It's New Year's Eve...and now or never for these two hearts When a woman with no faith in love meets the quintessential nice guy determined to breach her mile-high walls, sparks fly as both fight a decidedly unwelcome but equally unavoidable attraction. Steph Hargrove was a bombshell, a sexy, intrepid woman operating in the business world with guts, brains and daring. She was accustomed to going after whatever she wanted until a man she called friend betrayed her and the company she’d helped build—and nearly killed her in the process. Since that time, she’s been a shadow of the wild, wicked woman who’d carved a swath through her world. Gavin O’Neill is an artisan with wood, a gardener, a restorer of battered homes and a savior of strays. When first he meets the wounded woman who postures as invincible and worldly, the sadness in her eyes draws him even more than her lush figure does. However she insists otherwise, he sees that she needs the kindness and friendship he can give to her while he’s waiting for the woman of his dreams, who will be small and soft and sweet, different in every way from the woman he keeps returning to see. Yet while he’s not interested in the virago and she refuses to be nurtured, a potent attraction keeps them circling each other. And while they’re busy listing the reasons they’re unsuited, something powerful is growing between them. New Year’s Eve is for lovers and new beginnings…will these two stubborn souls take the risk?
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I want to move to Sweetgrass Springs and bask in the love of this Texas town that warms my heart every time I visit. Gavin O'Neill has a gregarious nature and an abundant love of life that I found absolutely irresistible. He's a big man with a huge heart that's filled with compassion for town newcomer Steph Hargrove, a party girl who scoffs at marriage and prefers the anonymity of a one night stand. Gavin is attracted to her and he just can't resist the challenge of uncovering the softness Stephanie hides behind her antagonistic personality. She's bound and determined to spend her life alone while she keeps her heart locked away, but there's no way Stephanie can resist Gavin's Irish charm. I read a complimentary copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my unsolicited and voluntary review are completely my own.