He’s been patient; she’s been busy.
Patience is running out.
Melissa Oxford is a widow with a ranch, an orange grove, a goat-obsessed ten-year-old, and not enough time. She doesn’t have time to make friends. She doesn’t have time to stop and chat, and she definitely does not have time for a boyfriend.
Which is fine, because Cary Nakamura is far from being a boy. Cary’s the man who helped Melissa plant her trees. The friend who keeps offering advice, even when she’s is too stubborn to take it.
He’s also the man who kissed Melissa in broad daylight on a sidewalk in Metlin, California, smack in the face of God and everyone.
But while Melissa may spend a little too long dreaming about Cary from a distance, she knows the kind of passion he promises is more than she can handle.
She just doesn’t have the time.
But sometimes, no matter how busy you are, life makes you stop. It pulls you up short and makes you see things a little more clearly. Things like…
The people you can count on.
The dreams you keep pushing away.
And the passion that can’t be denied.
GRIT is a stand-alone, friends-to-lovers romance in the Love Stories on 7th and Main series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of INK.
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About the Author
ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice. She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly empty fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Hunter is a new author to me and I am not sure why I have not read her before. This was an enjoyable read that had me entertained from the first to the last chapter. A friends to lovers story that was heartwarming and had me smiling throughout. Although book three in the series I had no trouble reading this as a stand alone. The writing was strong and I found the characters of Melissa Oxford and Cary Nakamura likeable and easy to relate to. This is a story about friendship, family and love with secondary characters who were just as entertaining as the H & H and when time permits I will be looking at other books from this author.
Another great love story!
Elizabeth Hunter, Abby might be the Goat Queen, but you are the Writer Queen. I loved, loved Cary and Missy's story. I will now have to go back and read the first two books in the series. I have enjoyed all the paranormal books but had not read the contemporary romance novels. I have definitely been missing out. This story had so much to keep the reader entertained. Cary is a gorgeous silver fox that just happens to be Missy's neighbor. He has loved her forever. Missy is in denial. Her family is not. Missy is frequently her own worst enemy. Other times, it is her in-laws that think money gives them the right to control their son's widow and daughter. Them be put in their place is worth a 5 star rating all by itself. Pick up Grit and enjoy some of the most beautiful land California has to offer. Read Grit and gain a new appreciation for goats. Devour Grit and fall in love with Cary, Missy and Abby.
Well, I dove into this book without reading the previous ones, this is a friends to lovers slow burn story, Cary and Melissa grew up together, they helped each other in their own way. I really loved the story I will be reading more in the future.
Wow! I love the characters! Elizabeth does it again with her attention to detail and research. Cary’s details about his hands... I love watching the growing connection between Cary and Melissa. I’m glad once he realized what he wanted he is persistent! The interactions between kid and adult were heartwarming. I love all of the relationships in within the family. And don't miss the goat trivia and jokes! Loved it!
Melissa is a fabulous woman; she has incredible strength as she carries the weight of her family on her shoulders to keep the ranch running after losing her grandfather and husband within a short amount of time. The shining light in her world is her daughter Abby, an incredibly smart and thoughtful girl with a huge love for goats and horses. One of her biggest challenges are the in-laws that have a lot of money and believe their way is the only way. So frustrating. As she moves on with life after losing her husband, her mother Joan is a blessing to have living on the ranch to help. She also has a great friend, Cary, a sexy neighbor that is always there to lend a helping hand but for the first time, she wants something more. Cary is the quiet, strong fruit grower that was a friend to Melissa’s husband and a true friend to Melissa after his death. But he has had a crush on Melissa for a long time. When Melissa starts to show that she might feel the same, he finally sees a chance at truly having this amazing woman in his life for more than passing visits. The road to love isn’t easy for this duo but the journey is compelling. This story delivers a perfect blend of a friends to lovers romance with all the challenges life can put in your path.