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Draw Me Close (Hearts and Crafts Series #3)
     

Draw Me Close (Hearts and Crafts Series #3)

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by Nicole Michaels
 

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SOMETIMES LOVE IS STRONGER
Lindsey Morales is a beautiful, talented decorator with a popular lifestyle blog. She always knows just how to make things look perfect. But when it comes to her love life, there’s no design trick she can use to cover up the obvious: Her broken heart.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Eight years ago, Derek Walsh

Overview

SOMETIMES LOVE IS STRONGER
Lindsey Morales is a beautiful, talented decorator with a popular lifestyle blog. She always knows just how to make things look perfect. But when it comes to her love life, there’s no design trick she can use to cover up the obvious: Her broken heart.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND
Eight years ago, Derek Walsh just wasn’t ready to choose a long-term relationship over his career. But now that the handsome, hot-shot architect has the chance to see Lindsey again—working with her to renovate an old farmhouse—he will do everything he can to repair the damage of the past. But is he finally ready to build a real future…if Lindsey is willing to take him back?

“Sexy and exciting...this is a book that makes falling in love even more fun.”—RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/29/2016
Michaels (Win Me Over) reunites a couple of college sweethearts in the small Midwestern town of Preston, Mo. Lindsey Morales contributes to the buzzy My Perfect Little Life blog, writing pieces on repurposing and crafting. Lately, the blog's been chronicling the renovation of a historic farm house belonging to her friends Anne and Mike (familiar to readers of Start Me Up). This project forces her to work with architect Derek Walsh, who abruptly broke up with her in college eight years before. Derek allowed familial pressures to separate them, but being around Lindsay reminds him of the chemistry and connection they shared, and he vows to earn her forgiveness. Though this couple has more heartache than Michaels's other love matches, the author doesn't sacrifice her trademark sass, humor, or warmth in this story of rebuilding trust and love. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Agency. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

“Delightfully playful, Michaels's contemporary marks her as one to watch.” —Publishers Weekly on Start Me Up

“Sexy and exciting...this is a book that makes falling in love even more fun.” —RT Book Reviews on Start Me Up

“Sexy, steamy with just the right amount of snark. Nicole Michaels makes falling in love fun.” —New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig on Start Me Up

“Cute and crafty! A delightful beginning to a new series that is sure to charm readers.” —New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis on Start Me Up

“There is humor, romance, suspense, and the love scenes are not just hot, but emotion-filled. Do yourself a huge favor, get START ME UP and WIN ME OVER. I promise you will be delighted.” —Romance Reviews Today

“Nicole Michaels' fun, sassy stories and sexy heroes are not to be missed!” —Julie Brannagh USA Today Bestselling Author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250058171
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/01/2016
Series:
Hearts and Crafts Series , #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
415,217
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

When she's not writing, cooking, breaking up fights, or hanging out with her family, NICOLE MICHAELS is a portrait and wedding photographer. She enjoys writing love stories with happy endings and lives outside of Kansas City with her husband and three sons.

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Draw Me Close (Hearts and Crafts Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
(Although characters appear in stories throughout the series, this book can stand on its own.) If you read Win Me Over you know that Derek and Lindsey had a history and now you get to find out exactly how bad it was. I think my favorite part is that there aren’t any bad guys in this story – these people find themselves in an unfortunate situation and do the best they can. The worst that could be said is that Derek underestimates how truly harmful his actions were and the long term impacts they had. He expects some heartfelt words, maybe an explanation, will fix things but Lindsey’s scars run pretty deep. I thought I would get tired of her attitude but it makes sense in the story – she realistically works through her old hurts and the feelings being with Derek again brings up. I do get a little frustrated at how Derek didn’t seem to understand how she would hold on to the hurt but I think that is typically male of him :) Overall I am very pleased at how they handle their history, being together again and developing a new relationship. It is so sweet and super believable – I just love the idea of a second chance romance between the two. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Architect Derek Walsh normally spends his days designing and constructing modern structures, but when his friends want to employ his services to help restore life into their hundred year old farm house, his desire to restore some historic fine craftsmanship for a change wins out. The other major selling point was the opportunity to work alongside the woman he lost eight years ago. Leaving her and knowing he broke her heart has haunted him for the last eight years, and now he's hoping working on this project together will give him the opportunity to make amends, and possibly help him to find a place in her life again. He knew eight years ago that she was the love of his life, but trying to do the right thing got in the way, and he lost her... this time though he has no intention of letting her get away. Lindsey Morales has a eye for design, and loves taking old things and giving them new life, so when her friends decide to restore their hundred year old farmhouse, hiring Lindsey seems like a perfect fit. Lindsey is thrilled to have the opportunity to put her talents to good use, and hopes that this job will help her put her little business on the map, and potentially bring in a few more customers too. But when she learns that the contractor they've hired to help her with the project just so happens to be the man that broke her heart eight years ago, she is instantly filled with apprehension. Having him walk away all those years ago was completely devastating for her and she has went to great lengths to avoid any contact with him for fear of being pulled back in and having heart broke all over again. Being this close to him is going to be challenging, but she has heart her guarded and has no plan of the letting the enemy back in... After reading the synopsis for this story I knew it was going to be good second chance love story that I could really submerse myself into, and I am happy to report that my initial thoughts were spot on, barely a chapter into it, and I was in deep!! Lindsey and Derek's story pulled me in almost immediately and had me flying right through the pages in search of what I hoped to be a very well deserved happy ending, and I have to say that I found that and SO much more!! From the very beginning it was evident that these two were a match made in literary heaven, the chemistry between them burned brightly from start to finish... and also help to create some very steamy encounters that had me blushing and smiling like a fool!! If you have not had the opportunity to read this series yet, I encourage you you to remedy that very soon!! Not only are you missing out on some truly exceptional reading, but also the opportunity to meet some very charming characters that are certain to cement a permanent place in your heart!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by St. Martin's Paperbacks in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
What I enjoyed most about this novel from Nicole Michaels is the sisterhood of Anne, Lindsey and Callie. Their friendship was an important part of the dynamic of the story, It played a part in Lindsey and Derek's reunion. Draw Me Close by Nicole Matthews is a story that centers around close friendships, second chances and regrets. Making peace with the past although not an easy feat has an abundance of rewards in the end. Ms. Matthews took advantage of every character within this stories whether central or secondary, in a way which made them all an important asset. Lovely read. Disclaimer: Received an ARC via NetGalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anxiously waiting for more books by Nicole Michaels!!
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
This was the first book in the Hearts and Crafts series that I read, so I wasn't already familiar with Anne or Callie, but that wasn't necessary. The bits about their relationships, especially Anne & Mike's, did peak my interest and I will definitely be tracking down "Start Me Up." From the beginning, we are teased with the reactions to situations without knowing exactly how justified those reactions are. Slowly, over the course of the first half of the book, those details are fleshed out alongside the build-up of the relationship between Lindsey and Derek, as well as the secondary characters. And let me tell you, I really enjoyed that. There were peeks into their past, some of them sexy, some of them touching. You know where it's all leading, but the lead-up is so very well done that you love Derek, you love Lindsey, and you love Derek & Lindsey. The fact that they don't just start things up again as though 8 years has never passed is honestly great. There were moments that had me laughing out loud, or smirking, or just smiling. The "post-it note" thing in the very beginning is funny and sets a good tone for the book. I appreciated that there wasn't a big throw-down as the climax - it felt much more realistic than so many others I have read. I did, however, expect a bit more fireworks at the wedding and was a bit disappointed, though there were so many earlier scenes where hearts were bared that it did make sense. The final interaction we see between Derek and his ex-wife, Lisa, is wonderful, in my opinion. It was refreshing and real. I wouldn't be opposed to a story featuring Lisa, though this seems to be the last book in this series. I also wanted to remark on the kids and parenting done in this book. As a mom, I really enjoyed how cute and normal the kids were, and the interactions between the parents and their kids. As a nursing mom, I really liked how natural the subject of breastfeeding and pumped bottles was brought up (very subtle references, like "switching sides"). The last things I'll comment on are the crafting and small business angle. Pinterest, Etsy, First Friday, food trucks... Nicole Michaels did a fantastic job of weaving it all into the story without being over-the-top or like a tutorial. It added a fair amount of charm and depth to the characters and story, which I liked. This was a fun, quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies with heart and a satisfying amount of steaminess.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Morales is a designer that runs a decorating blog and she has contracted to help restore an farmhouse with her ex. Derek who happens to be the architect in charge. They met in college and were on the path to happily ever after until Derek abruptly ended the relationship. Years have passed and now Derek is a divorced single father, who is desperate to rekindle the old flame with Lindsay. She had her heart broken once, and isn't looking for a repeat performance. He does his best to win her forgiveness while collaborating on the design and helping their respective friends who are getting married. Each of their lives is complicated by the past, but will it lead a happy ending or heartbreak? This is a well written book that features a strong heroine and a hero with a heart of gold. I liked the setting and how the plot naturally evolved between the two leading characters. This book took me a little while to connect with the characters, but in the end I enjoyed the read and look forward to the next book in the series. I was given a free book for an honest review.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this sweet read about a second chance at love. I really liked Lindsey & Derek- neither are perfect but both are strong individuals trying to regain what they lost 8 years ago. I like that it took Lindsey a while to open back up to Derek after he crushed her heart- very realistic. And I loved reading about the house project they are both working on. This is the 3rd book in the Hearts and Crafts series but can be read as a stand alone. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Awesome read! I hate seeing this series end but what a great book to end it with. This is the third installment in the Hearts and Crafts series but each book is easily read standalone. Each book is a wonderfully crafted story with intriguing characters but this one is by far my favorite. I'm a sucker for a good second chance story and this one is great. Lindsey Morales and Derek Walsh first met in college. Theirs was a fast yet intense relationship that was over way too quickly. Out of the blue Derek broke things off. Now, eight years later, they are reunited and working together on a farmhouse restoration. Both single but Lindsey's had her heart broken once by this guy and won't let it happen again. Yet as time goes by, reasons for that long ago breakup become apparent. Can Derek convince Lindsey to give him another chance? You definitely want to grab this one and find out. I highly recommend it.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "Everything's a gamble... You just have to decide if it's worth the risk." Stars! I have been waiting impatiently for Nicole Michaels to write Draw Me Close ever since the somewhat tense meeting between Lindsey and Derek in the latter stages of the last book in the series, this is a pair with a past, and not a very happy one at that, and I couldn’t wait to see what story the author gave them. There was a risk with this one that Lindsey would come over as a little too bitter and twisted due to the nature of her and Derek’s separation, especially when she finds out the true and full reasoning’s for it. If you add to that the ex-issues and parental drama, and the author pretty much dished up every trope that I massively struggle with, especially if it is milked to death. But Nicole managed to give them all the right amount of balance in that they were all very relevant to Lindsey and Derek’s story, but they didn’t massively detract from the main theme, which is their reconnection after eight years apart. "I’m a nice person… A good person, but you make me bitter and ugly…" "You could never be ugly… No part of you." Derek and Lindsay’s story, is a pretty emotive one, and you can really empathise with both parties as the story of their initial getting together back in college, and then separation eight years previous is explained. Derek being in an untenable situation at that time, and having his heart pulled in two different directions decides to do the honourable thing rather over and above what he really wants, which leads to Lindsey’s heart being broken, without much of an explanation as to why. I liked that they both had to deal with those issues from the past while working towards getting back together again, it wasn’t an easy journey, and it wasn’t rushed either which gave you as a reader huge amounts of sexual tension and emotion to deal with for and from them as a couple. "I enjoy wanting you this bad. But I worry I may never have you again." To say I adored this book and Derek and Lindsey would be slightly understated, Nicole managed to give me a story that I quite simply got lost in, even with some of my least favourite tropes included. The build up to Annie and Mike’s wedding features heavily in the story as well, which I loved as it gave lots of scope to bring back the characters from the past books, and give us a little development on their individual stories as well. "I’d forgotten how much you like to talk." I am sad that this is the end of the Hearts and Crafts series, but the author ended it in style and on a high for me, and I hope that she has more books and series along the lines of this one on the planner for the future. "I’d do it all again. For you." ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my absolute pleasure to provide the above honest review.