Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc on November 19, 2014
Source: The Wild Rose Press Inc
The last thing Abby Mathieson wants is what she most needs: a take-care-of-the-business-end partner. Emotional and financial demons spur her dreams of self-reliance and her vow to continue her aunt's legacy of Beyond Words, a Blue Ridge Mountains book-and-gift shop.
Trey Dalton, sexy CPA with a heart of gold and backbone of steel, wants nothing more than to return to his home in sunny Florida. But he made a death-bed promise to help Abby succeed... whatever it takes.
Conflict and sexual tension intensify as they wrangle over the shop and deal with Abby's quirky best friend and the incorrigible resident parrot. Abby's sworn to trust no man, but Trey has her tangled up worse than knotted fishing line. If she can't overcome her insecurities before he unravels her finances and leaves town forever, her precious independence will cost her a love Beyond Words.
“Ready to call it a day?” Trey asked.
“And then some.” Abby yawned hugely behind her hand.
“I’ll walk you to your car.”
“I don’t have a car.”
Trey frowned. “Don’t— How do you get here?”
“Ever heard of feet?”
He looked as if she’d used a foul word. “But…I mean, everybody…”
She took pity on him. “Before you dig yourself a bigger hole, pardner, I own a car. But home’s only half a mile. I enjoy the walk.”
His expression hardened. “You’re walking. At this hour.”
“Why not?” Geez, what was the big deal?
“It’s not safe. Dark. You’ll be alone.”
“I do it all the time. Wear a luminous-striped vest.” She sniffed. “And I’m used to being alone.”
His eyes flashed, part anger, part something softer, quickly gone. “Well, tonight you’re not walking anywhere except to my truck.”
“You don’t have —”
“Yeah, I do. Don’t argue. I’m too tired to go another round with you.”
How had she missed that? His handsome face looked drawn under its golden tan, his winter-gray eyes weary.
“I’ll get my jacket.”
Trey swiped up his keys. “Meet you out front.”
Once she’d hooked her seatbelt, Abby flipped down the vent.
“Too much?” He notched the fan to low. “Sorry, I’m not used to cold.”
Cold? He hadn’t seen anything yet. But then, he wouldn’t hang around long enough….
All light vanished beneath overhanging trees when he turned off the main street. High
beams on, hands white-knuckled, he slowed on the serpentine, uphill climb. Yup, Abby thought,
a Flatlander, for sure.
“I’ll walk you up.”
“No need.” What she needed, now, was to escape. Before she did something stupid. Like sink her hands into that silky, sun-bleached hair and find out if he tasted as good as he looked.
Started with a bang!
This was an adorable and very fun romance. I loved the characters and the depth of their issues and strengths. I immediately enjoyed reading about these characters and although past my deadline (sorry Diane!!) I wanted to soak in every word!
Issues can lead to romance
I love how we all have issues. Every single one of us in some way. This is so true in this book. The characters were not so flawed that they could not see beyond the damage but they had some things to get over. Especially Abby! She has some real issues but it is the fact that she tries so hard to get through them that makes me love her. She’s a really real character which brought a lot of satisfaction to the reading.
And not to leave out sexy hunks, Trey doesn’t necessarily have issues to get over but to get through to Abby he has to deal with HER issues. He’s not only smart and sexy, he’s patient! But he’s not perfect and he admits his flaws. /SWOON! No wonder Abby couldn’t keep her eyes or mind off of him. OR lips! 😉
Romantic with a lot of funny
The side characters adding quite a bit of hilarity. I laughed out loud often at Mell. Everyone needs a friend like this gal and I could see why Abby keeps her around. More importantly Mell has been through her own crap so she is able to give Abby some well needed advice.
Only one thing kept me from full out loving this and that thing happened about 80% in. I think that this isn’t something that would keep people from reading this fabulous story though. So it did bring down my assessment a tad but not so much that I wanted to put the book down. Not even close.