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(Cooper Construction #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  201 reviews
I’m used to getting my hands dirty. During the day it’s mud and grime on the construction site. At night…it’s the blood I spill. A drug lord’s enforcer does what needs to be done. It’s my obedience, my loyalty to the boss that keeps my family alive.

I know I’m teetering on the edge. I’m losing my humanity, I can feel it. It’s changing me, and it’s only a matter of time bef
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Limitless Publishing
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed Brick such a lot: it has such an overall feel-good vibe to the whole entire experience.
I adored Brick and really appreciated the fact that he wasn't your usual pretty boy.
He defiantly lives up to his name in size as he is built like an actual shed: so definitely a big fellow.
Which certainly comes in handy when he is doing his job for a local loan shark as his top enforcer: a job he dislikes but has no choice in as his employer has leverage that keeps brick compliant and in line.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Brick was one of those books that kind of took me by surprise. This was a great story with plenty of danger and suspense, with just enough sweetness to balance it out perfectly. I liked both Brick and Liv equally and together they made sense. One thing that stood out to me was the fact that Brick was pretty real from the get go. The fast pacing kept the story really entertaining, and I couldn’t put it down. Plus, there were some interesting secondary characters introduced whose stories I'm looki ...more
Anja H.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

Now this is the kind of romantic suspense I like to read!

Though I saw some things coming from a mile away, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and loved the build-up and the slow burn romance.
I was a bit disappointed with the ending, I expected a little more action, but it was over pretty quickly.

All in all, I would definitely read the rest of this series!

Received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
HOLY HADES SWEET BABY JESUS is what I was saying while I was reading this book. Man Jen is an amazing break through author that I have never heard of so of course when I want to know about a book and its author I stalk them on facebook, twitter, instagram, Main&Bites, Bookbub you get the picture right...... Well I stalked the hell out of this author and book and I could not wait to read it. I just knew I was going to love Brick and I was not wrong. I have to say God Damn I would love a Brick in ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
"She was light and everything soft and good. He was a stain on the darkest part of humanity."

It was the cover that caught my attention, but it was the new-to-me author that kept it, cover to cover. I was later intrigued to learn that she started as a book blogger and eventually decided to write her own books. I'm amazed that she killed it right out of the gate, Brick blew me away. I'm also very thrilled to be slightly late to the party so I can immediately start reading Kane. He's on
Jolie Vines
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This dark romance contains my favourite ingredients, a deeply troubled hero and a determined, strong heroine. Brick is a construction worker by day and a drug lord's enforcer by night. He's forced to do unspeakable things to protect the only person he loves, and has blood on his hands. He and doesn't think he's good enough for the gorgeous woman he keeps seeing around.
Liv is a survivor. She goes after what she wants, and she likes the big, brutish man.
I have to tell you, there's a twist in this
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a fantastic read!
Brick is an enforcer for a loan shark, Sucre, and he delivers the penalty’s his cruel boss insists if they’re late, he’s good at it but hates it and only does it to keep his family safe. He also works for a building company, this break keeps him sane, he feels like an average guy and free of Sucre’s clutches for a short time.
Liv is a survivor, she has hidden strengths and is trying to live her life to the fullest now that she has been given a second chance. Her brothe
Let's start off by saying that this author is new to us and we have to say that we really enjoyed our first read by them.

We really enjoyed the story as it was one of those stories that keeps you on edge the entire time as you never know what is going to happen around the corner.We really loved almost all the character's in this current story especially all those mysterious hot construction guys .The sick ones well-"I wanted to be planning their deaths right along him!" lol

Brick was my favorite c
Sassy Southern
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Brick may be good at his job, but that doesn't mean he likes it. As an enforcer for a loan shark, he's the one sent to recover payment or dish out the consequences when they don't have it. However, in order to keep his family safe, he continues doing it, knowing they'd be in danger otherwise. His other job now, working construction, he likes and it keeps him sane. It also helps him feel as normal as he can be.

Liv knows what it's like to stare death in the face...and win. She's fough
Ana Rita
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my lord... Have a look at this cover... Dayum... Hot hot hot... The things I would like to do... But lets talk about the book... Right?
It's always a pleasure to meet new authors and if I have a chance to do it I just dive in...
And one look at the blurb and I knew that I needed to read it.
Like I said, Jen Davis is a new author to me and let's just say that I'm hooked... Oh boy...
Brick is her latest release and it's the first book from the Cooper Construction series.
This book explores the
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good guys who are dragged into a brutal situation and do what they have to do to survive while making plans to break away and get out are a literary weakness for me. I like the internal push and pull that goes on for someone who wouldn't otherwise be involved in what they're involved in. The moral ambiguity of hurting (and killing) people because they're forced into it (and subsequently think that's ALL they're good for because that type of life sucks the belief in yourself right out of you) ver ...more
Lydia's Bookshelf
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-stars
Oh, my world. SIX STARS!!!

Gritty, dark, mysterious, suspenseful, sexy, addictive, and absolutely amazing. A page-turner from the very beginning all the way through the very last page! Eek! What. A. Book!!! I am SO unbelievably lucky to have read an early copy because...what a treasure!

YOU GUYS. Wow. I can’t even put it into words because nothing I say will be enough to express the epicness that this book truly is. This isn’t a must-read, no. It’s a YOU-NEED-THIS-BOOK-RIGHT-NOW kind of read.

1-Click Addict Support Group
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
From dark to light…

Wow, did Brick and Liv throw me for a loop! A slow start quickly changed to a no holds barred assault on my emotions…

Brick is huge in stature and reputation. Forced to work for a monster, he was biding his time, waiting for the moment he could break free. He was tied down by love and didn’t need – or want – anything more holding him back… Liv was living a new life. There were no guarantees so she tried not to let fear hold her back. And risking her heart was up there with jump
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brick was one of those books that kind of took me by surprise. This was a great story with plenty of danger and suspense, with just enough sweetness to balance it out perfectly. I liked both Brick and Liv equally and together they made sense. One thing that stood out to me was the fact that Brick was pretty real from the get go. The fast pacing kept the story really entertaining, and I couldn’t put it down. Plus, there were some interesting secondary characters introduced whose stories I'm looki ...more
Ga Books LoverX
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fan of dark romances? This will be your jam. Except our main man is not the dark one, he is the opposite of dark but does not know it. Swoon!

Brick is an enforcer for a really freaking bad dude that owns the bad part of town. He was forced into this life when needing money as a child and only stays because the bad dude has leverage on him. He hates what he has to do but just bids his time by working his day job in construction and then at nights he becomes the boogyman.
Liv is so freak
Terri Moore
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh boy this book. If Jen Davis is a new author (and not a pseudonym) she did an excellent job on her debut! For some reason I thought this was going to be dark "light" but when I got our first glimpse of Sucre I knew shit was about to get real up in here. I love both the h/H. Liv didn't take any shit and was not shy about what she wanted with Brick and everyone else. I got really annoyed with her downer family, like the girl beat cancer cut her some slack, she DESERVES to live as she chooses ...more
Amelia Foster
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let’s talk about Brick. Because I could. Allllllllll day. He is my favorite type of hero. A little morally gray (but when you find out the reason he is doing what he does your heart might shattered into a million pieces… or maybe that is just me) as the enforcer and go-to man for a seedy, underworld loan shark and a lot broken. I seriously have SUCH a thing for broken boys. Brick is MORE THAN welcome to come to my home for wayward fictional characters who need brownies, warm blanket, and cuddles ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The blurb for this book immediately caught my attention. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I hadn’t read anything from Davis prior, but I’m so glad I took a chance and gave this one a try.

A woman given a second chance at life and a man desperate to take his in a different direction. Finding in each other something they never expected. From the first moment, the chemistry they shared was on fire. I was completely pulled into their story.

Davis gave us some fantastic characters with so much to share
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG WOW WOW WOW! I can honestly say that I NEVER saw Brick coming, not to say that the blurb didn't intrigue me, but again WOW! Jen Davis has blown me away with the amazing story that knocked my on my behind from beginning to end, and everything in between. I'm not going to give anything more as far as description because that will be a disservice, just go in blind, trust me, it's worth it. First of all, the suspense, yeah, it was of the edge of my seat, heart racing, f-bombs dropping, twists ar ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads
Brick is the number one enforcer for Sucre who is a well known drug lord/loan shark. Brick has done many things he isn’t proud of. He’s broken countless bones, hurt countless people and even killed when told. He is a monster, self-proclaimed, he doesn’t deserve anything but this life and he does it all to keep his grandmother alive and safe. She’s the only family he has left.

Liv is a high school teacher, she’s stared death in the face and beat it once and she knew she needs to start living a li
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!!

I absolutely loved this story! It was raw, beautiful, and take charge characters! Liv knew exactly what she wanted, and that was Brick! Brick was sure he didn't deserve what Liv was offering, but he couldn't keep saying no. Fast paced storyline, strong characters, phenomenal writing! Nothing to not love!
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Brick by Jen Davis is book One in the Cooper Construction Series. This is the story of Liv and Brick.
Brick by day is a works construction but he has been trained and works as a enforcer for a Loan Shark. Used to the harsh underworld life its all that he seems to know is the harsh world, but then he meets Liv who is the total opposite of him. Liv is a sweet school teacher who does know some harsh realities but is trying to move forward. So when she meets Brick he opens her eyes to other things i
Donna Repsher
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jen Davis is a new-to-me author and wow, did she ever hit it out of the park with the first book in her Cooper Construction series, Brick. If you enjoy dark, suspenseful, dangerous and sometimes brutal romances with more than a few triggers, and memorable, fully-formed characters as much as I do, you need to read this one, because it was all of the aforementioned, and if I could give it more than a 5-star rating, I would.

The novel, which is told in alternating narration, opens with the title ch
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Brick
Author: Jen Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Dark/Drama
Brick is the unwilling soldier of a crime lord who falls for his day job's boss' sister. You know, the wanting what we can't have storyline? But there is so much more. These characters are complex. They have been through such horrible situations and the sad thing...those situations could and have been someone's, more than just one someone's, reality. Your heart bleeds for everyone at some point
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brick is the debut novel from author Jen Davis. This book is a dark contemporary romance with suspense elements that kept me on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time.

Jonathan "Brick" Barlow is the number one enforcer for drug lord/loan shark Sucre de la Cruz. Brick wants out of that life more than anything on earth. He is an enforcer with a conscience and a heart and is only still in this world because Sucre keeps dirt on all his employees, and Brick is protecting his grandmother, who
Cheryl O'Harney
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Brick (Cooper Construction, #1)
Author: Jen Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5/5

ARC received in return for an honest review.

Dark, raw and very gritty this book was a captivating read from beginning to end, filled with mystery and elements of suspense,

The two main protagonists Brick and Liv may not have come across as being right for one another at first but once their walls came down we got to see just how perfect they were together. Brick’s a man who’s been forced into the role o
Michelle Brace (Wicked Babes Blog Reviews)
Fan of dark , twisted, intense, gritty, suspenseful romances?? Look no further because this is the book for you.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book and I was pleasantly surprised with what I read. I was going to say that this was a wonderful introduction to a new to me author but then I got on here and it looks like this is Jen's debut novel. AHHH what??? What a smashing debut. Jen has won me over with this read and I will definitely be making sure I get my hands on this authors work.

Brandy Roberts
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This would be a first book by Jen Davis and I am excited to see what's to come in the future , Brick is book one in the cooper construction and I can't wait for Kanes story yay . The flow of the story was perfect it wasn't rushed or slow you got time to really connect with the characters and what they were doing . I really enjoyed seeing how the characters were growing through out the story it just drew me in and didn't let go .The chemistry between the couple was very intense even though this i ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review.

Brick is the first book in the Cooper Construction Series. This book is absolutely amazing. I loved every single second of it. It is dark and gritty and this is one of my favorite kinds of books. Once you start this book you are not going to be able to put it down. Brick is not your average construction worker. He is trapped. During the day using his hands to build things. At night he using those same hands to bring violence down
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Jen started her love affair with romance novels, first as a reader, then as a reviewer and blogger. She launched a romance book blog in 2010 and jumped into Book Twitter shortly after.

She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they’re raising two kids, a cat, and a dog who is afraid of his own shadow.

Jen spends her days working as television journalist and her nights curled up

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