but I'm glad he did. I LOVED how Teddy (view spoiler)
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
So, Hug it Out is kind of awesome. You need to know ahead of time that the plot is completely unbelievable, but not in the way I anticipated. It's the assassin/intrigue/mystery part that made me think "no way is that ever happening," which surprised me, because I was expecting the professional hugger to be the part I stumbled over, but the idea behind it sold me. Despite that, Riordan and Teddy are loveable separately and irresistable together, which makes this work. What a fun story!
RTC <3
John-Torleif  Harris
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

I'm not sure that I could have ever forgiven Riordan for what he did if I were Teddy, but I definitely thought that his forgiveness was completely in character - just as much as his temper was.

I loved that there was such a mix of the serious and the ridiculous in this book. It made for exciting action and unexpected bouts of giggles.
Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars!

Hug It Out is book two in the Haven Hart Universe and it can be read as a standalone. However, there are some recurring characters from book one featured here, and I loved Snow Falling, so if you haven't read it, I definitely recommend you do.

Teddy is a professional hugger and carer and has made a successful business of it. Riordan's sister is worried about him, so she contacts Teddy to contract his services for a month. Riordan is an assassin and isn't particularly happy with the ide
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I like most about Davidson King's books is that they have plot lines, characters and story arcs I do not usually like and they work so well for me! I feel this is a special skill an author can possess, the gift of making you like something you usually find unappealing. This book, and Snow Falling (her wonderful debut novel) deal with characters that are criminals, for lack of a better world. Crime lords, assassins- characters that morally are hard to relate too. And she managed to write a s ...more
Ruth Evans
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

I loved book one but this one was just as good! Davidson King writes about strong troubled men who need to find the ?I've of their lives to move forward and find a way to heal.
Riordan has been good at his job and he follows his own moral code until it all goes wrong. His family see him suffering so his sister does something desperate in a hope to get her brother back.
Teddy tests game and loves it his other job leads him to hug it out! Teddy is hired by a woman as a birthday present f
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
For the cover, I give 5 Sars, for the content, 3.5.

This is the second installment in this series, can be read as a stand alone.

The main character's were ok for me...You have Riordan, the hit man, and Teddy...the "hugger"
Riordan is looking for a way out, but in his line of work, out usually means death. His sister see's him having some issues-she has no idea what he does for a living, so she reaches out to Teddy to provide companionship for him. Their misunderstanding upon meeting is comical,
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riordan is an assassin who is unhappy with his life and who he has become over the years. He has an amazing sister who wants to help him and hires Teddy as a professional hugger/TLC provider. Teddy just wants to help but finds him attractive however Riordan is his client and he knows nothing will come of it. These two are amazing. Teddy knows Snow who we met in book 1 and Snow as we all know is hott and sexy and scary as hell along with his husband. Teddy is this sweet and innocent person, while ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hug It Out is a story full of action, humor, sexy times and sweetness. I was happy to go along for the ride!

I really loved Riordan and Teddy. Opposites in every way yet they complete each other in ways they didn't know were needed.

This book has one of my new favorite lines. "I had been selfish with my apologies." This passage was so beautifully written.

Davidson King has created a wonderful world full of interesting characters. I can't wait to see who and what she next has in store for us. I'm h
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series. Well written with well developed characters. I am looking forward to the next couple in this series. Here is to hoping Mace, Bill and even Black eventually get their own story.
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Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.

When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site.
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