AT THE RIVER'S EDGE

AT THE RIVER'S EDGE                            MARIAH STEWART
Posted:  Feb. 24, 2014

At the River's Edge by Mariah Stewart  After taking stock of her life, Sophie Enright has decided it’s time for a break. Between a law career that’s become criminally dull and a two-timing boyfriend she’s done with once and for all, Sophie desperately needs some time to think and some space to breathe. The perfect place to do both is easygoing St. Dennis, Maryland, where Sophie can visit with her brother while she figures out her options. Once in St. Dennis, she discovers a shuttered restaurant and makes a bold move that is also a leap of faith. Sophie buys the fixer-upper in order to finally pursue her dream career.

But Sophie’s labor of love becomes a bone of contention for her new neighbor Jason Bowers. The local landscaper has big plans for growing his business—until Sophie scoops up the property he’s got his eye on. And no amount of buyout offers or badgering from him will get her to budge. It’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. But when they’re paired up to work on a community project, they agree to put their differences aside, and sparks begin to fly. Then Sophie’s cheating ex suddenly shows up, looking for a second chance—and threatening to make Jason a third wheel just when his hotheaded feelings about Sophie were turning decidedly warmhearted. All Sophie wants is a new life and a true love. But what are the odds of having both?

MY REVIEW:
      Sophie was living in the big city, was a big city lawyer, and with a boyfriend who worked with her.  All was going great until she caught him having sex in the backseat of his BMW in the parking garage at work.  What made it worse it was with the office skank lawyer they worked with.
     She had no case pending and time on the books so she asked for a week’s vacation to go home to be with the family before the wedding.  Her boss knowing what was going on granted it.
     Sophie has a lot of soul searching to do.  When she gets home she is hit with the fact that her brother Jesse needs help in the office.  Especially, since her uncle Mike and Grandpa retired.  Yet, Sophie is not sure her heart is in law anymore.  She might want a career change, especially after seeing a sweet piece of property on the other side of the lake that had an old restaurant.  She starts day dreaming of the possibilities you know her choices. 
     Now there’s Jason, Brooke’s brother-in-law from her first husband, Eric.  He is as sexy as hell and makes Sophie have butterflies in her stomach, not be able to keep her eyes off his ass, and makes her feel feelings she hadn’t felt in a long while, even with Chris.  Jason owns the property next to the one she’s dreaming about in fact he’s been trying to buy the property she wants.  “Dun, dun, dun, dun…do you hear the doom march playing?”  Jason though is a good guy, a guy that knows the meaning of family for he learned the hard way.
     At 15, both his parents were in a car accident in which he was injured and his brother Eric took custody of him since he was 18.  They started a business together which was growing leaps and bounds and supporting them.  Then, Eric joined the military and married Brooke, she has Logan, when the worst occurred.  Eric was killed in the line of duty.  There was no question he would sell the business give half to Brooke for her and Logan.  Then, Brooke asked Jason to stay on and be an uncle to Logan and he did.
     To me this was more of a story of a woman who had been done wrong by her man.  After thinking about it, figures out that he more than likely had been stepping out on her when she wasn’t paying attention.  Jason is her first relationship after Chris and feels like he wouldn’t do her wrong since he’s friends with her brother and grandfather.
     See how these to come together makes some errors and then see what happens from there.  I just had a hard time getting into this book.  I was expecting a romance and kept waiting but it was really not happening for me.  Don’t get me wrong there was one and there was HEA it just didn’t move me like some of her other books and characters.  It was good but not up to the standards I expected.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Find us on www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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