Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Kensington Books ZEBRA
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novella in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A little home improvement can go a long way…
Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan, but back home in Pine Mountain he’s happy to switch gears as the Double Shot bar’s new sous chef. When his apartment floods and his old Army buddy offers the family’s dilapidated lake house as temporary quarters, Jesse thinks a little remodeling on the creaky duplex sounds like a fair return favor. That’s before he sets eyes on the gorgeous woman moving into the other side of the cabin and discovers she’s his buddy’s kid sister, a.k.a totally off limits.
Kat McMarrin has fought hard for her space, and she’s not too interested in sharing it. Of course, her job as a physical therapist means she won’t see much of Jesse, even if he’s a few thin floorboards away–unless she seeks him out. And with his sculpted body and slow-burn gaze, she might be tempted. Maybe the fixer-upper projects she has planned for the cabin will keep her mind off him. Or maybe her instincts to strip the place down will get out of hand…
Review: This short, sweet love story about a wounded vet and a physical therapist was a perfect read for the Memorial Day weekend. Kimberly Kincaid’s writing style is funny, sexy, and smart–perfect for romance!
Kat McMarrin lost her mom when she was five years old. Her dad, the Colonel, kept Kat and her older brother Gabe on the move roughly every eighteen months after that, never letting her acclimate to a new home or find any longtime friends. Kat really felt the lack of that, so as an adult, she tended to nest. When her apartment building flooded and she had to find another place to stay for a while, she was bereft. The only place she could go was to the old family lake house, but the memories it brought back were difficult. Summers spent fighting with her father. His blatant disapproval of her opinions. He never liked the fact that she was different.
Jesse Oliver is a sweet man who got a rocky start in life. His father disappeared from his life when he was very young, and his mother was a drug-addict who hadn’t been able to do a lot to support him. Growing up in the small town of Pine Mountain, where everybody knew everyone else’s business, was tough–he’d been labeled from birth on. His mom died when he was seventeen, and he’d enlisted in the military, received his GED, and never came back between deployments.
When he got out of the military six years later, he came back to Pine Mountain to few friends and fewer employment opportunities. He quickly realized he did NOT want to work as an EMT anymore–it was too traumatic. His last deployment had ended with an IED explosion that had taken the lives of two of his fellow soldiers and left one in critical condition–and he felt responsible for not saving them. He’d stumbled into a career as a chef, and it was the only place he felt able to let go of the tension and pain of the memories of the past.
When his apartment got flooded, help came from his former military medic friend Gabe. Gabe, who had a sister named Kat. Who, as fate would have it, also lived in his apartment building and was also looking for a temporary place to stay?
Could they share the lake house for the time it took for their apartment building to be renovated?
Two people, desperately searching for a home. What are the odds?
Pretty great! A fast, fun read about two troubled people, afraid to reach out for more. I really enjoyed it–thanks!