I love a good slow burn, so when I tell you that this was just plain slow… believe it. The last two books I read by this author had magnetic chemistry, an undeniable connection that had me turning the pages. This didn’t even feel like it was written by the same author. And I’m sorry to say that, because there were plenty of elements that worked for me, but this was a pretty lackluster read overall. Our couple spends SO MUCH time apart – and when they are together, their interactions usually consist of unrequited longing or work conversation. Add in the awkwardness of the forbidden nature of their relationship, and this just wasn’t a win for me.
The story follows Grady, a man who is new to town and starting up his own business. There’s a family curse of sorts associated with the town, which Grady thought was nonsense until he saw it happen firsthand with his sister. You see, it seems that Grady has a soulmate in town, and he’s destined to fall for her at first sight. And that happens when he meets Magnolia… which is unfortunate, since she’s all kinds of forbidden. Not only is Magnolia his new employee, but she’s also his sister’s boyfriend’s first love, a woman who has just gotten out of a long-term relationship with his future brother-in-law, and is looking forward to discovering who she is on her own.
I was really looking forward to reading this, because I love Sorensen’s writing style and the devourable quality of her work. And this just didn’t live up to my expectations. There’s nothing inherently “bad” about the story, but there also wasn’t enough to keep me interested, or rooting for Grady and Magnolia when there were SO many obstacles in their path. The relationship (if you could call it that) felt very one-sided, and didn’t seem to make any sort of progress until the final act. There wasn’t enough time spent together, or enough chemistry to add any tension beyond the forbidden element. So, I can’t say that I loved this, unfortunately. The foundation of a good romance is there, but it didn’t reach its potential. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet, slow burn romance.
Life lesson from Grady Buchanan: If you’re going to fall in love with the untouchable girl in town, don’t hire her as your only employee.
Even after he bungled the interview with Magnolia MacIntyre, he knew better than to hire her. The list of why it’s a bad idea is a long one.
Her father could ruin his fledgling business.
She is completely overqualified.
And he’s attracted to her.
What does Grady do? He offers her the job.
Magnolia knew better than to take it. Normally, she’d make the safe choice, and working for Grady is anything but.
He’s new in town–and entirely too charming.
Her dad will be furious.
She hates the outdoors and working for an outdoor adventure company is not exactly the right fit.
What does she do? She says yes on the spot.
Grady and Magnolia will have to prove to everyone in their life that they’re not crazy. And prove to each other that the list of why it’s a bad idea should be tossed out the window.
For these two opposites, sometimes doing the wrong thing is exactly right.
About the Author:
Karla Sorensen is an Amazon top 20 bestselling author who refuses to read or write anything without a happily ever after. When she’s not devouring historical romance or avoiding the laundry, you can find her watching football (British AND American), HGTV or listening to Enneagram podcasts so she can psychoanalyze everyone in her life, in no particular order of importance. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University, she made her living in senior healthcare prior to writing full-time. Karla lives in Michigan with her husband, two boys and a big, shaggy rescue dog named Bear.
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