Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the detour…
Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he’s hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do…
Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that’s been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won’t risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So…how exactly did he end up in Kayla’s bed last night?
But sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home…
Source: ARC from Entangled Bliss via NetGalley
This is a cute contemporary read with a hardworking, yet thoroughly unappreciated heroine and a grumpy hero. Don’t rely too much on that blurb, though, since Kayla is not running from a broken heart. In fact it’s problems at work that see her driving three hours to see her little brother, and it’s the return journey that lands her in the ditch from which Brent reluctantly rescues her. It also implies that they’ve known each other for a while, when really the roadside rescue is only their second meeting.
However, they are both hurting. Less from broken hearts than from the grief of parental loss. Brent lost both his parents in a plane crash, while Kayla’s mother died from cancer – and both of them have coped by essentially walling off their emotions. Which is understandable, but I still struggled with the way Brent treats Kayla at times. He’s so brusque and rude and almost mean. I know he doesn’t want to get close to her and he’s scared for his heart, but there’s no need to be such a jerk about it. Thankfully he does change his mind – although, I did feel that he shifted gears on that awfully fast. Still, I didn’t mind because it meant I could actually like him.
And he is likeable, when he’s not been rude to Kayla. He’s a hardworking guy who has essentially given up his own business in order to help his grandmother keep her B&B afloat. He’s sweet and sexy underneath his gruff exterior and I really loved his friendship with his cousin Miles, and how that unfurled and deepened as the book progressed.
I liked Kayla too, even if I did want her to face up to the realities of her job a little sooner. She’s funny and upbeat and not afraid of work, and I liked that there was never any doubt about which of the Masterson men she was interested in. I also liked how she fit in with Ruby and everything at the Checkerberry. However, it might have been nice to have had a better sense of closure towards the end about careers and stubborn fathers. Certain things felt a little too neat and it might have been nice to have been able to read the important conversations rather than have them glossed over later on.
In all, though, this is sweet and enjoyable, mixing bad luck and irresistible chemistry, with family loyalties and a steady pace. Once Brent stopped acting like a fool I found this a cute, easy read. I hope this isn’t the last I’ll see of the Checkerberry Inn – not least because I want to see more of Miles.
Her Unexpected Detour is out September 14th!
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