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(Burns Brothers #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  479 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Welcome to Bad@ss Builds where the motorcycles are as sexy as the brothers building them.

Austin Burns:

I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life — that my father would be paroled soon — I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tah
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Gillian Archer
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Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
As a quick and easy read this one was okay but for the most part I was just a little bored while reading. I felt like not a lot happened and there was nothing to actually intrigue me about the story and characters. I can't say I even saw a connection between them really. I am a little interested in the brothers but I'm not sure I'll give their books a try. ...more
Bookworm Extraordinaire


Yet another mixed bag of a book. For the most part, I enjoyed it. I like this author's writing style, and her stories always have a good flow to them. I loved the whole close-knit family feels Austin had with his brothers, cousin, and Aunt. I liked Rachel's mother, and Wyatt was cute. There wasn't any OW or OM drama. The sex scenes were hot and plentiful. All good things...


My main issue with this one, well two actually, were the main characters themselves. For half the book Austin just wasn't
3.5 Stars

Austin seems to be carrying the world on his shoulders. Or at least the protection of his brothers. He’s risen to the challenge but it wasn’t necessarily by choice. His past is dark and frightening and shadows his present. Rachel likewise carries a heavy burden as she struggles to provide for her son and her disabled mother. There is no time or money for even the simple things in life much less a relationship. Which opens her up to the possibility of spending one wild night with the man
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE ARCHER Series books. This one is no exception. This is a story about a couple who with trust issues due to their upbringing. Rachel and Austin are snowed in and must face their past and forge a future together. Lots of ups and down events that make for a great read. Read in one day! "A copy of this book was provided by author through Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
3.5 stars

This was pretty good. Austin was a bit too moody for my liking, but he won me over towards the end. I did like the scenes with his brothers. Totally dysfunctional but they cared for one another. Rachel and her mom were another atypical family, but they worked. Both families were realistic, and I liked it :)
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Build by Gillian Archer is the First book in the Burns Brothers Series. This is the story of Rachel Tannenbaum and Austin Burns.
Austin is a a cabin looking to lick his wounds before facing a new family issue. Rachel is working at that cabin when they both get stuck there. Rachel has her own past that she doesn't want to relive and she has a child that she needs to be focused on. But these two come together for a brief time but they are finding out that it may not be so brief...feelings are start
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars)
Title: Build
Author(s): Gillian Archer
Rachel Tannenbaum: 25 years old, Brunette, Blue Eyed
Austin Burns: Late Twenties/Early Thirties, Brunette/Black, Hazel Eyed
Setting: Sacramento, California and Lake Tahoe, California
Tag(s): Romance, Contemporary
Content Rating: R
POV: Alternates between Heroine/Hero
Smexy Level: Hot
Favorite Quote(s):
― “Sweetheart, everyone has a long, sad story. We’re all just a collection of walking war wounds. But how you pick yourse
Jan 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
***DNF at 20%***

Darn it, I really wanted to like this one. I mean, LOOK at the cover!! And, forced proximity romances are so fun.

The problem? Austin and Rachel just have no chemistry. When they find out they are stuck together, there was no "how will I keep my hands to myself?" feeling. Nor was there one of "OMG, how am I going to survive this stuck with him/her?" This lack of tension, either positive or negative, made me feel very "meh" about this title.

Add in the fact that I was already strugg
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is the first in a new series about a group of brothers who do custom motorcycle builds. The book does a great job setting up the characters and the premise of the series. This is Austin's book. He is the oldest brother and has the big bad protector role down. He meets Rachel by chance but a snow storm looks them in together for a couple of days and they get to know each other.

Old demons rear their heads though for both of these two. Austin fights to break down Rachel's walls. Rachel fights
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oldest of the Burns brothers who would rather run and drink than face bad news. While he's hiding out he finds Rachel, a single mom who's has a bad history with men who don't stick around. They are snowed in, have lots of sex, and start to fall in love. They get home and start dating. Austin gets more bad news and runs again. Tragedy strikes and they eventually work it all out. ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been off to a rocky start this year reading wise. I have not read a book that has wowed me, but Build by Gillian Archer is for sure the closest I've come so far.

Austin Burns is having a rough go. He's just gotten word that his father is being paroled in three months - and he freaks out. So much so that he takes off for his friends cabin in Lake Tahoe. Where he manages to drink himself into a stupor.

Rachel Tannenbaum is a single mother working two jobs to make ends meet. She cleans houses
Almost a 3.5 star read for me. I liked the families. Austin's complicated relationships with his brothers made for interesting reading and I kept turning the page to read more about their turbulent dynamic. Rachel's son and mother were great secondary characters, adding humor and depth in appropriate amounts. I liked the final conflict and resolution. It felt real for the characters and counteracted the major impediment to the relationship, which made the HEA very satisfying. Plus it expanded on ...more
Bette Hansen
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent start to what should be a fun new series. Both the main and secondary characters are fun and interesting and I can't wait for more of these over the top brothers. Loved the banter between the characters and the chemistry between Austin and Rachel was sizzling. Both of the characters had moments where you wanted to smack them but overall I wanted to see them find their way. I would definitely recommend this very enjoyable book. ...more
Erika's Book Blog
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: racing
"I'd always remember him and our weekend together. But Austin was a snowy fantasy. He had no place here in my real life. No matter how much I wished he did."

So many feels!! These characters were completely adorable, the banter enjoyable, and I ate this story up quickly and with voracity. Austin, a hot alpha, with flaws and damage meets the insecure, yet strong Rachel by chance and the dominoes just fall and I was swept up in their tale. It will make you yell at your kindle, the pace keeps you en
May 23, 2021 rated it it was ok

This was … I don’t know the right words … but boring and annoying characters should be included. Not interested in reading any more of this series.
Heather andrews
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel doesn't understand her man at times, “what?” Rachel stood up and blew her bangs out of her eyes. “Why are you talking about your junk? Don’t you care that you have glass sticking out of your hand?” Austin wants to make sure his girl is focused, “okay, okay . Do you need me to put a shirt on, so you don’t get all distracted again?” I loved this book, I fell in love with Austin. ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it

This is my first book by the author and though this wasn't a home run with me, I'm interested enough to read the next book and see what happens.
Build showed potential, it's an interesting read but not a can't put it down read for me.
Honestly Austin spent a good bit of the book being a total jackass and that ruined him for me, no matter what changes he made he was still jackass material.
In all fairness both characters have their own issues it just seems Austin took it to the extreme attitude wise
Heather 123
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 4th book I've read by this author, but the least I liked.

As another reviewer stated, it was really hard to like Austin. I found him to be incredibly immature throughout most of the book. Which is in direct contrast to what I expected of him based on his past. Rachel was great...until she blew something way out of proportion. Let's face, she was waiting for him to screw up and the moment he made a mistake she jumped on it. Even towards the end I found her to be very selfish even if sh
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-male, arc
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Kari Hansen
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Austin and his three brothers own a motorcycle shop which specializes in custom designs and they have created quite the reputation for themselves. When he receives some disturbing news about his family he needs some time to decide how to handle it so he heads to a friend’s cabin to drown his sorrow. Getting snowed in with the woman who was cleaning the cabin could either be the best thing to happen to him or the worst.

Rachel is a woman who is weighted down by the responsibilities she is handling
Mary Mooney
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.
Austin Burns is one of the brothers who build motorcycles and they own Bada$$ Builds. With a reality show behind them and possibly more on the horizon, there is always someone looking to get one of their bikes. When Austin gets some bad news, he needs time to process it and drink until he can't think. He goes to a friend's Tahoe cabin for the night.
Rachel Tannenbaum is a single Mom working two jobs and
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good premise, enjoyable story, and characters I liked for the most part. Austin & Rachel's initial meeting is both LOL funny & sad, due to the reason he's inebriated. And I like their interactions, except the swiftness that Austin falls back on a-hole mode is a bit concerning. He continues that pattern a little too long for my full enjoyment. There's also a SOB (seemingly obligatory breakup) that just didn't fully work for me. I didn't feel like they got enough happy page time, I think.

Marie  Brown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:

Build is my very first read by Gillian Archer and I am so glad I gave her a try because this book was REALLY good! Steamy, engaging, emotional and romantic, with a gentle push and pull that draws a reader in, I was enraptured with this book from start to finish!

I liked both Rachel and Austin. These two had amazing chemistry and great personalities that seemed to mesh well together. The romance is pure and tempting and the sexy times had tons of heat and made me
Britt The Hatters
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you mix a sexy, broody, alpha with a kind, loving, single mother? You get Build. Austin and Rachel have immediate sparks the second they meet and that chemistry grows to be explosive the longer they’re together. Full of some fantastic steam and a dash of sweetness to go with the drama this one is hard to put down.
This could have been easily five stars for me, but occasionally the constant fighting between Austin and his brothers felt forced and unnecessary. It took away fro
Rae Lake
Aug 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I definitely liked this book but I felt like the main characters were at each others throats too much. I understand a bit of fighting but jeez, it felt like everything was an argument. I will say that I Did feel like the first 70 percent of the book the parts about their father was a little too heavy for the story but by the end it did flow better.
I'm super interested to know more about Dylan and the west coast kings MC.
I dont know if I would be able to forgive my sibling if they did something
Bibliophile  Chloe
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Burns Brothers Series

A new motorcycle series?  Yes please!

Build is the first in the new series by Gillian Archer.  The series focuses on the brother Burns and their custom motorcycle shop.

Austin is the oldest Burns brother and this is his book.  He has the heavy mantle of responsibility for his brothers and his shop on his shoulders.  His backstory is horrifying and it's a miracle he isn't more scared (both physically and mentally) than he already is.  When he gets some earth shaking news, he br
Fran Zoch, LSoR
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was different and I liked it, we have Austin who ran away to a cabin to get away from the knowledge of his dad getting out of prison,  so his plans are to drink the thought away.
Rachel is a single mom who is the cleaning lady for the cabin and they get snowed in together.
She puts her son first but the sparks that these two have can not be stopped but can they both look past what they have been through to see what could be? Can Austin grow up?
This book is an awesome start to this new series
Heather  The Hatters
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is about Austin a alpha-hole who has his own baggage and tends not to deal with it. He and his brothers own and operate a custom build shop and tend to work out their differences with their fist instead of their words. He receives some rather unsettling news and takes off to friends cabin to "deal" with it while drinking himself into a drunken stupor.

Enter Rachel a young insecure woman. She is a single parent who works 2 jobs to support her son and mother. She ends up showing up to th
Shahla's World
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mcbooks, arc, series
Austin and Rachel were great characters. I enjoyed this book. What I can say is it a good romance read, take a chance - you won’t regret it
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Keanna Hudson
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading Gillian Archer and I was not disappointed! I can't wait to get more of the Burns Brothers. ...more
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GILLIAN ARCHER has a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering but prefers to spend her time on happily ever after. She writes the kind of stories she loves to read—the hotter the better! When she’s not pounding away on the keyboard, she can be found chasing her preschooler, or surfing the couch and indulging in her latest reality TV fixation, or reading awesome romance ebooks by her favorite author ...more

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