author: Kayt Miller
series: Zodiac Hills #1
published: 26 October 2021
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LouMy life is great. Perfect really.I mean, I’m thirty-two and I live with my dad…All right, let me say this a different way. I have the best job in the world. I get to painstakingly renovate old houses—diamonds in the rough—until they’re polished gems. What woman can say that? I work alone most of the time and I like it that way.Okay, maybe I wish I could find someone nice to work alongside me, a partner in life, or better yet, someone tall, dark, and sexy, like the guy who waltzes into my latest project uninvited. Sadly for him, he ends up with wood stain all over his face and shirt.What?He startled me.
ChaseI can’t resist stopping into the huge old Queen Ann house in the town off the highway. Sure, it’s late, but I knocked.I did.I heard someone inside singing badly at the top of their lungs. And when I get a look at her from behind, with her hands in the air singing like her life depends on it, well, I couldn’t help myself. I had to meet her.She turns out to be a surprise. A beauty wrapped in flannel and a tool belt. She’s nothing like the women I’ve met or even dated before with her affinity to early-bird dining and meatloaf covered in mashed potatoes. No, she’s nothing like the women I’ve known.And I’m okay with that.More than okay.It’s too bad I’m only in town for a few days. I could get used to Lou Hamlin.
This is the first book in the new Zodiac Hills series, and I love the premise. A reality show films in the town, using the “Zodiac” of the town’s name as its hook. And then the romance ensues. It’s a great premise, unlike anything I’ve read before.
Lou is my favorite kind of female lead. She’s strong, she’s capable, and she’s driven. She’s also smart and independent. Chase was a bit on the “I want to throat-punch him” side for much of the book, but he’s built to be that way for reasons I won’t go into… too spoilery. The entire cast of characters was fabulous, and I can’t wait to see more of them.
I loved the romance, but I also loved the mystery and suspense parts of the story. There were a lot of twists and turns, a lot of whodunit’s, and it really made for an engrossing read.
As I feel about all Kayt Miller books, I loved it!!
note: This was previously titled Aries & Libra.