Stealing Hearts by Erika Marks
Bartender Mick Atwell has one more commitment before he leaves Magnolia Bay for Colorado: help his best friend, Tim, get his new wine bar POUR ready in time for its Valentine’s Day grand opening. But when Tim’s little sister Lucy breezes into town unexpectedly from New York for a visit, Mick doesn’t see how they’ll keep to their tight schedule—any more than he sees how this beautiful, spirited woman could possibly be the same irresponsible “kid” Tim has been complaining about for years…
Despite her carefree smile, Lucy Waverly hasn’t come back to Magnolia Bay for a vacation—she’s come home to hide. After discovering her boss at the gallery is selling forgeries, she needs to lay low and figure out a plan to get herself out of this dangerous mess—a plan which can’t include falling for her brother’s sexy best friend, no matter how safe he makes her feel, or how his smoldering eyes turn her inside out.
Mick has one foot out the door, but when Lucy's troubles follow her to Magnolia Bay, they are thrust together to keep one step ahead of danger and get POUR open in time. Soon the man who lives by his plans is wondering if the woman who lives by chance may not be worth breaking his rules for
A cute, fun and quick read, with the best friend's kid sister being in trouble, and the hero falls in love with her while helping her out.
Another trip to the Magnolia Bay, with the delightful characters of the town, and other new business about to open in the pier. The story is a fun mix of the stress of opening a new wine bar, how everything that can go wrong does as well, friends who are willing to help and step up as needed, while falling in love with the owner's kid sister. Little suspense is put into the mix, by Lucy, who has caught an art fraud in New York City, and runs for her life into Magnolia Bay, to her older brother Tim. What I liked was how Tim didn't get all alpha older brother on Mick and Lucy, but just warned Lucy not to break her heart. While working together to get the bar open, Lucy and Mick fight against the attraction, as long as they can. The characters were charming, likable, and the best friends a person could have. The story brought enough history and background into the characters to make the connection they had real. It was an entertaining couple of hours of read
~ Three spoons
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