Friday, May 2, 2014

Love Under Construction Series by Deanndra Hall

This series starts out with a great prequel that introduces you to all the characters in the series.  It's called The Groundbreaking
In this novella you'll be introduced to all of the main people in the stories to follow and you'll get their background stories and basically get to know them all.  I had no idea when I sat down with this book that Deanndra Hall was going to break my heart and make me take another look at my life and realize that I am, indeed, the luckiest and most blessed woman!
Nine lives. Nine stories. One last, best hope. But will they find it in time?

The introductory volume to the Love Under Construction Series, this quick read introduces you to the major characters in the series. The books within the series are not stand-alone, and reading this one will help the reader understand them better. All other books in this series are full-length novels.

Meet the Walters family of Louisville, Kentucky, and their extended family and friends. This introductory volume introduces the reader to the major characters in the series and gives some insight into what makes them who they are in a series of vignettes from their pasts. From Tony, the owner of the family construction business who's still dealing with his mentally-unstable ex-wife, to Steve, his attorney who also owns a security firm (and a BDSM club too) while he holds everyone at arms-length, to a widow, Nikki, who thinks her life is pretty well over, there's plenty of drama, fun, and white-hot, sex-filled romance to keep readers entertained for hours. There's Kelly, working in the insurance industry while no one knows her past; Jose, a former cage fighter-turned-personal security specialist; and Molly, a woman spurned in the worst of ways. Laura's clothes cover a painful secret that could get her killed, and Peyton, the wholesome boy next door, struggles with an injury from his service in Kandahar. And don't forget Vic, Tony's cousin and the manager of the construction company's Lexington office, who's six feet and eight inches of the hottest Italian the United States was lucky enough to find on their shores. This introductory work introduces readers to the major characters in the series and is a quick read; the four volumes to follow are full-length novels. None of the volumes are stand-alone and are written to be read in order to get the most enjoyment from them. Use The Groundbreaking as your portal - jump in and find out who lives, who dies, and who finds the love of their life. It's a rollicking good time, between the sheets and out!

WARNING: This book contains scenes of a graphic nature, including violence and sexual violation, which are critical to the continuation of the series. Those with an emotional aversion to scenes of non-censensual sex should read with caution. Reader discretion is advised.

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My Take On It:  If you pick up this novella expecting a lighthearted, fun read, you're in for a serious shock.  I had no idea what the story was about when I picked it up.  I like to go into a book with no expectations about the story, so sometimes I don't even read the synopsis before picking up a book.  This was one of those times.  That being said, this was an amazing introduction to a series that promises to engage the reader every step of the way.  For every emotion the characters experience, the reader will feel it as well.   The joy, the sorrow, the anger, the terror...expect them all and expect a few shocks along the way! 

Next up in the Love Under Construction Series is Laying A Foundation

His old life was crazy. Her old life died. Can they hope to build one together that will last? Full length novel in the Love Under Construction series! 

Tony is a successful businessman whose personal life has been almost unbearable thanks to his crazy ex-wife. Nikki lost her husband and children in a tragic accident and barely has a life. It looks like there's a "happily ever after" on the horizon - until an ecoterrorism group with a personal bone to pick threatens everything. 

First full-length installment in the Love Under Construction Series following the introductory volume, The Groundbreaking. Tony Walters operates a successful construction company in Louisville, Kentucky; he's anything but successful in his personal life, thanks to a mean-spirited, mentally ill ex-wife. Nikki Wilkes has lived for five years with almost no life, thanks to a drunken driver's mistake that took her husband and children from her. It seems the universe has aligned to make sure they meet, and their shy and sweet attempts to build a relationship blossom just as an ecoterrorism group begins to threaten the construction business. But as time goes by, it becomes clear that the threat is directed personally at Tony, and as the group's efforts escalate, it looks like answered prayers for a special someone in their lives might morph into not having a prayer for a "happily ever after." Through it all, family and friends stand by them and add to the madness, mayhem, and hilarity, while the bedroom smokes with enough scorching, crazy, adventurous sex to set everything on fire. The main characters are all over the age of thirty-five, and most are well over forty. A fun, mature, erotic romp with enough danger to leave the reader hanging. Not a stand-alone; the four novels are designed to be read in order for greatest enjoyment. It'll make you say, "I didn't see that coming!" more than once and leave you smiling!

WARNING: This book contains BDSM themes and criminal violence. Not suitable for readers under 18 years of age. Reader discretion is advised.
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My Take On It:  O M G!  I'm not sure who I'm more in love with.  Tony?  Vic?  Nikki?  Within just a few pages I was completely immersed in their lives.  I laughed, I cried, I swore, I shouted.  These were not just characters in a book, these were my people.   My family.  My friends.  I wanted the happily ever after for Tony and Nikki as much as I wanted my own.  I absolutely loved that these people were not in their 20s.  These are fully mature adults who knew how to be adults, yet were still afflicted with that "teenage" terror when it comes to meeting and interacting with a person they are interested in.  It made me positively giddy when they finally came together and started getting to know each other.  These two seemingly broken people who came together and healed themselves and each other and in doing so enriched the lives of everyone they came in contact with.  Beautifully done!

The next book in the series is Tearing Down Walls

Size, strength, ability, and stamina. And don't forget six feet and eight inches of leather-wrapped muscle. It takes a big man to tear down walls - in more ways than one.  Second full-length novel in the Love Under Construction series! 

You're a successful businessman. A molten-blooded Italian hunk. And the newest, hottest, most in-demand service Dom/top in a 500-mile radius, with dozens of women falling at your feet. So, which woman? How do you choose?

That's easy - you pick the one who can't stand you.

And that's exactly what Vic has done. He's tried desperately to get the wrong woman out of his heart, and it looks like he may have succeeded. And just when he thinks everything in his life is falling into place, Cupid plays a nasty joke on him and he falls for the one woman who doesn't want to be anywhere near him, Somehow it isn't already bad enough that he has a secret keeping him from having a loving, long-term relationship; to make matters worse, if he wants to have a chance with the ice princess, he has to keep her alive long enough to tear down the walls she's built around herself.
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My Take On It:  This book definitely lives up to the standards set the by two that came before it in the series.  I have to admit, I was especially looking forward to reading this story.  Vic is such a great guy who deserves every ounce of happiness he can get.  Laura is so seriously damaged that it would take someone incredibly special and willing to do what has to be done to help her come back from her past.  How do you learn to live again when the nightmare you once lived through becomes the terror that haunts your days and nights and threatens the lives of everyone you come near?  Together Vic and Laura bring each other back to life and learn to love the people they have become.  A rich and beautiful story so well told that you would swear you can hear them whispering to each other!

Deanndra Hall is a working writer living in far western Kentucky with her partner of 30+ years and three crazy little dogs. She wrote for business, academia, non-profits, did graphic design, and worked as an assistant editor and columnist for a local publication, as well as working in visual arts in the area of fiber and textiles.
But her writing career took a pivotal turn when, while reading a popular erotic romance trilogy, her partner said, "This is boring. Honey, you write lots better than this!" She decided to try her hand at writing in the erotic romance and erotica genre and never looked back.
Along with writing, Deanndra enjoys hiking, kayaking, working out at her local gym, healthy cooking, reading (of course), and anything chocolate. She maintains a blog at and a website at, not to mention author pages all over the place
On May 19th the next story in this series comes out.  It's called Renovating A Heart.  You can bet that I'll be reading it and we all know I'm going to have an opinion to share!  Thanks for reading!


  1. Wow! Thanks, Donna! I'm so glad you enjoyed the series.

  2. What an absolutely amazing review.