They say be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. For Nina Beaumont, there's nothing she wants more than to prove she's more than just her name. She's tired of being treated differently because of who her family is. As far as she's concerned, money ruins everything. So when a rogue duck causes her to crash her car outside a small town, sending it and her belongings spiraling into the watery abyss, she realizes fate has given her a chance to show she can make it on her own.
Beginning with stumbling into a job with the hottest man she's ever met...as his maid.
Between running an inn, caring for his grandmother, and trying to keep the dirty-dealing Beaumont Corporation from stealing his land, Joe Farina's plate is full. He doesn't have time for romantic entanglements—especially not with the suspiciously bad maid he just hired, no matter how attracted to her he is. But there's something different about Nina and trying to resist their chemistry begins to feel futile.
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Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life - and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.
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His Millionaire Maid
By Coleen Kwan, Stacy Abrams, Lydia Sharp
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Coleen Kwan
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"My life sucks," Nina Beaumont declared, glaring at the road ahead of her, hands clenched around the steering wheel of her BMW.
A snort came from her cell phone mounted in its hands-free cradle. "Yeah, right," her best friend, Lindsey, said. "It sucks to have a megamillionaire daddy like Carson Beaumont. I'm sure most of America can sympathize with that."
"Most of America doesn't know how difficult it is working for that megamillionaire daddy."
"Come on, Nina. After all the clashes between you two, your dad's just relieved you're finally working for him."
Nina blew out a sigh. "But if I wasn't working for him, I wouldn't be in this mess."
"What kind of mess?"
"A horrible, never-saw-this-coming kind of mess." Nina chewed on her lip. "It's just hit me out of nowhere ... and now I don't know how I'm going to face everyone at the office when I get back to San Francisco —"
Her voice broke up, and a lump formed in her throat. Damn it, why did this have to happen now? Why did being a Beaumont continue to screw with her life?
"Nina?" Concern threaded Lindsey's voice. "You sound really upset. Tell me what's going on."
Nina lifted her foot off the gas pedal and eased the car down to forty miles per hour. She was cruising through redwood forests and rolling pastures with the ocean sparkling in the near distance — gorgeous countryside she barely noticed. She was also headed in the complete opposite direction of where she was supposed to be — and wasn't that an apt metaphor for her entire life? Instead of heading south toward San Francisco, she was going north, winding through Mendocino County, not with any specific destination in mind but because the thought of returning to Beaumont, Inc. headquarters and facing the work colleagues she'd thought were her friends made her feel sick to her stomach.
"I came up to Sonoma yesterday," she said. Beaumont, Inc. owned a string of exclusive upmarket golf resorts, and she'd gone to the one in Sonoma County for a human resources meeting, an ordinary gathering about work policies. "And this morning before I left, Harry, my manager, called to tell me I got a promotion —"
"But that's fantastic news!" Lindsey interrupted. "You never told me you were in line for a promotion."
"Well, I never thought I'd be chosen. I was so stunned I was speechless."
"You, speechless? I find that hard to believe. So what's the problem?"
"In all the confusion, I forgot I had some questions for Harry. So I called him back. But an intern answered, and when she went to look for him, instead of putting me on hold, she left the phone on her desk." Nina sucked in a deep breath. "And I overheard a couple of people talking about me."
"Oh, no. I'm guessing it wasn't anything good?"
"They were talking about my promotion, and they both agreed that no one else stood a chance against me, no matter how hard they worked, because I'm a fricking Beaumont." She heard the bitterness in her voice but couldn't suppress it. "Can you believe it? Doesn't matter if I deserved the promotion or not — everyone assumes I only got it because my daddy owns the company."
"You work hard; you don't trade on your name. You shouldn't listen to idle gossip."
Nina shook her head. "This was Ryan and Fiona talking. We've worked late nights together, gone out for Friday night drinks, talked about ourselves. I thought we were friends." Her heart panged. That was the worst part, finding out they had never really been friends and could never be friends because of who she was — a Beaumont heiress.
She should be used to it by now. Lindsey was her only true friend. They'd met in college when Nina was going through her rebellious stage, rejecting her family and trying to embarrass them. Lindsey had always supported her, even at her brattiest worst. But even she couldn't fully understand the unique torments Nina suffered.
"If they say things like that behind your back, then you're better off without them," Lindsey said.
The problem wasn't just with Ryan and Fiona, though. She had never fit in with the other rich kids at the exclusive school her father had insisted she attend. She'd gone out of her way to mix with ordinary people, but there'd always been a change in their attitude — subtle or otherwise — when they learned who she was. She'd become sensitized to that, hyperaware that being rich — and obscenely rich at that — affected people's perception of her. Affected how they treated her. She was never sure what people really thought of her.
Like Oliver, her ex. After many dating disasters, she'd thought she'd finally found a man who loved her for herself, only to discover he was more in love with her trust fund. The memory caused the fist around her heart to clench even tighter. Six months after their breakup, his betrayal still hurt.
"Damn it," she blurted. "For once in my life I'd like to live somewhere where no one knows who I am, without my money or my last name to screw things up."
There was a pause on the other end of the call before Lindsey said, "Oh, honey, that's a nice idea, but you wouldn't last more than two months."
"Is that what you think?" Nina took the next curve in the road a tad too fast, causing her to tap on the brakes as she negotiated this twisty section of the highway. "You're supposed to be on my side."
"I am, and I love you, but let's be serious. You might have been a rebel a few years ago, but you're past that stage. You're wiser now, and since you went to work for your dad you've — dare I say it — gotten used to a cushier lifestyle. I bet you're cruising in your swanky BMW right now, wearing designer jeans and sunglasses. Am I right or am I right?"
Nina shifted guiltily in her leather seat. "Okay, yeah. But the BMW was a gift from my dad. I'd never have bought a car like this. And as for these jeans, you talked me into them, and —" She let out a groan. "Oh, Lindsey. How did I end up like this? Where did I go wrong? Remember college? We used to shop at thrift stores and hitchhike and survive on ramen noodles."
"You were trying to stick it to your father, but I had no choice," Lindsey pointed out. "And, frankly, I don't miss those days. I'm doing great now, and I enjoy spending the money I've earned."
Unlike Nina, Lindsey had graduated from college with honors, was a rising star at her publishing company, and had a nice, steady boyfriend. Lindsey's life was on the up and up, whereas Nina's seemed to hit one dead end after another.
"I'm not trying to stick it to my dad anymore."
A year and a half ago, she'd become mixed up with a group of hard-core radicals, but when their protest at an economic forum had turned violent, she'd realized she didn't share their nihilist views. But by then she'd already been arrested, caught up with the other glass-smashing thugs. Her father and his high-powered attorney had gotten her out of serious trouble, and she knew that she owed him. That was why she'd finally agreed to come on board at Beaumont, Inc. — to mend things between her and her dad. At the time it had seemed like a good, sensible decision for once in her life, but now she wasn't sure about anything.
"The thing is, I'm sick of how my life is panning out. I'm sick of being Nina Beaumont. I can never get away from her. In fact, I should just stop in the nearest town" — she peered at a signpost indicating the next town was a place called Hartley — "and go incognito for a month or so."
Lindsey chuckled. "Do it, then. I dare you."
"Yeah, okay, I'll humor you for a little while. So if you did go incognito, what about your job? Are you just going to resign in a fit?"
"No," Nina said, thinking rapidly. "But I'm due to take some vacation time starting next week anyway, so no one will miss me for at least three weeks. After that I can arrange something with Dad, depending on how it goes."
"You really shouldn't waste your vacation on a wacky scheme like this. Your dad has a house in Hawaii, doesn't he? Why don't you go there and catch some sun? You'll feel heaps better."
"You don't think I can do this?"
"Oh, I think you're capable of anything." There was no mistaking the amusement in Lindsey's voice.
Nina pressed her lips together. If her best friend and biggest supporter didn't take her seriously, then how would she ever break free? She firmed her grip on the wheel as she approached another bend. Afternoon sunlight flashed through tall trees, temporarily blinding her. She eased the car around the corner, squinting against the glare, only to find herself barreling straight toward a fat brown duck waddling across the road.
She slammed on the brakes, instinctively veering away from the bird. The duck squawked and took off across the windshield, blocking her view. Tires squealed, and Nina screamed as the car skidded off the road before hurtling down a steep embankment. For several heart-stopping seconds, everything was a blur of whipping greenery, and then she was out in the open, heading straight for ... a large pit filled with still black water.
Holy crap on a cracker. There was no time to think, let alone scream. With a huge splash, the car torpedoed into the water, and the air bag exploded in her face. Get out, get out, get out! her brain shrieked at her. The air bag deflated in her lap. She unbuckled her seat belt and instinctively grabbed her phone. Her tote bag had fallen to the floor. She bent to retrieve it, but the car tilted forward and slid deeper into the water.
Panic ruptured in her, but then she remembered an episode of Mythbusters she'd seen about what to do in this kind of situation and pressed the button to open her window. As water rushed into the car, accelerating its descent, she ordered herself to stay calm. She pulled herself through the window, kicked away from the sinking car, then splashed and spluttered to the shoreline. Panting, she dragged herself onto the weed-infested bank and watched as her car slowly disappeared beneath the surface.
"Nina? Nina? Talk to me, for God's sakes."
Incredibly, Lindsey was still on the phone, thanks to the wonders of state-of-the-art water-resistant technology. In a daze, Nina lifted the cell to her ear.
"I'm fine," she said, thrusting her fingers through her soaked hair. "Just had a little, um, accident." She picked a slimy bit of vegetation out of her hair and flicked it away.
"What! Are you hurt? What happened ..."
Lindsey's barrage of questions floated over Nina's head as she watched bubbles popping on the surface, marking the watery grave of her BMW. Her car had sunk into what appeared to be a disused quarry. The water was deep and still, and her car had disappeared, leaving behind no trace except for a few skid marks.
"My car's totaled, but I'm okay." She flexed various muscles and squinted at herself. She was soaked but apparently unscathed.
"Don't move," Lindsey ordered. "I'm going to call your dad right now. He'll come out and rescue you."
Lindsey's words pierced Nina's daze. "No! Don't do that. Don't tell him anything."
"Why not? He'll be so worried about you. He won't care if you've wrecked the BMW. He'll just buy you another one."
That was exactly what he'd do, and then she'd be right back where she started. She'd be rebellious little Nina again, but this time with a reputation for crashing expensive cars and wasting people's time. No, she couldn't stay on this hamster wheel for the rest of her life. She had to make a stand for herself, and right now was the perfect moment to start fresh.
Her car had sunk, taking everything with it. All she had now was her phone, the soaked clothes on her back, and a few dollars in her jeans pocket. No BMW, no fancy wardrobe, no credit cards, and most important of all, no identity. She was Ms. Nobody from Nowheresville. Just like she'd said she wanted not five minutes ago. Maybe fate had been listening to her after all.
"I think there's a reason I crashed my car here," she said to Lindsey. "This is my chance to find out what it's like not to be me."
* * *
Nina found a house about half a mile from the quarry, and it appeared no one was home. She crouched behind the bushes, rubbing her chilled arms. On the clothesline nearby flapped some women's clothing — cheap, plain, chain store clothing — that looked about her size. She needed to change out of her clothes, not only because they were wet, but because the pricey labels would give her away if she was serious about going incognito.
Of course she was serious. To prove it to herself, she whipped out her cell phone and called her manager. She told him something unexpected had come up and she wouldn't make it to the office this afternoon and needed tomorrow off, too. Harry didn't make a big deal about it. After tomorrow, she was on vacation anyway, and there wasn't anything urgent waiting for her at the office. Then again, Harry never reprimanded her, even when she made mistakes — because she was Carson Beaumont's daughter.
"Harry," she said, putting on a casual tone. "Just out of curiosity, why did you give me the promotion and not someone else like Ryan or Fiona?"
"Because you're the most qualified, of course." Harry gave a hearty, fake- sounding laugh that confirmed Nina's worst fears. She wasn't the best qualified, and Harry didn't honestly believe she deserved the promotion. He was only doing it to impress the higher-ups, or because he'd been ordered to.
"I see. Okay. Well, thanks." She couldn't even pretend to be pleased, she was so nauseated, and quickly ended the call.
The sorry truth was, although she worked harder than her colleagues, she'd never pushed for that promotion because her heart wasn't truly in her job. She'd taken it to mend fences with her dad, but now this promotion meant she was stuck there for the long haul.
Okay, that did it. She was even more determined to follow through with this screwball plan of hers.
After another quick scan of the deserted yard, she darted forward and snatched a few bits of clothing off the line before scampering back to the bushes. Her heart pumped with nervousness as she stripped and changed into faded jeans, a cheap T-shirt, and a scruffy denim jacket. She would leave her designer jeans and T-shirt hanging on the line for the owner; that would more than cover the cost of these Kmart threads.
The only clue to her former life lay in her striking, hand-tooled cowboy boots, now soggy and squelchy and uncomfortable. But she had no way of replacing them, so she'd just have to make do.
When she was fully clothed, she couldn't resist taking a selfie and sending it to Lindsey. Lindsey clearly thought she was nuts, but she was used to Nina's schemes by now, and she'd keep her secret.
She slipped the phone into her pocket, squared her shoulders, and stared at the road leading into Hartley, a place she'd never heard of. A place where she could be herself. Who knew what lay ahead for her? It could be disaster, embarrassment, or total failure. But she had to find out. Going back wasn't an option anymore.
With fingers crossed, she took the first steps toward her new identity.
* * *
Joe Farina sat back on his heels and rolled his shoulders, trying to ease the tension knotting his back. Some days, owning and running the Comet Inn was tough on a guy, and this was one of those days. One of the waitstaff had twisted an ankle, his chef was threatening to cut someone's balls off, and the new temporary employee who was supposed to have arrived at two still hadn't turned up. It was now after five, and since he was short staffed, he was on his hands and knees in the reception lobby cleaning up a bottle of lavender oil one of the guests had spilled.
The front door jingled as someone entered the inn. Joe stood and his gaze fell on a girl who didn't look a day over eighteen. She was small and slim, with short blond hair and blue eyes almost too big for her face, like a doll. Judging by her faded jeans, cheap T-shirt, and scruffy denim jacket, she had to be the new temp.
"You're here. Finally." He couldn't temper the frustration in his voice.
The girl stopped and raised her eyebrows. "Excuse me?"
He strode forward, his mind leaping ahead to everything that still needed doing. "I'm Joe Farina, your new boss. You're the temp I've been waiting for all afternoon."
Her eyes widened as they fixed on his hands. Joe paused. He'd forgotten about the rubber gloves he was wearing. Big, blinding, flamingo-pink gloves. Damn.
She bit her lip as if trying not to smile. "Cute. Pink suits you."
He tore off the gloves and tossed them next to his bucket, feeling strangely flustered. "I'm allergic to lavender," he said stiffly. "And those were the only gloves I could find." Why did he need to explain himself to her? "You are my new maid, right?"
She tugged at her jacket. "Uh ... your new maid ... yeah. Right."
Joe bit back a groan. She wasn't slow-witted, was she? She didn't look slow-witted. Her eyes were deep blue and curious as she glanced between him and the reception area. Her stance was wary, as if she wasn't sure she should be here.
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## A smidge above good. During the first 2 chapters I almost gave up on this book because the lead characters annoyed me so much. I found the heroine spoiled and immature and the hero kind of jerkish. However, I rarely don't finish a book so I forced myself to keep reading. It did get better, and I revised my opinion of these characters. Even though they weren't my favorites, they both had some very endearing qualities. I still thought Joe acted too old for a 30 year old and he definitely should've put Sarah in her place (wow, can you say superb*tch). The story line was fun though and of course there's a HFN ending. I do wish the ending had played out a little longer. Not the best, not the worst. 170 pages 3.5 stars
I enjoyed this book but i didnt like Jesus/Christ used as slang
Wow! This was an amazing book that I really enjoyed reading. I have never read anything by Coleen but I can say that she is now on my list of authors to read. She did a great job writing this book and keeping me hooked. I read this book in like 3 or 4 hours and could NOT put it down. This book had it all. There were times where I was like what are you thinking? Then others times that I wanted to smack people and then the HOT times and then the sweet times. It had it all!!! Do not miss this book. In the beginning of this book Nina is upset because she just got a promotion at work and overheard coworkers talking about how she only got it because its her dad's company. She thought it was weird that she got it and to find out that's why upsets her because she wanted to earn it by hard work. She is talking to her friend and decides that she wants to get away somewhere incognito where no one knows her. Her friend thinks she couldn't handle not using her money and high end stuff but the fates had the same idea as Nina in the form of a duck. As she's driving she swerves to avoid hitting it and crashes into an old quarry sinking her car in the water, only coming out with her phone. With no id, money, or credit cards she puts her plan in place and ends up at a B&B. Using her mother's maiden name she becomes the maid and works hard as the maid, not letting on to her true identity. Nina is instantly attracted to Joe and falls more for him the more she learns about him, but she feels like she's not good enough for him since she feels like she hasn't accomplished anything in life. She finds out that working as a maid is hard work and has to deal with heat from one of the employees that just makes it harder. She has 3 weeks to figure out what she wants to do with her life and to try to make it as a maid. Joe is the owner of the B&B and is waiting for the late maid the temp service sent out and mistakes Nina as that person. Rushing through explaining everything to Nina he doesn't give her the chance to explain she is not the person the temp service sent. Joe is stressed to the max between all his obligations and trying to keep Beaumont Industries from taking his ocean side mansion that he wants to turn into a new B&B from him. He despises Nina's dad and when she finds out she is scared to tell him its her dad. Joe is insanely attracted to Nina and is scared to start anything with her because he was burned in the past so now he steers clear of commitment and is scared that if he did and it went bad he would be sued. Will the employees ever accept Nina? Will she be able to last the 3 weeks as a maid? Will Joe get past all his fears and be with Nina? Will she tell him her true identity and if so, how will he take it? I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: From the start, I could completely empathize with Nina: when your life feels like it's not going the direction you'd like it to go and you're not appreciated for what you do. It would be nice to abandon your life, just for a little while, and experience something new and challenging. So when a duck waddles into the road causing Nina to drive her car into a quarry, she sees her chance and grabs onto it with both hands. Armed with only her phone and the clothes on her back, she runs into Joe who assumes she's there to work as his maid. She goes with it because this is exactly what she needs--a complete change. The attraction between Nina and Joe is apparent, although both of them realize they shouldn't since they work together. The temptation builds beyond their ability to resist and they fall into bed together. But Nina's secret might be the one thing that could hurt Joe more than anything. His Millionaire Maid was a funny and cute story! It was a teensy bit ridiculous as far as the circumstances Nina fell into by chance, but it was amusing and led her to where she wanted to be. The relationship with Nina and Joe was what they both needed--for her to live a simpler and more fulfilling life, and him to let loose a little bit. It was sweet and charming. I enjoyed all the side characters Nina encounters when she's in Hartley working for Joe. Coleen Kwan's story is a worthwhile read! My Rating: Very Good
an heiress and a blue collar guy. not exactly a new trope but this is a great take on it. Nina and Joe were wonderful together. i cant wait to read more from this author
3.5 very happy I read this Stars This was a very engaging read. I totally felt sorry for the poor little rich girl and her “nobody likes me for me” tale of woe. For real, that sounded kind of sarcastic but I swear when Nina is feeling low it brought tears to my eyes and I felt really bad about what her life was like. Joe was a sweetheart. A workaholic, control-freak-ish, super hot, soccer-playing sweetheart. The story goes like this: Nina is sick of people treating her deferentially just because her father is a billionaire. At a very crucial moment, she drives her car into a watery grave (all to save a duck) and all her belongings, including her ID, go down with it save her phone. Deciding to prove to everyone, but most of all, herself that she has worth by herself and not only for the last name she was born to, she accepts a job as a maid in Joe’s inn. Let’s just say that didn’t turn out as smooth as she thought it would. Joe is at the end of his rope, he is low on staff, has too many obligations with the town and his family, and a very insistent magnate (who incidentally is Nina’s father) is trying to buy the land his newly acquired B & B project is situated on. He most certainly doesn’t have time for relationships, or even entanglements, least of all with the hot little number that came late to her first day on the job and seems totally inexperienced in cleaning. Well, let’s just say that both Nina and Joe experience feelings for each other like nothing they’ve known before. Luckily for us, their control is pretty nonexistent leaving us with what turns out to be some really hot, steamy scenes. I really enjoyed His Millionaire Maid and Ms Kwan’s writing style. I was with them through the whole story and couldn’t help but feel for them. *I received a complimentary copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*
***This ARC was received from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review*** I totally understand wanting to get away from your life sometimes. I like how she dives into working at the Inn even though she had no experience. The story flowed well and had plenty of action without being too smutty.
3.5 stars His Millionaire Maid was a sweet contemporary love story. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline was entertaining from start to end. Nina and Joe were perfect for each other, loved them together. I'm a fan of Coleen Kwan's writing and once again she's given her readers a well written story with lovable characters and a entertaining read.
This maid story is a bright twist and the love story between Joe and Nina was great.. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review**** Nina Beaumont‘s story is somewhat unique. She is a young millionaire heiress, who comes from money and her family drives her crazy. They are causing her trouble in her work/professional life –I.E. Getting a promotion only because she is the boss’s daughter and finding out why she got the promotion because of her daddy being the boss and on her way home, she crashes her car and goes into water which causes her to lose her belongings including purse which holds her ID. All Nina sees this as a change, a sign that she can be someone new without her old life, family holding her back. So Nina is going to change her name from Nina Beaumont to Nina Summers and get a job working as a maid at a local inn in Northern California. It will be easy peasy, right? Not so fast… Joe Farina is the owner of the Inn that Nina goes into. He hires her and he has a lot on his plate. There is something about her that makes him take notice but he has so much on his plate. He has this company trying to take his land= this Beaumont Corporation trying to steal his land, then he is trying to care for his grandmother and then he has this new maid that he is attracted to. He notices she is not good at his job but he wants to give her a chance. Nina and Joe dance around their attraction and when Nina finds out what her father is trying to do to Joe, she knows if he ever found out who she really is, he would never ever forgive her and he would want her gone for good. It is great to see the two MC go toe and toe over their attraction to each other and to watch how Nina learned to do things without others doing for her. And to watch the chemistry between them which is off the charts. The emotions, at times, are so moving. I had my tissues handy because there are times when it will be needed. When Joe did find out about who Nina really was, the fireworks were explosive. Nina was heartbroken. She did go back to her father in order to get him to back off hurting Joe and his family/town/his Inn. There were several twists and turns in this story that made the ending much sweeter to me as a reader. Nina and Joe make the story because they are sexy, fiery, and independent people who are afraid to show their vulnerable sides but when they do, it makes the story so much better. My rating: 4.0 stars ****
At first after reading the blurb, I was a little unsure of how I would like this book. I was thinking it would be maybe a little snooty for me and that I would not like the heroine. BUT I am glad I did read this book. The heroine surprised me in that underneath her wealth, she had a heart of gold and truly wanted to prove she was more than her money. She was a delightful character who struggled to prove her self worth and learned how "real" people did things. I adored the character of Joe. He was a strong proud hardworking man who tried to see the best in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. Their flirtation was so cute, a little spicy and when they came together, it was fantastic. I loved their coupling. They complemented each other by bringing out what the other needed. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
This was an unique spin in the romance novels we are used to. Most involve a rich man, where she is the wealthy one and I think it made for a great story especially with no one knowing. The book brought out lots of angst and had me laughing at her constant snark as well. I enjoyed the book immensely and believe you should definitely give it a try.
His Millionaire Maid is a cute read by Coleen Kwan. It brings together two people in circumstances that you wouldn’t really expect. The writing itself is impressive. You’re not weighed down by verbosity and the characters themselves are spot on. This is another middle ground novel for me because I can’t say too much about it, or too little. It didn’t bowl me over, but it didn’t underwhelm me either. It fits in that perfect groove of a good read to pick up, sit down and relax. Joe’s life is hectic, when the synopsis tells you he had a lot on his plate, it’s not fibbing. He’s the dependable go-to guy for seemingly everyone in town. Not only does he not have time for romance, he’s more likely to run in the opposite direction of it. So when his new temp maid shows up late, with duckweed in her hair and not seeming to have a clue how to actually -be- a maid.. why is it that he is instantly intrigued? Nina, for me, really was the epitome of poor little rich girl, -at first-. That almost put me off the book completely, but I stuck with it due to her hilarious moments and I’m thankful I did. She even touches on that and calls herself as much. Nina is different though, then your typical silver spoon heroine that has everything handed to her. She -wants- to make her own way and prove herself, however, her family just isn’t letting her do that. She want to prove herself and show them, especially her father, that she’s more than just fluff and wants to get along on more than just the merit of being his daughter. So what better way then to go off the grid and hide out? I mean, it obviously has to help (somehow) that you accidentally run your car off the road and it sinks with all your identification in it, right? >__> Nina walks into Joe’s B&B looking for directions and instead finds a hot man, standing there in “Dexter and DeeDee” mom gloves. (You may need to look that up, but trust me, it’s worth it.) She’s instantly enamored, and while he’s curious about the hairdo, so is he. It’s not love at first sight, or even like, but it’s definite interest. These two butt heads from the get go, but there is this simmering underneath it that is more or less waiting to erupt if they give it the least chance. If you’re looking for a good, fun read, give this book at shot! It’s not completely intense, it is well written and the story is a nice escape.
Loved this one! Light, fun, and relaxing. Great writing and amusing characters make this one perfect for a lazy afternoon read. Joe Farina is plugging through life, running his inn, caring for his grandmother, and fighting off the attacks of the Beaumont Corp who is trying to get his property. Everything is under control. That is until Nina stumbles into his life. This is one I definitely recommend.