Giving It All (Naked Men, #3) by Christi BarthSlicks review:
I have thoroughly enjoyed Christi Barth’s Naked Men series from the start, but Giving It All is my favorite to date. For some reason I felt that this hero was going to be a tougher nut to crack because the incident that changed them all and bonded them for life was different for him and given that he was MIA during the last two books (for the most part), that told me there was way more going on in his psyche than anyone suspected. I was correct in that assumption and because of that Giving It All was complex, emotional, and the relationship that resulted was deeper from the start making it all the more special.
Logan Marsh will never forget the incident 10 years ago that almost cost him his four best friends or the fact that he was doing something he considered so very selfish when it occurred which is why he has spent the years since college devoting his life to helping others through his family’s foundation. Logan has spent years helping out in the aftermath of disasters worldwide and he treasures every life he’s helped save or make better and he mourns the souls he’s buried. Logan is man enough to admit that while he is gone he misses his dad with whom he has an amazing relationship with and his four best friends, but his job and the time he takes after each mission are necessary for him to be in control of the turmoil he still feels after so many years. On his way home to meet the sister he didn’t know he had, the sister who is now involved with his best friend who Logan knows for a fact is a man wh*re to the max, he is waylaid by a hurricane and runs into Brooke Gallagher, the girl he secretly crushed on all through high school.
Right from the start I loved the easiness that Logan and Brooke had with one another, despite the turmoil raging inside of both of them, reconnecting seemed to give them both something to ease their minds if only a little. It was only supposed to be a tropical fling…but once back in D.C. their lives become quickly intertwined. To say their situation was unique is putting it mildly, they both know Logan will leave again, but neither one of them seems to want to be apart while they are in the same city. Add in pressure from friends and family and their situation gets more complicated by the minute. I enjoyed both these characters a great deal and felt they both did some soul searching and growing during this story. For Brooke it was a matter of accepting that she didn’t fail one person she possibly saved many from a lifetime of horrible memories, but for Logan it was much more. Logan had to come to terms with the fact that he had survivor’s guilt even though his friends survived and even though had the situation been different and he’d been with them, it could have had a far worse outcome. He had pushing people away to keep his feelings and emotions locked tight down to a science, but thankfully he had a whole lot of people who loved him enough to challenge him when we was being stupid.
I love books where characters show growth and also find exactly what they need in their life to make them complete and Giving It All had that along with the witty, fun and often candid dialog the Naked Men are famous for, making this an excellent addition to this series.
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Give It All You Got Quotes
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. If what you're working for really matters, you'll give it all you've got. The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special. Don't ever be afraid of giving. Give of your time, your forgiveness, your understanding, your love.
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