I was sent this book as an advanced copy by A Novel Take for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.
A is for Ash Heartford.
Adorable, strong, and independent.
Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister.
Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news.
Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in.
Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart?
The story follows Ash, who works a lot of jobs to be able to pay for food and bills and most importantly to give his sister the education she deserves to have, and River, son of millionaires, who is still mourning for the loss of the old man who has been like a grandfather for him. The man who’s biologically Ash’s grandfather, and Ash never knew.
The two meet when River gives Ash a letter from the old man, and the two start a friendship that eventually turns into something more.
I really liked this book and I found the sudden-inheritance theme was handled delicately for the two MCs. On one side Ash learns about one side of his family that he never knew and has to deal with the fact that he’s now the owner of Silver Pines and decide what to do with it. On the side River is still dealing with his grief and he just wants what’s best for Ash.
The book is short and I’m glad that not a lot of time was wasted on the “conflict” part of the romance that’s always there around the 70-80% mark. It was mostly a light, feel-good read and it was also nice to first meet the protagonists of the next two books, Ben and Chance. It set up the atmosphere for the rest of the series in a nice way that makes the reader crave for more. It was fast and light and a perfect summer read.