This is my first story by this author and while this story was good, it wasn’t really memorable. Twenty-one year old Dixie Harris’s younger brother is in trouble with both the law and Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Coalson. Dixie, in protector mode, comes to his rescue only to get sidetracked by her immediate attraction to Mac. Fourteen years older than Dixie, Mac and his brothers own the construction company in Grafton that’s rebuilding their small town after a storm destroyed many of the homes and business. While he’s trying to help the people of his town, someone is destroying his hard work by vandalizing the homes, and Dixie’s brother gets caught in a precarious situation at one of the properties.
Dixie – young, feisty, petite, blonde and buxom, she’s immediately on the defense of her younger, teenaged brother. And while Mac isn’t really hearing any of her entreaties proclaiming his innocence, they come to a temporary resolution that satisfies them both.
Older, poised and focused on his business, Mac didn’t expect to be hit with the kind of lust that Dixie incites. With his wealth and suaveness, he can have his pick of any woman in town but Dixie’s a hard one to resist and he doesn’t fight it too much.
This is a quick read and while it’s a cute story, it wasn’t consistent in the telling. As a reader, I don’t like to be told what happened, show me. I also don’t like important parts of the story to happen and I find out later that they happened. There were moments where we’re privy to Mac and Dixie’s conversation and I enjoyed those tremendously, but then the inevitable telling not showing started happening. Then there’s something about the dialogue that threw me off a bit too – the majority was informal and reflected the contractions of today’s society while some of it was a bit formal. I’m not sure a teenager even knows what ‘upon’ means.
I liked both the H/h well enough but I didn’t feel a great deal of familiarity. Their attraction is mutual and their subsequent tug of war was fun. Dixie’s formidable temper was a thing of beauty and made me laugh out loud a little too often. And while she’s hardheaded about accepting help from Mac he’s just as inflexible about getting help with the sabotage of the homes under construction.
I would have liked to know more about Mac and Dix’s separate pasts; they felt skimmed over, especially Mac’s. Other than an old fling, there’s nothing of his past that’s revealed. And then there’s the age thing – I really needed convincing of this couple and their age difference which wasn’t what bothered me, what bothered me was that she was only 21 to his 35.
The sexual content is mild but there’s an HEA and that made me happy.
Happy Reading Folks!
*Book provided by author for review
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by Maggie Adams
Release Date: November 30, 2014