Genre: Adult Romance
Pub Date: 24 April 2012
A special Thank you to Harlequin and NetGalley for sending me this book to review.
After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.
Having to fend for herself financially for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC…
I'm on a romance kick and I knew Kristan Higgins would deliver. Parker grew up privileged. No wait, filthy stinking rich. I can not relate. Her father loses all her money--and her son's--and all she is left with is an old shack in Maine that her aunt left her. Who also happened to be a hoarder. Ha ha! I smell a challenge!
I actually think that would be amazing. A beach house in Maine. A fixer upper. It is picturesque! What Parker didn't plan on was her father's attorney coming to help her fix the house up. His young hot attorney. Hello! I'm game. I am so into this. They have a history too. There are plenty of flash backs to give us bits and pieces into how Parker and James know each other and the time they've spent together. They are spending the summer together fixing up this old house--well James is really doing all the work. What will happen?!
I enjoyed it. My favorite character was James. I couldn't get enough of him. I wanted more and more of his point of view. I wanted to know what he was thinking all the time. I wanted him to get the girl! The setting is what is really great. The town and all the neighbours really made the story work. I felt there was sufficient character development to make a good story and I thought the romance aspect was delish! It is a bit more 'adult' so just be aware of that.
Kristin Higgins is becoming one of my favorite romance authors. I can't wait to read more of her work!