When it comes down to it, rats in the oven trumps Lesley’s desire to never set eyes on another Brennan family member. So Lesley, a pro at property redevelopment, scrambles to Dominic Brennan’s hardware store for supplies. Dominic knows poison — rat and otherwise — and he sees it in Lesley. The woman ruined his brother’s life. Now that she’s back in town, Dominic’s afraid she’ll drag up the past, the secrets, and the pain. They clash immediately, but mix in a teenage boy, a puppy, some white paint, and some loud music, and what starts as cold fury transforms into a nuclear attraction. This basic renovation becomes a major life refurbishment for them both.
This is an unusual contemporary romance which has lots to recommend it. I like the heroine Lesley she’s in her forties, independent and feisty. Dominic also appeals he’s a single dad who puts up with a nightmare of a mother. Add in some great secondary characters, an interesting small town setting and plenty of snappy dialogue and it should be a 5* read. Unfortunately for me it drags in places and the plot doesn’t have enough twists to keep my attention.
I received a copy of this book from Escape Publishing via NetGalley in return for an honest review.