Sarina Gabriel recently inherited a Victorian money-pit of a mansion. Logic dictates that she sell it, but, still grieving her grandmother’s death, she longs to keep something from her mysterious past. As she explores the house, she discovers some family secrets that just might put the historic mansion on the Hill Country map and give Sarina the roots she’s always wanted. But can she trust Drake Dunmore who promises to help her restore the mansion to its former glory, or will he break her trust and her heart?
Drake Dunmore knows a good deal in houses, and in women. He wants to buy Sarina’s historic mansion and develop the property. Confident, he sets out to charm and to persuade the beautiful new owner, Sarina, to sell it to him. A funny thing happens. He falls for Sarina and volunteers to help her restore the mansion and discover her heritage. His father and his ex-girlfriend stand in their way. Can he prove to Sarina that he has her best interests at heart?
Titles in the Brides of Blossom, Texas include – Closing the Deal –
Title: Closing the Deal
Series: Brides of Blossom, Texas #1
Author: Lenora Worth
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Small Town Romance
Published: June 10, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
CLOSING THE DEAL is the opening story in the Brides of Blossom, Texas series by Lenora Worth. I can’t even call this one a slow burn although Drake and Sarina certainly do have chemistry between them, this one is a clean read all the way through. There is world building in this one, and while I expect that in the first story of a series there wasn’t a lot to draw me to this couple beyond the surface. Don’t get me wrong though, I completely enjoyed their story but there are many small stories, secondary characters that might play main ones later in the series and background to gather – so I simply wish that Sarina and Drake had gotten more personal on the page time so that I could deeply care about them. Having said that, this story is novella length, so that has a lot to do with how much of their story was packed into CLOSING THE DEAL. As it stands I liked them just fine, I simply didn’t fall in love with them.
Sarina’s now deceased grandmother’s Bed and Breakfast/Wedding Venue old Victorian mansion is important to the town, to the people who work there, and to Sarina’s finding out the truth of her heritage. She’s torn between staying and building a life here with a renovated mansion or selling quickly and returning to the city. A few surprises within that building may just change her mind, and one handsome developer could hold the key to her heart and her future in this town – if she can trust him. And here comes the catch, for Drake and his father’s company have far different plans for the property should she sell. Watching Sarina come to her decision and Drake changing his priorities was an interesting journey. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more as the series continues.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available for the Kindle