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On the roof of a house outside Truelove, Maine, master carpenter Max Doyle looks down through a skylight and sees the most beautiful woman he’s ever laid eyes on. She’s naked, she’s gorgeous, and everything about her is perfect, down to the ball-busting tattoo of a rose that wraps around her hip. But it isn’t just any woman making his knees buckle. It’s his best friend, Rosie Madden. And as he stands there, mesmerized and precariously close to toppling off the roof, he knows he’ll never, ever be able to look at her the same way again.
Rosie can’t help but notice that Max is suddenly acting very strange—lots of long stares, totally tongue-tied, and not at all like the slightly cocky hunk she’s proud to call her best friend. She can’t figure it out, until later that night when Max rescues her from the world’s worst date, challenges her to a game of pool, and shows her just exactly what she’s got him thinking about. Repeatedly.
But life is complicated. Rosie’s cat, Julia Caesar, wants to eat Max’s dog Cupcake for an afternoon snack. A dream job threatens to pull them apart. And another glance through the skylight changes everything, one more time. Yet try as they might, they can’t go back to being just friends, because falling in love with the one you’ve always adored?
It feels so good.
4.5 Alpha Dog Stars!
I really adored this delightful, friends to lovers romance. It was funny, quirky, sweet and very sexy! Max and Rosie have been best friends since middle school. They knew each other so well, they finished each other's sentences, and were each other's emergency contacts. Max, the sexy carpenter, is all alpha, fierce protector, loyal, and so very sweet. Rosie is beautiful, smart, funny and loves to ballbust. When Max accidentally sees Rosie naked, it awakens something he has tried to ignore. He has only ever had eyes for Rosie and he was going to finally make her his. Rosie is helpless to deny the chemistry she and Max have. His sweep-me-off-my-feet kiss, has her desperate to never lose the one man who anchors her, being her rock and compass. But turning Max down is impossible. Max unleashes a wild side in Rosie that she knows is reserved only for him. They are so perfect together. Their banter is fun and flirty, they see perfection in each others quirks and their chemistry is explosive. They live in small town Maine with interesting residents, a sweet little puppy named cupcake, and a grumpy cat named Julia Caesar, who all add to the fun and emotion of this story. There were so many laugh out loud moments, along with some very touching, heartwarming and passionate moments as well. This is a great start to the new Alpha Dogs series and I am looking forward to more!
How sweet and good it is....
"She was like that—looking into her eyes was like that—like a deep dive into the ocean, where all I could hear was my heartbeat. But all I wanted to hear was hers."
Nostalgia. It takes us back to a place where we always long to be, but only exists in our memories of long summer days and nights. Memories that are awakened by a smell, a taste, a song, a look, a hug, a kiss or just a touch. I was transported back in time as I read this story of Max and Rosie. It's a place I miss so much. This was the perfect summer read. It's sweet, oh so swoony, romantic and boy oh boy does it bring back the memories.
As I was reading this, I had a song in my head that is the soundtrack of a time in my life that was so much like Max and Rosie's. The song was of course by Bono and U2 - With or Without You. And wouldn't you know it, that song became part of this story. Good lord. Talk about goosebumps. Although, this part of my life ended devastatingly different, I know it's a part of who I am today.
Max - he just swept me off his feet. He's a no nonsense, naughty minded guy with a heart of gold. He's an absolute marshmallow and the butterflies took flight in my tummy from all he did. I thought he was more like a German Shepherd kind of a guy, but then a little chihuahua comes along and he's naming her Cupcake and taking her shopping for everything under the sun. I kept waiting for him to present her a light teal colored box with a silk white bow containing a Return to Max heart shaped silver choker! When he loves - he loves deeply and forever.
Rosie - she reminded me a lot of myself. She's a little clumsy, a self starter, has no filter and no off switch. She inherits a plus sized Scottish fold with an appetite only for Spam. Was this cat from Hawaii? She has a naughty side to her that is oh so fun and I absolutely loved her!
This story has all the feels. It makes you long for the days of making s'mores, lighting sparklers, running thru the sprinklers, playing ghosts in the graveyard, catching fireflies and sleeping outside under the stars. Once again Nicola Rendell has wowed me with her words and taken me on a journey that I loved from the very first chapter until The End.