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What happens when the king of casual meets the queen of picking the wrong men? Lily is running. From a dead-end job, a neurotic mother and all the losers she dared to date. Moving halfway across the world to Bluestone County seemed like a good idea at the time. So did reopening her estranged father’s hardware store. But now she isn’t so sure. Small town living has its perks though. Wide-open space, clean air, and sexy cowboys. Well, one sexy cowboy. Jake. Who also just so happens to be the new bane of her existence. At least when he’s not talking, she can admire the view. Jake is the king of casual. The love of his life has always been his ranch, and that was fine with him. He never really saw the point in long-term. But all that changes when a mouthy, blonde sasses him into oblivion. He should have known she’d be trouble as soon as he laid eyes on her. Now it’s too late. She’s all he can think about. All he has to do is convince her that he’s finally the right man.
Don’t be an a**hole, Jake.
“Let me guess, you’re here to kick me off my own land now too?”
“Funny. No, just getting the tour from your lovely sister. You sure you’re related?” she sarcastically replied.
There was the sass he remembered. “Ouch. I see there’s been no attitude adjustment since we last met, huh?”
What are you, five? You gonna pull her hair next?
“Be nice Jake,” Sam piped.
Clicking his tongue, he ignored his sister and stared into Lily’s emerald eyes once again. They were even more mesmerizing in the sunlight.
“Sorry, I’m not enough of a lady for you sweetheart.” Her attempted scowl was almost cute.
“I’d be more than happy to teach you some manners darlin’,” he winked.
Deep down he knew that he shouldn’t be trying to provoke her, but he couldn’t help himself. Seeing the fire in her eyes did something to him that he couldn’t explain. Even watching her try to snarl at him was making him feel funny.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Lily has moved from her miserable life in London to a little town in America called Bluestone, to see what she can do with the hardware store her estranged father left her. What she didn't plan on doing was meeting somebody like Jake.
This is a well-written book. I rather enjoyed it from the start. It's the first in the Bluestone series by Isobel. Lily has a lot of sass and I like that in the characters. It has a good flow and I found it easy to get back into the story after having to put it down. Isobel has handled sensitive subjects well, not brushing over them quickly, but getting the feelings out that I imagine they would be in the situations they've been placed.
I'm looking forward to the next book. A recommended read
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Isobel was born and raised in London. She still lives along the River Thames with her husband and her substantial book collection. Ever the hopeless romantic, she fell in love with the genre from a young age and was inspired to write her own stories. When she's not feasting on romantic comedies or binge reading her hoard of contemporary romance novels, Isobel is writing.