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…
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
About the Author:
Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance novels that split the difference between sexy and sweet, taking the traditional idea of boy-meets-girl and infusing it with a sassy magic all her own. She believes in fiery yet flawed characters destined for a crash-course in falling in love– usually the hard way– and injects her trademark humor as well as poignant touches into her writing to create her stories.
Kimberly’s writing journey has led down some bumpy roads (that first manuscript is under the bed, where it is very likely to stay), but there has been some fresh pavement too (her second manuscript earned her very first contest final, and landed the fantastic Maureen Walters at the Curtis Brown Literary Agency). One thing is certain — the wild ride of being a writer is a lot richer in both its ups and downs because of friends and readers along the path.
When Kimberly’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to eclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
This was my introduction piece to one of Kimberly Kincaid’s works, even though she has several titles already published. And it was a very good one!
This is one of those quickie but goodie books. Although there is the dark element of having an Afghanistan veteran in the mix, the romance overall is lighthearted and beautiful. This is the type of book I love reading as I’m sitting on the couch, having had one of those days with an eternal headache, and really just need something to take my mind off of things. Probably because there isn’t too much nonsensical drama within it’s binding. We get enough of that in our lives right?
Kat is a pretty awesome MFC. She is completely honest about every aspect of her life, and is open. It’s definitely a break from the usual drama in today’s novels with the closed-off characters.
Jesse is a hard working, quiet, yet loving guy. He’s completely loyal to anyone whom he believes deserves it, and I can totally dig that about him. Besides, a man that can cook is pretty freaking sexy right?
Kincaid’s writing is also superb. She writes eloquently and the vocabulary is very extensive. I also love how Kincaid used a lot of military terms- such as FUBAR -quite often in the book, even in a situation that someone wouldn’t normally use such a word. Having a brother in the military, I’ve noticed it is pretty common for such things to rub off and be used in daily life.
Overall, the book is beautiful, lighthearted, and with an element that allows us to look within the heads of our soldier’s minds on their day-to-day struggles. Applause for Kimberly Kincaid!
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