Blog Tour: Review of Renovating a Heart (Love Under Construction #3) by Deanndra Hall


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Book Length (Est.):  336 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Steve McCoy survived a harrowing youth and a horrible tragedy and still made it as a successful attorney and businessman. And he’s managed to keep his broken, battered heart under wraps by working with short-term submissives at his popular BDSM club, Eden’s Gate.

Until Kelly Markham came along. Kelly’s history was as bad or worse than Steve’s. She lost the only man she ever loved, a faithful, loving Dom, but she never lost hope. When she’s invited to visit Eden’s Gate, she feels like she’s finally found a home. Better yet, she finds a man who’ll help her reintegrate into the community, even if his help is only offered for one month.

Unfortunately, Kelly discovers that being Steve’s submissive is not easy. Matter of fact, when she accidentally trips a trigger from Steve’s history, being his submissive could actually be dangerous, even deadly. Steve’s determined to keep her at a distance and never show her his heart, but can he hold out when he realizes his best shot at a happily ever after might not survive?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Drue’s Random Chatter in exchange for an honest review*

I was really looking forward to Steve and Kelly’s story, but it was overpowered by too much Tony and Nikki. The book started with them and ended with them. Steve and Kelly were more like a side note that just happened to play a role within the Cabrizzi storyline. I understand how main characters are continually woven into the other books to maintain the attachment to each other, but when I finished this book I could barely remember Steve and Kelly, as Tony and Nikki definitely overtake the ending.

Steve McCoy is the infamous club owner, security firm owner, and attorney. I got a glimpse into his character in the last book when Vic worked for him at Eden’s Gate. He is a Dom in every sense of the word, but Kelly is just the woman to knock him off his game and push him over his own limits, which can be quite dangerous…for both of them.

“Kelly, I’m so sorry. I’d do anything to take it all back.” 

Kelly Markham hasn’t had an easy life. She’d been forced into too many things in the name of survival. Her long road led her to Steve, and something in him piques her interest and she wants more, but because of his own hang-ups she gets more than she bargained for.

“She didn’t think this was going to work, and even if he professed his undying love for her now, she wasn’t sure she’d want that. No worries about falling in love with Steve McCoy – he’d killed any chance of that.” 

Steve will push Kelly to and past her limits (not always in a good way), and Kelly finally gets what she needs sexually at home and at Eden’s Gate. Hello threesomes and inventive contraptions!

“The woman was so incredible that even the taste of another man on her lips was hot, and he kissed her again just to enjoy it.” 

In attempt to break through Steve’s tough outer shell Kelly will do something that ends up putting her in danger and thank goodness there’s so many men who know just how to jump in and save the day. They make me look forward to the next book in the series. There’s also a Tony and Nikki cliffhanger that’ll definitely make you ready for book four, so prepare yourself.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Vic and Tony’s newest family addition.

“Franklin? What the hell kind of name is that for a … you sure that’s a dog?”


“I’ve gotta say, that’s…” Vic stopped when the dog marched right up to him and shoved her nose into his crotch. “Hey! Cut that the hell out! You’re not my type of woman!” 

My Favorite Quote: “I want you to get the stick out of your ass and help us find Kelly, you low-life, no count, womanizing, scum-sucking, motherfucking dick head.” 

Yep, he definitely deserved to be on the receiving end of this!

Jenn 3.5 Heart

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.


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