After J.D. Carver informs the police that his boss at the construction site is using inferior material, the company closes and the owner goes to jail. Everyone blames J.D. for losing their jobs, but he couldn't stand to see people hurt if the building collapsed. An unexpected inheritance gets J.D. out of town. He is now the part-owner of the Star Lake Lodge. Expecting the Lawrence family to be upset that an outsider now owns part of their enterprise, J.D. is suspicious when he is welcomed with open arms. Dru Lawrence doesn't need a man in her life. But her young son has a case of hero-worship and the sexual chemistry between J.D. and Dru is off the charts. Giving into the chemistry is easy. Trying to convince J.D. that he is worthy of her love may take a little while.
J.D. grew up in a series of foster homes never feeling loved. Now he is very cynical and untrusting, believing that the Lawrence family will somehow try to take away his portion of the lodge. Dru also grew up without the love of her parents. But she was lucky enough to be sent to live with her aunt and uncle at the lodge. There they cared for her and her son, Tate.
This is a cute contemporary romance with some funny moments. The characters in this book are well developed, including the secondary characters. I really enjoyed Dru's Aunt Sophie who is dealing with the hot flashes of menopause and a short temper. She sees the attraction between Dru and J.D. and is constantly throwing them together. My only drawback with this story was J.D.'s constantly thinking he is not good enough for Dru. That went on a little too long. My rating: 4 Stars.
An unexpected inheritance that gives him a share of an eastern Washington resort lodge couldn't have come at a better time for J.D. Carver. He's fed up with his life in Seattle and heads for Star Lake Lodge expecting to be met with hostility from the other owners. What he finds is the warm and welcoming Lawrence clan. J.D. takes one look at beautiful Drucilla Lawrence and immediately wants her, while Dru says hello to the handsome carpenter and begins to hyperventilate.
Neither of them are pleased by their instant attraction, for J.D.'s childhood spent in foster homes has taught him not to trust anyone, and Dru has purposely closed her heart to romance following an involvement that left her alone and pregnant. But J.D. is determined to claim his inheritance, and that decision compels him to remain at the Lodge, thus enmeshing himself in the Lawrences' daily life, especially Dru's. When unfinished business from his life in Seattle appears to threaten both him and the Lawrences, J.D. has to think fast before someone is killed. But could the threat to Dru's and J.D.'s hearts be even greater than the threat to their lives?
J.D.'s childhood was spent in foster homes, where he learned not to believe in love and family support. The one time he did, he thought he had been betrayed. Dru's childhood was almost as insecure, since her parents continually left her with sitters or her aunt & uncle to pursue their own pleasure. Neither one has much reason to trust, and both are going to have to learn how...
J.D. Carver learned life's tough lessons on the streets, so when an unexpected inheritance sends him to the Star Lake Lodge to claim his half, he's expecting trouble. Being greeted with open arms by the whole Lawrence gang--feisty Aunt Sophie and calm Uncle Ben, clearly off-limits Dru and her young son, Tate--just convinces him they're working an angle, and he's determined to uncover it. Even though a tiny part of himlongs for the home-and-hearth life they have...
Dru's finally beaten her bad-girl reputation, and though life at the Lodge may not be exciting, she' fiercely protective of her quiet home. Hard-eyed J.D.'s ability to push all her buttons--some of which haven't been pushed in way too long--just proves how wrong he is for her. So why does her son hero-worship the guy? And why does her heart clench when he gets that "nose pressed against the candy shop window" look on his face?
They thought they knew everythikng their lives had to offer...until they met. Can a failed good girl and a guy who never caught a breaK learn to believe in one another long enough to trust their love?