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He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him. Police records clerk Emma Beaumont has always played it safe, never taking many risks. Quiet, shy, and a little overweight, she's convinced herself that she's comfortable with the way her life is. That is until she lays eyes on incredibly sexy Lieutenant Johnny Street. But she's never met anyone with su He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him. Police records clerk Emma Beaumont has always played it safe, never taking many risks. Quiet, shy, and a little overweight, she's convinced herself that she's comfortable with the way her life is. That is until she lays eyes on incredibly sexy Lieutenant Johnny Street. But she's never met anyone with such a terrible attitude. He's a jerk. Everyone thinks so. Little by little, Emma is forced to uncover a stronger, spunkier part of herself, one that isn't afraid to stand up to him. As she gets to know him, she starts seeing glimpses of a very different man. A man who has known great heartache, and as it turns out, has good reason for embracing such bitterness. Behind his sharp tongue and harsh demeanor, lies a young man who's desperately afraid of losing what's left of himself. As Emma's intense desire for Johnny turns to love, she will have to ask herself how far she'll go to chip away at his frosty heart. And at what cost. Content Warning: contains sensual sex and strong language


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He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him. Police records clerk Emma Beaumont has always played it safe, never taking many risks. Quiet, shy, and a little overweight, she's convinced herself that she's comfortable with the way her life is. That is until she lays eyes on incredibly sexy Lieutenant Johnny Street. But she's never met anyone with su He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him. Police records clerk Emma Beaumont has always played it safe, never taking many risks. Quiet, shy, and a little overweight, she's convinced herself that she's comfortable with the way her life is. That is until she lays eyes on incredibly sexy Lieutenant Johnny Street. But she's never met anyone with such a terrible attitude. He's a jerk. Everyone thinks so. Little by little, Emma is forced to uncover a stronger, spunkier part of herself, one that isn't afraid to stand up to him. As she gets to know him, she starts seeing glimpses of a very different man. A man who has known great heartache, and as it turns out, has good reason for embracing such bitterness. Behind his sharp tongue and harsh demeanor, lies a young man who's desperately afraid of losing what's left of himself. As Emma's intense desire for Johnny turns to love, she will have to ask herself how far she'll go to chip away at his frosty heart. And at what cost. Content Warning: contains sensual sex and strong language

30 review for Taming Johnny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patti Jean

    It is no surprise that I am Kaylie Newell’s biggest fan. Her writing style is amazing and she has a real gift for pulling you into a story and keeping you there. I have found every single one of her books wonderful. “Taming Johnny” was no different and I am so beyond thrilled that Mrs. Newell considered me when sending out her Arcs. Lt. Johnny Street has been through a lot in his life. He’s lost even more. Because of all this, he has built up a tough as nails exterior to keep everyone at bay. It It is no surprise that I am Kaylie Newell’s biggest fan. Her writing style is amazing and she has a real gift for pulling you into a story and keeping you there. I have found every single one of her books wonderful. “Taming Johnny” was no different and I am so beyond thrilled that Mrs. Newell considered me when sending out her Arcs. Lt. Johnny Street has been through a lot in his life. He’s lost even more. Because of all this, he has built up a tough as nails exterior to keep everyone at bay. It had never been a problem for him until he met her… She spent about a year trying to impress the one guy that no one took a second to get to know. She felt there was more to him than met the eye and was determined to find it. Even as Johnny ripped into her and treated her like trash, she kept trying. No matter the cost to her… This book took you on a roller coaster ride. You felt for Emma when Street would lash out and you felt for Street as Emma let everything he said hit home. You pull for the two of them in the beginning. I would love to see more of Jake or Eli (even though you didn’t meet Eli much). You just like them right away. I can’t even begin to describe the feelings this book invoked. The buildup was amazing and the chemistry between Emma and Johnny was amazing! Just as I felt in her other books, you are pulled into the story and you can’t stop until you find out what happens. Mrs. Newell, I cannot tell you enough how big of a fan I am of your work. This story (and the others before) was simply perfect. You created characters that I was unable to do anything else but love them…even when one is a complete asshole sometimes and I wanted to reach between the words and strangle them until their head was on straight. Thank you so much for the honor and privilege to have read this. Johnny hurt beyond belief and Emma who liked Johnny right away embark on a journey of not only self-discovery, but life altering. Things heat up and they shoot right into scorching and then cool off like ice. The back and forth drove Emma nuts, but she just couldn’t help herself. He couldn’t help himself either. She drove him crazy. Pick this book up and follow Johnny and Emma on their journey. A MUST and DEFINITE read!!!!! For my casting and book trailer for this book please visit: http://milesapartbooks.blogspot.com/2...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Thank goodness this was short because I needed to get to sleep and there was no way I was putting it down until I finished reading. Taming Johnny was a well-written story about stifled attraction, emotional distance, and chemistry that wouldn't be denied. I loved that the supposedly meek and mild records clerk, Emma was the strong and tenacious risk taker, at least where Johnny was concerned. She was perceptive, in some respects anyway, and not easily warned off by this tortured hero's aggressiv Thank goodness this was short because I needed to get to sleep and there was no way I was putting it down until I finished reading. Taming Johnny was a well-written story about stifled attraction, emotional distance, and chemistry that wouldn't be denied. I loved that the supposedly meek and mild records clerk, Emma was the strong and tenacious risk taker, at least where Johnny was concerned. She was perceptive, in some respects anyway, and not easily warned off by this tortured hero's aggressive bark. For all his strength, experience, and competence on the job, this cop was wounded and afraid to connect emotionally again. He'd built walls around himself. Still, it wasn't enough to keep Emma out. Not only did she tear down his protective barricades, she somehow managed to penetrate his heart as well. She boldly went where no one else dared. I found her the stronger character because she was willing to risk her heart and maybe even be wounded. Johnny was already numb, a walking shell of a man who kept people and emotion at a distance. It was easier for him to walk into danger because he'd buffered himself. Until Emma. I enjoyed Johnny's slow thaw, watching his vitality return with ever chink she took out of his armor.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Akilah Raines

    3.5 stars!! Ok now that I think about it this story kind of reminded me of off limits by sawyer Bennett (but just a little)... I made sure I finished this before I went to sleep, I just HAD too! I really enjoyed it! Full Review to come on www.smibookclub.com 3.5 stars!! Ok now that I think about it this story kind of reminded me of off limits by sawyer Bennett (but just a little)... I made sure I finished this before I went to sleep, I just HAD too! I really enjoyed it! Full Review to come on www.smibookclub.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    eRomantix

    Originally posted at http://eromantix.com/wordpress/ A emotional distant guy, a damaged soul. Gruff, and rude to keep people at a distance. I do tend to gravitate to these sort of hero's. It is just so satisfying to see them morph into a better, happier person. That is exactly what I was expecting when I started to read 'Taming Johnny'. So I wasn't surprised Johnny was a jerk towards Emma. That was par for the course. After a while, I did start to wonder how far an author can take this. When do y Originally posted at http://eromantix.com/wordpress/ A emotional distant guy, a damaged soul. Gruff, and rude to keep people at a distance. I do tend to gravitate to these sort of hero's. It is just so satisfying to see them morph into a better, happier person. That is exactly what I was expecting when I started to read 'Taming Johnny'. So I wasn't surprised Johnny was a jerk towards Emma. That was par for the course. After a while, I did start to wonder how far an author can take this. When do you expect the hero to start showing his softer side and give back to heroine? Because there has to some 'give' to make it a relationship and not just sex. As the book went on I was more and more anxious for Johnny to do this, and believe me he held out. As you see things from his point of view you can see he is aware of the cues from Emma she needs more. But he decides to ignore them. She gives and gives and he takes. At times he seemed straight out mean towards Emma. That's when I realised the difference for me. A hero can be cold and distant but mean just makes you think they are undeserving of the heroine. Of course it made you wonder if Johnny could ever give Emma what she needs. I am not saying Johnny doesn't improve as the book goes along. I have to say he does come though and in is own gruff way. Kaylie Newell is good at showing the little things that build the attraction between these two. Physically coming together is the easy bit. But the emotional fall out of that is the hard bit to watch. You want to look away because you can see heartbreak on the horizon but you just can't help yourself. Johnny is an enigma and the prologue make you curious as to whats going on with Johnny. By half way through the book I had a few different scenarios for Johnny's personality running though my head. His emotional distance is explained, you just have to be patient to find out! Ok, it might seem like I am gripping about Johnny's character a lot here and while a few times I wanted to strangle Johnny. I liked this book. Emma was a great character strong, but realistic with her own issues. The writing was well thought through and the story complete. I would defiantly read more from Kaylie Newell.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Johnny is the police departments jerk. He doesn't allow anyone to get close to him. He is excellent at his job but his job is a little harder because he knows Emma likes him. He wants nothing to do with her. Emma is shy, has self doubts about her body and really likes Johnny even if she doesn't know why.She finally has enough of his attitude and begins to dish it back to him. She thinks she will finally get over her crush. However the more she banters with Johnny the more she gets to see a diffe Johnny is the police departments jerk. He doesn't allow anyone to get close to him. He is excellent at his job but his job is a little harder because he knows Emma likes him. He wants nothing to do with her. Emma is shy, has self doubts about her body and really likes Johnny even if she doesn't know why.She finally has enough of his attitude and begins to dish it back to him. She thinks she will finally get over her crush. However the more she banters with Johnny the more she gets to see a different side of him. One that even he may not know exist. Now she has to see if her growing love will be enough to get him to open or if she should give up and leave. I adore Emma!! She is the girl you think is all sweet and shy and has real curves. She shows a different side when she gets around Johnny. She opens up more and begins to comeback at everything he throws at her. She doesn't like to give up till she knows it is over. Johnny is the sexy broken man you want to take into your arms and console among other things. He can be a real jerk but you can tell he is hiding behind a wall. He may piss Emma off but anyone else better treat her good. This is a quick wonderful book. I loved it and wish it was longer. I wasn't ready to see the last of these characters. This is really a book about a woman opening up and letting the real her shine through and about a man learning he needs to let the past go if he is ever going to heal and have a chance at love. Even when said man doesn't think he wants it. There is also the love scenes and in them you get to see that they may just be perfect for each other. You get both Emma and Johnny's POV and it is a great touch as you can see what they both are going through and feeling. You have the element of danger as everything from a tornado to everyday life of a cop. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a great love story about great characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Reading is my Time Out

    Taming Johnny is a mix of angst, heartbreak, healing, and love. I felt all of these emotions while reading this novella which makes it great summer poolside read! Johnny Street is a tough, grumpy, brash JERK!!! He is a police Lieutenant and rubs everyone the wrong way. He is hated by all, feared by everyone, and no one really knows him as a person. He never smiles, makes small talk, or even tries to be nice. He likes it that way. He has had his share of heartache and prefers to keep other people Taming Johnny is a mix of angst, heartbreak, healing, and love. I felt all of these emotions while reading this novella which makes it great summer poolside read! Johnny Street is a tough, grumpy, brash JERK!!! He is a police Lieutenant and rubs everyone the wrong way. He is hated by all, feared by everyone, and no one really knows him as a person. He never smiles, makes small talk, or even tries to be nice. He likes it that way. He has had his share of heartache and prefers to keep other people at bay. Problem is he also super sexy and has noticed a sweet records clerk since she stepped foot in the station. Emma Beaumont is sweet, shy, quiet, and severely self conscious. She is curvy and believes herself to be a little overweight. She has had her eyes set on Johnny Street from day 1. For some reason, she is convinced that underneath that take this life and shove it attitude is a man worthy of love and affection., Is she crazy... possibly... does that stop her... absolutely not!! Johnny and Emma play this hot and cold game for most of the book. Their dance is one of utter angst that had me screaming at my Kindle to do something... anything... just stop dancing!! I wish the novella was just a bit longer, so their love story wouldn't have seemed rush. Taming Johnny was well written, I think the author was just trying to keep the book within so many words and had to make the ending come sooner than what I wanted. With that being said, this is a definite TBR read. It was a great quick read and I loved the characters and story. I give Taming Johnny 3.5 stars on the knock my socks off scale... only because I wish I got to spend more time reading bout Johnny and Emma's love blossoming.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Carson

    3 1/2 stars ****I recieved an ARC copy of this for my honest review, I reviewed this book on content only.**** "He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him." Lieutenant Johnny Street; the office grump, always harsh and wearing a continuous scowl. He's been hurt, put through more than his fair share of heartbreak and received enough hard blows to keep anyone down. But no one see's that side of him, no one knows why he is the way he is and that's just the way he likes it 3 1/2 stars ****I recieved an ARC copy of this for my honest review, I reviewed this book on content only.**** "He's got the temperament of a lion, and she's just the one to tame him." Lieutenant Johnny Street; the office grump, always harsh and wearing a continuous scowl. He's been hurt, put through more than his fair share of heartbreak and received enough hard blows to keep anyone down. But no one see's that side of him, no one knows why he is the way he is and that's just the way he likes it. Emma Beaumont, a sweet and self conscious records clerk works at the same police station and has had her eye on Street from day 1. The only problem? Street has never acknowledged her. So what happens when our cantankerous police man finally has had enough of starting at the unknowingly gorgeous Emma? Add a perfect timed storm, and outside circumstances, and we go on a journey of heartbreak and healing. This book is a romance that will twist your insides. We meet great characters that make you scream at them the entire way. This book would have been a 4 star rating for me had it not been so short, giving it a rushed feeling. Still, another great one for the romance reader's to be read shelf! I'm hoping for more from this author in the future. http://busymomsbookreviews.blogspot.c...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emily Wood

    Who doesn’t love a tortured hero? And Johnny does a lot more than just tick the boxes! I found this story both sexy and sweet, and a page turner right to the end. Emma is a relatable character right from the beginning, the kind of girl who’s self-conscious and a little shy, but underneath it all she has a huge well of strength and determination. To begin with Johnny doesn’t want to get involved with Emma, but has always held a bit of a flame for her. The chemistry between them is sizzling, and Who doesn’t love a tortured hero? And Johnny does a lot more than just tick the boxes! I found this story both sexy and sweet, and a page turner right to the end. Emma is a relatable character right from the beginning, the kind of girl who’s self-conscious and a little shy, but underneath it all she has a huge well of strength and determination. To begin with Johnny doesn’t want to get involved with Emma, but has always held a bit of a flame for her. The chemistry between them is sizzling, and the push-pull of the relationship is perfectly written. Not only was I totally engrossed in the story but I actually got quite emotional when you get around to understanding why Johnny is the way he is. I loved every second of this story, and I have no doubt in my mind that I’ll read it again, Johnny is addictive, and this is a romance that you can finish in a day and think about for weeks, so why don’t you pick up a copy and fall in love with him yourself? ;) Thank you Kaylie for another great story!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    This is my first read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the concept of a hard ass cop who is ex-military and all sinewy muscle. I also loved the heroine, Emma. She is a curvy girl who’s a little self-conscious and totally head over heels for the grumpy cop. Little does Emma know, Johnny has been panting for her ever since she stepped foot in his police department over a year ago. You wouldn’t know it by the way he acts, but his tough exterior hides a painful past that Johnny This is my first read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the concept of a hard ass cop who is ex-military and all sinewy muscle. I also loved the heroine, Emma. She is a curvy girl who’s a little self-conscious and totally head over heels for the grumpy cop. Little does Emma know, Johnny has been panting for her ever since she stepped foot in his police department over a year ago. You wouldn’t know it by the way he acts, but his tough exterior hides a painful past that Johnny doesn’t want repeated. Can Emma discover the “real” Johnny or will he shut her out permanently? I really enjoyed reading their story. I have to admit, I didn’t think Johnny would ever not be an asshole in this book, but I’m glad to know I was wrong. The only issue I had with the book was the epilogue. It felt like it was pulled from left field and didn’t flow with the story. A nice, quick read. Reviewed by Elizabeth for Cocktails and Books

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mankin

    Ok. So I'm a big fan. And yes, she's done it again. An author I can consistently count on to deliver a heartwarming, sizzling, character driven romance. Johnny is a tortured alpha male with secrets and layers and I so routed for Emma, our female protagonist to stick it out and uncover them all. And being from Texas I also so appreciated the authenticity of the setting details. I always FEEL when I read a Newell book. (ex) his face took on an expression of sudden and intense pain. And then it was Ok. So I'm a big fan. And yes, she's done it again. An author I can consistently count on to deliver a heartwarming, sizzling, character driven romance. Johnny is a tortured alpha male with secrets and layers and I so routed for Emma, our female protagonist to stick it out and uncover them all. And being from Texas I also so appreciated the authenticity of the setting details. I always FEEL when I read a Newell book. (ex) his face took on an expression of sudden and intense pain. And then it was gone, just like that. Like the flash of a camera. And this beautiful quotable section that's destined to have tons more readers highlighting it in their kindles just as I did: "Yes, even you are afraid of things, Lieutenant Street. And it's ok to be afraid. Because you know what? Being afraid of losing something means it's worth holding onto."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Aww I love Johnny! He's a tortured hero with a past that shapes his work life and makes his love life non existant. He doesn't do emotion. But he does angry and annoyed really well. Yet why did I want to wrap my arms around him and give this delicious yet bad-tempered grump a muscle squeezing hug? Because my heart started to break for him from page one. This guy needs a hug and lots of love. And Emma his police records clerk is just the woman to do it. At first you think Emma is too timid to put Aww I love Johnny! He's a tortured hero with a past that shapes his work life and makes his love life non existant. He doesn't do emotion. But he does angry and annoyed really well. Yet why did I want to wrap my arms around him and give this delicious yet bad-tempered grump a muscle squeezing hug? Because my heart started to break for him from page one. This guy needs a hug and lots of love. And Emma his police records clerk is just the woman to do it. At first you think Emma is too timid to put this formidable man in his place - and in her bedroom - but this she does. Only Emma proves to be the strong one as she is able to admit her feelings. Can Johnny admit he loves more than the curves she hates? A wonderful read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    It's 3am and I've just finished reading this moving story. I did not want to stop reading until I had finished. Johnny is damaged and Emma sweet and self-conscious in a relatable way. Emma has been working with Johnny for the last year and she has had a crush on him for that long. Turns out that Johnny has been fighting his attraction to her from the moment they were introduced. Despite his cold, hot, cold attitude and behaviour, Emma tolerates him pretty well. Johnny's younger, caring cousin, Jak It's 3am and I've just finished reading this moving story. I did not want to stop reading until I had finished. Johnny is damaged and Emma sweet and self-conscious in a relatable way. Emma has been working with Johnny for the last year and she has had a crush on him for that long. Turns out that Johnny has been fighting his attraction to her from the moment they were introduced. Despite his cold, hot, cold attitude and behaviour, Emma tolerates him pretty well. Johnny's younger, caring cousin, Jake, tries to help both Johnny and Emma but Johnny is determined to sabotage any sign of happiness between them, which works for awhile but the sweetness of Emma wins for both of them. The characters are interesting and I just wanted Johnny to stop putting up walls so that they could be happy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Emma Beaumont has been crushing on her boss for a year, no one understands her infatuation with the surly Lieutenant Johnny Street. Johnny is a hard man, he is curt, barks his orders, and unapproachable but Emma believes that there is more to him than his steely edge. When a compliment gives Emma hope, she decides to pursue Johnny whether he wants it or not, but Johnny is keeping his feelings close to his heart and may end up losing the best thing in his life, Emma. Full review on Single Titles ht Emma Beaumont has been crushing on her boss for a year, no one understands her infatuation with the surly Lieutenant Johnny Street. Johnny is a hard man, he is curt, barks his orders, and unapproachable but Emma believes that there is more to him than his steely edge. When a compliment gives Emma hope, she decides to pursue Johnny whether he wants it or not, but Johnny is keeping his feelings close to his heart and may end up losing the best thing in his life, Emma. Full review on Single Titles http://singletitles.com/?p=9369

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leesaann

    Bland/lukewarm This book was just ok for me. Predictable story, ok characters...everything was just ok. I am not a big fan of "overweight" heroines because usually they have very low self esteem but the real turn off for me in this story is that the hero was short...not only were several references made about the hero's height (same height as heroine) but others were compared to him and were almost given hotter descriptions than him. For me this just bland/lukewarm. I won't be rereading this in t Bland/lukewarm This book was just ok for me. Predictable story, ok characters...everything was just ok. I am not a big fan of "overweight" heroines because usually they have very low self esteem but the real turn off for me in this story is that the hero was short...not only were several references made about the hero's height (same height as heroine) but others were compared to him and were almost given hotter descriptions than him. For me this just bland/lukewarm. I won't be rereading this in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    A

    I really enjoyed this book. It had sweetness, humor, emotion... And at times I couldn't help but swear at Johnny because he was such an ass sometimes lol! This is going to be one that I re-read again at some point, because I really did enjoy it. The Emma character was very relatable. I really enjoyed this book. It had sweetness, humor, emotion... And at times I couldn't help but swear at Johnny because he was such an ass sometimes lol! This is going to be one that I re-read again at some point, because I really did enjoy it. The Emma character was very relatable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Filipe

    Anyone who knows me...knows I LURVE me some Tortured Heroes, and Johnny was PERFECT! I don't think I put this one down once. Quick read for a rainy afternoon. Great Plotline, Characters who kept me wanting to read more and more. Full review to come, tour starts next week with Tasty Book Tours Anyone who knows me...knows I LURVE me some Tortured Heroes, and Johnny was PERFECT! I don't think I put this one down once. Quick read for a rainy afternoon. Great Plotline, Characters who kept me wanting to read more and more. Full review to come, tour starts next week with Tasty Book Tours

  17. 5 out of 5

    M.A. Stacie

    I just love Kaylie Newell. This book did not disappoint. Johnny is such a swoony hero. I can't wait for more from Kaylie. I just love Kaylie Newell. This book did not disappoint. Johnny is such a swoony hero. I can't wait for more from Kaylie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimm

    Would have given it 4 stars, but I got picky on the cop jargon. Otherwise, loved it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Adriane

    Talk about an amazing love hate relationship with this book. I read it in 2 days and couldn't get enough. A must read and all out wonderful. Great work once again Kaylie! Talk about an amazing love hate relationship with this book. I read it in 2 days and couldn't get enough. A must read and all out wonderful. Great work once again Kaylie!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez

  21. 4 out of 5

    Racheal

  22. 4 out of 5

    Neela

  23. 5 out of 5

    MJ

  24. 4 out of 5

    C

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eleni

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Lane

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly *oh boyeee*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    3.5*

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emily

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