While definitely not my favorite from the author, this sweet yet sexy romance is pretty cute. I’ve been enjoying this serious and emotional series quite a bit, and this single mom/sexy contractor romance should’ve been right up my alley. It just wasn’t. That’s not to say that the quality isn’t there, because it definitely is. Coll’s writing seems to get better with every book, and she’s got such a distinctive style. This commitment-phobic contractor just frustrated me with his constant indecision, and our heroine was certain that she could change his ways. It didn’t strike the same chord with me that other books in this series have, but most readers will likely enjoy this.
The story follows Juliana, a recently divorced mom trying to make a new life for herself. Juliana purchased a rundown home that she plans to turn into a bed and breakfast, but it will take a lot of renovations to make that happen. After her first contractor abandons the project, Nolan is Juliana’s only hope. The sexy contractor comes highly recommended, but he seems to have an issue with Juliana’s kids. But it’s not long before Juliana sees through Nolan’s frosty exterior: he’s actually got a big heart, and he might secretly want to share it with someone. As the two fight their attraction and Nolan tries to ignore his growing feelings, they’re at an impasse about how to move forward.
This series has been very solid and I was looking forward to this quite a bit. Coll’s serious, reserved writing style has been growing on me with every book, and she definitely knows how to write a sexy scene. The dynamic here just didn’t work for me. There’s a lot of “I shouldn’t” and “I’m not good enough” from Nolan, as well as plenty of “I’ll convince him that we’re more” from Juliana. It started to grate on me after awhile, and it certainly took me out of the love story. So, while there were plenty of adorable family moments and a few steamy scenes that heated up the pages, my personal enjoyment of the story is in the 3-star range. It’s the quality of the writing that brings this up to a 4-star rating, and that could go higher if you like a good time guy who secretly wants a family of his own. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series goes next.
She’s living her dream, his job is to make it come true – but can one renovation change the future?
The job was to renovate a bed and breakfast, not to fall head over tool belt for the sexy proprietor and single mom. Juliana Breslin is sassy, witty, determined and has the two most amazing twin daughters. Two girls that have wrapped their way around all my fingers.
The only problem is -I don’t do relationships and I don’t like being tied down. She’s stubborn and feisty and it doesn’t make sense at all. My defenses were firmly in place but Juliana and her daughters have scaled the walls and landed firmly in my heart.
I’ll do anything for Juliana and her girls, except for being the man in her life.
When I finally waved goodbye to my cheating ex, I couldn’t wait to live my dream. Renovating a bed and breakfast with two girls is no easy task, especially after the first contractor ran off with my money leaving me literally in the trenches.
Nolan Morison was not what I had in mind when I hired on a new contractor. He’s stubborn, irritable and completely irresistible. I’ve fallen for the sawdust, tool belts and sexy scruff before…I won’t do it again.
The worst part (or best part) is that he’s drawn my shy daughter out of her shell when no one has managed that before.
But Nolan isn’t looking for a happily ever after, and I’m not willing to waste time on anything else.
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If sexy, serious, emotional romance is your thing – then look no further! This series of interconnected standalones has been very solid so far. Coll is an author who always seems to get a 4-star rating from me, some just trend upwards while others lean a little lower. Each of these will easily read as a standalone, but there are characters who cross over from book to book. My favorite so far is Perfect for You, but I also enjoyed Only With You (book one) quite a bit.
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Series prequel – part of the Boudreaux universe from Kristen Proby and not required reading
About the Author:
Lea Coll worked as a trial attorney for over ten years. Now she stays home with her three children, plotting stories while fetching snacks and running them back and forth to activities. She enjoys the freedom of writing romance after years of legal writing.
She currently resides in Maryland with her family.
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