Gage (The Barringer Brothers #1) by Tess Oliver

“No, it’s not that. It’s just when you brought up my grandfather and his health.” She put the phone away and stroked Ranger’s head. “Once my mom stopped coming to see him, I basically lost contact with him. I’d call him every once in awhile, but I know he wanted me to visit. I was always too busy. I was a terrible granddaughter, and he still left me everything.” Her voice broke. “Which proves you weren’t a terrible granddaughter at all. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have left it to you. I’m sure he’d be proud of what you’re doing now.” She turned toward me. “I’m sorry I called you a grizzly- shaped mountain man.” I laughed. “Trust me, Hollywood, I’ve been called a lot worse.”

Summer and Gage didn’t get off on the right foot…

She inherited the restaurant he was hoping to buy and he broke the sink in the women’s restroom taking care of some… carnal *ehem* needs.

Seth leaned in front of me and snapped my picture. I didn’t pull my attention from the stage. “What are you doing, you idiot?” He texted something and pressed send. “I sent a text to Luke to see if your expression looked familiar. Told him you were watching a hot girl sing on stage. I’m calling it the ‘gobsmacked by a chick’ look.” “What the fuck is that?” “Just like it sounds.” “What it sounds like is something that came out of Willy Wonka’s candy factory.” Seth’s phone beeped, and he glanced at the text. He laughed. “Luke says it is very familiar and that he warned you that it would happen someday. He also says that he is posting it to Instagram.”

She was the last person he was expecting to fall for, and she never thought she would trust a man so quickly.

Neither of them are getting what they thought they wanted, but both may be getting just what they need.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. My favorite character in this book would have to be Gage. He’s strong (he’s a lumberjack, so very strong) and he’s realistic. I feel like if I went to Montana tomorrow I could potentially run into him, he’s not a millionaire and he’s not an ass (well a little in the beginning, but I mean his dreams were kind of crushed…). Summer is also very interesting, she is an amazing singer (think agents and potential contracts) but she’s also a bit of a pushover. I really liked her growth in the story, she became stronger and more independent as the book continued and seemed to know what she really wanted by the end of the book. This can be read as a standalone, but it is a part of a series so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Summer in Gage in the books about his brothers.

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