Falling in love is just not on Nora King’s To Do List…
Neither is accidentally super-gluing her shoe to her hand right before the biggest presentation of her life!
With all the hard work she’d put into securing the family business after her father’s death, Nora has no choice but to accept help from a knight in shining armour.
Disaster relief worker Ethan Love is still haunted by his last deployment, and desperate for distraction. He’s in town to ask Nora for a major favour, and swooping in to save her presentation is a sure way to get her on side.
As Ethan sticks around and helps Nora through her grief, her barriers tumble down…but will she dare to swap her To Do lists for a How to Fall in Love list?
The Love List is one of the contemporary romance releases in Harper Impulse's back catalogue. As mentioned in the blurb above it's a 'will they/won't they' struggle between Nora and Ethan, and although it took me a couple of chapters to get hooked, I was well and truly reeled in by the half way point and there was no way I was putting that book down until I found out if they were going to get together!
Being honest, Nora wasn't the kind of heroine I immediately warm to- although I admire a strong, career-minded woman I find them harder to relate to (because my life doesn't revolve around business deals and number crunching). However, as the plot developed I began to appreciate Nora's character more and why she sometimes came across in a less than endearing light.
Ethan Love on the other hand...he was wonderful right from the start! I think I'm still swooning. A kind hearted, charitable hunk of a man who cares about his family and runs his own business to boot- there's not a lot that doesn't appeal about that! The tension between him and Nora is sizzling, and I especially love the bike scenes- phew! Is it getting hot in here?!
Their story is complicated, partly because they are wary of getting too emotionally involved after previous set-backs in life. Add in family complications, where a shared relative who needs a stable influence could be affected by their actions and their love story appears to be one that is over before it begins...
The love list of the title, which I'd assumed the plot would be built around, isn't revealed until right near the end, but when it is it shows that maybe Nora has always been a girl who deep down knows exactly what she wants. It certainly gave me pause to wonder what I would have been looking for as a ten year old and whether the adult me would have been looking for the same.
The Love List is an entertaining read with some red-hot scenes and touching moments, and I'm left wanting more of Ethan! I'm looking forward to reading Her Best Laid Plans next, which is actually the first in the series (although the books can be read and enjoyed as stand alones- which this review is testament to!).
With thanks to Harper Impulse for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
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Growing up in locations like Botswana and Venezuela gave me quite the taste for adventure and my love for romances began when my mother shoved one into my hands in a desperate attempt to keep me quiet during TV coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals!
When I wasn’t consuming books by the bucket-load, I could be found pretending to be a damsel in distress or running around solving mysteries and writing down my adventures. As a teenager, I wrote countless episodes of TV detective dramas so the hero and heroine would end up together every week. As an adult, I worked in a library to conveniently continue consuming books by the bucket-load, until realising I was destined to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense myself. I live in leafy Surrey in the UK, a book-devouring, slightly melodramatic, romance-writing sassy heroine with my very own sexy hero husband!