Grace is the daughter of an infamous hard man on the club scene and she is well known for being a tough cookie who doesn't take any crap. After the death of her Mom, she struggles to understand why her Dad is selling her Mom's pub, a really important place to her being the home in which she and her family were brought up and where her Mom's ashes are scattered. Relations are quite strained with her Dad when good guy social worker Jimmy turns up at his club, looking for work as he needs to raise cash to give a home to the kids that he has taken under his wing and whose care home is about to close down.
Because Grace thinks that Jimmy is too nice to be working for her Dad, she decides to get him working for her instead, but underestimates his good looks and infectious personality as sparks begin to fly between them and she tries to hide the fact that she actually fancies the pants off him, and likewise, he can't keep his eyes off her either. Neither of them have a strong history of being able to trust people. Do they become friends, lovers or enemies?
Steamy encounters mixed with a strong storyline that flowed well made this book a great read. I found the characters well developed and interesting, and there were parts which were really funny - you'll know what I mean when you meet Gerald! Places and people were described well, which helps to picture the scenes in your head.
There's certainly a lot of emotion written into the story, which you can feel from all the characters and there are strong messages of love, grief, family, trust and friendship.
A very enjoyable read from Rachel Brimble. I will certainly enjoy reading more of her work.
Rachel Brimble lives with her husband, two young daughters and black lab in a small market town near Bath. When pregnant with her second daughter, she seriously sat down and wrote towards publication, and realised that if she didn't do it now, she'd have to get a proper job! She wrote a number of short stories and learned to write. Short stores weren't the way forward for her, so in 2006 she decided to make a start on her first novel Searching for Sophie. She has since had a number of publications and you can find out more about her books by visiting her website www.rachelbrimble.com. She also works in her husbands financial firm but uses every possible opportunity to write, and when not writing, she's either reading or walking in the countryside with her family.
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