Theo Wishart has given up on finding love.
Luca Moretti doesn’t want to find it.
A handful of summer days may change their lives forever—if they’re brave enough to look between the lines.
Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they’re all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn’t do relationships and he certainly doesn’t do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent “embracing beach life” while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell.
Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca.
Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family’s hotel is on the verge of ruin and there’s nothing Luca can do to save it. He’s given up on the Majestic, he’s given up on his family and he’s given up on his future.
Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo.
No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama—that’s the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, it’s clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves—and to each other?
Well, this may be a first. I unknowingly picked up the 2nd book in a series – which for the record, happens more often than I’d like to admit. The new part was that I had already read the first book in the series, Perfect Day before I even knew it was part of a series. So I read Between the Lines not knowing it was part of the New Milton series. Rather serendipitous, don’t you think? Since all of the books can be read as standalone, I probably didn’t need to pick up the novella, Love Around the Corner, that falls between the two, but why break an unintentional streak?
Now, on to Theo and Luca… They were both thrown into impossible situations. Luca’s family feels they have no choice but to sell the Majestic – a huge part of their family history. It’s also a place that Luca called home while growing up, until he decided no home was better than one where he wasn’t welcome. He wants to save it, but has no idea how to go about it. Theo wants nothing more than to take his rightful place in the family business and the only way to do that is to close the deal on the Majestic. The only thing standing in his way is Luca.
I loved and felt for both these guys. It was a great “enemies to lovers” story. They both went into their “relationship” with no expectations, but somewhere along the way things changed and I loved watching them fall.
Between the strained family dynamics, their growing attraction and the fate of the Majestic, this was a pretty quick read for me. The romance was sweet and the guys were clueless when it came to where their hearts fell into the mix. I’m really glad I decided to pick this one up and I’ll definitely be checking out more from Sally Malcolm. 😉