Rating: ★★★+.5 | 320 pages | Lyrical Shine | Contemporary | 10/31/2017 | Buy Now !
In this new contemporary series from Kate Clayborn three best friends buy a wining lottery ticket and split their winnings to live their dreams !
University lab technician Kit Averin is keeping her new millionaire status under wraps and uses her winnings to quietly restore an old Queen Anne style house. It’s all going to plan until Ben Tucker, a recruiter for a big materials corporation, walks into her lab offering her a corporate job out of state. Kit has no desire to go corporate and at first Ben is easy to brush off, but it turns out Ben isn’t just in town for her; he’s also caring for his injured father and temporarily running his father’s salvage yard. When Ben and Kit start spending time in the salvage yard finding things for her house, their attraction is undeniable but how can they be together when Kit is planting roots in a place Ben can’t wait to leave again ?
This book is a journey and I enjoyed going along for the ride as Kit and Ben balance their family responsibilities, ambitions and fears to earn their HEA.
Kit was an interesting heroine because I think she suffers from impostor syndrome which we don’t always see in romance. I feel like most scientist heroines have to be ambitious and overly confident in their work and abilities because of gender discrimination, so it was refreshing to see a character who wasn’t quite there yet. Also I don’t know if Clayborn has a science background but Kit’s work in metallurgry and some of the other science stuff is shown with such detail it seriously made my headspin.
Filled with complex heroes and heroines, rich supporting characters and colorful small town life I think fans of Susan Mallery will enjoy this solid debut !
Now…this book is definitely a traditional romance but it is in an alternating first person so if first person is not something you like be warned.
Also, I like how Clayborn never says the specific amount of money Kit and her friends win. It leaves it open ended for the reader’s imagination to determine how much money is a life changing amount of money.