Book Review: Underneath It All by Kate Canterbary


Title: Underneath It All
Author: Kate Canterbary
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 364 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars


It’s all the little things—the action plans, the long-kept promises—that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos.

After I met Matthew Walsh.

I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do.

Unless, of course, she was naked.

She wasn’t looking for me and I sure as shit wasn’t looking for her, but we found each other anyway and now we were locked in a battle of wills, waiting for the other to blink.

Sometimes the universe conspires to bring people together. Other times, it throws people down a flight of stairs and leaves them in a bruised and bloodied heap.

Michelle's Review

So this is Kate’s first book in the series. I want to preface this that you can read this book as a standalone, but IMHO, I would read the whole series so you can meet all the crazy Walshes. I also want to mention how much I enjoy reading Kate’s books. She won me over with The Space Between Us (The Walshes #2) so I have been kind of stalking her lol. Kate is super sweet to her readers and so gracious. So thank you Kate for letting me review this wonderful book.

Ok on to my review, hell, I have to say that when the beginning of the book starts off If I had known I’d have a hot architect balls deep inside of me before the end of the weekend, I’d have made time for a pedicure, you know you going for a great and funny ride.

Lauren has been an elementary school teacher most of her life, but now she wants to open up her dream school. She has no time relationships, she’s been too busy doing her “homework” to establish the school she wants. So who does she goes to, but to Matthew Walsh and his architectural firm. Matt is a workaholic just like Lauren. He owns his firm with his siblings, yet he’s so intrigued and aroused by Lauren. Lauren is the total opposite of what Matthew has dated in the past. Lauren is curvy and on the short side, yet she has that naughty school teacher look about herself that drives Matthew crazy. Besides that, it’s her intelligence her drive trying to achieve in getting her school that turns him on the most.

Again, Lauren really doesn’t want any time of relationship whatsoever, but the sexual chemistry is oozing between these two. Lauren is very mouthy to Matthew, which of course, turns him on even more. As busy as these two are, Matt can’t help wanting Lauren. He’s so busy with the firm and his family, especially dealing with his douche bag of a father. Holy crap, I did not like that man. Yet, Matthew will go above and beyond trying to win Lauren’s heart.

You will fall in love with Matthew, he’s very swoon worthy. BBF material. Oh man and the sexy times, hot damn Kate can write some good sexy times. I thought my IPad was going to overheat. Kate also writes some good funny lines as well.

Overall, there is an HEA. Through some ups and downs, Lauren and Matthew get their HEA. I really enjoyed reading this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Walsh clan. I especially love all the nicknames they give each other, hysterical. So thank you Kate, for letting me get a glimpse into the Walsh family.

– Michelle
*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.



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