Necessary Restorations by Kate Canterbary – REVIEW and Giveaway

Necessary Restorations by Kate Canterbary




They liked to call me names. Manwhore. Slut. Player. But I make wrong look so right…

He’s a flawed perfectionist…
I can read women better than any blueprint. I understand their thoughts and feelings, their secret desires and insecurities, and I know how to get rid of them once I get off.

But all bets are off when Tiel Desai slams into my life. She redefines what it means to be friends, and she makes it sound like the filthiest thing I’ve ever heard.

I can’t read the gorgeous conservatory-trained violinist, but she’s the only one keeping me from shattering by small degrees, and I can’t let her go.

She’s wildly independent…
My past—and New Jersey—are far behind me, and now my life is blissfully full of music: playing, teaching, and lecturing, and scouring Boston’s underground scene with an annoyingly beautiful, troubled, tattooed architect.

I’m defenseless against his rooftop kisses, our nearly naked dance parties, the snuggletimes that turn into sexytimes, and his deep, demanding voice.

I have Sam Walsh stuck in my head like a song on repeat, and I’m happy pretending history won’t catch up with me.

The one thing they have in common is a rock-solid disregard for the rules.
They find more in each other than they ever realized they were missing, but they might have to fall apart before they can come together.

It’s the wrongs that make the rights come to life.

My Review

5 Stars

Oh Sam… I loved this book and everything about it. A beautiful story of a broken man who finds the woman that can help put him back together again.

My Thoughts

We start this book with Sam being a complete ass and manwhore, and no real insight into what has caused him to be like this. As we get more into the story he starts to open up a little more and we learn more and more about Sam and the Walshs’ past. It was so heartbreaking to relive some of Sam’s past and his encounters with their father, but you can see how it caused him to stay away from people other than his siblings. That was one of my favorite things about this book, you could see why people acted and did what they did and it made it more real.

Tiel was as opposite of Sam as you possibly could be. She was an open free-spirited musician that also had some demons in her past. She meets Sam and they forge a tenuous friendship where she slowly brought him out of his shell and their connection solidified. I loved the way that they started to get closer and closer and had no idea how to move forward. The wonderful slow burn in this book was so perfect for Sam and Tiel and I couldn’t have imagined it another way.

I loved how he wanted to make himself better once he met Tiel, but he decided to change for himself and not for the girl. I cannot tell you how amazing it was to see someone be themselves and evolving into a better version of themselves based on a catalyst and not “for” another person. Neither character is a trope and that in itself is a refreshing change on books of this genre. Overall it is a fresh, fun, sexy book with an incredible amount of heart and passion. One I highly suggest picking up.

Notable Quotes

“Ah, Samuel? Eyes up here, please.”
I dragged my gaze from her breasts to her lips, and lifted my brows. “Yeah, you’re not my type, but you have an incredible rack, and I’d like having those lips on my dick.”
It sounded like my usual bullshit, but it was possibly the most honest, unfiltered thing I’d said all day.
She snorted, spraying vodka from her mouth and nose, and shook her head. “You need to shut that shit down. I’m not giving you a blowjob. Stop thinking about it.”

I couldn’t tell her that being with her made me feel sane for the first time in months.
Or that I felt rusty, broken pieces of myself healing every time I kissed her.
Or that she was beautiful and genuine in ways that stunned me.
Or that I wanted to bury myself in her for days, but I needed her more than I needed pussy.

How much longer do you think we can do this?” he asked.
“I don’t think anyone else is coming up here, so…”
“No.” His lips passed over my cheek and temple, stopping there while his hand slipped under my dress. “How much longer can we pretend this is enough?

Life is too short to waste on things that aren’t important enough to be real.

I love you and there is no one in the universe I’ll ever want but you. I’ve been yours since always, and always will be.

Tiel loves everything. Everything. She loves music and food and people, and I’m not sure I love anything.

Sex isn’t about skill. It’s passion, and you can’t fake that…I know some musicians who can shred every single piece of music put in front of them, but they have no passion for the sound and you can hear it. It’s technically perfect, but it’s so fucking soulless that you never want to listen to that piece ever again…

Most people think passion lives in some thundering monster, a primordial entity that call all the shots from deep inside your brain, but it’s not.,” she said, growing animated. “It’s details. It’s the way itsy bitsy sounds bend around each other and create magic. It’s pressing your mouth to someone’s neck because you can’t imagine living another minute without feeling her skin on your lips. Fingertips digging into her hips until they bruise. Reaching for someone in the night. Knowing her taste in your soul but never feeling fulfilled. Awakening all the beasts you’ve kept hidden inside, and letting them grow and breathe because she wants to know them. That’s passion.

I stared at her, convinced I was observing something filthy and exquisite, and I couldn’t find a single thing to say.

I loved her, fully and completely, and she brought out the best version of me


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Reading Order and Buy Links

Necessary Restorations : Amazon









About the Author

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people–be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane–ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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5 thoughts on “Necessary Restorations by Kate Canterbary – REVIEW and Giveaway

  1. Fave Walsh is probably Matt, but probably only because he was the first book and the first book usually holds a special little place in the heart….plus, my hubbys name is Matt, so I may or may not be a little biased anyway 😉


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