by Inés Saint
Series: Spinning Hills #1
Published by: Kensington
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Filled with storybook architecture and rich with history, the town of Spinning Hills, Ohio, has seen better days. Now the Amador brothers are determined to restore the neglected community to its former glory. But it takes more than a hammer and nails to make a house a home… Perfumer Holly Bell has a nose for scents and a head for dreams. A former military brat who longs to put down roots in Spinning Hills, she’s been saving for years to buy a certain ramshackle Craftsman for herself and her young daughter. For once in her life, everything’s going according to plan—until a real estate flipper steals the house out from under her! She can’t afford to outbid him—but she can’t seem to stop thinking about him either... Dan Amador isn’t back in Spinning Hills to stay. Checking on his brothers and renovating one house in the family tradition will be plenty until it’s time to move on. Yet what seemed easy turns out to be anything but, especially when it comes to the gorgeous single mom who lives next door. Before he knows it, Dan seems to be creating the house of her dreams. He doesn’t believe in the kind of fairy tale ending Holly longs for—but he can’t deny that her stubborn optimism has found its way into his heart…
Flipped by Ines Saint is the first novel, in her new small-town contemporary romance series called Spinning Hills. I was drawn to Flipped because I love watching shows about flipping houses. Flipped offered small-town charm, banter and sweet moments making it the perfect read for a summer afternoon escape.
Coffee Dates with Flipped!
- First Date: Holly Bell is a single divorced Mom and has the night off. She decides to take an unauthorized walk into “her” future home after learning the bank accepted her offer. Holly has big plans for the rundown Craftsman and has spent the last five years saving to realize those dreams. The events that unfold have me giggling and annoyed when we discover Dan Amador has outbid her and now owns the house. These two have chemistry but I would not exactly call it sizzling, unless thoughts of frying up Dan are romantic. I have a feeling we are in for a ride.
- Second Date: I love this quirky little town.Dan is a bone-headed idiot at the moment, but I have hopes. The banter between Holly and Dan slowly develops into friendship and more. Saint weaves in wonderful secondary characters from the other Amador brothers to Holly’s daughter. We get plenty of banter as Dan makes some assumptions that quickly get him in trouble with folks. It was fun watching him make amends and discover how wrong he was. Holly is a perfumer and I liked her snark and independent streak. Saint does a wonderful job of fleshing out Dan and bringing me around to liking him.
- Third Date: Growing pains, a little two-step and some “ah ha” moments had me flipping the pages, swooning a little and losing myself within the story. When I began reading, I did not realize this was the first in a series. In fact, I often felt like I had missed something regarding secondary characters and eventually stopped reading to see if this was perhaps the third book in a series. I was surprised to find it was the first. Secondary characters piqued my interest but felt information was lacking. I enjoyed the romance, which was slow burning and offered passionate kisses and eventually some heat.
Caffeinated Reflection on my dates with Flipped: Flipped was a fun, light read and I found the town of Spinning Hills to be one I’d like to visit again. Low on angst, with side stories that wrapped up nicely I ended these dates with a smile.
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