I’m not sure which is worse--the lawyer handling my grandmother’s estate or the attack pelican living on the screened-in porch. Just kidding--I’ll take the pelican any day.

After graduation, I thought I’d be off to grad school, doing research on my favorite poet. Instead, I’m renovating my late grandmother’s home and posting about the process on Instagram. Talk about a detour …

But here I am. Turning Gran’s beach house into a bed and breakfast--a process that would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to deal with the grumpy lawyer living next door. It doesn’t help that the night Jake and I met, I got a little tipsy, and he had to carry me back to my hotel.

But the longer I stay on Oakley Island, the more I feel a connection to my childhood and to my grandmother. This isn’t the life I dreamed of, but dreams can change. Especially when new dreams include a future with Jake. On the outside, he might be pricklier than a puffer fish, but I catch glimpses of a delicious, cinnamon roll center.

Did I mention the tattoos he hides underneath those crisp button-down shirts? Yowza.

When I’m suddenly presented with the academic opportunity of my dreams (former dreams?), my picturesque life on Oakley starts to unravel.

A part of me wants to stay. If only a certain tattooed grump didn’t seem so determined to send me away …

This book was so fun to read. The writing is funny and romantic, everything you’d want in a rom com. Written by two authors, you’d never know which one wrote what scenes. Eloise is fun and bright and I love how she comes to terms with the house her Grandmother’s left to her and her two sisters. Jake is great and what I enjoyed the most about him is that he’s the one with the inner monologue speaking to him—in the voice of Eloise’s grandmother. It’s clever and the characters are heartfelt and real and the chemistry between the two main characters is amazing. Many scene's in this book super steamy...PG+ rated. 


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