Set me free
Disastrous love life aside, Charlotte Evans is rather content with her life. Her quaint little art gallery is plodding along nicely, and her sister Emily’s artistic career is about to take off, thanks to her tireless promotion. She even gets to see her best friend every day and drink his delicious coffee in the café next door.
But when dastardly property developer Craig Carmichael comes along, threatening to demolish her gallery and take everything away, Charlotte has an unexpected fight on her hands. Not only is she battling to stop Craig’s development, she’s also struggling against the mysterious magnetic pull that has her on a collision course with Craig himself.
Craig Carmichael is fighting the Battle for Boundary Street on more than one front. The tenants of the building he wants to knock down are mounting a strong case against him and in a hot-headed moment he put his career on the line for a project that is threatening to fail. If the project doesn’t succeed he will lose everything, but for some reason he’s having trouble maintaining his focus.
As their worlds begin to unravel around them, anyone could win. It’s what they might lose that has Charlotte and Craig wondering what it is they really want.
After weeks of mediocre reads and me desperately searching for a story that will hold my interest, I stumbled upon this little gem. The cover art appealed to me and after reading what the story was about I decided that a light-hearted romance was just what I needed to get me out of my reading depression.
Barely a chapter in and I found out that this wasn’t just a light-hearted, fluffy romance. It offered much more. There was a sizzling secondary romance to get high on, complicated relationships between friends, family ties were put to the test, there was war on the work floor and while one marriage slow-cooked it’s way to demise, another crumpled as fast as a card house kissed by a slight breeze. The author touched on everyday (inner) struggles very well but she didn’t forget to add humour because this story had me laughing out loud, often.
While coming to terms with the fact that she had fallen for ‘the enemy’, Charlotte also had to deal with questions like; what will I do with my life now that I have reached this cross road, how do I comfort a loved one whose world has just been torn to pieces, how do I handle an idiot named cassette?
The setting of the story added to my reading pleasure. There is just something about romance down under that awakens my happy gene. I enjoyed the vintage elements the author tastefully threw in the mix, from fashion, to music, to dance to…..a crumpling house.
While browsing through reviews I read one (just one) that insisted this was not a romance. I strongly disagree. There is definitely romance, two at that. Both were well done, with a natural and believable feel to them. The secondary romance is one of unrequited love that erupts in this book and hopefully will continue in a next. I would love to read how that particular romance evolves.
I believe this is the first book in a series to come, one that I will definitely be reading. I would like to thank the author for helping me out of my funk. A charming read that has me looking forward to book two.
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