Title: Draw Me Close
Author: Nicole Michaels
Series: Hearts and Crafts #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You Need A Good Foundation
Lindsey Morales is a decorating genius with a natural flair for design and an eye for a bargain. As a contributor to a popular lifestyle blog, she can take anything from trash to treasure—except for her own life. Burned once, and badly, she’s more than twice shy, especially when it comes to the breathtaking builder who broke her heart…
Before You Can Build Happily Ever After
Architect Derek Walsh has made a name for himself designing sleekly modern buildings, but when renovating a hundred-year-old farmhouse gives him the chance to see Lindsey again, he jumps at it. Still dreaming about her after eight long years apart, he’ll do anything to prove that he’s serious about spending the future with her. Can he convince sassy, stubborn Lindsey that they can DIY their own happy ending?
Source: ARC from St Martin’s Press via NetGalley
This enjoyable, craft-inspired series comes to an end with a second chance romance between an interior designer who wants to be strong and independent and the architect who once broke her heart and would do anything to make her smile again. It’s every bit as sweet and lovely as the other books and I enjoyed it from bossy start to adorable finish.
Even though it’s been eight years since their short but intense relationship, it’s safe to say that Lindsey has not gotten over it. In fact her left over feelings make it impossible for her to be around Derek – her heart was broken, and yet she’s still attracted to him. Which is why she tries to stay as far away from him as possible. She’s a nice person, helpful, kind, giving, except where Derek is concerned. He makes her into a different person, and she doesn’t like what he does to her – especially when she wants to forgive him. I liked her and I felt for her, even if I did think she needed to deal with her past rather than keep running from it.
As for Derek… I can’t help it, I loved him. He was in a bad situation eight years ago in which no decision would be totally right, so he did what he thought was best. I can’t fault him for that, even if the way he went about it wasn’t the best. Some of the things he says to Lindsey are just lovely. He loves her so deeply that he simply can’t stay away any longer, even if it causes trouble for him elsewhere. And when the two of them do forget the past for a time, they’re wonderful together. I loved seeing them rebuild their relationship.
Okay, if I’m honest I did think a certain emotional issue on Derek’s side of things did clear itself up a little too easily, and even though we get to see Lindsey shopping for craft things I missed seeing her do the actual craftwork itself in this book and things with the blog. However, on the whole this is an emotional tug type of book that drew me in right at the start and wouldn’t let go until I felt sorry for all sides and just wanted a happy ending for everyone. It was also lovely to see the characters from the other books return and have a lovely sense of closure with Anne’s wedding.
If you’re looking for a feel-good, second chance romance with an emotional heart and a lovely ending, then give this a try. You don’t have to have read the other books to enjoy this one, although it probably helps. In all this is a fine end to the series and though I’m sad to see these characters go, I’ll definitely be looking out to see what this author does next.
Draw Me Close is Out Now!
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