Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again…
Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way… and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take…
I enjoyed this book. It was sweet, sad and emotional, with a healthy dose of unrequited love thrown in to the mix. I also really enjoy reading books set in Canada. I lived there for a year and loved it, so it’s always nice to revisit it even if only in print.
Holly has been thrust into the role of parent to her niece Ella after the sudden & tragic death of her sister and brother-in-law. What I liked about how this was handled was that Holly wasn’t made out to be some clueless dummy. She’s like any new parent, getting through each day learning something new about this little person in their lives. It’s just the method in which she becomes a parent that differs from most. I also really appreciated that there was no evil grandparents or aunts threatening to take Ella away.
Coming home after 10 years to find your contractor is the guy you made a fool of yourself over before you left would be a little mortifying. Quinn comes across as a really nice, thoughtful guy with a whole lot of sexy and heroic about him. He really wanted Holly back in the day, but didn’t want to be what held her back from fulfilling her dreams. I like that this past event wasn’t over-used as a source of conflict, as it quite often can be.
The romance between Holly and Quinn was slow-burning (well, 10 years is a pretty slow burn) and very sweet. Don’t go into it expecting any crazy hot sexytimes, it’s just not that kind of book. And it didn’t need to be – the attraction played out at just the right heat level.
After a recent read where plot moppets were in abundance, I enjoyed reading a child in the storyline that was real and not just used to advance the plot artificially.
I have not read anything else by Victoria James, but based on this, she is definitely an author I’ll keep my eye out for.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
Release Date: 11 March 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley in return for an honest review.