One Week with her Rival (Eden Manor, #1)

One Week with her Rival (Eden Manor, #1)

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by Noelle Adams

Vanessa never wanted to be a contractor, but ever since her husband died, she has been trying to hold together his business. Her attempts are constantly hampered by sexy, charming Joe Coleman, another local contractor who wants nothing more than to buy her out. Now they're thrown together in a job at Eden Manor, a bed and breakfast and huge renovation job that


Vanessa never wanted to be a contractor, but ever since her husband died, she has been trying to hold together his business. Her attempts are constantly hampered by sexy, charming Joe Coleman, another local contractor who wants nothing more than to buy her out. Now they're thrown together in a job at Eden Manor, a bed and breakfast and huge renovation job that can only be completed if they work together.

Vanessa is willing to be a professional and work with Joe if she has to. But she trusted him in the past and only got burned as a result, so she's never going to let down her guard with him again.

It would be a lot easier if he wasn't so irresistible--and if he didn't seem to want so much more from her than her business.

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Noelle Adams
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Eden Manor , #1
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One Week with her Rival (Eden Manor, #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Vanessa and Joe are work rivals. 3yrs ago he thought hed date her so he could talk her into selling her late husbands business to him. When she found out it was instant hate. Now 3 yrs later theyre both working on a manor restoration and butting heads... Quick read. Endearing characters.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts (full review): Noelle Adams always has the loveliest stories. Unlike the majority, I adore novellas. They're short and sweet and when an author does them right, they are perfection. The first book in the Beaufort Brides spinoff series has hooked me yet again. Here we have Vanessa who lost her husband 3 years ago. She hasn't moved on because of underlying guilt. Then there's Joe, the one guy who always gets in her way and under her skin, and not in a good way. They're stuck together for the time being, so they have to learn to work together and deal with each other. It doesn't take long for the desire to come forth and create all sorts of challenges. One Week with her Rival was a brilliant start to the Eden Manor series! I loved the backstory of Vanessa and how she learned to cope and allowed herself to live life again. Joe was amazing and so wonderful with Vanessa, I wanted to just hug him tight. All in all, another excellent novella from the master of novellas. My Rating: Very Good
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
One Week With Her Rival by Noelle Adams pulled me in a few different directions. To begin with, I liked that a couple of characters from her previous series, Beaufort Brides, are a part of this new one, Eden Manor. I just love crossover storylines and characters! The heroine of this story is Vanessa Franks, a strong and dedicated young woman who is making it work in the manly world of contracting. Her late husband ran the business and since his death three years ago, Vanessa has kept it in the red. Joe Coleman is a fellow contractor and primary her competition. His obnoxiousness throughout most of the story is annoying. I just did not like him. I had a difficult time accepting their attraction, and subsequent relationship, since I found Joe to be such a phony. Overall, this is a slightly emotional read with some hot moments and unique characters. Silas Vance, the resident glass and metal worker, is an interesting man, and someone I would like to learn more about. I am looking forward to reading more from this series. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the first novella in Noelle Adams new Eden Manor series, a spin off from her Beaufort Brides series, which ended with Kelly and Peter's story Accidental Bride (an oops - best friends accidentally get married in Vegas! romance). At the end of that story Kelly and Peter had bought a mansion, Eden Manor, and were working at restoring it to its former glory to make it into a successful bed and breakfast retreat. That sets the stage for this story, in which Vanessa, whose husband passed away a few years ago, is struggling to continue the renovation business he started. She's got a plum job working on the mansion, but so does one of her rivals, Joe. When she was first widowed, Joe showed an interest in Vanessa, but she quickly came to realize that what he really wanted was for her to sell him the business, resulting in a messy breakup, and a continued rivalry. To her annoyance though, she still feels a flare of attraction whenever Joe is in the vicinity, and he still gets under her skin. Joe and her have fallen into the habit of trying to one-up the other, something Joe has always taken as the 'game' that they play (a way to not openly acknowledge that there is something still between them). But for Vanessa, it's serious - her livelihood is in jeopardy and it's not a game to her. Stuck working together on the mansion renovations, can Joe convince Vanessa that he's truly sorry for what happened in the past and get her to give him a second chance? I really enjoyed this story! Vanessa struck me as a woman with high expectations of herself, and the character flaw (familiar to many) of being reluctant to ask for help. She's put a lot of pressure on herself to continue her deceased husband's business, not really taking into account how much of herself she's been pouring into it and how that has affected her. Her relationship with Joe is fraught with tension, after discovering his deceit three years earlier. Being attracted to him definitely doesn't help! Joe comes across as a confident, hard working man. Yes, he made a mistake, by initially dating Vanessa and thinking that she'd be happy to sell him her inherited business. They are both in the same line of work, competing for the same jobs and the services of special contractors, and his idea was partially born out of the egotistical masculine intention that she wouldn't be able to handle the business on her own. But a funny thing happened, and he found himself falling for her. Too late though, as Vanessa discovered his real intentions and wouldn't listen to any apology at that time. it's been a rivalry that Joe has really wanted to put behind them, but that Vanessa has been determined to continue, all the while fighting her attraction to him. Joe came across as sincerely apologetic, willing Vanessa to forgive him his mistakes and to see that she is more important to him than any company. As they work together, the chemistry between them leads to some steamy scenes, and a cautious but workable friendship. It's going to take a lot of work for Joe to repair the damage he caused, but he shows time and again that he's willing to put in the effort. I loved how the story progressed, the struggle to forgive and the eventual happy ending for the couple. I found it quite emotional at times, sympathizing with Vanessa and even found myself shedding some tears ( a sign to me that the author has succeeded in pulling me into the story). It was a sexy and satisfying romance. 4.5 stars.
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This is a spin-off novella from the Beaufort Bride series and is about Vanessa and Joe. She is a widow tryng hard to continue business after her husband's death and in the middle of the road appears Joe a fellow contractor that is disputing territory with her. She is loyal to her late husband and this loyalty is what keeps her from seeing the real Joe. A beautiful love story about the struggles of surviving someone you love and trying to move on.