Jesse Oliver was a medic in Afghanistan and now he works as a sous chef at the Double Shot bar. He has been away from Pine Mountain for six yrs. He didn’t have a great childhood and now he’s trying to adjust to life as a civilian. Cooking is the one thing that relaxes him. When his apartment is flooded by a broken pipe, his army friend Gabe offers him his lake house in exchange for helping fix the place up.
Kat McMarrin is a physical therapist and she is also Gabe’s sister. She lives in the same apartment building as Jesse does. When the water affects her apartment too she moves in to the Lake House. At first, she doesn’t want to share the place with Jesse but Gabe trusts him implicitly. Soon afterwards, she notices that working together to fix the house is much more fun than doing it alone. They are just good together. If only Kat can make Jesse understand that he’s good enough for her.
I loved this one. It is a novella, so it was short. Despite this it didn’t feel like insta-love to me. It was easy to fall for the ex-military guy trying to find his way again and for the feisty young woman who starts caring for him. Their relationship was natural, trusting, open and to top it all very steamy.
I need to read more books in this series.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.