This was SO good! It didn’t hook me in immediately, but somehow slowly got under my skin until l was loving every minute of it. It’s real, raw, and understated with dialogue that feels natural and characters who are flawed but realistic. Though it begins with a distinctly enemies to lovers vibe, it slowly transitions into a heartfelt and emotional read. The writing is excellent, pulling you in and leaving you thinking about this love story long after you turn the final page.
The story follows Burke, the wealthy uncle of two children who just lost their parents. Burke works himself past the point of exhaustion and lives a very California lifestyle, but when he discovers that his niece and nephew were left under the guardianship of their aunt, he resolves to bring the kids home with him. After learning that the children’s aunt lives in the country, struggles to pay the bills, and didn’t finish high school, Burke thinks he knows exactly the kind of woman she is – despite the fact that they’ve never met. As these two meet and clash, they go from adversaries to friends to something completely different altogether.
This is my first time reading something by Ella James but I love enemies to lovers romances so I had to give this a shot – and boy am I glad that I did. It’s kinda heartbreaking, steamy in the most sensual way, and gives the reader a sense of what life in the south is truly like. It’s not all pulse-pounding action or intense moments, but instead finds the beauty in two humans getting to know one another. The slow burn works perfectly here, and though I found our hero frustrating more times than I can count, I loved the characters and the chemistry between them. There’s so much dialogue that helps the reader feel like a part of the story, and it’s just a great, engrossing read. I received an ARC via Give Me Books and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartwarming romance.
I didn’t know I was that person. You know—the one who gets the kids. But that’s what the will said. June Lawler: Legal Guardian.
My niece and nephew are 6 and 9, and all they’ve ever known is San Francisco. I arrive the day after the wreck, pack up my sister’s mansion, and fly them back to Georgia.
The small-town farm where their mom and I grew up isn’t what it once was, but it’s home. That’s all they really need.
I was courting an investor when it happened. Tromped all up and down the Himalayas, and he didn’t even buy in. It was a week before I found out what I’d lost. My little brother meant the world to me. Now even his kids are gone.
Spirited away to Heat Springs, Georgia—population 298.
They’re living on a farm that’s half a breath from bank foreclosure with a 26-year-old who didn’t finish high school. Nowhereville is not the place for little Mastersons. But I’ll get them back. It’s the money she must want, and I’ve got lots of that.
“June Bug” Lawler is poorer than that red dirt she comes from. I can make her dreams come true—and do one last thing for my brother.
I hate him.
She makes me crazy.
He thinks he can buy me off! I’ve never met a man so arrogant.
There’s no woman anywhere more stubborn.
I wish I had never met him.
But that’s not the story.