My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
This story was sweet, touching, and magical…and the writing—impeccable. The characters were so well-rounded and complete; I just adored them all!
“You and I both got it wrong, Alex: Love does last. In fact…it’s the only thing that does.”
Alex: Brooding, sexy, gorgeous, tortured but not beyond redemption, complete with a hidden softer side … What more could a girl want?
Zoe: Beautiful, sweet, caring, shy but not to a fault, not to mention her cooking which is literally magical and healing. The allure of her descriptively delicious food creations leaps off the pages.
The relationship between Zoe and Alex was my absolute favorite kind: slow building with plenty of sweet sexual tension. Zoe is a chef at a bed and breakfast who selflessly decides to move in with her ailing grandmother. Alex is the emotionally unavailable carpenter whom she hires to fix up her place. Zoe initially hates Alex, and that’s the way he wants it…until she changes his mind.
This story had so many lovely elements–magic and the paranormal included. There was a ghost who tags along with Alex throughout the book in hopes to uncover his own identity. I thought this was an interesting touch and I enjoyed the important lessons Alex and this “ghost” learned from one another.
This was my first Lisa Kleypas novel and I can definitely say that she has just gained yet another fan!
▪ Genre/Category: Contemporary Romance
▪ Steam Caliber: Extremely steamy
▪ Romance: Slow-burn. Tension filled. Heartwarming.
▪ Characters: Extremely well-flashed out and lovable.
▪ Plot: Sweet love story with a paranormal twist.
▪ Writing: Engaging, polished, and creative.
▪ POV: 3rd Person Perspective
▪ Cliffhanger: None. Can be read as a standalone.