Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women - though none long enough so she casts wistful glances at jewelry stores - and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.
Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego or her cushy corner office for Boston, but her father - who happens to be her boss - dispatches her to deal with the grandparents she's never met. She's unprepared for the frigid winter, loving relatives who aren't the monsters she's been led to believe, and the hot, scruffy firefighter who lives upstairs.
At first Jessica is determined to get back to her comfortable life as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house and moving to a retirement community. But she underestimates Rick's dedication - and his considerable charm. Nobody's taking advantage of his friends on his watch, even if that makes the tempting Southern California girl with the long legs his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry, and it's quickly becoming too strong to resist.
©2015 Shannon Stacey (P)2015 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
If the author understood "show and not tell", maybe? Or if her characters were more believable. If the reader had a better voice? If I had saved my credit and spent it on a story that was better written? Im not sure how many fixes this needed (that it didn't get) but anything would have been better than this...schlock. It's so so formulaic and meh and nothing new and awful and and and...
Perhaps stories by the author. It's the very meh-est of romance that I've read/listened to. If it was a color it'd be beige.
The voices were awful, I didn't like the pacing and THATS her version of a Boston accent?!? Ha ha ha. No.
All of the repeated scenes that we'd JUST gone over in the opposite characters pov. All of the over-explanation. All of the repetitive thoughts over and over. Maybe then there'd be some room for the couple to actually be shown falling in love and not just be pushed together because the author said so. The chemistry between them absolutely falls flat.
Save your credit. Really.
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