Monday, December 8, 2014

Up to Me (Shore Secrets)

Up to Me (Shore Secrets) by Christi Barth

Ella Mayhew's always appreciated the beautiful view of Seneca Lake from the spa window of her family's hotel.But the view improves dramatically when a hot stranger runs across the grounds—shirtless. He's the first man to kickstart her hormones in the three years since she lost her parents, and she doesn't even know his name.
Graydon Locke's on his umpteenth undercover assignment. The routine's always the same: assess a business, recommend it for closure, then roll out before anyone discovers his decisions impact hundreds of lives. He's always believed nothing good comes out of small towns. Why would this one be different? Then he makes two classic rookie mistakes—falling for the sweet, sexy girl who owns the very business he's on the verge of axing. And letting the town's residents get involved in both his life, and his relationship with Ella.
Ella's the best thing to ever happen to Gray, but he's lied to her from the start. If he pulls the plug on Mayhew Manor, the entire town may crumble. Ella couldn't save her parents, but it's up to her to save their hotel. Even if that means turning her back on true love.

3.0 out of 5 stars SweetDecember 8, 2014
This was an ok romance. I feel that with Ella being as "iffy" about love and relationships as she is made out to be, and Gray's anit-personal attitude, that instant love at first sight was too much, too unbelievable. As the 2 got to know each other, and you felt the relationship build, I felt it more. I like seeing that they both had messed up pasts and were able to connect regardless of those. Seeing their characters grow throughout and become stronger, made for a sweet romance. This was a sweet read, a little sexy thrown in. I hated how the town felt the need to push Ella the way they felt she should go, but in the end, seeing her stand on her own was great. (not a spoiler, just saying, she grew a backbone throughout the story and it impressed me.)
If you want a sweet romance, take the time to read this, I just felt the author should have been more consistant in regards to Ella either being fragile or not, and how her attitude and actions didn't always match.

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