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- Print Length: 73 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (March 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 19, 2018
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076ZLX914
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Noah is the oldest of three brothers that own a lumber company (yes, this is the first in a trilogy, why do you ask?), and has lived most of his life in Rockbridge, a small lumber town in Colorado. At one point he tried to move to the city for a woman, but things didn’t work out, to put it mildly. Since then – ten years ago – he’s focused on work and avoided women completely. Mia is an accountant that grew up in a small town that slowly became suburbia, and has just moved to Rockbridge after a few years of big city life in Denver. While starting a new job and uprooting her whole life has been stressful, she finally feels at home. When Noah and Mia cross paths at the town diner, they don’t even say a single word to each other, but both feel a sudden and deep attraction to the other.
“And behind his eyes I could see the pain, but also the light that was just waiting to shine brighter again. It was a little on the crazy side, but my instincts told me this man was just like me, moving through life, waiting for…something more.”
While I’m normally not a fan of instalove – or, in this case, insta-lust – the brevity of the story makes it a necessity. I think Ms. Snow did a great job with both characters accepting that it was pretty much insane to feel so strongly for each other so soon, while also really selling the idea that what they felt was real and special.
The heat level on this is high, including one particular scene that starts out like Chris Evans chopping wood and then goes off into delightfully smutty territory. Things move pretty quickly, of course, partly thanks to a snowstorm, but there was quite a bit of tension buildup, as well. While Noah got a bit caveman-y for me towards the end, he showed a good deal of restraint by letting Mia make the first move, and following her lead. They were quite the sweet couple, though we do only get to see them develop in snippets over the course of about a month.
Overall, this is a quick steamy read! Perfect if you need a little bit of HEA but don’t have the time or mental space for a longer read!
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Mia needed out of the city and to be surrounded by peace and quiet. She found that and is loving every second of it. However, her sanity may be another matter all together though after noticing Noah. She's never been one for games, and decides to make her interest known. If she could break down his walls, that it.
Noah is definitely attracted to Mia, and knows what is and could be between them is like nothing he's ever experienced, but he's scared and man enough to admit it. He needs to decide whether or not a possible future with her is worth the risk.
Can Noah let go of his past and move forward with Mia? Will Mia give Noah the space and budge he needs as required to help him? Is a HEA possible for these two?
One-click now and follow along as Noah and Mia must work toward a mutual goal, that of a life together, while battling his past. While the deceased significant other/spouse is my least favorite trope because I prefer the main characters to only have ever loved each other that much, and sometimes the new love interest comes off as second best, I think it was handled nicely in this story. You don't get the feeling that Noah is pining for what he lost, necessarily, but more that he feels guilt that they lost what they meant to each other at one time and it was never resolved, therefore, there was never any closure to it which would enable him to move forward easier. Also, I love that Noah did not turn into a manwhore after his loss, but instead went the completely opposite way and wasn't with anyone again until meeting the heroine, the love of his life.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
Noah and his two brothers own and run the lumber company in town. All three brothers are handsome, loaded and single but Noah’s been burned in the past and hasn’t wanted a woman by his side on in his bed in ten years. He's content with life in his cabin, with his brothers and with satisfying work at the lumbar company. That is until he bumps into city transplant, Mia. Suddenly all the feelings and desires that he’d buried for years are boiling to the surface. There's an instant connection to her and not even his own doubts can stop him from finding out exactly what it is about Mia that has him thinking about forever.
This was a short quickie with hot and smutty goodies inside. When it’s this short and quick, there isn’t a whole lot of character development, so don’t look for any here. We do get a sweet couple, some hot smexy times and a fun hour or two of reading time.
Would I recommend?
Yes, I enjoyed reading Mia and Noah. It was insta-lust/love and it was lighthearted and fun. I’m definitely checking out Liam and Big Johnny’s stories. Who doesn’t love a dirty little read to cleanse the reading palate?
* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All
thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Oh my god I absolutely loved this book, I could not put this book down and it only took me a couple of hours to read...Read more
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