ARC REVIEW: Build by Gillian Archer

Dear book-lovers,

First, I have to mention that Build by Gillian Archer was kindly provided by author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Title: Build
Author: Gillian Archer
Series: Burns Brothers #1
Publication Year: 2019
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from author via NetGalley
Rating: 4 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for contemporary romance readers and for bad boy romance fans



Welcome to Bad@ss Builds where the motorcycles are as sexy as the brothers building them.

Austin Burns:

I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life — that my father would be paroled soon — I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tahoe. Now the maid with the gorgeous eyes is snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking. She’s curvy in all the right places, and the snow is falling faster.

Rachel Tannenbaum:

As a single mom, I don’t have time for men, especially irresponsible tattooed bad boys like my ex. But Austin is hot. And sexy. And stuck here in the cabin with me. I can’t say no to a fling with this bad boy, especially since Austin is so gorgeous and awkwardly sweet.

One night becomes two, and I don’t know if I can risk my heart — and my little boy’s — if Austin wants it to become more when we get through the snow and back to reality.



Build was my first book of Gillian Archer, and I’m glad I got a chance to read it. Now I’m ready to read more of her work, especially, the next book in this new and sexy adult contemporary bad boy romance ‘Burns Brothers’ series, as Build was an excellent start to it.

Now she’s snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking.

Let’s start with the characters, at the beginning I was not a fan of Austin but he grew on me with time, and at the end he was redeemed and lovable. He was not only a bada** a-hole but actually sweet, caring, protective and thoughtful guy. Burns’ family was dysfunctional but when it matters you could count on them, so they know how to slip in your heart without you noticing it.

It’d been a while since I’d slept in the same bed with a woman. Usually it was wham bam, I’ll see myself out, ma’am. Don’t get me wrong, there was a thank you in there too, but I didn’t do relationships.

Rachel didn’t need a knight in shining armour to save her, because she was strong and stubborn woman, who was ready to fight her own battles. Her son Wyatt was adorable and cute.

I had a toddler and a mountain of bills to take care of. I didn’t have time for bad boys with their hard bodies, sexy tattoos, and sultry looks.

All of the characters were real people with flaws, who made mistakes and learned from them.

Sweetheart, everyone has a long, sad story. We’re all just a collection of walking war wounds. But how you pick yourself up and keep moving makes you the person you are.

The best of all, I liked that there was no OW or OM drama. I didn’t get bored at any point, which is a rare thing for me with contemporary romances that are not a RomCom book, so I must admit that Miss Archer knows how to keep you entertained and wanting to keep reading. The same time I actually cared about these characters, I cried and smiled with them, my heart was broken and then healed again.

Love is scary, honey. Trusting someone with your heart, with your child’s heart, is the most terrifying thing in this world. But you have to decide if it’s worth it.

I enjoyed the story even though it was not a very light and fluffy one, because both MCs didn’t have easy lives, they had their problems and heavy burdens to carry. However, it was steamy, intensive and emotional story with some cute, sweet and fun moments mixed in with the harder and darker ones. The ending wasn’t corny or cheesy, which tend to happen with romance books, instead it was fun and sweet.

I didn’t need a lecture about protecting myself against hope and dreams. Those had died a long time ago. Now I was too busy trying to survive.

There was this white winter atmosphere, which is just perfect to be read during this snowy winter time, so this book really measured up to be called a snowed in romance 🙂

My car was entombed in a wide fluffy, cloud of it. So much so that it was unrecognizable – it looked more like a marshmallow than a car.

Also I liked the author’s writing style, use of words, comparisons and humour.

I was immediately enveloped in a white cloud of comfort. What was this bed made of? Feathers from angel wings? I closed my eyes with a blissful sight. The rich really knew how to live.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to commentary romance lovers, because this is a great one. So it’s time to fall for a bad boy with glorious muscles and a web of tattoos covering his chest and arms by joining Rachel and Austin on their sweet, sizzling, complicated and angsty snowed in romance, that received 4 stars from me. I can’t wait for the next brother’s story. You can read an excerpt from Build on the book blitz post here.

build by gillian archer

Have you read Build? What were your thoughts on it? Or are you still planning to read this emotional and enjoyable bad boy romance book?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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