Summary of Book: Sophia Kent used to be a badass knife-wielding chef. Nowadays, she’s lucky if she can remember to put on a bra. Between the move to Portland and unpacking boxes, she’s glad there’s only one name on the title. Unfortunately, at the door there’s a gorgeous messenger with a document claiming she’s not the rightful owner. Dead-set on getting his grandmother’s house back, real estate investor Everett Monroe is determined to see the thief go down, even if he has to deliver the summons himself. Only, the beautiful mess at the door is charming, sexy-and nothing like the man whose family’s been feuding with Everett’s for generations. He doesn’t know whether she’s a pawn or a player, and she doesn’t know he’s not just a messenger, so after a few “chance” meetings, when she enlists his help to find a location for her restaurant, he agrees. After all, in thirty days there’s going to be a hearing granting him ownership and she’ll be long gone. Except, somewhere between sunset mountain hikes, brilliantly lit musical bridges, and picturesque Japanese Gardens, a dangerous attraction weaves its way between the secrets and lies. Forced to confront the truth, Everett must ask himself what good a home is without the one you love to share it with.
This is the first book that I’ve read from this author and I enjoyed it. It was a decent read meaning that I didn’t feel like I had to force myself to read it but also, I did find my attention drifting quite a bit while reading this book. If I had to rate it being either entertaining or boring, I would lean more towards the boring side, unfortunately.
I think the idea of the book was a unique one. I haven’t found or read a book with the same plot before so points for being creative. But I also don’t think that the book was as developed emotionally as it could have been. If there was less time explaining the legalities of how the house in question became, well, a question, and more time spent on the character’s development towards each other, it could easily be a four/five-star rating.
This book has potential. I feel like my focus kept falling onto other things because I didn’t feel any sort of emotional connection to any of the characters, especially the main two. It wasn’t one of those reads that I devoured or truly believed in. I would say that if you’re looking for a book with an emotional pull, something that will have your heart racing and your breath catching… this isn’t it.
If you’re looking for a light read, then definitely read this. It was good, not great and not memorable. Just good. There were a few moments that I laughed out loud and while I didn’t feel connected to the characters at all, I did find that Sophia was really adorable.
I think if we get a bit more emotionally developed characters, especially if it’s a romance book, and that romance can be felt coming off the pages, I’ll be reading more from this author. This book has promise so I’m excited to see what she does in the future with her other books.
All in all, the book was good, just not as memorable and emotionally catching as I like my books to be.