REVIEW by Christie
SERIES: Made Marian, book 4
AUTHOR: Lucy Lennox
NARRATOR: Michael Pauley
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 7 hours and 43 minutes
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2017
Griff: I learned early on that the easiest way to avoid a broken heart is to always be the first out the door. Caring about anyone or anything is asking to be disappointed, which is why I avoid relationships and chase freelance gigs — ghost writing restaurant reviews and penning articles about the efficacy of cheesy pick up lines — instead of chasing my dreams.
Besides, dreams don’t come true for people like me. And no one, not even the sexy-as-hell bartender at the club can convince me otherwise. Because I’m never risking my heart again.
Sam: As a bartender I’ve watched a million pick-up artists work their magic, but none as talented as Griffin Marian. He’s a flirt, a good time. Hooking up with him was supposed to be just a fling. I wasn’t supposed to care abut his fractured past or his buried dreams. I have my own future to worry about, especially after that stupid food critic scuttled my hopes of finally opening my own restaurant.
But, the more time I spend with Griff, the more I’m beginning to realize that my plans mean nothing without him. If only I can convince him to give us a chance to follow our dreams together.
Fair warning: this book includes flirty sweetness, detailed descriptions of man parts touching, and the dirtiest thing to come out of Aunt Tilly’s mouth yet.
Grounding Griffin is the fourth book in the best-selling Made Marian series. It can be read on its own but is much more fun read as part of the series. The series begins with Borrowing Blue and each book follows a Marian brother’s search for his HEA.
Griffin Marian, born Griffin Fox, was adopted by the Marians when he was a teen. After coming out to his dad, Griffin was kicked out of the house and forced to live on the streets until a police officer gave him an ultimatum to either be placed into the foster system or go to a local LGBTQ+ shelter for teens. Griff chose the shelter, and that is where he met the Marians who would be his golden ticket of sorts to a happy life full of possibilities.
As an adult, Griff is a freelance writer, and loves his job. Except when he doesn’t… Recently he covered for a buddy, who had to go out of town at the last minute, by reviewing a meal at an upscale restaurant. That totally did not go well, because the food was pretentious, overpriced, and looked highly unappetizing. But, now Griff is on a rather silly assignment to write an article on the art of the pickup line.
Sam has always wanted to be a chef. His dream was to own his own restaurant someday, and was so close to getting it too. Until some hoity toity food critic wrote a review so bad that he ended up losing the job that would pave the way to attaining his dream. So now, here he is, bartending at a place the locals have nicknamed Harry Dick’s. And, that’s where he first sets eyes on the stunningly handsome Griffin Marian.
Grounding Griffin is everything. Really, it is. The push and pull, misunderstandings and make-ups, and the pure unadulterated joy these two men find with each other made my heart sing. I wholeheartedly believe that Sam and Griff were made for each other. And, Michael Pauley worked his lyrical magic once again in bringing another one of Lucy Lennox’s books to new heights. With Lucy’s wonderful writing, and Michael Pauley’s masterful storytelling, Grounding Griffin has become one of my favorite books of all time. Hopefully it will become one of yours as well, because I highly encourage you to read and listen to the book. All of the Made Marian books, for that matter. They are brilliant!!