Title: Closing the Deal
Author: Lenora Worth
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: June 10, 2019
Page Count: 157
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Can discovering her past create her future?
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 persuade the beautiful new owner, Sarina, to sell it to him. 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?
Closing the Deal by Lenora Worth is the first book in the new contemporary romance The Brides of Blossom, Texas series. This opener to the series is a clean romance novella and is fine to be read as a standalone as it seems the series will be one to change characters each book.
Sarina Gabriel returned home after the passing of her grandmother after spending the last several years in the city. Sarina finds her grandmother has left her her Victorian mansion that she has been running as a business catering to long time clients. The property however will need a ton of work so Sarina will need to decide whether to stay or sell and return to the city.
Sarina knew a lot of townsfolk relied on her grandmother’s business and those along with her long time friends would like her to stay. She had set up a meeting with a contractor to see what would need to be done but ins tead of her appointment she finds Drake Dunmore, a real estate investor, checking out the property.
As odd as it sounds I almost think the market that would most appreciate this short and sweet novella would be those with a fascination for architecture and renovation, HGTV anyone? Sarina’s inheritance plays almost a bigger role than Drake, her love interest. I would have liked more depth to the two of them together instead of throwing in so much around them in a short read leaving me to rate this one at 3 1/2 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Lenora Worth is a member of both the RWA and ACFW Honor Rolls. She writes inspirational fiction for Harlequin’s Love Inspired and sweet romance for Tule Publishing. She also helped launch the Rodeo Knights Western Romance imprint. Her LIS Body of Evidence made the NY Times Bestseller list and she is also a USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestselling author. In 2016, she received a Romantic Times Pioneers of Fiction Award. Three of her books have been nominated for the ACFW Carol Award and she is an RWA RITA finalist. Lenora has written 80 books and has an estimated 3 million books in print. She loves cheesecake, shoe shopping, walking on the beach and reading.