Copper Ridge, Oregon's favorite bachelor is about to meet his match
If the devil wore flannel, he'd look like Ace Thompson. He's gruff. Opinionated. Infernally hot. The last person that Sierra West wants to ask for a bartending job—not that she has a choice. Ever since discovering that her "perfect" family is built on a lie, Sierra has been determined to make it on her own. Resisting her new boss should be easy when they're always bickering. Until one night, the squabbling stops…and something far more dangerous takes over.
Ace has a personal policy against messing around with staff—or with spoiled rich girls. But there's a steel backbone beneath Sierra's silver-spoon upbringing. She's tougher than he thought, and so much more tempting. Enough to make him want to break all his rules, even if it means risking his heart…
I have really enjoyed the Copper Ridge series, getting to know the people, and reading about their journeys to love. I was excited about this story, because of Ace seemed like a fascinating character. But somehow, this story and I didn't connect at all.
Ace and Sierra don't like each other. The banter between them is constant, but it is missing the humor and lightness, and fun in it, instead it is mostly rather rude, often mean, and mostly pointed out to bring the other one down, as a person. I have very low tolerance for mean people, and Ace just kept walking over that line again and again. And the redemption to correct past behavior, it wasn't enough for me, after everything that had happened, and had been said.
Sierra was a rather spoiled. She runs away from home, because of the disappointment in her father, but only to her brother's house. And from there, to Ace's house. Struggling and determined to get on her own? Not really. There are incidents, that made me shake my head, and her wondering why people see her as a little girl, she should have stopped acting like one.
So, when at 30% you realize, you don't like either character, it's going to be a task to finish the book, but I did. I really wanted to see, if there's a point where the boat turns, and they grow genuine feelings of love and caring for each other. Well.
I have to say, the epilogue does give some hope for this couple and their future. But overall, this story didn't work for me, on the level of characters and predictability.
~ Two 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