Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 3 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Harper's Place from Roane Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity. You can't fake these stars, baby!
Harper Grey is fed up with over-bearing men. Her father wants to sell the family hamburger joint to her brother because a woman could never make it successful.
Harper knows she has the same flair for business as her mother, and sexy Navy SEAL Patrick O’Brien dares her to prove it to the world.
When duty calls and Patrick must leave her side, will Harper be strong enough to make her dream a reality?
First Line: "Shaking the snow off my jacket, I push open the door of Just Burgers. The place reeks of scorched meat. Dad burned a hamburger again..."
Family feuds. Friends becoming lovers. Sheryl Winters ain't holdin' back on this one! She sheathes these pages with endearing, sweet romance.
Oh, you wish to be tossed into the romantic abyss? Your wish is my command! Let's begin.
We are first introduced to Harper Grey, a young woman with endless talents in food, restauranteering, and the business world... but no place to use them. Harper's family (specifically her father) owns a restaurant called Just Burgers, and while her brother trolls around the facility acting like the place is trash, she hopes her father will see her passion and give the restaurant to her.
Except he doesn't.
...I didn't quit, you fired me so you could shut down Just Burgers instead of letting your daughter run it remember?
Stop. it. right. now. Is there anyone in this world that believes in Harper? Please, raise your hand. Or you can be like the dreamy Patrick O'Brien. Patrick decides to just saunter over and steal Harper's heart from over that spotless counter. Order UP!
I open the door and I'm greeted with dead space. A masculine hand thrusts a bouquet of flowers in front of me. "I didn't take you for a roses type of girl." Patrick leans in to kiss my cheek. He's paired his light blue pair of jeans with a black tee-shirt and gray sports jacket. It only seems to reemphasize the smooth definition of the muscles in his arms.
And muscles this man HAS! Patrick O'Brian is a MAN, my friends. Navy SEAL. Kind. Loyal. *Sigh*
Patrick has been in Harper's life since they were teens. On a break from Afghanistan, Patrick stops by Just Burgers per his usual routine. Here, Harper confides in him, the two eventually canoodle in dark places.
But what happens when Patrick leaves for war again? Harper doesn't have time for a man amidst this disaster! After Harper gets rejected by her father, she is preoccupied with finding a way to make her dreams come to life... and her mind seems to have no capacity for her lover overseas.
Patrick called. He said he'd call again next week.
How many weeks has it been since they last spoke?... Time sure does fly when you're distracted...
How is Harper going to fix her mess of a life? All of the odds are stacked against her? How can she hold onto her relationship with the only man who supports her? Things are getting messy, my #crazies. Harper is in for the ride of her life, and with her constant fog of rejection that saunters in her wake, I'm not quite sure how she's going to come out at the end of this one!
Harper's Place is captivating, addicting, and totally swoon worthy. Sheryl has an unparalleled ability to tell short flirty stories. Sheryl will take you on a journey through Harper's thoughts, her highs, and her lows.
Harper's Place is everything a ★★★★★ novella should be!