Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.
Trouble is, their chemistry could spoil their dreams.
Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it's a contest she was meant to win.
Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy--but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.
But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole's proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition--with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it's not just the house on the line, it's their hearts.
"An interesting story that keeps the reader involved with the struggle the main characters have making their dreams come true." --"Romantic Times," 4-star review
." . . sparkling contemporary tale of competing ambitions, wounded personalities, and powerful attraction." --"Publishers Weekly"
"Hunter skillfully combines elements of romance, family stories, and kitchen disasters." --"Library Journal"
." . . a warm, inspirational tale of ambition, confidence, family, and love." --"Booklist"