Source: provided by Carina through NetGalley
Date read: August 5, 2014
1. Ugly Ducklings Finish First
2. Starting From Scratch
3. One Hot Second - Kindle
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Parker Radclyffe is up against a wall. Thorne Mansion, the mysterious Italianate castle she's come to Texas to restore, isn't the problem. No matter how intriguing the relic is, it's merely an ember compared to the blazing magnetism of its owner, Chandler Thorne.Thoughts on One Hot Second: More than the temperature is sizzling in Bitterthorn!
When his family mansion burned down, Chandler had to watch over a hundred years of proud history go up in smoke. After more than a year, he finally has everything in place to rebuild, including a renowned conservation architect to oversee the restoration. But when he lays eyes on Parker he realizes he's gotten more than he paid for. Maybe more than he can handle.
Parker is a military brat who never sits still long enough to get burned. Chandler is her opposite, a man with deep roots and deeper family secrets. It won't be easy to find the common ground it takes to build a home together, but Chandler is a Thorne in every sense. He plans to stick with Parker until she sees that love is more than worth the risk.
Yep, that's my subtle way of saying Stacy Gail has done it again. She's given us flawed, beautiful characters who manage to break my heart the tiniest bit while carrying on a smokin' affair. (I say 'tiniest' only because I'm still determined to prove to everyone I'm not a crier, not because she can't write some painful, gut-wrenching scenes.)
I really did love Chandler's brash, confident attitude. He's bowled over by Parker and it stuns him. His reaction has nothing on Parker's reaction, however. Being someone who's not afraid to grab life by the balls, she's utterly shocked when she comes to realize how much Chandler means to her and how empty her life seems with the possibility of him not being in it.
(Yeah, that was the part I got a little teary over. Shut up. I don't want to talk about it.)
I ADORED how invested and passionate Parker is about her job. She sees the history of a place through its architecture and can find connections between the past and the present. She might be a little hot-headed (sometimes literally with that Texas heat!), but she easily channels her passions into doing an outstanding job on the things that matter to her.
Needless to say, I'm once again smitten with the people of Bitterthorn. Stacy Gail writes some smokin' sex and characters I want to live next door to. Well, wait. Maybe I'll take back that last part. Parker and Chandler seem like they'd be a little loud in the heat of the moment. Fun, but loud.