Author: Lucy Score
Format: Audiobook ARC
Narrator: Emma Wilder
No. of Pages: 416
Date of Publication: June 21, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Can these opposites turn up the heat… without burning down the house?
House-flipping sensation and YouTube star Maggie Nichols can’t wait to dig into her next challenge. Arriving in tiny Kinship, Idaho, with only a cot and a coffeemaker, Maggie is prepared to restore a crumbling Victorian mansion in four months or less. She has her to-do lists, her blueprints, and her team. What she doesn’t have is time for sexy, laid-back landscaper Silas Wright.
The man takes flirtation to a whole new level. And he does it shirtless…sometimes pants-less. He and his service school-dropout dog are impressively persistent. But she’s not interested in putting down roots. Not when fans tune in to watch her travel the country turning dilapidated houses into dream homes. A short-term fling on the other hand could fit nicely into her calendar. After all, Maggie remembers what fun is like. Vaguely.
As their summer gets downright steamy, Silas manages to demolish the emotional walls she’s spent years building, sending Maggie into a panic. He’s the wrench in her carefully constructed plans. With the end of the project looming, she has a decision to make. But how can she stay when her entire career is built on moving on?
Three months - well four - and Maggie Nichols will restore a Victorian mansion, continue to grow her social media presence…and move on. That is what Maggie does. Whether it is flipping houses or providing content for her YouTube channel, Maggie has always excelled. Thinking about her next location is only interrupted by the fact that she finds herself more than drawn to landscaper Silas Wright. He throws a wrench in her plans, pun intended.
Silas is an obvious flirt. He likes Maggie, and he makes no secret of that fact. In fact, Maggie rather likes him as well. But her traveling the country in order to create beautiful homes from their bare bones is where her heart lies. However, it doesn’t take Maggie long to think about things - could she just have a fling with Silas, continue her renovation project, pack up her tools and move on to the next state, or will she start to think of a different future entirely?
There’s another pun. And this comes directly from the publisher’s blurb. Silas manages to “demolish [her] emotional walls.” Will Silas be effective in Maggie thinking about long-range future plans with him, or will the 10-foot high wall between the two of them stay firmly in place?
What a delightful read from start to finish. I loved that Maggie had so much baggage that had to be disassembled all while Silas easily grew on me, proving his innate kindness and wonderful heart. Kevin the dog fit in quite nicely too. This pleasant book by Lucy Score warmed my heart and I definitely recommend it to lovers of romance. This excellent read was made even better by the expert narration of Emma Wilder.
Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.