I loved this novella by Magdalena Scott; it’s a sweet romance with just a little bit of spice and is part of the “Ladies of Legend” series by a group of authors. This novella can be read as a stand alone book, it’s not necessary to read the rest of the series first. The characters are well written and the plot moved at a very comfortable pace. This story truly brings out nostalgia about living in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else and where the community comes together to help each other achieve the best.
Chloe McClain is an artist with a plan, she wants to rehab one of the older buildings in town into becoming her art gallery where she would not only work on her art but also display her art. She’s a hometown girl who has come home to “give back” to her community. The problem is that the building is a total wreck and she has a short time frame in which the work needs to get done. Her cousin Mike works for “Deluxe Home Improvements” a newer business in town and it is suggested that she hire them. Chloe is a woman who knows what she wants ….and she wants what she wants and won’t settle for anything less.
Greg Andrews is a contractor with a past and he doesn’t think much of women. When he is approached by Chloe to take on her renovation job, he’s dead set against it. He would rather tear the building down and build from scratch- but that’s not how things are done in Legend, Tennessee and he is slowly coming to understand that. He is immediately attracted to Chloe but also thinks that she is a difficult person and perhaps somewhat crazy with her demands that the project be completed in 30 days. He basically blows off the job until he is confronted by Mike, who points out that in Legend the McClains have a long and powerful reach that can make or break a business and so far the McClains have gone out of their way to help him.
Once Greg accepts the job and starts the work with his crew, Chloe decides that she owes it to society to teach him a lesson in manners and that women are good for more than just the bedroom. Little does she know that they are both going to learn things about themselves during her “lessons”. The interaction between the characters is really great as they come into contact with each other on a daily basis and you can see the attraction continue to build and heat up. The contributions from the supporting cast are also very well written.
The story has a happy for now ending and I’m really looking forward to what the authors that write this series bring. I’m hoping that we get to see both Greg and Chloe again as I would like to know how their story continues. I definitely plan to read the rest of the series that is already published.