Published by Bliss
Copy for review provided by Entangled in exchange for an honest review.
Their competition has never been so irresistible
The last person Ellie McDermott wanted to run into after returning to her hometown is Finn Donovan, her high school nemesis and the guy she crossed the line from enemies to lovers with one night years ago. Now ex-military, tattooed, and still sexy as hell, Finn is a complication Ellie doesn’t need—she needs to concentrate on saving her family business.
Finn’s entire life, Ellie was there, going head-to-head with him in every class, bee, and test. So it’s no surprise she’d show up just as he was about to take over her father's struggling business. It is a surprise, though, that his attraction to her is even more explosive than it had been. Acting on their attraction is one thing, but Finn has to turn a profit to save his own family, and nothing—not even love—will get in his way.
I have to say that when I first began this book, I really wasn’t sure I was going to like it. See, this book takes place in a little town (which is fine, I l like small town settings), two people going back to their hometown, two people who were high school rivals. All ok. The kicker? The both are running funeral homes. Funeral homes. Finn owns his own funeral home and Ellie has come home to help run the family funeral home. She is coming home to her childhood home, family business and a father who has succumbed to Alzheimer’s.
I was like, ok, this is kind of weird to read about this in this genre. But I kept reminding myself that dying is a part of life and that we’ve all dealt with it in some way or another. This subject is handled rather…. elegantly. Honestly, the funeral home stuff fell to the background for me and it was about Ellie and Finn and their growing relationship (or denial of a relationship), and their own family issues. And boy does Finn have some family issues to deal with. His mother, leaving his abusive father and his brothers decide to come home to help him with his mother.
At one point, towards the end, I was sitting at my girls’ dance studio, trying to not do the ugly cry in front of a bunch of people. True story. The chemistry between Finn and Ellie is undeniable and hot like Fi-yah. Loved every bit of it. This is book one in a series, each Donovan Brother will get their own book and I CANNOT wait! I need those books PRONTO.
The urge to kiss her shifted from hot and demanding to something he couldn’t quite identify. This woman who’d always been a thorn in his side had also been the first person to listen when he talked about his dad. And now with her dad sick, part of him wanted to soothe her, to comfort her, to comfort her with a warm kiss that would melt both of their bones.
Oh, great. Thinking about sleeping with her he could handle. But soothing her?
That was crazy.
What the hell was he thinking?
Decide for yourself