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Series: Summerhill #2
Released: February 12, 2014 by Phoenix Rising Enterprises (Self-Published)
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Portia Summerhill feels like a loser.
Thirty-something, jobless, and living at home… How could she not? Next to her accomplished sisters, Portia’s achievements—or lack thereof—are that much more noticeable.
The one thing Portia can claim is expert knowledge on antiques and her ancestry, and in a moment of serendipity, the perfect job lands in her lap: curator at the Museum of British Peerage. There’s one caveat: the museum won’t hire her unless she brings the family jewels with her. Or, more specifically, the infamous Summerhill tiara.
Except a cowboy hotelier stands between her and her tiara. Jackson Waite needs help getting his newest posh hotel launched and, luckily for Portia, he’s willing to make a trade. If she helps him meet the deadline for his new resort, he’ll give her the tiara. Only, the more time she spends with Jackson, the more Portia wonders if she wants the tiara or the man keeping it from her.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Portia may lead a life of privilege, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, it seems that everything she took for granted has been turned upside down. The father she adored turned out not only to be a cheater, but to have a whole other family on the side. The home she loved and expected to one day inherit has in fact been sold to a resort company. And it seems that without an education, she may never find a purpose in life.
When her mother suggests she apply for a position at a museum, she’s not sure there’s any point, but she goes along with it anyway, only to find herself absolutely determined to win the job once she sits down for the interview. There’s a pretty big catch, though. Despite her knowledge, the only way they’ll take her on is if she provides them with the Summerhill tiara, a family heirloom that was conceded to whoever now owns the family estate she once thought she’d inherit.
Jackson isn’t living life on his own terms. Sidelining his own plans for his future, he’s stuck managing his father’s business, and just when he thinks he might be able to do something for himself, he finds himself headed to England to check on yet another property his father has purchased.
This was a strange read for me — not a bad read, just a strange one. While I loved Jackson, I didn’t really feel much connection to Portia, probably because of her circumstances. She’s titled, lives and breathes propriety, and leads such an incredibly different life than any I can imagine. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her, though, trying so hard to become her own person and being looked at more for her family name than anything. Seeing Jackson take a liking to her, the way he wasn’t distracted by her title or place in society was great. What I really fell in love with, though, was the side story.
Quinn, Jackson’s second in command, and Meredith, Jackson’s ex-fiance, were what kept me turning the pages almost faster than I could read. I didn’t expect this view of another couple’s budding relationship, and I absolutely loved both of them. Jackson was hot, but give me Quinn any day. His pursuit of Meredith was teasing but strong, subtle but take-no-prisoners, and completely fascinating. I know I’m probably supposed to be talking more about the main two characters, but Quinn and Meredith simply stole the show for me. Perhaps if I hadn’t been so taken with them, I might have gotten more into the main story, but then again, I think the way the book turned to two full-fledged romances at once is simply brilliant. If you love to read about love, this one’s a double-win!