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Grit by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: 7th and Main #3
Published by Self-Published on September 3, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Melissa Oxford is a widow with a ranch, an orange grove, a goat-obsessed ten-year-old, and not enough time. She doesn’t have time to make friends. She doesn’t have time to stop and chat, and she definitely does not have time for a boyfriend.
Which is fine, because Cary Nakamura is far from being a boy. Cary’s the man who helped Melissa plant her trees. The friend who keeps offering advice, even when she’s is too stubborn to take it. He’s also the man who kissed Melissa in broad daylight on a sidewalk in Metlin, California, smack in the face of God and everyone.
But while Melissa may spend a little too long dreaming about Cary from a distance, she knows the kind of passion he promises is more than she can handle. She just doesn’t have the time.
But sometimes, no matter how busy you are, life makes you stop. It pulls you up short and makes you see things a little more clearly. Things like… The people you can count on. The dreams you keep pushing away. And the passion that can’t be denied.
GRIT is a stand-alone, friends-to-lovers romance in the Love Stories on 7th and Main series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of INK.
This author is one who takes a reader on a emotional journey using the diversity to bring her realistic characters to life. It is small things which add to the sensory build of the world like the orange trees. Grit is the second book set in the small town of Oakville near Medlin in California, in the 7th and Main series.
The characters are equally authentic. Cary is an old friend of Melissa’s husband, has lived next door to her for years, but is at least a decade older. He has helped Melissa since his death. After a period of grief, Melissa may be finally putting herself back into life beyond work. She, like many of us, has impossibly high standards for herself. She has to do it all, well and without help. I am thrilled she has Cary there for emotional support even if she won’t always accept anything else.
Cary is SUCH a good guy. He loves her and wants her. But he is SO patient. He makes sure to do what is in HER interest and what is best for her daughter. I love how he supports them (emotionally) without being intrusive like the in-laws. When things go badly, he’s there to help with kindness and even helps her to see what she can do for herself.
The story is not all hearts and flowers with romance. This is a realistic journey with death and difficulties, business struggles, family dynamics, beautiful countryside and friends / family dinners. It is life with some romance, not romance with a few bits of life. It is great to see characters from the earlier books and their progression briefly too.
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