Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox prefers to live his life the way he takes his coffee: Alone. Unless you count his basset hound, Waylon.
Knox doesn’t tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride.
Naomi wasn’t just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town where disputes are settled the old-fashioned way…with fists and beer. Usually in that order.
Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn’t changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi’s car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected. The niece Naomi didn’t know she had. Now she’s stuck in town with no car, no job, no plan, and no home with an 11-year-old going on thirty to take care of.
There’s a reason Knox doesn’t do complications or high-maintenance women, especially not the romantic ones. But since Naomi’s life imploded right in front of him, the least he can do is help her out of her jam. And just as soon as she stops getting into new trouble he can leave her alone and get back to his peaceful, solitary life.
At least, that’s the plan until the trouble turns to real danger.
This is a lighthearted, fun and funny story that brightened my day. Naomi is a runaway bride who’s been tricked by her evil twin and Knox is the unlikely knight-in-shining-denim who saves her. Naomi is strong and smart but realizes she’s spent her whole life trying to be perfect to make up for all the trouble caused by her evil twin. This is an opportunity for a fresh start to be herself so despite the stress of losing her job and being robbed, she’s happy to step up to raise her niece in this charming town.
Knox is the broody, grumpy local who doesn’t want to be drawn to her but can’t help himself. Waylay was a breath of fresh air because so many authors get it wrong when writing kids, they’re usually a distraction but Waylay is perfectly snarky and sweet and really adds to the story. Stef is the best friend every girl needs and we all need a Waylon in our lives, too. There’s a great supporting cast here so I really hope this is the start to a series. I’d love to read Nash and Lucien’s stories at the very least.