Paige Sullivan’s life is a train wreck. In a matter of months she lost her business, her swanky apartment, and her big city life. Now she’s stuck in Nowhere, New Hampshire, sleeping on her mom’s couch. If that wasn’t bad enough, she’s forced to do odd jobs for money. She has a plan though, and once she’s saved enough, she’s out of there. That is, as long as she doesn’t murder her sexy new employer first.
Asher Thompson is the ruggedly handsome hermit of the Thompson clan. Tall, ridiculously sexy despite his beard, and annoyingly aloof, his main concern is his privacy. He fills his days with his work as a carpenter and the peaceful solitude of his lake house. A peaceful solitude that vanished the moment Paige Sullivan stormed into his life, hell-bent on driving him crazy.
Get ready for another hot Thompson brother from Carey Heywood! This time around we get to know Asher, the quiet reclusive brother who loves his solitude. His feisty match is this story is Paige, the failed party planner trying to start over.
When I first started reading, I wasn’t sure I could see Asher and Paige together, like ever. They appear to be so different from one another. I know I know, opposites attract, but when one loves the peace and quiet and seclusion of the woods and the other craves the energy of New York City and works in event planning?? That’s quite a difference. They didn’t hide their disdain for each other either, which was actually hilarious.
This is what I can only guess is typical Paige crap. She’s pitching a fit because she has to do something for someone other than herself.
Screw him. God, all I want to do is find a stepladder and punch him in the face.
The funny thing is they really have no reason not to like each other, it was almost like they felt that they shouldn’t want to like the other. If they were nice and had feelings, their whole world would change, when it came down to it, really it was a defense mechanism for them both.
I don’t like him, I just don’t dislike him anymore, I neutral him. My body should not be reacting this way to my neutraling him.
Seeing Paige’s realization that she didn’t hate Asher was comical. The gentle easing into their relationship was very beautiful. There was no big flashy show of emotions, just a simple kiss that turned into another the next day, then a few more. Watching Asher open up and seeing Paige calm down was nice.
I was finally able to get on board and cheer them on! The gentleness and openness that they have is special. The slow burn and build made for a nice story.
“Here,” Paige says, passing me a water and a plate of fries through my window.
I’m back in the parking lot of the Moose tonight, parked right next to Millie’s Explorer.
“Are you trying to drug me?” I had asked.
She shrugs her slender shoulders. “Consider it a truce.”
I’ve finished all of the fries and am still working on my drink when she returns an hour or so later.
“Shouldn’t you be playing with your wood?”
I choke on my water.
“This your idea of a truce?” I ask, once I’m done coughing.
“Humor me,” she says, leaning against my door. “You hired my mom so you wouldn’t have to leave your land. Now you’re leaving it every day to stalk me. What gives?”
My head jerks back. “I am not stalking you.”
She presses her lips together before a bubble of laughter escapes. “What would you call it?”
I frown partly at her question and more so at the way she’s acting. “Why are you being nice to me?”
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