This was a pretty cute romance story with some very real sadness mixed in. Ellie and Finn are both EXTREMELY competitive and think of themselves as opposites but really they are so much alike. Both are stubborn, both come from a difficult childhood for different reasons, and both are trying to make their adult lives work. They have also been competitors since childhood, each trying to outdo the other in everything.
Ellie has to return home when she finds out that her father has advanced Alzheimer’s and can no longer run the family business, McDermott’s Funeral Home. Ellie has to choose between her life and career that’s just taking off or moving back home to care for her dad which will be costly. Finn has settled himself back in Harmony Hills after having been in the Marine’s. He comes home to care for his own mother, and starts up his own business, a funeral home. Finn’s goal is to buy out McDermott’s but Ellie resists and this fires up the competitive spark in Finn and Ellie as they battle things out for the towns business. The setting of competing funeral homes for a romance novel is unique and I was a bit leery, but it really didn’t hamper anything.
Ellie and Finn’s competitiveness was the best part of the story. Even though they hadn’t seen each other for years, they still knew just how to push the others buttons. Knowing there was sexual chemistry behind all the competing was fun to read. This story was also pretty sad at times, especially in relation to Ellie’s dad, Mark, being so sick. I felt for Ellie and what she was trying to accomplish. I also felt for Finn, a guy who just wants to protect what is his. He made me swoon a few times, especially at the end!
My rating: 3.5 stars
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Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.