The Maid of Tarts review of Erin Nicholas’ Up By Five

Up by Five (Counting on Love, #5)Maid of Tarts Review of

Up By Five

by Erin Nicholas

This is one of those stories that you wait for with bated breath, devour as soon as it’s available and then cry and yell when you realize that you’ve just read the last book in a wonderful series.  You ask yourself “what no more?” Nope the guys and gals you have come to love have all told you their stories, you ask “are you sure?” Let me check, just in case you may have missed one (extremely doubtful and highly improbable) but still you look and you realize this journey has indeed come to an end (sigh).

Maid-_of_TartsAh Connor (swoon), I would say the best was saved for last but . . . well it was.  This is a freaking fabulous, laugh out loud; fill your heart with love kind of story and it’s Connor!  Sexy, hot, paramedic Connor.  He keeps his relationships to one-night stands and he likes it that way.  After living with and raising four sisters he likes his home “female free”.  No underwear hanging everywhere, no face and hair stuff strewn all over the bathroom, just him and peace and quiet.


Connor’s coworker, Gabby, has always been just one of the guys.  When her apartment complex goes up in flames in the middle of the night leaving her wearing only a tank top and shorts, Connor finally notices she’s a woman, a woman in need of a place to stay for the next two months.


Gabby is this strong, feisty, very capable woman who helps out her family whenever they need it.  She’s blunt, talks dirty and isn’t afraid to make demands in the bedroom (dang I really liked this girl).  Connor has what I call big brother syndrome (I have one, so I recognize the signs).  He’s way overprotective and thinks he’s the only person that can solve problems for his sisters.  Both are devoted to their families, both don’t let others too close because of those families, which let’s face it make them two of a kind.


The secondary characters in this story are just icing on an already delicious cake.  Ms. Nicholas brings the guys and gals from the first four Dixon books plus the Bradford series peeps and then throws in the newcomers, Gabby’s relatives.  Let’s just say their teasing, love and yes even advice add to an already incredible story.


This book had everything you could want and everything you’d expect from Erin Nicholas.  Steamy sex, laugh out loud comedy, family and friends.  I will miss these wonderful characters but look forward to whatever Erin writes next.

Here to serve, :p

The Maid of Tarts


Up by Five (Counting on Love, #5)Up By Five

Erin Nicholas (Author)
Series: (Counting on Love #5) |
Release date: April 8th 2014 |
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance
ISBN-13: 9781619217737)|
Format: eBook


He’s in the middle of the last thing he wanted… and the best thing to ever happen.

Ace paramedic Conner Dixon has sworn to never live with another woman after raising his four younger sisters. They have been giving him gray hair since they lost their father fifteen years ago. Now they’re all in love and Conner’s ready to retire– from worrying, fixing problems and cleaning up messes.

Of course, when his fellow paramedic, Gabrielle Evans, needs a place to stay after her apartment burns down, Conner can’t say no. But it’s no problem– Gabby’s just one of the guys.

Gabby’s penchant for poker and her ability to overhaul a transmission definitely make her different from Conner’s usual women. She also has no interest in getting involved with him. Conner’s crazy mix of family and friends is the last thing Gabby needs right now. She has her sights set on medical school in the fall and knows success depends on focus and commitment.

But within forty-eight hours of moving in, Gabby’s in the middle of a family crisis that could disprove all her I-don’t-need-anyone bluster and Conner’s in the middle of the last thing he wanted-a girl and all her stuff, all over his stuff. Still, the more she makes herself at home, the more he thinks that’s maybe exactly where her stuff should be. For good.

Warning: Contains a girl who thinks she wants to be just one of the guys, a guy who happily proves why that won’t work, and a very good reason to buy cinnamon roll icing-you know, other than for use on cinnamon rolls.

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