Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.
All the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.
Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.
The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.
This woman …
She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.
She must go.
Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.
I read this on recommendation from Pam Godwin… seems she fangirls over Ms. Ann a lot and I can’t blame her one bit! This book was amazing and amusing and emotional and everything I needed to make me feel complete!
“Feelings are our greatest compass. They will always lead you to the truth.”
Flint is a man struggling with mistakes he made in the past. He punishes himself daily and without even knowing, he punishes those around him also. His life has become a series of calculated events that even his friends, co-workers, and son have noticed are in need of a facelift.
“It’s extraordinarily hard to acknowledge our imperfections, especially when they cause something so devastating… but you are in fact just like everyone else. You’re human, Flint.”
Ellen has a past also, but I wouldn’t go as far to say she’s punishing herself for it, more like she’s closed off in certain areas so to speak. She’s a music therapist and as far as I’m concerned a damn good one. Her personality and wit captured my heart immediately and I’m fairly certain she’s one of my favorite female characters.
“You can be an ass all you want. You can try to make me feel inferior and unwanted, but I am not that girl anymore. So go fuck your own hand. I’m sure it’ the only thing you consider a ten, you egomaniac.”
The supporting character cast isn’t too large. The only one I feel like mentioning are Flint’s son Harrison “Harry” to Ellen, Harry is amazing and his candor made me laugh out loud more times than I can count. He’s autistic and reminds me of my favorite nephew therefore I connected with him right away. People need to be more like Harry!
“Something about a scale from one to ten. My dad said you’re a seven. Which is weird. Seven’s like a seventy percent. That’s a D at my school. Sixty-six to seventy is a D.”
Well, I started out devouring this book. Turning pages so fast because I couldn’t get enough, but I realized that I’d be done soon and… well… I couldn’t have that. I did not want this one to end. Ms. Ann brought out every emotion my body could manifest. The storyline is unique and the characters are like old friends. The dialogue flows nicely and the pacing is perfect. The tension was thick and the climax is superb. I loved it!
About the Author
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. When she’s not saving the planet one tree at a time, you can find her role modeling questionable behavior to her three boys, binge-watching Netflix with her husband, and writing mind-bending romance.