Published by Zebra on November 29th 2016
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The Monroe brothers have their differences, but one project unites them: turning an antebellum mansion in their Haven, Georgia, hometown into a peaceful spa. It was the dream of their late sister—and it’s about to set off a major renovation in the life of middle brother Braxton…
Braxton Monroe’s taking a break from teaching to do some strenuous work on a Civil War–era house, and feeling the strain in every rock-hard muscle. Good thing he has to interview massage therapists for the spa—even if it’s embarrassing to meet a job candidate in his boxers. Cora Buchanan has hands so talented—and a voice so sultry—he wants to hire her before he even lifts his head from the table. But he’s shocked to meet her outside the massage room—with her seeing-eye dog, Heidi the yellow lab. Cora has left her family—and fiancé—in Atlanta to make her way in this small town. All her parents’ money can’t restore her sight, but it’s up to her to restore her independence. Though she bristles at Braxton’s protectiveness, she too feels lingering effects from their intimate touch. Now that he’s her boss, it’s strictly hands-off….Until a secret she’s keeping destroys his fragile trust, and they must find the courage to knock down the walls between them. Praise for Jules Bennett and Wrapped in You “Another page turner—I couldn't put it down!”--Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
A touching series about three adopted brothers with painful pasts coming together to honor the memory of their late sister. And in so doing, they find amazing soul mates who help them build a new future. This was my first Jules Bennett book and I am so impressed with her emotional story -telling and her gripping characters.
Braxton Monroe is taking a break. A break from his teaching career and a break from his broken engagement debacle. He’s working with his brothers to turn an antebellum mansion in his hometown of Haven, Ga. into a peaceful spa, a dream of their late sister. Braxton thinks he’s drawn the short straw when he’s tasked with the job of interviewing a potential masseuse for the spa. But once he hears her voice and feels her touch, he feels differently. Were all massages that sensual or did he hit the masseuse jackpot? When the massage is over and he prepares to hire her, he realizes she’s blind.
Cora Buchanan is taking a break too. She’s left her family and assumed fiancé in Atlanta while she’s trying to restore her independence. After the loss of her sight 3 years ago, she is determined to rebuild her life and rediscover who she is. She wants to break away from the chains and control she’s lived under for years and stand on her own two feet. This job is her opportunity to do just that. She needs to learn who she is and not lose her focus. But after meeting Braxton, her new boss, she knows it will be hard to not cross that professional line.
Cora turned Braxton on. She was sexy, elegant, and had a witty attitude. But it was more than that. Something about her gripped him and wouldn’t let go. He was impressed with her drive and determination. She acted as if there were no stumbling blocks in her life. If she wanted something, she’d find a way to get it. Brandon knew they should only be employer/employee but he was having a hard time staying away. Since his breakup, he’d never dated the same woman twice. He wouldn’t risk his heart again. But Cora made him question that choice. The more time he spent with her, the more inappropriate thoughts consumed him. And emotions along with them. He realized ignoring his attraction to her only made the tension grow. And once he gave in to that attraction, he couldn’t turn back. Cora affected him like no one else ever had. He was ready to stop letting his past control his life. No more. If Cora could take her life back, so could he.
Cora liked Braxton. He was bold and didn’t dance around the obvious. He gave her a chance and didn’t find her quest for independence ridiculous. He was easy going and fun to talk with too. Braxton saw her need for independence and let her do things on her own. When he tried to help her it was because he truly cared, not because he saw her as a burden. She knew it wasn’t smart to let someone in right now and possibly screw up her new start, but Braxton was hard to resist. He kissed like she’d never been kissed before. His touch was dizzying, consuming, addicting. She’d never had such chemistry with a man before. And it was more than just the physical. She was comfortable with him and she hadn’t experienced that with anyone since she lost her sight. He was the first person who had tried to adapt to her world. With Braxton, for the first time in her life, she’d found a sense of happiness, of belonging, a place she wanted to call home. She knew this was a bad idea but she wanted this, and fighting whatever was happening wasn’t working, because she couldn’t say no to the man and he couldn’t seem to keep his distance.
What an emotional read with powerful characters. I loved Braxton and Cora- both strong, determined characters who learned a lot about the world and themselves through each other’s eyes. I was intrigued by the secondary characters as well. This story really shows that “home” isn’t a place but the people you surround yourself with. Readers will fall in love with the Monroe family. This book is the second in the series and, while I had no trouble catching up on the story line and the series, the family dynamic and history is so unique and the secondary characters are so integral to the story, that I would suggest starting with the beginning of the series. I intend to go back and read the first book. This series is so good, I don’t want to miss a thing. What a great introduction to a new-to-me author.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.