On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.
Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.
But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?
4 out of 5 stars
I’m always attracted to a book cover with a man and a dog. I am a major dog lover, and seeing a man with a dog in swoon-worthy. What the blurb on goodreads doesn’t tell you is how Max came to get the dog, which is an even better story (which I won’t spoil).
Max and Rosie have been best friends forever. I firmly believe men and women cannot be best friends and be single. There is always a sexual tension there, but that is just my opinion. Pretty much every person in their lives know they will end up together, but it takes Max seeing Rosie naked through a skylight when fixing her house to get the ball into motion.
Max was a total alpha male. As soon as he and Rosie got together, he took over. He believed it was his job to protect her. Shortly after, Max had an incident with his house and needed a place to stay, so he stayed with Rosie. Rosie inherited a cat from her grandmother (along with her fixer-upper), and her cat, Julia Caesar (love that name) does not like Max’s dog, Cupcake. At all. The back and forth about the dog and cat was actually quite funny. Made the book better.
Rosie was a strong character, and I really liked her. One thing I would point out, not as a criticism but more of an observation, is the following:
- Rosie didn’t seem to have any friends other than Max (none were mentioned)
- Max only had one friend, Fletcher (who I’m sure the next book will be about)
- Neither Max nor Rosie spoke of any living relatives, which seemed very strange to me
I loved that this book was told in both Rosie and Max’s POV. Makes the book so much better. I would recommend this cute little Kindle Unlimited find.