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New Year's Renovations: Man of the Month Club - January (Starlight Bay Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08NZXFZZM
- Publication date : January 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1546 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 82 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08RZDL5NV
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,509 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ms. Kendrick is a new author to me, but I greatly enjoyed her writing style.
New Year’s Renovation is the story of Harper Fitzpatrick, who used to be an on air personality for a news station in Boston until her boss/boyfriend breaks up with her while firing her. In the midst of Harper’s self pity and reevaluation of her life, an unexpected letter arrives. It seems that an unknown and recently deceased family member has left a property to Harper.
Harper decides to check out her inheritance, assess what needs to be done to it and use it as a rental property.
Fortuitously, Harper happens to run into (actually runs right into) Jackson Montgomery, ex NHL legend, recent ex to a girl who slept with his also newly ex best friend and current renovation and master builder in Starlight Bay.
During this meeting there are definite sparks, yet both of this newly burned and hurt humans chose to ignore them.
Our plot digs Harper deeper into Starlight Bay as her inherited home is way out of DIY range and well into “we need a plan” renovations. As you can guess, Jackson becomes Harper’s renovation project manager.
Working together and watching Harper job search starts to bring these two closer together. Both having gotten out of relationships where the ending was harsh and unforeseen has shaken their confidence and trust in relationships.
Jackson is additional skittish of Harper as she makes it clear that she’ll be leaving Starlight Bay as soon as the work is done and she can list the rental.
Jackson has recently moved home to Starlight Bay. Retiring from the NHL while still a healthy and viable player, Jackson doesn’t look back as he comes home to help care for an ailing mother, start up his construction business, and settle back into “home”. Jackson is here to stay.
Regardless our two anti trusting in love people have a near hookup miss courtesy of Jackson’s brother, an explanation a few days later from Logan to Harper regarding WHY Jackson is so relationship wary. Harper swears to herself that she’ll keep her feelings for Jackson on the professional side only.
Of course, being in a Cape Cod like setting, and winter being an actual living beast of a thing in this part of the world, a Nor’easter comes along to strand these two together for two days and well....fireworks!
Of course there comes a point where there is a miscommunication between our duo and both react in opposite extremes based purely on their last go round in love. What I did like was that rather than both storming off to separate areas of the world, they each cool off separately, take in some advice from solid people and rather quickly come back to each other to have an actual discussion.
It’s rare to find a book that jumps on healthy communication and willingness to admit flaws and shortcomings so quickly. Usually there will be a stubborn phase to drag out the tension. Additionally refreshing is that each one owned their own mistakes, assumptions, and faults. They also both apologized. Again, not a common theme in most books.
This read was one of my first for 2021 and I loved it. The characters don’t necessarily “grow” because of their relationship, there is more “learning and listening”. A lot of the plot lies on communication and trust. The plot is mostly very low tension and low angst. The steam factor is balanced nicely with mutual respect for each other. The main side character interaction comes from Jackson’s brother Logan - who winds up helping and supporting both main characters.
Additionally, on a personal “bonus” note, Starlight Bay seems to be written as if it’s based in the Cape acid area. A place that I’m very familiar with and extremely fond of. Reading this book felt just a little bit like reading a book set in my hometown.
All the thumbs up to New Years Renovations for a quiet, thoughtful, cozy winter read with just the right about of steamy to make the book pop.
Can’t wait to read next month’s installment.
Harper is a TV personality that has just found herself newly single and yes jobless. She made the poor choice of dating her producer boss. Just when all seems lost an unexpected surprise leaves her the new owner of a run down Victorian home and in desperate need of a contractor. The handsome Jackson Montgomery is just the man I mean contractor she needs.
Jackson is a retired NHL player that is back to help run the family contracting business. He is not looking for love and has kind of sworn off dating until he literally runs into the lovely Harper. She has just inherited the local and very cumbersome eyesore in town. The pull is immediate but he is ready to fight that feeling!
This is a sweet, funny sexy novella giving two people that are not looking for love a change in plans and quite a different direction than either one ever saw coming. The sweet waterfront town of Starlight has some interesting plans for them!
~~Michele McMullen ~~