by Jules Bennett
The only thing that could bring Liam Monroe back to Haven, Georgia, is his loyalty to his late sister–so he’s agreed to serve as a chef at the resort his brothers have built in her honor. But he’s not staying. At least that’s the plan. . .
Macy Hayward always admired the Monroes. Adopting four kids—including the brooding, mysterious Liam—they were an example of the loving family she wanted for herself someday. Now, ironically, Macy’s got an unexpected new tenant in the apartment above her hardware store: none other than Liam.
Most of Liam’s furniture consists of weightlifting equipment, since he has no intention of settling in. He can’t wait to run away again, from his brothers and his bitter memories—and from Macy, with her relentlessly seductive curves. Still, while he’s around, he should do the poor woman a favor and teach her to cook, before she poisons someone. . .
Soon, their sessions in the kitchen are getting spicy. But Macy has roots in Haven, and she wants to plant more, including taking in a little girl who needs a home. Meanwhile, Liam has an opportunity for his own restaurant in Atlanta. Will choosing love mean giving up their separate dreams? Or will the heart find a way?. . .
Liam is the most closed off of the brothers and I think lots of returning readers are really looking forward to discovering what makes him tick. He’s struggling with a lot of things, leaving him moody and sometimes erratic. Proximity to his brothers and working on his sister’s dream is doing a lot to bridge some old hurts and forge a better relationship with his family. But it doesn’t help that one of those things he’s having trouble with is an attraction to his sexy landlord and close family friend.
Macy seems like such a well put together person that you wouldn’t realize that she’s got some pretty big secrets. She’s funny, energetic and friendly – the perfect girl next door. Or in this case, girl downstairs. And she’s had a thing for Liam for AGES so if she could only get behind his walls it might lead somewhere fantastic. Whew, he has walls though!
I think that Bennett’s superb writing and fun characters will help keep the attention of readers who aren’t all that thrilled with the on/off of this relationship. Because Liam definitely waffles. A lot. I kinda get where he’s coming from, because small town living makes it hard to get away from anything in your past. Especially something as big as the car wreck that left him with a scar on his face. And he’s has an idea of what his future would be, which doesn’t include life in said small town. But things are starting to come together with the brothers and their business, so when you throw in a girl that he has trouble resisting… well, I think he resists a little too much 🙂 It takes him some time to work out what he really wants and where he needs to be. But of course, he gets there in the end. (There’s quite a bit of angst though before then so make sure you are prepared.)