What worked for me?
This book was a great and fast read. I finished this one in less than a day and while it was a shorter read compared to other full-length novels, I found the story engaging. Lia and Adam are characters with depth and I was really looking forward to their journey towards their HEA.
The basic conflict in the story revolves around the lease of Lia’s restaurant, which she wants to renew so she could continue and expand her growing business and increasingly famous restaurant but Adam holds the power to give her that lease and has difficulty doing so because he initially planned for a starred- and world-renowned chef to set up a restaurant in one of his company’s properties. But I really liked that beyond this surface conflict, the underlying conflicts are the ones they have with themselves as they try to reconcile their current lives with the growing feelings they have for one another.
Adam has never had to mix business with pleasure. Not until Lia entered his life. And now he’s finding out the things that he’s willing to sacrifice in order to keep the one person he finds himself falling for. Lia, on the other hand, has been burned before by a cheating fiance who expected nothing from her except to be a docile housewife. But she recovered from that heartbreak and vowed to herself that she will never be dependent on a man again and will never let anyone decide her life for her. With all these personal backgrounds, I just loved watching them fall for each other and discover that not everything they thought they knew in life was true and that finding your other half, the one that keeps you grounded and who you can be with even in the quiet moments is a gift and a chance worth risking everything for.
What did not work for me?
My minor caveat in this book was the seemingly fast pace of Lia and Adam falling for each other. I know it might partly be because of the shorter length of the book but other than that, I was still satisfied with how the author handled the romance. I was still sold on how they came to be together and I’m convinced their relationship will stick no matter what happens.
My over-all take on it?
Adam’s and Lia’s story was a very satisfying read and I truly believe their love story will endure. This was a great start for the Kelly Brothers series because we also got glimpses of the rest of the Kelly men. This is my third Crista McHugh novel and while my favorite is still the second book in the series, this series starter was equally enjoyable.
Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.
About the Author:
Crista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)
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