Author: Barbara Elsborg
Publication Date: July 1, 2020
Length: 308 pages
Reviewed by Truus
Finding his fiancé in bed with his brother was bad enough, finding out they’re getting married is the final blow.
Devan Smith needs to cool his anger. He needs to forget the lies and betrayals and work on resetting his life. When his boss orders him to scope out a remote hotel for a possible buyout, Devan’s only interested in getting the job done and getting out. What he’s not interested in is the guy with the piercings, bleached hair, and the smart, kissable mouth behind the reception desk.
Working the hotel reception is the only thing that’s stable in Jonty Bloom’s unstable life. His best friend has had a terrible accident, his ex refuses to move on, and his eight-year-old self is still waiting for his mother to collect him from school. Jonty needs his job. What he doesn’t need is the rude, arrogant, and hot as they come guy who’s rocked up demanding he be let into his room right now.
Thrown together by a freak accident, Devan and Jonty’s lives entwine, and neither wants to loosen the knot. Can the irrepressible Jonty be the reset Devan needs? Can Devan be the making of Jonty Bloom, or will secrets drive them apart?
First in the Unfinished Business series. All books are standalones.
A bow to this author who managed to create a heartbreaking story without the feeling that it couldn’t be mended again. It was all breathtaking!
One thing is for sure Tay is Jonty’s best friend! Throughout the whole story, the friendship is there.
Jonty is alone and broken, you can feel it in every written line. His witty snarky humor hides his brokenness.
When haughty Devan enters the hotel where Jonty works Jonty can’t help but play a bit with Devan. Devan bites back.
Devan is on a holiday, not really, but he escaped home. He found his fiancé in bed with... his brother. He can’t face them anymore not after they planned to get married.
He’s angry, furious and when you can read between the lines you’ll understand he’s hurt, deeply.
He finds the hotel nice, but it needs an upgrade and some new employees because this guy Jonty annoys him so very much! Buying the owner out and make it a big 5-star hotel. That’s the plan.
“This futile, irritating attraction was starting to annoy him. He was even annoyed that he partly enjoyed it annoying him.”
After they are together in a death threatening experience... things start changing. Omg how things around them are changing, it was in a breathtaking way. Jonty shows Devan his life.
By the misty bits, Jonty reveals to Devan, he (and we) understand Jonty is full of secrets, secrets and hurt, every wave of hurt he smiles and talks away. Devan is in awe and in love.
An extended and beautifully written narrative. There is a lot of activity, fun ones and quite disturbing ones. There is a stalker to find, and horrible exes, stubborn family, painful pasts, bright-looking futures, joy and laughter, hope so much hope, wonderful friendships, dedicated friends, and worshipping lovers. What a ride, what a story. The author did a tremendous job.
From first sight, I understood Jonty was something special and precious.
His life is complicated and several heavy issues weighing on his shoulders. If the use of his mouth is an indication you can conclude it was a lot. He was exhaustedly overwhelming with words.
This is an exceptional story, while I loved every bit of it, I would also be satisfied with a bit less, it was a lot to take in. It was too large to read in one sit, I took every available free minute to read and read. After finishing I couldn’t let them go.
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