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The Cornerstone (The Walsh Series Book 4) by [Canterbary, Kate]
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A tough-as-nails businesswoman. An arrogant Navy SEAL. A power struggle with no end in sight.


Some people hook-up at weddings. Others break a hotel room bed (and a table, and a desk, and some complimentary bathrobe belts) and discover they've been surviving on bargain basement orgasms their entire lives.

The last one? Yeah. That's all me.

She's driven and demanding…
I wasn't always a bitch. There's a dirty little trick to succeeding in business: the sweet and innocent rarely survive. I fought my way up from nothing, and I don't bend for anyone.

Until Will Halsted ties me to a headboard and makes me his…for now.

One wild, filthy night turns into another, and then...we can't stop. Each time we're together is more addictive than the last, but it's nothing more than a sexy escape from reality.

Or is it?

He's never walked away from a challenge…
I wasn't always a warrior but now it's in my bones and blood. That's what years spent in the Special Forces does to a man. My entire life is classified: where I've been, what I've seen, what I've done, and there's no mission too dangerous.

Until I realize that falling for Shannon Walsh is like trying to swim against a riptide. She's going to tear me up and toss me to the shore, and I'll love every minute of it.

Every time I'm down range, I want her counting the hours until I'm back. Waiting for me. She's done it before; she'll do it again.

Or will she?

They're wrong for each other in every possible way…
Or are they?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vesper Press (8 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016B636XO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I loved it. This book is great. If I could have given 10 stars I would have. This book is everything that I have learned to expect from Kate Canterbury. I actually read this book before reading books 2 and 3 in the Walsh Series, and although I would recommend reading the books in order, it can still be read as a stand alone. I will def buy all future books from Kate, she is amazing.
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Loving this series of great romance writing. Love series bilks that follow families, can be read as stand a lone, but best in order. Great write.
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I love Kate Canterbary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mainsplainy d*@k 5 December 2015
By dd ev a - Published on Amazon.com
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First - if you haven't read the other books in the Walsh series, I'm sorry. You don't HAVE to read them in order, but I think your best move is to back up and start at the beginning.

A note on the author.
I'm not a "highlighter" (at least not on purpose) but I highlighted one phrase in this book - "mainsplainy d*@k". I had to highlight that little nugget of Kate Canterbary genius so I could share it with firends. I'm sure you want to know context- I would - so, read the book. You won't be sorry. As it has become easier for people to put books out to the world, it has become a lot easier for people to put garbage out there. I love to read, and I want people to follow their dreams and be creative but it is a lot harder to sort through to find the diamonds in the book world these days. This is not an author you want to let pass by your ereader. Kate's has a way with her words - she weaves a story that has an interesting plot, characters that you want to know and humor (laugh out loud /disrupt the dog's naps humor)- then she ties it together with a little sexy bow.

On to Shannon, the real purpose of this review.
I love a strong woman but a lot of times, I dislike strong female characters in books because they are just too abrasive, in your face and often fake. Not Shannon, I really grew to love and admire her. She carries the weigh of the world on her shoulders, has an intense family and puts everyone else first. What woman out there can't relate to that? You learn a lot about her character in the previous books and in the beginning of this one. You can actually understand why she acts the way she does. I didn't agree with a lot of Shannon's choices in the book, but that made me love it more. It forced me to really step outside of my head and enter Shannon's. Her insecurity and confidence battle in the the most delicious way - she's so real!

Briefly - Will - You'll love him. He's that hot, persistent, sexy SEAL. He's why people believe in soulmates. Honestly, there's not much to say about him, except, where is the real life version of him?

Bottom line - read it. Read the series, read the book and then wait patiently for book 5. That's where I'm at.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing addition to a phenomenal series!!! 6 December 2015
By Katy Haas - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by STRONGLY suggesting that you read the first 3 books in this series before you dive into this amazing book. Events from this book run parallel to previous storylines, and though you will undoubtedly love this book regardless, the experience is that much better when started from the beginning.
And trust me, it is an experience.
I became hooked on this series right from the start, and this latest book lived up to all of my expectations. Actually, it blew them out of the water.
I have become so invested in these characters, these storylines, in a way that will continue to keep me coming back for more. So it really shouldn't surprise me when I find myself loving each book more than the last.
This book, while obviously focusing on Shannon, also provided a lot of insight to the characters from the previous books, and added new layers to those storylines. I loved this.
Shannon has always been this constant and unstoppable force to be reckoned with, and I loved reading things from her point of view. She always puts her family ahead of herself, and doesn't hesitate to support and defend what is important to her. I love the sibling banter that continues throughout the series, and I love when she puts her brothers in their place. She has always held her own with her family and in their business, however I really liked seeing the softer, more emotional side of Shannon. Watching Will and Shannon's relationship evolve through time had me giggling and sighing simultaneously. I really think that the best part about this book was discovering all of the different layers of Shannon's backstory, and why she truly is the Cornerstone in this amazing family.

On another note, I will also be spending my time trying to find a way to use some of Shannon's kickass comebacks in my own life....especially this one-
"If anyone has any problems with that, I have a giant bag of old dicks rotting in my office, and you're welcome to juggle them until you get the f*** over it. Any questions?" 😊
Awesome.
This book is heartfelt, funny, and sexy all at the same time. I can not recommend this book and this series enough.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Widow and Captain America – BANG! BAM! WOW! 7 December 2015
By Cherie Tuggle - Published on Amazon.com
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The best in the series. Shannon is busy as ever tending to the office, family, weddings, friends, everything but herself. She is so strong all of the time; this is a journey we take with her while discovering that her brothers who are now grown men can take care of themselves. We watch Will open her eyes to this process. He becomes her anchor.
Will, aka Captain America, has every intention of tending to Shannon and has no problem letting her know he is 100% capable of taking care of her and himself. There are so many times that Shannon had me laughing out loud, and there were times I was moaning with her as well. Will’s strength and confidence in himself is what allows him to be able to accept Shannon for who she is, including the ability not to be threatened by her accomplishments.
I love that Kate can put words and thoughts together in a way that makes me feel like I’m at the weekly staff meeting, in the restaurant discussing coconut oil with the all the ladies, I can smell the boiled eggs, spicy pickle/onion relish Riley snacks on (all together), and see clearly Sam’s Christmas red tuxedo. This book takes you right into the heart of the Walsh family. You will fall in love with everyone all over again. Clear your schedule and immerse yourself in this great story.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Complex and Emotional Story Of The Series 19 June 2017
By rnj1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Canterbary is a good writer and a good storyteller. There are some editing gaffes in her books, and some out of sequence glitches that a competent editor should have caught. But outside of those few mistakes, her stories read well.

I enjoyed the psychological complexity of The Cornerstone (such a great title). Her brothers were not using Shannon because they were lazy but because of the survival skills they'd developed dealing with their dysfunctional family all these years. For all intents and purposes, Shannon had been their mother. It's not any easy job to just abandon simply because someone has matured. And because the majority of the family are males, there wasn't a lot of Dr. Phil moments to discuss their changing roles.

And, that's why there are romance novels that we devour. We read how these men, who allowed Shannon to keep her role in their family, meet their women and accept the changes that come with it. They weren't purposefully mean, just carelessly unobservant.

Will was exactly what Shannon needed, a strong take charge man, secure in his own skin, who would be able to recognize her role, accept her boundaries and take care of her. He was right when he said he needed to be invited into her world; she'd never tolerate anything else.

The hot and heavy sex...? Some people are going to like it, some aren't. Some well see it as abusive and some won't. Our experiences mold our perceptions. I felt it was hot and appropriate. That's my opinion. It's not something I'm going to shove down anyone else's throats.

The writing was tight, despite some gaffes, the characters do come alive for me, and the dialogues all ring authentic. I wasn't delighted having to re-read parts from book 3, but I understood the reason for it.

I'm excited to continue reading this talented author.
5.0 out of 5 stars "You are my fire and ice, my calm and chaos, my *everything*, and I can't remember life before loving you." 28 June 2017
By Stephanie Gelman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably my favorite book in the Walsh series, although Riley's story (Preservation) is definitely a close second. While technically able to read this as a standalone, you will definitely enjoy this more if you come into it having read the previous books – however, don't let that stop you from reading it!

In so many ways, Shannon is who I wish I could be when I grow up. She's incredibly smart, amazingly competent and doesn't take crap from anyone (and isn't afraid to tell someone to go suck her d—k if the situation warrants). At her core, Shannon is a "manager" and plays this role with her family in both their personal lives as well as their professional lives at their family's architectural firm. To her mind, this is how she shows them that she loves and cares for them.

Will is a bada$$ Navy Seal who, like Shannon, is amazingly competent and much to Shannon's chagrin, doesn't give in/get out of her way. When it comes down to it, Will wants to take care of Shannon – but not because he doesn't think she CAN'T handle it all, but because she shouldn't have to. Will is the perfect combination of an alpha hero with a heart of gold. {sigh}

I absolutely LOVE the dynamic between Shannon and Will. The banter is incredible and the text conversations are hilarious. As always, the sexy-times are HOT, HOT, HOT.

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