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He's a Brute

(Tough Love #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  121 reviews

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One dark and handsome control-freak sports star meets one smarty pants bioengineer with hair to match her fiery temper. It's an experiment straight out of sexual thermodynamics. 

Every good scientist knows the second law of thermodynamics: the universe's disorder, entropy, is always increasing. Professiona

Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published May 6th 2019
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Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A steamy romance between a dominant alpha male and a feisty, independent woman who doesn't like to give in

As many of you might know, I adored Only When It's Us by Chloe Liese, and so I decided to read her previous series 'Tough Love.' However, the issue with going back to an author's debut is that you can see the progress that they have made in their writing since then!

Listen, I love that Chloe writes character driven stories featuring people who are not usually represented in romance. Absolute
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, this book was HOT!!!

Not only was it HOT it also was a debut novel – which blows my mind.

Upfront, this book reminded me a bit of all the books that came after 50 Shades. Hot, almost too hot to read in public. I experienced it firsthand and can vouch for it. Kinky – with a power-exchange dynamic of dominant-submissive relationship like in 50 Shades. Also the alpha hero had a filthy mouth – just putting it out there, I loved it but some might not.

But what I adored the most about this book was t
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
One overbearing hero and one feisty heroine makes for one incredibly hot story! With her debut book, Chloe Liese has quickly put herself on my must-read list!

Zed was an insanely hot Italian-American playboy soccer player who possessed hidden depths. Chapter by chapter, the many layers that made up his personality became clear. He was intense, loyal, considerate, intelligent, compassionate, moral, and incredibly sexy. He carried the weight of the world on his shoulders and pain was just another m
Eve (Between The Bookends)
description I enjoyed this one, but I didn't love it. First, it is basically 50 Shades of Grey (including the older woman mentor who taught him all about sex...yay) and with mafia, sports, and a more intelligent and disabled heroine. Which was fine, there are a lot of books fashioned after that series. Some of them are even better than 50 Shades (not a hard feat, I know). And this wasn't a bad book by any means. I quite liked both Zed and Nairne and it had some great secondary characters. I wasn't a fan of
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
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I’ve been making it a goal to read more debut authors in 2019, and I’m so happy that I can include Chloe Liese to my list! I wanted to read this book because 1) I LOVED the cover and 2) the blurb sounded so intriguing. Mafia, sports, AND science? I was definitely game. I ended up really enjoying Nairne and Zed’s story – if you’re looking for something a little different in your contemporary romances, you should give this a try!

Former professional
Fierce Heroine
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
*eARC generously provided by the author in exchange for honest review*

2.5 ⭐️

I saw this book posted by other bookstagrammer and it peeked my interest when I saw the word STEAMY, so when author contacted me for reviewing this book I was all up to it! But I must admit I haven't read the synopsis because that's what I always do to avoid spoilers.

So the reason why I didn't like this book so much is:

1. dominant/submissive sexual relationship;
That's just something that I don't like and actually avoi
bella farren
2 / 5 star

“Disability was isolating. And some days you just couldn’t shake yourself out of that feeling that shit was hard, and you were on your own with it.”

This was a ‘fifty shades of grey-esk’ romance, filled with similar themes and plot devices.

Zed meets Narine through work, the two butt heads, attraction ensues. Zed wants a specific type of relationship with Narine, battle of the wills ensued. Basically, it was a lot of little battles ensuing between the characters, so make sure you e
Laura • lauralovestoread
I enjoyed this debut so much! Zed and Nairne both pack the punch with this lust at first sight story. What do you get when you mix one bad boy soccer stud with a sassy, sexy bioengineer with a fiery temper? One hot test of wills, and the sexual tension does not seem to be letting up. If you’re looking for action, it’s all right here!

*thank you to the author, Chloe Liese for this complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Note - I was provided an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was not for me. From the starting itself, it rubbed me the wrong way. There were a lot of things that I didn't like:

1. Hero was a Mary Sue. He is a Mafia boss, a soccer player and the head of a NGO. Each by itself is a full time job. And somehow, he manages to do all this, while being strong handsome, family man who romances his employee Christian Grey style.

2. Heroine was immature whose life changing trauma la
Aug 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
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I didn't know quite what to expect when beginning this book; I had recommended the book on a whim because it looked mildly dissimilar to something I would generally pick up. I don't tend to dabble in books with dark themes (in this case it was the male characters ties to the mafia), and I was wary going into this that the mafia aspect would be at the forefront of the story but, thankfully for me, it wasn't. Though it was a good thing for me, it might not be a good thing for another reader so thi ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this by Chloe Liese! I love the banter and the strong characters!! Nairne is a strong woman with a physical flaw which is rarely presented, in any of the books I have recently read, as sexy and strong! Both of which she is. Zed is anything and everything she never wanted but every inch of her body needs.

Their love story is hot, passionate and truly made me flush and blush, and everything else in between!! Once I started this, I couldn’t put it down for all the excitement. I jus
Bookphenomena (Micky)
HE’S A BRUTE was a cover love, blurb appealing arc click. There’s a lot going on in this contemporary romance with a slice of the erotic. It’s a tale of two very strong MC’s who were multi-talented. Zed is a background mafia boss-second, professional footballer (soccer, you American guys!) and lead of an ethically sound organisation; he was something of a contradiction to himself. Nairne was an ex-pro footballer, a scientist and she battling some pretty heavy baggage. I felt like there was almos ...more
Sophie's Reading Corner
I enjoyed this story, it was definitely more than I expected to read and I definitely appreciated some aspects and twists I didn't see coming. However, there were some things that didn't make sense to me and I had some issues. I don't know if it's because it's been a while since I read an alpha hero or a BDSM kind of book. Although, I don't think this was my main problem. I really liked the characters as individuals, but together I didn't feel much of a chemistry or a connection, so maybe that's ...more
Joee (booksandacupofjoee)
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Someone grab some water quick because my Kindle is on fire! Holy hot sauce that book was so spicy! I loved it and couldn't get enough. No for real I was up till 6 am reading.

Right away, the chemistry between these two characters was sizzling off the page. This gave me major Fifty Shades vibes and I'm all for it. Pretty sure, I enjoyed these characters more than Christian and Anastasia.

Nairne was such a firecracker and I loved her!! I liked that she stood up for herself. She was inspiring! And
Kristy K
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

This was...ok. Not quite as steamy as some people were saying and it could have done with a couple more chapters in order to develop the characters a little better, but I liked that our main female character, Nairne, was in a wheelchair and had overcome some things. Zed was all alpha male stereotypes rolled into one (minus being a part of an MC- but he was mafia, so close enough). Again, I just wished for a little more character development and moments where they got to know each other
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
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He’s a Brute was Chloe Liese’s debut novel, and wow did it pack a punch! I did admittedly read these books out of order (read She's a Spitfire, which is Tough Love #2, first), and while technically that’s fine I would definitely recommend starting with the first book. This is a three book series involving the same couple. I enjoyed the first two books so much that I bought hard copies of all three, even though I had eARCs of the first two!

Paula  Phillips
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

After injuring herself while playing Soccer, Nairne has decided to put her degree to use and help a health organization in solving their current dilemma. She was hired by the boss of the company, but when she starts and is challenged in a game of wits and battle of the sexes, she soon learns that the boss has passed away and passed the organization to her son Zed. Zed is a businessman by day, and on the side, a current Mafia Boss as his Dad abdicated his role which led Zed to pick up the pieces.
Lisa Mandina
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I actually didn't realize that She's a Spitfire was a second in a series when I heard about it, so instead I ended up reading book one, He's a Brute. This was a good read. If you know my normal reading tastes, I don't do a ton of mafia stories, or the Dominant and Submissive types of romances either. However there was a lot about this one that I did like. The way that Zed put forward his expectations for the relationship sounded like something that I could see being enjoyable. But I totally got ...more
Laurens Bookish Life
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
He's a Brute is the very first novel in author Chole Liese's Tough Love series. It is about former pro soccer player Nairne MacGregor, who has sworn off strong willed, dangerous men. When she meets Zed, professional soccer player and bad boy with secret mafia ties, the connection is instant. As hard as she tries to fight it, their connection is strong and powerful. Soon Nairne finds herself falling hard and fast.

Readers BEWARE this book is STEAMY in the BEST way Possible! Although there were so
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
✨ Thank you @chloe_liese for sending an ARC in exchange for an honest review ✨

#minireview 📖 He’s a Brute is a solid debut from Chloe Liese! I’ll be honest, I didn’t even read the full synopsis to know I wanted to try it, a steamy romance between a soccer star and a female bioengineer? Sold 🙋🏻‍♀️

I really liked how unapologetic Nairne was! She was such a sassy character. A major aspect of her character is introduced about 20% into the book, I didn’t love how late this was mentioned. This is my pe
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a solid 4.25 stars and I can't wait for the next book in the series!

This story follows Nairne as she navigates her way through life following a sports injury. She's use to being an intense athlete that defies all the odds so after her accident she's decided to try for a different, more controlled way of life. Since she left Europe she's focused on her research (she's a bioengineer) and that's left little room for anything else. She's is almost done with her degree at MIT when she's
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars

Oh man. He's a Brute ended just as the story was really starting to demand my attention. I really want to know what happens between Nairne and Zed next, especially after that bombshell that was dropped on Nairne right at the end. Waiting impatiently for She's A Spitfire.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Its the first book in the series, and I really loved the book.

The characters were really interesting and had so much depth. The chemistry was sizzling and I loved every minute of it.

Highly recommend it. Looking forward to get on with the next books soon.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love supporting independent artists and self employed people. After my years in financial management, I have so much respect for the tenacity one must have to succeed in this lane. 👏🏻 After reading several reviews on HE’S A BRUTE, I was more than excited to dive in to the story and downloaded a copy from Kindle Unlimited. Now, typically I am not pulled toward “mobster” stories but after reading the synopsis I didn’t get that vibe. Our hero, Zed, is trapped in a cycle he doesn’t agree with due ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is definitely a very sexual romance novel. There are some sexual references in the first chapter and while that doesn’t usually bother me, I’m used to reading more slow building romance novels. I mention this first because that’s what stood out to me the most and sort of threw me off. The main characters were meeting for the first time and immediately had sexual thoughts about each other. I wasn’t expecting this and the language felt abrupt and too direct so early on.

I wanted to like this s
M Hew
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was just an ok read for me. I found the heroine to be feisty and I enjoyed her commentary. The hero just was a no for me. I'm sure other people will enjoy this book but it wasn't for me.
Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
He’s A Brute by Chloe Liese follows Nairne, a Scottish student studying at MIT and Zed, golden boy of Boston and involved with the city’s underworld. Nairne secures a spot as a public health consultant on his board and the two take an immediate disliking to one another. They verbally spar and yet they both find that they are each completely affected by the other. Nairne’s time is limited in the States until she graduates and the two secure an agreement: no strings, no feelings, no love.

All soun
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
*Note: ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Chloe!*

I haven't read too many books that borderline on the erotica genre, or even that many dom/sub romances. This one is pretty unique. One thing that I loved: this is a debut novel! A debut novel that was not only exceptionally readable but one I enjoyed. The first thing I noticed was how smart the author is. Her diction and wit alone made her intellect obvious. That's something I enjoyed and respected but I'd be wor
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars | Yes, I liked it but all in all it is only an okayish book which entertained me for a while. The first few pages made me laugh and I knew I would love this. It reminds me a bit of Can't Beat the Chemistry.
After this the protagonists hormones got activated and all they could think about is sex. Every second sentence has in one way or another a sexual hint. This isn't my cup of tea, especially when it becomes so explicit. On top of that: the only creative thing about the sex scenes is
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Chloe writes stories that, like people, resist categories. Portraying underrepresented experiences, her romances bring humor, heat, and heart. She's an avid reader, lover of leggings, and can't eat enough mint chocolate ice cream. In early 2019 Chloe received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly aligned with Asperger’s Syndrome). She is a vocal proponent and supporter of #OwnVoices ...more

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