"An enjoyable, feel-good read with memorable characters who linger in your heart and mind." - Shirley Jump, New York Times bestselling author
Kayla has the perfect strategy for a broken heart: work, work, and more work. Then a storm sends her car skidding off the road, stranding her in Mount Pleasant. Fortunately, rescue comes in the form of the incredibly handsome but gruff Brent Masterson. And he's hot enough to tempt Kayla into doing something she never thought she could do...
Brent Masterson swore he would never give into the fierce attraction that's been sizzling between him and Kayla since they first met. He has his own demons, and he won't risk his heart again. Not even for someone as gorgeous and amazing as Kayla. So...how exactly did he end up in Kayla's bed last night?
Sometimes all it takes is an ice storm to show two broken hearts the way home...
Each book in the Checkerberry Inn series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Her Unexpected Detour
Book #2 Her Unexpected Engagement
Book #3 Her Unexpected Hero
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Her Unexpected Detour
A Checkerberry Inn Novel
By Kyra Jacobs, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Kyra Jacobs
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As Kayla Daniels slid into a booth at the EAT diner, she wondered how her week could have ended in such utter disaster. The image of her boss came to mind yet again, his brows furrowed and face a shade of red she hadn't known possible. How could he truly believe she intentionally sent that malicious email? She had lived and breathed everything Wayne Advertising the past four years, spent countless hours both on and off the clock, and what was her reward? A week off with no pay. So much for her spotless track record, or any hope of ever moving up in the company.
Kayla looked up to find a young waitress beside the table, notepad in hand and half apron tied tight around her hips. The woman's Barbie-like proportions, stylish pixie cut, and dyed autumn-red hair seemed out of place at the aging dive. A hypocritical thought, Kayla realized, as she didn't exactly fit in with the diner's clientele today, either. They were dressed in denim and flannel, she in silk and rayon.
"Um, yes. Please."
Pixie Cut popped her gum and walked off without another word. Yep, Kayla was overdressed. Maybe she should have stopped at home to change before coming up to see Tommy. Then again, this three-hour coffee run hadn't exactly been planned.
Oh, she'd fully intended to stay at work after receiving that royal reaming from Phillip Jacober. She had marched out of his office with her chin held high. Once she returned to her cramped cubicle, though, reality set in, and tears of betrayal had blurred her vision.
Which was ridiculous, she thought, as she worked like mad to keep them contained. Kayla was too much of a professional to have some silly breakdown over a tongue-lashing, deserved or not. All she needed was a little fresh air to clear her mind. So she'd hurried out, told the receptionist she was off to make a quick coffee run. But when the turn lane for Starbucks came into view, she kept right on driving.
Now, perched on a lumpy vinyl cushion three hours north of home, Kayla felt a twinge of guilt. She'd never bailed on work before. Then again, she'd never gotten suspended before, either. Apparently today was a day of firsts. Yet another reason to get the heck out of Dodge, before anything else in her life could go wrong.
She dragged in a deep, cleansing breath and pushed this morning's debacle from her mind. The aroma of artery-clogging comfort food was like a warm blanket to her soul and slowly began to calm her frayed nerves. EAT would never win an award for being the most pristine establishment, but the college-town eatery had something the chain restaurants never would: character. Well, that, and a permanent layer of grease coating its white linoleum-topped tables, chipped black and white tile floors, and probably even a few regular patrons planted along the bar top that ran the length of the building.
The rumble of a nearby engine drew her attention to the window beside her table. Outside, a large black Silverado pulled into the lot and parked. On its side was a logo that read Masterson Contracting. Kayla watched as the driver pushed his door open and stepped out. He was a tall, dark, beefcake kind of guy, with steel-gray eyes that matched the rain-heavy clouds looming overhead.
Now there was a guy who wouldn't have taken a load of crap from his boss this morning. No sirree. That guy probably would have taken the suspension papers and shoved them where the sun don't shine.
If only I'd had the nerve to do the same.
Then again, doing something like that would have gotten her fired, not just suspended. How could she possibly expect to hide something like that from her father, especially since he and her boss were old college buddies? No, he'd find out soon enough, and then he'd start to worry. And the last thing she wanted was for him to start worrying again — he'd gone through far more of that with her mom's illness than anyone ever should.
Mr. No-Nonsense walked beyond her line of sight, and Kayla gave herself a mental slap. Enough beating herself up. What she needed was an ear to bend, a fresh perspective, and maybe even a little sympathy. She reached for her phone and tapped a familiar number, the motion nearly on autopilot. After three and a half rings, the deep, groggy voice of her brother Tommy came on the line.
"Well, good morning to you, too," she said.
"Ugh, it's still morning?"
Kayla rolled her eyes. "If you can even call it that. It's eleven already. Are you seriously still in bed?"
"Yes, I am," he growled. "And you would be, too, if you'd stayed up until three working on a transmission for your buddy and didn't have a class until one."
"Yikes, sorry, I had no idea. Maybe I could make it up to you? Buy you lunch?"
Across the line, Tommy's mattress creaked. Kayla could picture him sitting up in bed holding the phone to his ear with one hand and rubbing his eyes with the other. Poor kid had never been a morning person. Working on cars until wee hours of the morning probably didn't help any.
"Yeah, sure. Whatever. Oh, wait — I've got plans this weekend. Could we try for n —"
"Not this weekend, Tommy. Today. As in, right now."
Tommy chuckled. "I appreciate your vote of confidence in my new engine, Kay, but the Prix can't get me to Fort Wayne that fast. Yet."
"It doesn't have to — I'm already in town. At EAT, second booth from the door on the right. "
The joking tone left his voice. "Okay, you're starting to freak me out. What's going on? You never miss work. Ever."
Day of firsts ...
"Yeah, I know. I'll explain when you get here."
Brent Masterson eased into his customary seat at EAT's counter and nodded a hello to today's waitress. The redhead. Ten to one odds she'd screw up his order again. Where the hell was Marge lately, anyway?
Maybe she'd finally woken up, escaped Mount Pleasant, Michigan before this town sucked the life right out of her. It had a way of doing that with the rest of its locals, himself included.
"Mornin'," Red said as she filled his coffee mug. "The usual?"
"I don't know. You gonna get it right this time?"
The red-haired beauty whose legs seemed to go on forever narrowed her hazel eyes. "Two eggs over easy, three strips of bacon — slightly overcooked. Two links of sausage — mild not hot. And one piece of whole wheat toast with strawberry jam, not jelly, on the side. That sound about right?"
"Sure does. Thanks, darlin'," he said with a wink. The irritated look on her face faded to a blushing grin.
Yep, Brent thought as she walked away. He still had it. Too bad he was surrounded by college kids. Plenty of eye candy to go around, just not a whole lot of mental sustenance to go along with it. Not that he was scouting for a girlfriend.
He pulled the morning paper from his back pocket and skimmed the front page. Bank robbery. Casino expansion. Crappy economy. He sighed. Same shit, different day. At least the Tigers were on a three-game winning streak. He'd shove that in Miles's face later, the damn Yankees fan.
"Thanks, but I'll wait. I'm expecting someone."
Brent slid his hand into the handle of his mug and glanced in the direction of that unfamiliar silky voice. Sitting a few booths over was a cute, young brunette he'd not seen in here before. She stuck out like a sore thumb among the diner's other patrons with her corporate look and manicured nails. Her gaze was trained on the parking lot, an expectant look on her pretty face.
No way he would have missed her before. A new professor at the college, maybe? Business traveler?
From down the bar, a cell phone burst out with "It's Raining Men." Brent turned to watch an acne-riddled co-ed scramble to silence her cell. Kids these days, he thought with a scowl. Everything was video games and smart phones, apps and tablets. He'd been able to keep up on technology while in college, but that was nearly a decade ago. A lot had changed since then. He had changed.
And the world had gone on without him.
Brent turned his attention back to the sports section, skimmed through the recap of yesterday's Tiger's game stats, then flipped to the paper's editorial section. Sure enough, there it was, just like Ruby had said on the phone this morning — a column at the top of the page, written by the paper's own chief editor, weighing the possible impact of a big name box store coming to Mount Pleasant. And damn if they didn't list a whole lot more positives than negatives.
He wondered who paid the Tribune off to publish that load of garbage, because no one around here would ever think about selling their land to a bunch of money-hungry corporate leeches. Especially not his grandmother. Though, when Miles saw this, Brent knew his cousin would start pushing her again to let the inn go.
Brent's scowl deepened. Sure, the money would be great to have, and Ruby could finally take a worry-free plunge into retirement. But she wasn't ready to give up the inn, and he'd be damned if he was going to let anyone force her into it, least of all their own flesh and blood.
Frowning, he pushed off his barstool and started for the john. Only, something collided with him before he took a single step. Something smaller than him, and softer, and ... smelling of flowers and vanilla?
Instinctively, he reached out to catch the body rebounding off his chest. A curvy, feminine body, that just happened to belong to the cute brunette. He started to give her a quick once over, to make sure she hadn't been hurt upon impact. But his gaze stalled on her sexy black heels, lean athletic legs, and tight black skirt hugging a pair of slender hips. Her light purple, button-down blouse gapped open at the top due to the awkward angle he'd caught her, revealing a glimpse of her lacy, cream-colored bra.
"I'm so sorry!" she said. "I didn't realize you were ... "
"Moving?" A pair of bright blue eyes snagged his attention. Brent swallowed hard. "Yeah, guess I forgot my turn signal. You all right?"
"I'm fine. Thank you." The hint of a grin tugged at her perfect pink lips.
"Good," he said with a nod. "Good."
Brent wanted to kick himself. He sounded like a complete idiot. When was the last time he'd gone and gotten tongue-tied at the sight of some silly woman?
He relaxed his grip, watched to make sure Legs wouldn't topple over again, then let go altogether and took a step back. Brent needed to put some space between him and that alluring scent. Away from the temptation. He'd always been a sucker for nice legs.
Her grin slipped away. "Oh, you have got to be kidding me."
Brent's gaze followed hers to each of the dirty handprints he'd left on the arms of her silky blouse. She brushed at the marks with one hand, her scowl deepening when the drywall dust refused to disappear.
"Sorry about that. Was just headed to wash up."
"It's ... don't worry about it." She ducked her head a little, stepped around him, and continued toward the restroom. "If this day gets any worse ..."
Brent blew out a sigh as he watched that tight little ass of hers saunter away. Damn, she was hot. But princess there had dismissed him in a blink, more worried about her shirt than anything else. Definitely not his type.
So why did it bother him that she'd walked away without a single glance back?
Forget it, he told himself as she disappeared into the ladies' room. Forget her. Women were trouble, every single one of them. The last thing he needed was to be distracted by some prissy out-of-towner, especially after that article in today's paper. He had enough trouble brewing as it was.CHAPTER 2
When Kayla returned to her seat, she reached for her coffee mug, then snuck a peek at the wall of a man she'd collided with on her way to the restroom. The one whose handprints she'd spent the last five minutes scrubbing out of her blouse. Of course it had to be Mr. No-Nonsense she'd tangled with, who'd turned out to be much better looking than she expected when they were all up close and personal. And scarier looking. Definitely not the kind of guy who takes orders from a corporate grouch.
She grinned. Maybe he could give her a few lessons. But only if it didn't involve any more damage to her already limited work wardrobe. She barely had enough cash to cover her rent this month, let alone a trip to the mall.
The silverware on Kayla's table began to dance and rattle. She looked up to spy her brother's car pulling into the lot, its engine loud and proud. As it should be, she thought with sisterly pride. Tommy had spent years perfecting his 2006 Grand Prix GTP. Knowing him, it was still far from finished.
He parked and headed for EAT's door, dressed in his usual attire: grease-stained jeans and a T-shirt sporting some motor company advertisement, partially covered by an unbuttoned, untucked flannel shirt. Only, his flannel looked more wrinkled than usual, and Kayla couldn't help but worry that he wasn't getting enough sleep more often than just today.
No, Tommy was a big boy. He didn't need her mothering him any more than he'd ever needed their mother doing that for him. Kayla had always been the one who'd needed that. But the gauntlet had been passed to her, far too early. Stupid cancer ...
Her brother stepped inside, spied Kayla, and smiled as he sauntered over to her booth. "Hey there, stranger." Tommy pecked a quick kiss on her cheek, then slid onto the bench seat opposite her.
"Thanks for coming. And sorry again for waking you up."
"Water under the bridge, Sis." He leaned forward, his gaze intense. "So, you gonna tell me what you're doing here when you should be at work?"
Kayla sighed. "Well, I didn't plan on playing hooky. But I got called into Jacober's office and —"
Kayla jumped as her waitress materialized beside them, hands fisted on her hips. Seriously, the woman needed to wear a bell around her neck or something. And why was Pixie Cut suddenly giving her the evil eye?
"Hey, I didn't think you were working this morning." A broad grin washed over Tommy's face as he reached out and laced his fingers through the waitress's free hand. "Heather, this is my sister, Kayla, from back in Indiana. Kayla, this is Heather."
"Oh." The daggers in Heather's eyes dulled to butter knives. "Nice to meet you."
Heather offered her a placating smile, then shifted her attention back to Tommy. "So yeah, I switched shifts with Marge since we made plans for this weekend."
A coy smile stretched across her face, and Kayla wondered what secret she was missing out on. Then again, judging by the color blossoming on her brother's cheeks, maybe she didn't want to know.
"Whatcha want, TJ? The usual?"
Tommy gave her a nod. "I think so. Kayla?"
"Um, I'd just like the oatmeal, please. And a fruit cup."
Heather looked at her like she was an alien, then jotted the order down and popped her gum. "Okay, great. I'll get that in for you two and be back to check on your coffee."
Pixie Cut strutted off, and Kayla eyed her brother. "TJ?"
His gaze cut from the retreating Heather back to hers, pink returning to his cheeks. "Yeah, you know. Sounds more appealing to the ladies." He waggled his eyebrows.
"Since when do you care about the ladies?"
"Since now," he said, grinning like a lovesick fool. Heather swung back by with a cup of joe for him on her way to another table. Once she was gone, the playful look left his eyes. "Okay, let's try this again. Why aren't you at work?"
"Let's just say I got upset."
"Upset?" He reached over to snag a sugar packet from the stash of condiments on the window side of their table. "About what?"
"About being handed a week off with no pay."
"What?" Heads turned in their direction. Tommy lowered his voice, but the rage remained in his tone. "Why the hell would they give you a week off? And with no pay? If anything they owe you a week off, all expenses paid."
"Trust me, I'm with you on that. But something blew up in our faces this morning, and Jacober thinks I'm behind all of it."
"Blew up? What happened, you accidentally miss a few typos in an ad or something? Put a logo in the wrong spot?"
Kayla offered him a weak smile. "I wish. 'Cause that I could handle. But this? This was the wrong file altogether. Someone took my team's ad and modified it to include an image of two dogs, um, making puppies. Only, the faces of our biggest client and his wife were superimposed over where the dogs' heads should be."
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This is the second book I've read by Kyra and I like it even more than the first. The whole concept of the Checkerberry Inn made me want to drag the hubby out for an extended weekend at a nearby B&B. The story was a pleasant mix of complex and yet still easy-going which was great. I read to escape the daily grind and relax a little. This story kept me engaged, but happily helped me checkout of my daily routine. The characters were great too. Yeah, I loved the hero and heroine, but my hat is off to Ruby. Nothing like a feisty, older matchmaker to liven up a story. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Absolutely loved this. I was pulled in from the first chapter and found myself staying up all hours of the night just to finish reading it. This is one of those sweet romance novels. Kayla is so work driven that she has a hard time letting herself feel free. Until she meets Brent. He is standoffish and quiet. He is protecting his heart from being hurt again. I love this story. I found myself feeling the emotions as the characters did. I cried with Kayla and growled along with Brent. *Copy provided for honest review.*
This is a wonderful and fun story! Both main characters were hurt in the past, but when they are thrown together time and again, it all starts to come together. Lighthearted, but emotional that gets to the heart of the story, this new-to-me author will have me coming back again and again to read her stories.
Her Unexpected Detour is about two individuals whose roads collide unexpectedly and now they are giving a second chance at love/life. From the very beginning we get to meet Kayla who has just been accused at her job for pulling up a terrible prank on one of the company’s biggest clients. Though she only gets suspended, she knows who changed her final advertisement plan, and she is willing to do anything to save her reputation. But soon she finds herself driving away from her town and arriving to a small café to meet her brother. After the two talk about what she is going to do next, her brother leaves and she is soon on her way back to her home, but she gets caught in a snow storm. Without a car or anywhere to go, she gets picked up by Brent Masterson, who she also had met at the café hours before. He offers to drive her to a small inn and soon their attraction grows as the two start to spend time together. For Brent Masterson relationships are not in his life plan, but the minute he sees Kayla he starts to feel attracted towards her and soon the two spend the night together. But things quickly change as the two learn more about each other and spend time with their families. Although they are focused on jobs and have no time for a relationship, it is evident that they both have to let go of their pasts in order to move on. I really enjoyed reading their story, it was interesting how they met and how Kayla ends up at Brent’s grandmother’s inn. His grandmother is just amazing, she loves the inn and having to see it struggle hasn’t been good for her. Kayla’s arrival ends up helping them as well and we get to see their interactions as well. All in all, I thought the author did a good job keeping a steady pace in the story and the ending ties everything very well. I would highly recommend reading this if you want a quick romantic read. : ) ***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.***
Detours into Love , what a lovely read, Kayla Daniels is recovering from a broken heart and her idea of doing that is working really hard. She ends up getting suspended from her job with no pay-for something she didn’t do, keep that in mind. She is upset so she ends up going to see her brother. Bad thing about doing that is she leaves town when the weather turned bad when an ice storm hit. She had an accident when her car hit black ice and she skidded into a ditch. She had to walk back to town in the ice/rain and was recused by Brent Masterson- who she had run into earlier and he had gotten her dirty. Now he saves her from the storm and ends up taking her to his grandma’s inn to shelter from the storm. While there , the chemistry is intense between them. Brent does not want to be involved with Kayla and does everything he can to push her away. He has had some pretty bad losses in his past which make him super leery to get involved with her. Kayla doesn’t understand why Brent and why there is such a deep attraction and she is fighting it as well. Can love find a way to bring the two together? I loved this sweet and quirky romance story and the MC have a similar background when it comes to previous romance pain and their road to finding love this time with each other is beautiful. Also the secondary characters of Ruby, Miles and Tommy are fantastic and I hope this is not the last I see of them. I hope there is more books in the Checkerberry Inn to come . *A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review* My rating: 4.4 stars ****
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received a copy of this book, from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating! This book was so cute and so much fun to read. Well at least up to the ending. Why insta-love? Why? I'm starting to feel like a broken record in saying so. And if this weren't the 4th or 5th book within the last month alone where I encountered it, I probably wouldn't be feeling the frustration so deeply because I was completely adoring this book up to the end. But I'm at the point where I just need to say...enough is enough. The thing is, I was instantly sucked in by the lovable characters, the quaint setting and the wonderful writing. This book had everything going for it. I just can't take something seriously like expecting me to believe and understand that two people can say "I love you" after a week. A week. Had that not happened I could've probably gone 4.5 stars, it was honestly that endearing and heartwarming. But enough about my huge frustration. Let's get into the good stuff. The storyline sounded like it was going to be so much fun that I couldn't resist putting in the request for this book. And it definitely was. I'd love to get stranded somewhere like Mount Pleasant at the Checkerberry Inn. Especially with two distractions like the Masterson cousins! I loved the entire cast of characters in this book. Brent, Kayla and both of their family members that we meet. They were all just so much fun. Most especially Brent's grandmother Ruby, who owns the Checkerberry Inn and always had matchmaking stars glinting in her eyes. She was so completely adorable I wanted her to be real! I feel like Brent and Kayla, having both experienced great loss in their lives, were able to find something in each other they didn't even know they needed. And could understand and relate to one another on a level that others couldn't. Watching them develop their feelings was both frustrating and extremely sweet. I was rooting for them from the very start and so every time they would find a way to push the other one away or there was a miscommunication I could feel the frustration bubbling within me. Once they stop fighting though it makes everything worth it. I'm not sure what else to say about this one. I'm just still so distracted by that ending. And I was falling so hard for this book before hand too. That's the only reason I kept my rating up to 3 stars. I feel like I'd definitely give a Kyra Jacobs book another chance in the future. Hopefully the "I love yous" will hold off for more than a week or two. Thanks to Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This was such a cute little romance and the perfect way to start a new series. Both Kayla and Brent were damaged and realistically flawed characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. Here’s what’s going on: Kayla’s been accused of pulling a prank that could cost the advertisement company she works for their biggest client. Although Kayla wasn’t the one who doctored the ad, yet she’s the one that’s been put on unpaid leave for a week. Deciding to take a detour on her coffee break, she ends up heading out of town to visit her brother where she runs into a handsome yet surly man who ends up coming to her rescue when she crashed through a fence. All Brent wants to do is help his grandmother get her bed-and-breakfast spruced up in time for it to reopen, make sure his cousin doesn’t force his grandmother into selling, and stay away from the sexy brunette who seemed to find a way into his heart. Yet Kayla’s here’s to stay, at least until her car’s fixed. Although now that he and Kayla ended up in bed together, he can’t get her out of his mind but she’s intent on leaving. I liked Kayla. I really enjoyed watching her come into her own as the story unfolded. She’s had a tough time of it lately, she knows someone set her up at work but she’s afraid to say anything about it because she doesn’t want to upset her father who got her the job. When she first meets Brent, she gets the wrong impression of him and instantly butts heads with him. She’s suffered loss, so rather than opening up, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Brent was surly, moody, and completely done with love yet Kayla came along and totally upended his world. He lost his parents in a plane wreck only to have the woman he expected to marry run off with another man. So, love’s not really high up on his list of priorities yet he’s willing to take a chance on Kayla. I also liked that Brent was willing to put his business on hold to help his grandmother get her business back on its feet. The chemistry between Kayla and Brent was prevalent from the start and only continued to build as the story unfolded. Because both of them had locked their hearts away, they were content to fight the attraction between them and really had to fight through their inner struggles to get it together. Overall, I really enjoyed Her Unexpected Detour. I enjoyed the main characters and the secondary characters, and I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series.
4.5 stars What a great read Her Unexpected Detour turned out to be, I really enjoyed it. Loved both Kayla and Brett, they were likable and relatable characters. They had great chemistry and from the moment they bump into each other you can feel their attraction. The storyline was entertaining, it captured my interest from the first page and I didn't put it down until I finished reading. All the characters added to my enjoyment of this book, loved Ruby and Miles! Kyra Jacobs has written a beautiful and heartwarming love story, that left me with a heart full of happy feels. I highly recommend this book.
I so enjoyed this sweet romance, of Kayla and Brent. Everyone knew they were perfect for each other but them. Kayla has unexpected leave from work, so she heads to Mt. Pleasant to see her brother, she is detained a little longer than planned after her car skids off the road. Brent comes to rescue. Brent is fighting his own demons from his parents untimely death and a breakup from a girlfriend. He is not willing to risk his heart again. Kayla's number one priority is to get back home and back to work. Can they both open their hearts up again? Loved the characters, they were perfect for each other. Great secondary characters, Ruby, Brent's grandma, always having advice and Miles, Brent's cousin, has been with Brent through thick and thin. Miles now needs his HEA! This is the first book that I read from Kyra Jacobs, and will not be my last. I received this book from netgalley for an honest review.
Kayla Daniels worked at Wayne's Advertising for 4 years. Recently she was blamed for an email she never wrote. Kayla went to see her brother and was stuck in an ice storm. Brent helped her out. Kayla grew during this story. She learned to stick up for herself and make her voice heard. I enjoyed that and cheered her on. Brent had closed off his heart. He wasn't happy, but at least that way he wouldn't be hurt anymore. He too changed and grew. It was a good story and characters. I recommend it to anyone that likes this genre. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
I received an ARC of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Kayla Daniels and Brent Masterson are the main characters in this sweet little romance. I enjoyed the book and I liked the characters, but it was pretty tame, no highs - no lows. The book is well-written but for me, the story just seems to be lacking a little in excitement.
"Both of you have hidden from love for so long that you’ve forgotten what a blessing it can truly be." I thoroughly enjoyed Her Unexpected Detour. It was a beautiful story about two lost souls who, due to losses in their lives, have closed themselves off to living. They are merely existing and no longer experiencing life. But sometimes Fate decides to step in and shake things up a bit to bring us back to the land of the living. And that's exactly what happens to Kayla and Brent. It was beautiful watching them fall for each other. Kayla is practically married to her job. And Brent pushes himself so hard in getting the Checkerberry Inn ready that he forgets to eat. Both have closed their hearts off from love and potential heartbreak. But isn't love the greatest risk of all? Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kayla was wrongly accused at work and put on suspension without pay. In the spur of the moment, she heads down to Mt Pleasant to look for her brother Tommy. Just as she was making her way back, her car skidded off a patch of ice and bumped into a fence post off the road. Good thing she was unhurt although that can't be said of her car. She was in the middle of nowhere and in dire need of rescue as an ice storm was approaching. Brent Masterson has been badly hurt and he's not gonna risk his heart again. He appears closed off and grumpy most of the time and now spends his time helping his grandmother Ruby with fixing the inn. Rescuing Kayla might be the right thing to do but he's not feeling right about it; not when he is feeling that spark of attraction. Both Brent and Kayla have some emotional baggage and it was heartwarming to see how they connected through their pain of losing someone and as they opened themselves up to each other. I most certainly enjoyed this book. The small setting of the town and the secondary characters definitely add in the overall appeal to this story. This is my first book by Kyra Jacobs and I definitely look forward to reading more from her. Hopefully Tommy or Miles will get their story as well as more on Ruby and the Checkerberry Inn. ARC requested through Netgalley and provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
I want to visit the Checkerberry Inn! This was a wonderful, sexy, sweet, CLEAN romance. For those who aren't into seeing what goes on behind closed doors, this is a perfect romance for you. I usually prefer my books with some spice but I honestly didn't even miss it, the romance was THAT good. Kayla is in the middle of some upheaval at work and makes in impromptu trip to visit her brother. Obviously it isn't Kayla's day because she becomes stranded and is rescued by local hunk Brent. Both Kayla and Brent have reasons for not wanting to get attached but neither on can seem to help it. Add in meddling relatives and a gorgeous inn in need of saving and you have a fool-proof recipe for love.
Kayla has unexpectedly found herself in hot water with her boss, and on suspension from work for a entire week, this of course doesn't settle to well with the workaholic Kayla. She is in dire need of some sound advice and have the opportunity to vent a little so she heads to Mount Pleasant to see her brother. Bad weather has set in, and the roads are not suitable for driving, and Kayla soon finds herself stuck in the ditch, and without cell phone service, so she sets out to find a house that may have a phone she can use to call her brother...not expecting to run into the handsome stranger she met in town at the cafe... Brent Masterson is a wounded soul who has no intention of attaching himself to any woman, anytime soon. After being hurt in the past he has chosen to steer clear of the opposite sex, and focus more on his business and helping his grandmother with her struggling B&B. But fate clearly has something else in mind for this handsome bachelor... This was my first experience with Ms. Jacobs writing, and I must say it turned out to be quite a refreshing first read for me. The story line pulled me in right away, and had me burning right through the pages, I ended up having myself a little late night reading fest and polished this story off in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoy reading stories equipped with a small town atmosphere and this one had it all, including some very charming characters that I would sure love to see get their own stories! Delightfully charming and heartwarming first read, highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
I thought that this was a really cute story. I had no idea where it was going to go when I read the title though. Totally get it now that I have read the book!! I thought that Kyra Jacobs did a really good job with making this into a very likable story and I fell in love with the characters immediately. When Kayla takes the fall for something at work and is put on a week of suspension, she goes back home to do some thinking. Kayla meets with her brother at a restaurant in town and when she gets up one time, she literally runs into Brent. Kayla never dreamed that her chance encounter with Brent would lead to more when the weather takes a turn for the worse later on. Kayla did not go back home looking for a relationship but the feelings that she has for Brent the second they touch tells her that there just might be something there. Brent is in no way looking for a relationship with anyone when Kayla happens to bump into him. Brent is still trying to get over his last broken heart and the sudden death of both of his parents. Kayla and Brent can relate to loss because Kayla had lost her mom fairly recently as well. When Kayla runs off the road and starts out on foot to find help, she has no clue where she will end up. Brent is shortly behind Kayla and sees her car off the road and stops to help. Brent sees that she is gone and wonders where she could have gone, but a little farther down the road he spots her and picks her up. He takes her to the local Bed and Breakfast (The Checkerberry Inn) where he is helping get the place ready to open. The chemistry between these two is unmistakable and they are both trying to fight it. When Kayla ends up spending the night there because the tow truck is tied up because of the weather as well. At one point in the book I just wanted to take Kayla and Brent and say, "Look what you have here!! Wake up!!!" But eventually they do and give into each other. These two eventually get their HEA but after much resistance from both of them, mainly Brent. This story flowed very easily for me and kept my attention. I thought it was very well written!!
Really LOVED this story! I thought the characters were great (adored Ruby!), and they worked perfectly together!! Hopefully we will be getting Miles' story soon! OK enough exclamations. I really did enjoy this book though and can't wait to read more. Brent Masterson has had his heart shattered in the past so there is no way he is going to lay it out there again. That's why staying away from Kayla is priority number one. The attraction is too strong so best just to ignore it! Kayla Daniels has worked hard her whole life. When she is wrongly accused at work and given a suspension, she takes a spur of the moment trip to Mt. Pleasant to see her brother. It was suppose to be a quick trip but rain and an accident having her hanging around a bit longer. She can't allow Brent to distract her though. Getting back to work is all she should be thinking about. Too bad it's not! Awesome read that I highly recommend.
Don't get sidetracked - go read this great romance! This was a delightful romance to escape into with great characters, plenty of twists and turmoil all leading to the much anticipated HEA! Well written, with a feisty but put upon female lead and a male with so much trauma in his past that he’s built a wall to keep out all non-family comers! Kayla is starting to realise that the company she works for really don’t appreciate her talent, honesty, skills and hard work – especially after a nasty prank played on her lands her in hot water! Suspended for a week without pay, Kayla is understandably upset so goes to get a coffee locally but instead drives three hours to meet her brother in Mount Pleasant. She goes for a coffee and ends up literally bumping into a tall, handsome stranger who grabs her to stop her falling, getting her clothing dirty. Then there’s a horrendous ice storm which lands her in a car in a ditch and her stranded on a country road. That’s when that same stranger from the coffee shop, Brent Masterson, turns up to rescue her! He takes her to his grandmother’s Inn – Checkerberry Inn – where she’s invited to stay until her car can be towed out again. He’s Brent Masterson the attraction between him and Kayla is hot and mutual but she’s only there for a night and Brent’s previous relationship trauma make him extremely wary. Can love find a way to bring the two together? The similarities between Brent and Kayla, both endeavouring to avoid relationships, having not really overcome the grief of losing a parent and having close family support all add to the drama of the story. It is a relatively quick but very enjoyable read and I really hope this isn’t the last we hear of them, Ruby, Miles and Tommy as well as what happens to the Checkerberry Inn! I’ve yet another author to keep an eye out for – this is the first book I’ve read from her but I’ll certainly want to read more in future. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.