A Kiss to Build a Dream Onby Kim Amos
If pride goes before a fall, Willa Masterson's trip back to White Pine, Minnesota, should be one heck of a tumble The girl who left her hometown-and her first love, Burk Olmstead-in the rearview twelve years ago was spoiled and headstrong. But the woman who returns is determined to rebuild: first her family house; then her/b>
TROUBLE IN HIGH HEELS . . .
If pride goes before a fall, Willa Masterson's trip back to White Pine, Minnesota, should be one heck of a tumble The girl who left her hometown-and her first love, Burk Olmstead-in the rearview twelve years ago was spoiled and headstrong. But the woman who returns is determined to rebuild: first her family house; then her relationships with everyone in town . . . starting with a certain tall, dark, and sexy contractor.
MEETS HER MATCH
Burk has no reason to believe Willa has changed, and every reason to discourage her from converting the Masterson house into a B&B. He has plans of his own for that house, and they certainly don't include a no-vacancy sign. But Burk didn't count on how distracting Willa's bright green eyes or her all-too-familiar touch would feel-or how impossible she will be to resist . . .
Meet the Author
A Midwesterner whose roots run deep, Kim Amos is a writer living in Michigan with her husband and three furry animals. You can contact her at KimAmosWrites@gmail.com.
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3.5 out of 5 *Complimentary ARC provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. Small towns have long memories. Willa once had it all until her boyfriend lost it all. The former mean girl returned to her hometown of White Pine after twelve years, with her tail tucked between her legs and a big dream in tow. Even though she buried her feelings of guilt and shame behind pretty smiles, she knew she had to make amends if she hoped to have any success with her plans of opening a posh B&B. She had to show them she wasn’t the snobbish former prom queen, track star and Dairy pageant winner anymore. Willa (30), was not entirely sympathetic for a large part of the story. Based on the descriptions of how she’d treated people, everyone she’d wronged had the right to be wary of her abrupt return. For a thirty year old woman, she was incredibly naive about many things. She wasn’t entirely self-suffient: she couldn’t cook, didn’t know how to put gas in a car, she didn’t know where to get paint, and she naively assumed her father’s legacy would get her a business loan. She had no friends, no college degree, and the little bit of money she had left would only carry her so far or it was tied up in her family home. Making money off her home was her last resort. But I had to admired her determination to learn and try to dig herself out of a hole. As for the root of her relationship problem with Burk, it all came down to abandonment issues. Burk (30ish) didn’t start out as a sweet, sexy hero. Willa’s return surprised and shook him up. The hurt and resentment still lingered, but he wasn’t out for revenge. I really liked how he tried to remain indifferent towards her and keep his focus on the house, ready to relieve her of it when she took off again. It was what he was expecting her to do. It was sweet to see his sister get involved with advice or serve up a mini lecture. I wasn’t entirely convinced of them as a couple. Back in the day he was besotted by her, but I didn’t fully get why she was a bully towards others and not to him because socially, he was beneath her. As adults, he seemed more mature and more experienced in life and she was…not. However, this did work in terms of opposites attracting, and I had to admire her determination to learn how to do simple things for herself, take ownership of her past, letting people in and accepting help. She showed great character growth during the climax of the story. Burk was far from perfect throughout, but he learned a thing or two. He wasn’t the typical hero material, but I understood where he was coming from. The story took place over the span of about a month, and by the end of it, I thought they were perfect for one another. This was a light and fun read by new to me author Kim Amos. I recommend it to anyone looking for love, laughs, and a bit of small town drama.