A little home improvement can go a long way…
Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin—and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.
Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away—unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
It was really easy to like and relate to this story. The characters are charming, unique, kind, caring, thoughtful, respectful...
Even though Jesse doesn't necessarily feel this way about himself. The tough home life he had with his addict mom, growing up was not easy, full of Hallmark moments for him. Add to that the events of the war, the PTSD symptoms he is suffering from, it all have been eating up his self worth. And the last thing he wants to do, is to disrespect the trust his friend put upon him, when he gave Jesse a place to live, next to his sister.
But Kat and Jesse has amazing chemistry, connection. Their conversations, sharing about their past, childhood, and life, comes easy while they are working together at the lake house. The team work is effortless, trust is built, and the attraction between them too hot to be ignored.
I found myself smiling through this tale, there was so much sun and summer in it, fun flirting, loving, and sharing. The conversations between Kat and Jesse were revealing and deep, the affection and understanding between them adorable. The friends Jesse have, are trustworthy, and give support and advice with consideration.
All around an adorable, entertaining, feel good love story, that left me with sunny and joyful feelings
~ Four spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me