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I’m the kind of guy who will do anything for a friend, so when my best mate, Max, gets sick I naturally want to help. He needs money for experimental treatment overseas and he needs it fast. So I round up the guys with an idea to raise the cash for him. Stripping. Chicks love that shit, right? At first, the guys are skeptical, but we’re a good looking group of men who who’ve I’m the kind of guy who will do anything for a friend, so when my best mate, Max, gets sick I naturally want to help. He needs money for experimental treatment overseas and he needs it fast. So I round up the guys with an idea to raise the cash for him. Stripping. Chicks love that shit, right? At first, the guys are skeptical, but we’re a good looking group of men who who’ve been known to bust out a dance move or two, so we decide to go for it. When Max offers his kid sister up for choreography, I think, great. We can use all the help we can get. The last time I saw Aubrey she was a loudmouthed twelve-year-old who wouldn’t leave me alone. Now, she’s twenty and possibly the sexiest woman I’ve ever laid eyes on. Max has made it clear that his sister is off limits to me, because apparently, I have a reputation. He says he has enough to worry about without me chasing his sister. Fine, I can respect that. But I’m not sure she can.


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I’m the kind of guy who will do anything for a friend, so when my best mate, Max, gets sick I naturally want to help. He needs money for experimental treatment overseas and he needs it fast. So I round up the guys with an idea to raise the cash for him. Stripping. Chicks love that shit, right? At first, the guys are skeptical, but we’re a good looking group of men who who’ve I’m the kind of guy who will do anything for a friend, so when my best mate, Max, gets sick I naturally want to help. He needs money for experimental treatment overseas and he needs it fast. So I round up the guys with an idea to raise the cash for him. Stripping. Chicks love that shit, right? At first, the guys are skeptical, but we’re a good looking group of men who who’ve been known to bust out a dance move or two, so we decide to go for it. When Max offers his kid sister up for choreography, I think, great. We can use all the help we can get. The last time I saw Aubrey she was a loudmouthed twelve-year-old who wouldn’t leave me alone. Now, she’s twenty and possibly the sexiest woman I’ve ever laid eyes on. Max has made it clear that his sister is off limits to me, because apparently, I have a reputation. He says he has enough to worry about without me chasing his sister. Fine, I can respect that. But I’m not sure she can.

57 review for Slow Grind (Men of Mornington, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE!!! *Amazon US*Amazon UK* Aubrey had the biggest crush on her brothers best friend when she was younger. Her young heart thought they were perfect together and that he would soon realize they belonged together. But then she moved to the states with her dad and didn't get to see him anymore. Now, she's all grown up and going back home to help her brother who just got the devastating news that his cancer has returned. Drew is left feeling helpless when his best friend has gotten some of the NOW LIVE!!! *Amazon US*Amazon UK* Aubrey had the biggest crush on her brothers best friend when she was younger. Her young heart thought they were perfect together and that he would soon realize they belonged together. But then she moved to the states with her dad and didn't get to see him anymore. Now, she's all grown up and going back home to help her brother who just got the devastating news that his cancer has returned. Drew is left feeling helpless when his best friend has gotten some of the worst news anyone can get, and he wants to do anything he possibly can to help. When he hears of a treatment that could potentially help he comes up with a way to make the money to afford it. Stripping. And who better to help with the choreography than his mates younger sister. He just had no idea she turned into such a beauty...and now he doesn't know how he can keep his hands off of her. Aussie guys stripping. That's really all you needed to hear, right? If not you're ten kinds of coo coo bananas because that's all I needed to know to want to jump into this book. The fact that it was a best-friends-little-sister trope was an added bonus, since I will always love those kinds of stories. Slow Grind had everything I wanted in it; the hot strippers, the secret touches and flirting, and the forbidden love. I really enjoyed this story and I can't wait to get the next book. Drew was a great character, willing to do anything to save his friend. I could connect to him very well because his relationship with Matt kind of reminded me of my friendship with my own bestie. Having a close bond like that is something wonderful, and these authors wrote the friendship amazingly well. I love reading books that involve close friends and in this story it just made it all the more interesting. Bottom line, you're going to want to read this book. The relationship between Drew and Aubrey was kind of slow building and it took some time for them to finally give in to their attraction, but it never got boring. There was a lot of other stuff going on in the book, so it constantly had my attention. It's a definite recommend from me. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

    ****4 Stars**** ****ARC kindly provided by authors Eva Spencer in exchange for an honest review**** "Only the good die young. It’s a phrase I wish never existed.” “Slow Grind” was such a pleasant surprise. I was honoured to be asked review this by the two amazing authors Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne, who write under the pen name Eva Spencer. I went into the book quite blind and not knowing much and it was actually the first book I have read by either of these two authors. I found it such a ****4 Stars**** ****ARC kindly provided by authors Eva Spencer in exchange for an honest review**** "Only the good die young. It’s a phrase I wish never existed.” “Slow Grind” was such a pleasant surprise. I was honoured to be asked review this by the two amazing authors Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne, who write under the pen name Eva Spencer. I went into the book quite blind and not knowing much and it was actually the first book I have read by either of these two authors. I found it such a delight to read. As a proud Aussie myself I was so excited to read a book about hot Aussie strippers with the setting being Melbourne, Australia. I’m not sure how many people reading this review have had the privilege of conversing with an Australian before, but we have a very distinctive way of talking and expressing ourselves. I don’t know much about the two authors so I’m not sure if they are in fact Australian, but if not, they did a stellar job of writing it in a way that an Australian would speak. Andrew’s childhood best friend Max has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time and this time, sadly, it’s terminal. Max was first diagnosed when he was seventeen and after rounds of Chemo went into remission. Max unfortunately has to endure the tough uphill battle of being sick again at the age of twenty seven. Cancer doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be affected. “But Max can’t die. He’s Max. He’s my person. My lifeline. My piece of home when I start to miss Melbourne, my old friends and my childhood bedroom. He’s the one person I know will always be there for me. No matter what. He’s mine.” Max’s very loyal and determined friends find out about an experimental treatment, which is a trial that they are looking at for adult males, between the ages of twenty five and thirty, who have Hodgkins lymphoma and are previous cancer survivors. This trial has Max’s name written all over it – the only problem is, it costs a hundred thousand dollars. “Pull out your money and get ready to throw them at the sexiest group of men you’re ever likely to see in one room. Here tonight, stripping for a cure, I proudly give you The Men Of Mornington.” Max’s sister Aubrey, is a dance student in college in the states and returns home to Melbourne after her estranged Mum calls her to inform her of Max’s returning cancer. Even though Max and Aubrey have a six year age gap, they are very close siblings. Aubrey doesn’t hesitate to hop on a plane to help take care of her brother. She just hopes she doesn’t return to have to say goodbye. Drew has an idea to raise the hundred thousand dollars for Max’s treatment with his other childhood best friends, Sam, Cam and Nash. Enter “The Men Of Mornington,” an all-male stripping quartet. Drew recruits the dance expertise of Aubrey to help with the routines and choreography. I’m pretty sure we all know the kind of relationship Aubrey and Drew develop, even though Max has specifically told Drew to stay away from his little sister. This is where the story becomes really fun. “I might be in love with him, but he’s never going to be in love with me.” “Slow Grind” was such a humorous, fun, but somewhat emotional story with well written character development and a thrilling storyline which has deliciously hot Aussie men. This story I found quite touching, as it delves into what life should be about: family, friends, love, suffering, hope and helping. It is about supporting the people you love most in the world, because there is nothing you would not do for them and that includes taking your clothes off in a room full of screaming women. I am looking forward to reading “The Men Of Mornington” second instalment.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

    3 You're you and I'm me" Stars What happens when your childhood best friend faces one of the most earth shattering diesase and there's nothing you could do to help him? You find a way. Even if that means putting yourself out there. LITERALLY. This is the story about four friends who were willing to do anything to save one of their own no matter what. Max has been battling cancer off and on since he was a teenager. This time around, his prognosis is not looking too well. Having his family and frie 3 You're you and I'm me" Stars What happens when your childhood best friend faces one of the most earth shattering diesase and there's nothing you could do to help him? You find a way. Even if that means putting yourself out there. LITERALLY. This is the story about four friends who were willing to do anything to save one of their own no matter what. Max has been battling cancer off and on since he was a teenager. This time around, his prognosis is not looking too well. Having his family and friends around him and being constant supporters, Max has the one thing that someone else in his situation wouldn't have. And that is Hope. After his sister Aubrey moves back to their birthplace in Australia to be near him, Max couldn't be any more happier. For the past nine years, Aubrey has had a pretty good life living in America. She has a wonderful best friend, and is weeks away from graduating College. But that all changes when she gets a phone call about her brother's health and life as she knows it is about ro change. Drew has always been there for his best friend Max whenever he's needed him. Considering him as his brother, there's nothing that he wouldnt do to try and save his friend. So when everyone come up with the plan to be male strippers and raise momey for his friend's treatment, he was all in. What he wasn't comfortable with was the choreographer being his best friend's little sister. Only Aubrey isn't so little anymore and the temptation to be with her, is getting louder and louder by the minute. Will Aubrey and Drew cross the line? I loved the concept of this story so much. Drew and Aubrey's dedication to helping Max was awe inspirinng and I loved how they never gave up on him. Unfortuantely there were some things that felt off for me and I couldn't fully connect with some of the characters. Something was missing and towards the end, the story felt rushed and it had me doing a double take. Was I expecting that? No. I truly feel that if the storyline went a little bit more deeper, I would've enjoyed the story alot more. If you love strippers that strip for a cause, then this one is for you. * Arc kindly provided in exchange forcan honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty

    4 "Strip For a Cure" Stars! [image error] Wait, what was I doing? Oh right. Review. *ahem* So.... This is another rendition of best friend's forbidden younger sister. I found myself actually loving the story concept. We have: - Aubrey: the younger sister; secretly in love with her brother's best friend; young and naive - Max: the older protective brother; afflicted with cancer :( - huge heart - Andrew(Drew): Max's best mate and Aubrey's childhood crush; manslut; manslut; and manslut With Max no 4 "Strip For a Cure" Stars! [image error] Wait, what was I doing? Oh right. Review. *ahem* So.... This is another rendition of best friend's forbidden younger sister. I found myself actually loving the story concept. We have: - Aubrey: the younger sister; secretly in love with her brother's best friend; young and naive - Max: the older protective brother; afflicted with cancer :( - huge heart - Andrew(Drew): Max's best mate and Aubrey's childhood crush; manslut; manslut; and manslut With Max not getting any better, Aubrey looks for an alternate option to get better medical help for her brother. As she finds out, that would require flying Max out to try an experimental treatment costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Aubrey and Max's best friends band together with an idea to strip for the money. Because hey, who wouldn't pay to see a bunch of sexy men, half naked?! While there was a dash of romance, the weight of friendships, bonds, loyalty and solidarity carried the storyline. It depicted how far a friend will go for a mate and to what ends they'll go to make the impossible, possible. There wasn't much elaboration of the supporting characters, but with this being the first in the series, I'd imagine we'll get more of their stories that were lacking in this book. I don't think this book was intended to tell their stories just yet. I will be continuing with the series; I'm super interested to see how that cliffhanger gets resolved and getting further introduced to the secondary characters. << DISCLAIMER >> There actually isn't that much "stripping" as depicted above. I just liked the imagery. There is a lot more story to this story. One for the road :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    3 - "We got this." Stars. This is one of those classic 'didn’t love it, didn’t hate it' books, I think Slow Grind actually had the potential to be more than it was, in that there is so much erroneous drama going on in it that it actually detracted from what would have been a really great story if the time had been taken to give the important tropes more depth and emotion. "You’re pushing buttons you don’t want to push..." The premise for Slow Grind was really good, who doesn’t love a hot guy, and a 3 - "We got this." Stars. This is one of those classic 'didn’t love it, didn’t hate it' books, I think Slow Grind actually had the potential to be more than it was, in that there is so much erroneous drama going on in it that it actually detracted from what would have been a really great story if the time had been taken to give the important tropes more depth and emotion. "You’re pushing buttons you don’t want to push..." The premise for Slow Grind was really good, who doesn’t love a hot guy, and add in some stripping to the mix then you are golden, the admirable reasons why it is being done added an emotional secondary element to proceedings. Five best mates since primary school, and we’re all so uniquely different. But for me Max’s illness and the guys stripping took a back seat to everything else going on a lot of the time. What with the sex starved neighbour, the horny mother, the desperate ex, and lack of communication between Drew and Aubrey, and whatever other little dramas the authors could think to throw in it was a busy story, but it lacked any real flow for me, for a lot of it’s telling by jumping all over the place. "What’s the point of being sexy if you’re not going to use it?" You are also introduced to a plethora of characters with Nash, Sam and Cam, stripping with Drew, as well as his sister Emma, who is also Aubrey’s old BFF, someone she’s hasn’t spoken to for years, but in a matter of moments is described as having an unbreakable connection with… The new BFF Jacey arrives from America towards the end as well, and then things just went from moderately entertaining to just a little on the silly side. "All I’ve thought of since you got back was how fucking sexy you are… I want everything with you." This ends on a cliffy in more than one way, so be warned, although I struggled with the first 30% or so, and for all the above gripes I would consider reading following books from the Men of Mornington series, just to see if this author duo can pare back some of the excess and deliver a deeper and more emotive story going forwards. ARC generously provided in exchange for the above honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    4 "damn the misunderstanding" stars This was such a pleasant surprise, first time I am reading smth from this author and if they continue on this road it can only get better and better. Congrats! Anyway, the story was fresh in writing and it just flew, the characters were likable, sassy heroine, reluctant to love/player yet irresistable hero gave enough angst to keep your heart stirring but there was a solid portion of everything - drama, romance, humor, sadness...all that hold the pieces of a moz 4 "damn the misunderstanding" stars This was such a pleasant surprise, first time I am reading smth from this author and if they continue on this road it can only get better and better. Congrats! Anyway, the story was fresh in writing and it just flew, the characters were likable, sassy heroine, reluctant to love/player yet irresistable hero gave enough angst to keep your heart stirring but there was a solid portion of everything - drama, romance, humor, sadness...all that hold the pieces of a mozaic called life. I have enjoyed myself reading this book and I'm very much looking forward to the second! :) so, effin tumb up from me!!! or two! LOL GR SIRENS met the hotties, Aussie strippers...for a good cause, noble cause...and I regret nothing! LOL "eff me on sight" Now, let me ask you, who in the state of a sane mind would pass on that? ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review If you are familiar with my reviews then you are all aware that I am sucker for best friend’s little sister romance trope. There is something about the forbidden and temptation factor that makes this kind of trope so compelling, fun, and sexy. And in Eva Spencer’s Slow Grind, the authors have decided to take a fun spin on this trope but also include a theme of friendship and emotions. “I might be in love with him, but he’s never going to ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review If you are familiar with my reviews then you are all aware that I am sucker for best friend’s little sister romance trope. There is something about the forbidden and temptation factor that makes this kind of trope so compelling, fun, and sexy. And in Eva Spencer’s Slow Grind, the authors have decided to take a fun spin on this trope but also include a theme of friendship and emotions. “I might be in love with him, but he’s never going to be in love with me.” While this book may have the undertones of romance, the main emphasis of this story is the deep connection and bonds of friendship. How far will you go for a friend? Would you even go so far as to stripping to earn a few bucks so you can help cover the medical expenses for a friend with cancer? And so Eva Spencer presents a story of a group of guys who are willing to do that for their friend and with the help of their best friend’s little sister, anything is possible to achieve that goal. But along the way into teaching these guys to be the next Magic Mike of Australia, romance begins to brew between Andrew and his best friend’s little sister, Aubrey. While I like the concept of this book, I felt the book fell flat into developing the characters and details. I wished the author went into more depth with the story line so readers like myself could connect with the characters especially with Max and his friends. And as for some of the secondary characters, there were times I felt there was no need to bring up. For example, Emma and her sexuality since it played no bearing to the story line. There are some great scenes in the book but other than that there was nothing that really stood out for me as memorable. Overall, this book was just an okay read and I hope the next book of the series will focus more on the characters and keep the focus on them while bringing forth romance, emotions and depth. Review can also be found on Four Chicks Flipping Pages: http://fourchicksflippingpages.weebly...Eva Spencer

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rene

    Knowing the authors that make up Eva Spencer, I knew there was no way I wouldn't love this book. Slow Grind is more than a romance novel, it's about friendship. Even more so, it's about the lengths some will go to, to prove their friendship when one of them is in need. Just when I was on the verge of tears, I found myself laughing out loud. I loved every character, and if an author (or two) can accomplish that then they have an amazing book on their hands. Slow Grind is book one in the Men of Mo Knowing the authors that make up Eva Spencer, I knew there was no way I wouldn't love this book. Slow Grind is more than a romance novel, it's about friendship. Even more so, it's about the lengths some will go to, to prove their friendship when one of them is in need. Just when I was on the verge of tears, I found myself laughing out loud. I loved every character, and if an author (or two) can accomplish that then they have an amazing book on their hands. Slow Grind is book one in the Men of Mornington Series, and I can't wait to read more!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    Oh my god that was just mean ladies. You lure me in with sexy strippers, get me all invested in Drew and Aubs & then bam where the hell is the rest of the book? I mean seriously when the hell am I getting the next book? I absolutely love brother’s best friend romances but from the blurb of this I was nervous I was going to be a blubbering mess for most of this book. I knew it was book one of the Men of Mornington but I thought it was going to be a set of standalones of each of the men. So when I Oh my god that was just mean ladies. You lure me in with sexy strippers, get me all invested in Drew and Aubs & then bam where the hell is the rest of the book? I mean seriously when the hell am I getting the next book? I absolutely love brother’s best friend romances but from the blurb of this I was nervous I was going to be a blubbering mess for most of this book. I knew it was book one of the Men of Mornington but I thought it was going to be a set of standalones of each of the men. So when I hit that cliff-hanger I had a little meltdown. Check out my full review here

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    Absolutely enjoyed this little gem! So I kind of forgot to upload my review on this one... (Bad, Denise) But I will say that this book was such a fun read. What else could be better when you have a group of friends trying to help out their best friend from their current health diagnosis? A mix of-- yes, Magic Mike meets Thunder from Down Under. The story was funny, cute, and heartwarming. With book two on the horizon, I cannot wait what this journey has in store for these men and the women that th Absolutely enjoyed this little gem! So I kind of forgot to upload my review on this one... (Bad, Denise) But I will say that this book was such a fun read. What else could be better when you have a group of friends trying to help out their best friend from their current health diagnosis? A mix of-- yes, Magic Mike meets Thunder from Down Under. The story was funny, cute, and heartwarming. With book two on the horizon, I cannot wait what this journey has in store for these men and the women that they are heating up along the way. Eva Spencer hit the mark on this story. If you're looking for a fun, quick summer read, then I suggest you pick this one up. ‼‼ARC graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review‼‼

  11. 4 out of 5

    Desire

    So, I will start by saying I didn't put this book down until it was finished. I swear at times my heart was breaking right along with the characters, and a few times I felt like I might have to swear at the author. I love it though, it made me laugh, almost made me cry, and most definitely made me get all girly inside. I grew up a lot like Aubrey, I was madly in love with my brothers best friend from the time I was 11 well into my early 20's, but a lot like Max and Drew, my real life brother and So, I will start by saying I didn't put this book down until it was finished. I swear at times my heart was breaking right along with the characters, and a few times I felt like I might have to swear at the author. I love it though, it made me laugh, almost made me cry, and most definitely made me get all girly inside. I grew up a lot like Aubrey, I was madly in love with my brothers best friend from the time I was 11 well into my early 20's, but a lot like Max and Drew, my real life brother and his bestie are the epitomy of ride or die. I absolutely cannot wait for the next part, because I feel like I'm dying a little over here not knowing what happening. On a happier note, I would most definitely keep your speed dial handy, there are a few parts here and there that will definitely make you want to dial a booty call ;)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Huddleston

    Oh my ! Slow Grind, Men of Mornington Novel ,by Ashley Suzanne and Missy Johnson was freaking fantastic. The storyline broke my heart and yet gave me hope. Well do! I loved all the characters. Aubrey and Drew make you smile and cry. From a childhood crush to a second chance love. They are brought back together because of an ugly, nasty reason. I adore the Men of Mornington and how they will do anything for a friend. Be warned! You will want more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    Ok so I'll start off by saying that I really liked the concept of this book, and where it sort of went. It is a younger sister in love with her older brothers best friend trope. Which I don't flock to, but I also don't mind. Max was in remission from cancer he had when he was a teenager. Unfortunately during that time his parents were also divorced and his father and little sister moved to the United States while he stayed in Australia with his mother. Aubrey is Max's little sister and after livi Ok so I'll start off by saying that I really liked the concept of this book, and where it sort of went. It is a younger sister in love with her older brothers best friend trope. Which I don't flock to, but I also don't mind. Max was in remission from cancer he had when he was a teenager. Unfortunately during that time his parents were also divorced and his father and little sister moved to the United States while he stayed in Australia with his mother. Aubrey is Max's little sister and after living in the US with her dad for the last seven or eight years, she is going back to Australia because her brother is terminal. She doesn't count on running into her old crush, Drew, but she does and she's instantly attracted to him again. She knows she should be worried about Max, but she can't help the feelings she has coming back to life. Drew, and Max's really close group of friends want to do anything they can to help Max. Sam, one of the friends, happens upon some experimental treatments that Max is a really good candidate for. It's very expensive so in order to raise the funds they put together a strip team with the help of Aubrey. Problem is the more time spent with Aubrey isn't good for Drew. He can't help but notice how grown up she is. He doesn't want to disappoint Max by going after Aubrey and plus he's been hurt before. How will all this turn out? What I liked. - the stripping concept - the friendship between all of the guys - one of the couch scene between Aubrey and Drew, but it was just a tease but it was still hot. What I didn't like. - I didn't feel a connection between Aubrey and Drew it was very shallow - her mom kept hinting there was more to their angsty past, but it never was explained - they kept hinting about him being hurt before but never went into it - there was a cliffhanger, and I suppose it was for leading into the next book purposes but I felt there could have been a more HFN instead of an unsure for now. I was intrigued by the Jacey, Nash and Em possibility. I don't know. I was more interested in Sam than Nash though. This story wasn't BAD and I liked the concept it was just missing a few things for me. It felt incomplete beyond the cliffhanger haha, because obviously. Like is the next book still going to be their story or will it be someone else? Hmm I guess we shall see! I'll definitely keep my eye out for book two! *ARC provided by IndieSage PR*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Romance Readers Retreat

    I am the biggest fan of Missy Johnson so when I saw that she was teaming up with Ashley Suzanne as Eva Spencer I jumped at the chance to read this. Slow Grind ended up being one of those books where I didn't exactly love it but I didn't exactly hate it either. I definitely saw the potential but I feel like there was too much unnecessary drama that detracted from the overall story. While this book is considered a romance, the main emphasis is on the deep bonds between friends. Eva Spencer present I am the biggest fan of Missy Johnson so when I saw that she was teaming up with Ashley Suzanne as Eva Spencer I jumped at the chance to read this. Slow Grind ended up being one of those books where I didn't exactly love it but I didn't exactly hate it either. I definitely saw the potential but I feel like there was too much unnecessary drama that detracted from the overall story. While this book is considered a romance, the main emphasis is on the deep bonds between friends. Eva Spencer presents a story of a group of guys who will do anything to help their friend Max get the best treatment for his cancer, even going so far as stripping for a cure, with the help of their friend's younger sister, Aubrey. While teaching them to be the next Magic Mikes of Australia, the sparks start flying between Andrew and his best friend's little sister, Aubrey. You are also introduced to a plethora of supporting characters like Nash, Cam, and Sam who all take part in stripping for Max's cure, as well as Emma who is supposedly Aubrey's BFF even though they haven't really spoken in the past decade. Then we have Jacey, the new BFF, who shows up at the end, as well as the desperate ex, Nate, just in time for the big cliffhanger. While I liked the premise of the book, I felt like the book fell flat when it came to character development and the details. I didn't really find myself connecting to the characters all that much. I felt that Max's illness and the guys stripping for a cure took a backseat to all the unnecessary drama that the authors decided to throw in such as the horny mother, the desperate ex, the sex starved neighbor and the total lack of communication between Andrew and Aubrey. The authors seemed to jump around a lot and the book didn't really seem to naturally flow. It was a very busy drama filled book that seemed to lack the flow and connections I needed to feel. On that note, Slow Grind does end on a cliffhanger in more ways than one. Although I struggled with this book and didn't exactly love it I would definitely read the next book in the series just to see what happens with the storyline.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    3.5 stars I was not expecting a somewhat cliffhanger, personally I don't like them but wow do I need the rest of this story. I think what helps me come to terms with being left hanging is we will get the last of the 4 books in October, so the wait isn't to painful. I do hope they go beyond Drew and Aubrey, obviously they will all involve all the characters and max is a central character but I'm hoping there's love for the other boys to. Drew was always Max's friend and Audrey has crushed on him s 3.5 stars I was not expecting a somewhat cliffhanger, personally I don't like them but wow do I need the rest of this story. I think what helps me come to terms with being left hanging is we will get the last of the 4 books in October, so the wait isn't to painful. I do hope they go beyond Drew and Aubrey, obviously they will all involve all the characters and max is a central character but I'm hoping there's love for the other boys to. Drew was always Max's friend and Audrey has crushed on him since she was a little girl. It's cute to see Aubrey mooning over him as a not quite teenage girl and him being older. Then to come back a grown woman who has Drew so unsure of what to do. Aubrey has always been Max's number one supporter and protector. To receive the crushing news that's sends Aubrey home to be there for him again is how the story line of Men of Mornington is born. It's sometimes humours but frustrating to. But the frustration bears from the fact this is not a standalone. The absolute support all the characters throw behind their plan for Max is commendable. It shows how strong a unit of friends can be. Every one of these characters has me intrigued and I want to learn more about them. The combine writing style flows well for the story and characters. I don't feel I can properly dissect the story as we don't have it all yet. I'm sensing it's going to be an emotional ride with many highs and lows.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    A promising start to a series. I love a friends to lovers romance and Slow grind had all that and more. Aubrey has had a crush on her brothers best friend since she was a little girl. Moving away from home due to her parents divorce also meant Aubrey had to move away from her brother Max who chose stay with their mother and Andrew. Aubrey has never gotten along with her mother so moving away to America from Australia was her decision but she missed Max and Andrew. Now 21 due to her brothers il A promising start to a series. I love a friends to lovers romance and Slow grind had all that and more. Aubrey has had a crush on her brothers best friend since she was a little girl. Moving away from home due to her parents divorce also meant Aubrey had to move away from her brother Max who chose stay with their mother and Andrew. Aubrey has never gotten along with her mother so moving away to America from Australia was her decision but she missed Max and Andrew. Now 21 due to her brothers illness Aubrey is returning to Australia. Aubrey is no longer a little girl Drew remembers but Drew is still the hot guy she remembers. All the guys Aubrey remembers as friends of Max when she was younger are still all best friends so when they need to think of a way to raise money for Max's treatment they come up with a stripper event. It's a bittersweet read, Aubrey and Drew grow close as Max gets sicker. A great story with humor throughout despite Max's illness there's still lightness and laughs as the group of hot men learn to strutt their stuff. Looking forward to part 2 where the story continues. A recomended light hearted read with great character's and interesting story that leaves you wanting more. Arc gratefully received for review Bbbf-sizzlereads-bestbookboyfriends http://www.Bbbf-sizzlereads-bestbookb...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina Todd shobe

    Audrey moved to America with her dad after her parents divorce. Her brother Max stayed in Australia with their mother. Audrey comes back to Australia after she gets notified that Max's cancer has come back and his prognosis is not good. Max's friends are not giving up and have found an experimental treatment that is in Europe. They are brainstorming ways to come up with the money. They decided to 'Strip for a Cure' with Audrey putting together their choreography and teaching them how to dance. You Audrey moved to America with her dad after her parents divorce. Her brother Max stayed in Australia with their mother. Audrey comes back to Australia after she gets notified that Max's cancer has come back and his prognosis is not good. Max's friends are not giving up and have found an experimental treatment that is in Europe. They are brainstorming ways to come up with the money. They decided to 'Strip for a Cure' with Audrey putting together their choreography and teaching them how to dance. You can tell as you read along that Aubrey and Drew (who is Max's best friend) have a connection and it continues to build up sizzle during the book. I thought this book was very heart warming. It should have a motto "Friends don't give up on Friends". I also did a lot of hand fanning when Drew was dancing/stripping with Audrey in mind. Seriously hot. I can't decide if I'm aggravated with the cliffhanger or excited that the series is going to continue. I liked the interplay the characters in this book have. I think it's going to be a good basis for the books to come.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amazeballs Book Addicts

    Slow Grind is an awesome read. I was hooked right from the beginning. Aubrey has been living in the US but when she finds out her brother, Max, is sick she goes back to Australia. I loved Aubrey and her love for her brother. Back in Australia, she not only gets to see her brother but also his friends. She had a childhood crush on his friend Drew. Now that they are both older the sparks are there. I was scared that this one might make me cry. I didn't cry but it's definitely a heart string puller Slow Grind is an awesome read. I was hooked right from the beginning. Aubrey has been living in the US but when she finds out her brother, Max, is sick she goes back to Australia. I loved Aubrey and her love for her brother. Back in Australia, she not only gets to see her brother but also his friends. She had a childhood crush on his friend Drew. Now that they are both older the sparks are there. I was scared that this one might make me cry. I didn't cry but it's definitely a heart string puller. Oh and that ending, I was like it can't end like that. I can't wait to read the next one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    The two authors that have come together to write this book and my word have they blown it out the water here. When your faced with a life altering condition everything had to take its place and when Aubery is faced with this she has to return home after years of being away from everyone she knows and the feelings she has kept hidden. Max is diagnosed with cancer but surviving it in his teenage years and know it's come back he is relying on his family and his closest brothers. This is a tear jerker The two authors that have come together to write this book and my word have they blown it out the water here. When your faced with a life altering condition everything had to take its place and when Aubery is faced with this she has to return home after years of being away from everyone she knows and the feelings she has kept hidden. Max is diagnosed with cancer but surviving it in his teenage years and know it's come back he is relying on his family and his closest brothers. This is a tear jerker but also a seriously hot read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Glowania

    Aubrey moved from Australia to the USA to become a dancer and to start her life out fresh. She receives a call from her mother that her brother Max is sick and not doing well. She heads back to Australia were she sees her childhood crush Drew. Having to deal with helping her brother and seeing him all the time both of them realize they have feelings for each other. But Max doesn't want to see his sister get hurt and tells Drew to stay away. But can he? Can she? Will one of the get hurt and can M Aubrey moved from Australia to the USA to become a dancer and to start her life out fresh. She receives a call from her mother that her brother Max is sick and not doing well. She heads back to Australia were she sees her childhood crush Drew. Having to deal with helping her brother and seeing him all the time both of them realize they have feelings for each other. But Max doesn't want to see his sister get hurt and tells Drew to stay away. But can he? Can she? Will one of the get hurt and can Max get better. A great read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Wilkin

    This book totally sucked me in. It also made me cry, laugh and frustrated as hell. It was extremely hard to put down, so I didn't. A fantastic book, in what I am sure is going to be a thrilling, heartbreaking and humerous series. I can not wait for the next book as this one has left me hanging. This book totally sucked me in. It also made me cry, laugh and frustrated as hell. It was extremely hard to put down, so I didn't. A fantastic book, in what I am sure is going to be a thrilling, heartbreaking and humerous series. I can not wait for the next book as this one has left me hanging.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paula Genereau

    Oh my!!! This book was awesome. I loved it. Hot Aussies stripping their way to raise money for a cure for a friend. Hello!!! Hotness. Great book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thai Holman Pure and Dark book blog

    Great read. I found myself lost in this book. It gave me all the right feels. Its well written amazing characters. Just all around what you look for in a book 5*.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jolene OBrien

    ***ARC provided by author for an honest review***

  25. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    * arc review * Wow! Where do I start? I bloody loved this book! It made me all gooey and girly inside, I laughed, I cried, I silently cursed the authors ;). I can't wait for book 2 !! * arc review * Wow! Where do I start? I bloody loved this book! It made me all gooey and girly inside, I laughed, I cried, I silently cursed the authors ;). I can't wait for book 2 !!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    A schoolgirl's crush becomes a young woman's lifeline in this tale depicting the tight bonds of friendship and how far you'll go to save the life of a friend. It's a charming story dealing with mortality that doesn't shy away from the ravages of cancer while looking death in the eye. Despite the vivid depictions of illness it still puts a smile on your face through witty banter and heartwarming interactions amongst friends. It's a story that takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride righ A schoolgirl's crush becomes a young woman's lifeline in this tale depicting the tight bonds of friendship and how far you'll go to save the life of a friend. It's a charming story dealing with mortality that doesn't shy away from the ravages of cancer while looking death in the eye. Despite the vivid depictions of illness it still puts a smile on your face through witty banter and heartwarming interactions amongst friends. It's a story that takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride right alongside its immensely appealing characters in a romance that had me turning the pages furiously to see what would happen next. Aubrey and her brother Max have always been close with each of them very protective of the other. His youthful fight against cancer made her even more protective and united their group of friends as part of his army in his fight against the disease. Their tight bond soon became the only thing they could count on as their mother's numerous affairs ended in divorce and the two of them separated on opposite sides of the world. She made a new life for herself in the US, trying to put her youthful attraction to Max's best friend Drew behind her, but he was never far from her thoughts as a painful relationship left her scarred and doubtful of true love. With Max's cancer returned she finds herself back home coping with the hurtful feelings her mother engenders in her while warring with her traitorous heart over seeing Drew once again. Knowing she'll do anything to make Max healthy means getting close to Drew in a sexy plan to get money for an experimental treatment. Close quarters has him seeing her as the woman she's become while she sees a softer more honorable side to the man who's always been a player. Aubrey's immensely likable and easy to relate to. She's caring and loyal to her brother but never smothering. Her two girlfriends, Emma and Jacey, couldn't be more different but her interactions with them are fun loving and playful in their talks of men. Their scenes bring a bit of levity when things get a bit dark for Max which is greatly appreciated. She's always been enamored of Drew but knew he saw her only as a child, knew too that Max would never let them get together. These facts still play a role in their uncertain romance but luckily aren't dwelled on for long as they have a crackling connection teeming with sexual tension that was a reprieve from the darkness of Max's health. Drew was just one member of a close-knit group of young men growing up. The five boys all had unique personalities but had a connection that nothing could break...not even cancer. Aubrey was always a part of their group and therefore he saw her as nothing more than Max's dorky little sister. The passage of time has changed how he sees her though and it throws him for a loop. He's always been a player, flitting from one meaningless encounter to the next as he too doesn't believe in relationships after his own parent's divorce. Seeing the grown-up Aubrey though inspires lots of naughty thoughts, thoughts that he knows Max wouldn't approve of. With her teaching him and his friends how to strip to earn money to help Max, their burgeoning feelings ultimately combust in scorching encounters that leave them uncertain of the future. He and Aubrey are delightful to see together as their banter is witty and flirty. He's thrown into a tail spin upon seeing her grown-up body and I enjoyed seeing the normally in control player so flustered. Overall Drew's a carefree charmer, funny and snarky, who's unabashed when it comes to his intimate encounters. He's a bit of a braggart when it comes to sex but has one encounter that shames him and that could cause a riff if it ever comes to light. When Max's cancer returns though he shows a deeply caring and serious side that brought a tear to my eye. He took charge in rallying the boys to carry out their sexy and unconventional plan which endeared him to me even more. Along with this immensely likable main couple comes a large cast of equally appealing secondary characters who laid the groundwork for many more enticing tales to come. The Men of Mornington are a sexy bunch of Aussies whose interactions are playful yet brotherly with a bond that has them willing to do anything for each other. Cam and Sam are twins who couldn't be more opposite in looks and temperament, while Nash is quiet and thoughtful, with the final member being Max whose life has been full of battles over his health as well as issues with his mother over her alcoholism and numerous affairs with younger men. Max is the heart of this story, binding his friends together and sending Aubrey into Drew's arms, which is why readers will become so invested in his outcome. He's very likable and charming and no matter how sick he is he never lets it show. He's brave in the face of his mortality and I'm left counting down the days until the next installment as his health is left hanging in the balance. That's not the only thread left hanging as Drew and Aubrey have distance weighing on their burgeoning relationship which gives promise for the future but no guarantee which might anger some readers. I for one don't mind their HFN as it adds to the story's overall realism and leaves me clamoring for more, as does seeing the other Men of Mornington on the cusp of finding their own HEAs!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kitten Blue

    I can't get into this one since I'm one-third of the way in and a whole lot of nothing has happened. I can't get into this one since I'm one-third of the way in and a whole lot of nothing has happened.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Austin

    Title: Slow Grind Author:Eva Spencer Series:Men of Mornington #1 Publisher:Eva Spencer Reviewer:MAustin Release Date:6-28-16 Genre(s):Romance Page Count:204 Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Only the good die young. It’s a phrase I wish never existed. Best mates shouldn’t get cancer, especially terminal at twenty-seven. And experimental treatments shouldn’t cost a hundred grand. But sometimes life just effing sucked. Then I got an idea to raise the cash. If a woman could stri Title: Slow Grind Author:Eva Spencer Series:Men of Mornington #1 Publisher:Eva Spencer Reviewer:MAustin Release Date:6-28-16 Genre(s):Romance Page Count:204 Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Only the good die young. It’s a phrase I wish never existed. Best mates shouldn’t get cancer, especially terminal at twenty-seven. And experimental treatments shouldn’t cost a hundred grand. But sometimes life just effing sucked. Then I got an idea to raise the cash. If a woman could strip her way through uni, we could strip our way to a cure, right? We were attractive Aussie guys, and with the help of Max’s kid sister, we could nail the choreography. I hadn’t seen Aubrey since she was twelve. She’d gone from a pig-tailed, freckled, tom-boy into the sexiest chick I think I’d ever met. I made a promise to Max to steer clear, but when she was choreographing our routines … The Men of Mornington were going to heat things up, and things just got a whole lot hotter. Review: http://i869.photobucket.com/albums/ab... Slow Grind by Eva Spencer was a great 4 star read. Aubrey goes back home to Australia when she finds out her brother is sick. She is nervous about seeing Andrew (Drew) one of her brothers best friends that she has been crushing on for years. When Drew see’s Aubrey it is an instant connection. She is definitely not the 12 year old that he last remembered. “If you weren’t my best mate’s little sister, who I swore not to touch, I’d already have you bent over this couch screaming my name Drew has been warned to stay away from Aubrey by Max. However, these two find the temptations a little too much and things get steamy and hot. I just love these two together. When Drew, Sam, Cam and Nash find a treatment facility that will take Max they need to find a way to get the money. When Aubrey brings up stripping for money, Drew quickly talked her into having the guys strip and she can choreograph. He doesn’t want anyone seeing her body. “You can let me go if you want. Nobody’s forcing you to hold on” - Aubrey “You know damn well this is it Aub. I can’t go back. You’re it.” - Drew There is so much more to this great read. Even though there is a very serious side we also see humor and fun as well. We see some struggles with family history and exes that won’t go away. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I can’t wait to read more of The Men of Mornington”. The ending is a cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more. Thank you! ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by MAustin from Alpha Book Club

  29. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Williams (BibliophileLove_ox)

    Okay, first let me say this book totally caught my attention because it had the words 'Male strippers' in the blurb. So i thought fuck yeah, i love me some strippers. So i signed myself up. One of my favourite books to read is the 'My brothers best friend'. So obviously this book was right up my street. This book was so much more than i thought it'd be. I absolutely LOVE the relationships between everyone in this story. Wether it be brother and sister or best friend to best friend the connection Okay, first let me say this book totally caught my attention because it had the words 'Male strippers' in the blurb. So i thought fuck yeah, i love me some strippers. So i signed myself up. One of my favourite books to read is the 'My brothers best friend'. So obviously this book was right up my street. This book was so much more than i thought it'd be. I absolutely LOVE the relationships between everyone in this story. Wether it be brother and sister or best friend to best friend the connections between them are so real, their bonds are absolutely amazing. Aubrey was the twelve year old girl with a crush on her big brothers best friend, wanting nothing more for him to notice her but knowing its never gonna happen. I mean she's just to young and she's only Max' little sister. So when the chance arises to move to away with her father she takes it, fresh start and all that. “I might be in love with him, but he’s never going to be in love with me" Drew is Max' best friend, kind of a manwhore and the man Aubreys been in love with since forever. He hasn't seen little Aubs in 8 years, she's not the little girl he once knew. Hell he didnt expect her to be so grown up. Aubrey has to return home when she learns the sad news about her brother, As soon as she see's Drew all her feelings come flooding back. When she realises Drew is finally noticing her for more than a little girl she grabs the chance she has with both hands. All whilst trying to find a way to save her older brother. “But Max can’t die. He’s Max. He’s my person. My lifeline. My piece of home when I start to miss Melbourne, my old friends and my childhood bedroom. He’s the one person I know will always be there for me. No matter what. He’s mine" So when Drew finds a way to raise the money they need for Max, he recruits Sam, Cam and Nash and they create The Men of Mornington with Aubreys help with the choreography they grow closer and well we all know the kind of sexual tension there would be. So this story is so much more than a bunch of Aussie men taking their clothes off for a bunch of rowdy women. Its well written, the characters are brilliant, i loved the secondary characters just as much as the main. Its a story about one mans very fierce and loyal friends that are determined to do anything they can for him. It was such a refreshing, fun but somewhat emotional read. Its a story of love, support, suffering and hope, a story that proves there is no limit of what you'd do to support someone you love. These authors are no doubt talented, i can't wait to read more from them. Im sitting waiting, not so patiently for the next men of mornington installment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey Austin-Goddard ❤

  31. 4 out of 5

    Missy Johnson

  32. 5 out of 5

    Monique Tinline

  33. 4 out of 5

    Caryl Casanova

  34. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Bare

  35. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Sanchez

  36. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Stevenson

  37. 4 out of 5

    Olga therebelreader

  38. 5 out of 5

    Caro

  39. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Marie- Bibliomaniac: A Book Nerd

  40. 5 out of 5

    Nicola J Hardy

  41. 4 out of 5

    Mollie Bryant

  42. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Wheatley

  43. 5 out of 5

    Louise Rogers-Thomas

  44. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

  45. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Hahn

  46. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Crowell

  47. 4 out of 5

    Dimaris rossy

  48. 4 out of 5

    LaKeisha

  49. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Barth

  50. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Craig

  51. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Radcliffe

  52. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Call

  53. 5 out of 5

    SB

  54. 4 out of 5

    Syd Ryan

  55. 4 out of 5

    Giulia

  56. 5 out of 5

    007war

  57. 5 out of 5

    Candy

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