Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She’s hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
Whether she's writing under the name Diane Alberts or Jen McLaughlin, Alberts knows how to write an engrossing story that pulls readers into the lives of her characters and makes a person not want to put her book down.
Taking What's His is probably my favorite book in the Shillings Agency series to date. I loved Holt's character and his chemistry with Lydia was red-hot!
Alberts created a lot of character depth in writing Holt. His conflict with trying to appear as if nothing was wrong with him, while struggling with side effects from an IED injury added intensity to the story line itself, as well as his growing relationship with Lydia. Holt ticked all the right boxes for me - nerdy, but good looking, dominant, but respectful, and he was in the military. Plus, let's not forget he wears glasses and is a Doctor Who fan. I loved how Alberts incorporated the Doctor Who fandom into Taking What's His.
I also liked how Alberts incorporated some of the other characters from her previous Shillings Agency books into Taking What's His. Of course Cooper was mentioned since Holt works at the agency, but also Gordon from book #3 shows up. This series seems to get better with each book and I'm hoping there is more to come!
Taking What's His (Shillings Agency #4)
Adult Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published: 28 April 2015 by Entangled Brazen
Some lines are meant to be crossed...
One explosive device was all it took to turn Holt Cunningham from ass-kicking Marine to IT technician. Hell, he's still not over it. So when the cute little strawberry blonde at the bar asks him to kiss her, Holt can't resist the temptation of a sexy distraction. Before he knows it, she's blown his mind...and then skipped out the next morning.
Lydia Thomas never expected things with Holt to go quite that far, but oh, it was worth it. After being far too good for way too long, she was ready to be bad. Except that there's that tiny detail that Lydia kept to herself-Holt just spent the night doing naughty things...with his best friend's little sister.
One night isn't nearly enough. But with his friendship on the line, how far will Holt go in order to claim what's his?