After a tumultuous past, Greta Kendall has focused mainly on her bridal shop, located on the first floor of her beloved Queen Anne Victorian near Aspen. For two years she’s fought to save her house from Stephanie Harwood of Harwood Development, who is intent on razing her home to build a new mall. But now Greta’s running out of time. The town council is about to approve the final plans for the mall.
When Gray Daniels walks into her shop, Greta is immediately attracted to his rugged good looks and midnight blue eyes, until she learns he’s Stephanie Harwood’s fiancé. She’s furious to find they’ve tricked her into a publicity stunt aimed at garnering support for the mall. So now her little war has a new front: Gray Daniels. If only she could also fight her growing attraction to him.
A knock on the door brings a return of old danger, and Greta must now put aside her anguish over the house to discover if she’s at last capable of looking the past in the eye and overcoming it—and if she’s finally free to love again.
This is a sweet romance. When I say that, I don't mean it in a bad way. I know that some of my hardcore romance readers might have some sort of scale to romance and sweet is low on it. But for me, when I say sweet, I mean that it made my heart go "awwwwwww." Corny, huh? Well, I'm that kind of girl!
I love this story. It's a great read. Nell focuses on her characters and their stories rather than trying just to sell a book. Yes, there is sensuality to it, but this is one of those romances where you fall in love with the story and the people in it over the hot scenes.
The fact that the house is the thing that ties everything together was awesome for me. I want that house!
Greta and her mother warm my heart, and touch reality in a way that not all books are able to do. I feel for them and want everything to work out. Greta's past is one that SO many women can connect with (me being one of them, sadly to say), that it makes her character like any woman you might meet on the street. I love that she is so willing to fight for what she loves.
Oh, and let's not forget Grey! Yum! That is the kind of guy that we all hope will stumble into our lives at one point or another. I love that he has emotions! Who knew that males were capable of expressing them?! ;0) Just kidding! I love it! He is REAL! There is no super charged hero on steroids trying to rescue the damsel... no, not here. This is a real man, and he can see when a woman needs help and when she doesn't.
I recommend this book for all the romance lovers. If you like them spicier, I'd still say give it a shot. I want more!
I was born in Philadelphia but grew up primarily in Seattle. I obtained my degree in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I now live in Denver with my husband Ben and our beautiful baby boy, Cole. In my spare time I work on the endless renovations of our 1922 bungalow.