The Shaughnessy brothers—Aiden in particular—have spent the years since their mother’s untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. And Aiden has managed pretty well so far. But his father is starting to worry he’s neglected himself. At the age of thirty-four, he is successful and handsome, and he still has no grandchildren!
Aiden’s met plenty of attractive women over the years, but who has the time? It isn’t until he meets Zoe, a designer on one of his jobs, that he starts realizing he wants something more…
3 out of 5 stars
This story is told in the third person, and it’s not always clear who is doing the talking.
Zoe Dalton is new to North Carolina, and her first job as an interior designer is to assist Aidan Shaughnessy, one of the most difficult construction owners in the area. Aidan goes through designers like water; none of them are good enough, until Zoe shows up.
First and foremost, Aidan was a giant dick. I don’t remember the last time I disliked a hero as much as him. He is the oldest of 6 kids whose mother died when he was young, and took over as the “go to person” and decision maker of his family, to the point that his whole life was put on hold for many years.
Zoe was kind of a doormat. Aidan would treat her like shit, and she would forgive him and they would start over. I did like Zoe, but I wish she would have stood up for herself a little more.
The main reason I finished this book and will read the next one is because of the rest of the Shaughnessy family. In particular, the dad, Ian and Aidan’s sister Darcy. They were great characters. I also liked the brothers as well.
I didn’t care for the third person writing style – it was sometimes hard to tell who was thinking/talking. I’m hoping it gets better in the next book.