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After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled…even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

 

Having to fend for herself for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC…

 

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One of the things I love about this story is that my hero and heroine are kind of trapped together. Oh, it’s not a mountaintop cabin a snowstorm—it’s a tiny cottage on the northern coast of Maine, in the middle of summer, and no one is being forced to stay. But Parker has a job to do: patch up the cottage so she can sell it as soon as humanly possible. When her father’s personal attorney shows up, she’s torn: he’s the last person whose help she wants, but she’d be silly to turn away the help. James worked as carpenter during college; Parker has never been to a hardware store before. But she’s not a prima donna…she’s willing to get down and dirty. Her afternoon swims are torment for James (even after a kid, she still rocks a bikini), and Parker finds herself with a bad case of ogling-the-hottie syndrome.

 

Parker, at least, tries to pretend to be unaffected by James, who is far too appealing. He’s been sent up to watch over her, she thinks, and clearly the last thing she needs is a relationship (especially with him), even if her plans did kinda sorta include a summer fling. Meanwhile, James is doing his best to get under Parker’s skin…and remind her about that one time they hooked up a couple years ago.

 

I’d love to give away a copy of Until There Was You, which was listed as one of Barnes & Noble’s six best romances of 2011, to a commenter. And thanks for stopping by today!

 

Kristan

www.kristanhiggins.com

www.Facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks

 

*Giveaway open to US contestants only

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