Manhandled by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott #Review

Posted September 23, 2016 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Manhandedled by Cari Quinn and Taryn ElliottManhandled by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott

My name is Faith Keystone, but my friends call me Keys.
I’m the piano player for Hammered.
Did I mention I’m the only female in my band?
That means I technically have five older brothers.
Can’t forget my manager and security team, too.
Alone time is nonexistent.
I escaped an overbearing family to join this happy circus, and most of the time it’s awesome.Except now, because of one teensy little incident at a show.
Now I have this hulking bodyguard shadowing me like a freaking puppy.
Only this puppy is more like a Doberman with an attitude problem.
And he only knows one word—NO.
I hate that word.
And I hate Quinn Alexander.

The one thing I do like is giving him the slip. Is it wrong that I kinda like when he growls at me after he finds me?
Because he always finds me.

Worst of all? I want him so bad that I keep forgetting I hate him.

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Manhandled delivers on exhilarating situations that have you jumping when no one is there, while making you shiver when Keys and the Warden are around. Staid, button up meets laid back and talented. *grins*

~~~ Shari the Delighted Reader[/quote]

Keys is an interesting part of the group, Hammered. She plays the keyboard, hence the name, but also plays the sister to the rest of her bad mates. So when Hunter and Kennedy tie the knot in the hotel where they met, of course the band is going to play a few tunes….that is until a fan makes an attempt to kidnap and drug her. Now the band is shoring up their defenses. While they a security guy, he is just one bodyguard. Time to bring in the big guns.

Quinn has just come to the end of a job protecting an ambassador and his family when a friend calls in a favor. Oh, he wants to say know. Who wants to babysit a spoiled rockstar. Boy was he wrong about that, but he isn’t wrong that everything in her life has become a threat. Now Quinn must shore up the defenses of Keys life, while also keeping a locked gate on his heart.

These two butt heads from the start and I found myself trying hard to like Quinn. It was that he was doing everything to protect Keys, but that he wasn’t very personable. He had some reasons, but really he should have just become a hermit. The house is unprotected in many ways, so he shores it up, taking away some of Keys freedoms that puts a damper on her spirit.

Keys also comes from a wealthy family. While she can’t relate with them, they do love her and her them. She just needs the band because it is what she feels comfortable and in tune. Does she try to get away? Yep, she does it and reaps the wrath of Quinn. Keys is such a free spirit of kindness while Quinn is stodgy and unfriendly. The Yin and Yang I guess.

When they do meet in sexual ways, they give it their all and leave regrets for later. They scotch up the sheets and create another hazard for Quinn to look out for. While these two are compatible in bed, I didn’t feel quite the same connection outside of it. Yes, they do fall in love, but I see so many other problems for them along the way.

While I love everything these two women write, this has to be my least favorite book. With 4 stars though, it isn’t bad and I would say read it. It works as a standalone and even with some of my dismay, these two rocked the Kindle out of my hands.

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Manhandled by Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott #Review

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Series: Hammered #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Rainbow Rage Publishing
Released on April 8, 2016
Pages: 277
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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About Cari Quinn

USA TODAY bestselling author Cari Quinn wrote her first story–a bible parable–in 2nd grade, much to the delight of the nuns at her Catholic school. Once she saw the warm reception that first tale garnered, she was hooked. She attempted her first romance in junior high, long before she’d ever read one. Writing what she knew always took a backseat to what she wanted to know, and that still holds true today.

Though she also fires up her computer as a graphic designer, proofreader and editor, she can’t resist the lure of disappearing into a world of her own creation. Now she gets to pen sexy romances for a living and routinely counts her lucky stars.

The only thing she loves more than writing is hearing from readers! Please visit her at her website at

About Taryn Elliott

I’m USA Today Bestselling author Taryn Elliott. I’m a music freak who loves everything about telling stories. I have way too many ideas rattling around in my head, but music almost always ends up in the story somehow. I’m very lucky to have a job that allows me to slip into the shoes of musicians, actors, business women, tycoons, bodyguards, chefs, bakers, carpenters, inventors, bartenders, wine makers, artists, and so many more characters to come. Talk about living the dream.

Oh, and I write 85% of this with my bestie and writing partner, Cari Quinn. We also write super sexy paranormal romance and erotic romance under Taryn Quinn.

Enough about me…go read about one of my hot guys. They’re far more interesting. 😉

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
5 years ago

That’s neat that even though it was your least favorite; it still is pretty good. I can see why these two would antagonize each other, but it’s fun to see how the opposites find a way.

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Shari Delighted Read
5 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

That was what I struggled with. It wasn’t a bad book, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as all the others I have read from this duo. They end up being cute together, but also a series touted as a comedic romance, this lacked the comedy element more than the first book in the series.

5 years ago

I like the sound o Quinn, even if he is gruff. I like a security guy to do his job well, and Keys sounds like she doesn’t make it easy for him. Glad you enjoyed this!