Maggie Moves On by: Lucy Score

Releases: June 21st, 2022

I received a finished copy, ahead of release, for being part of the Forever Publishing Influencer program.

Can these opposites turn up the heat… without burning down the house?

House-flipping sensation and YouTube star Maggie Nichols can’t wait to dig into her next challenge. Arriving in tiny Kinship, Idaho, with only a cot and a coffeemaker, Maggie is prepared to restore a crumbling Victorian mansion in four months or less. She has her to-do lists, her blueprints, and her team. What she doesn’t have is time for sexy, laid-back landscaper Silas Wright.

The man takes flirtation to a whole new level. And he does it shirtless…sometimes pants-less. He and his service school-dropout dog are impressively persistent. But she’s not interested in putting down roots. Not when fans tune in to watch her travel the country turning dilapidated houses into dream homes. A short-term fling on the other hand could fit nicely into her calendar. After all, Maggie remembers what fun is like. Vaguely.

As their summer gets downright steamy, Silas manages to demolish the emotional walls she’s spent years building, sending Maggie into a panic. He’s the wrench in her carefully constructed plans. With the end of the project looming, she has a decision to make. But how can she stay when her entire career is built on moving on?

Content Warnings: Sexual content, loss of a parent, feelings of parental abandonment, feelings of being unwanted, and mention of infidelity [not by MC or LI].

I’ve heard so many amazing things about Lucy Score’s books that I knew it was long past the time I dive in. When I saw the summary of this book and saw the adorable dog on the cover, I knew I needed to make it my first Score read.

Maggie loves flipping houses and she’s made a successful Youtube career out of it as she travels America one flip after another. Always on the move and onto the next adventure, she has no plans of slowing down or stopping, even if her business partner keeps hinting at needing more downtime. Why slow down momentum when they’re having so much fun…right?

Having grown up in a blended, sometimes chaotic, family Silas loves being surrounded by the ones he loves in their small town of Kinship. When there’s news that someone’s bought up the old Campbell house, aka a part of Kinship history, Sy wants, no needs, to be part of the team. Along with his trusty sidekick, service dog drop-out Kevin, he hopes to put on the charm and not only land the landscaping contract but also a place in Maggie’s heart.

From the moment they meet Sy and Maggie are instantly attracted to one another. Maggie wouldn’t be opposed to a short-term arrangement but not if Sy can’t stop looking at her like he’s seeing the start of forever. The more they work together the faster Sy starts breaking down Maggie’s long-built walls. How long can someone, who loves to keep moving, resist the attraction they have for someone who believes the universe is sending signs they belong together?

From the very first chapter, I was grinning ear to ear and couldn’t wait to see what steps Sy took to show Maggie that it doesn’t have to be scary to put down the lists and timetables every now and again. The meet-cute is, I want to say, one of the best I’ve ever read. It had me giggling, laughing, and feeling the embarrassment that never crossed Sy’s mind to feel.

From the very start, I loved and wanted love for, Maggie. For years Maggie has masked her feelings so well that even she believed the lies. Watching Sy try to understand Maggie while also pushing her when needed had me cheering for that HEA. Hands down Maggie and Sy are one of my favorite romance couples ever. I’m actually a little butthurt that Lucy tied the endings up so well…I’d love any excuse to re-visit Kinship and see how everyone doing.

This book seamlessly weaves so many of my favorite tropes into it without feeling forced. Not only do we get a spicy romance between opposites but we also get a small-town mystery, found family, and so much more.

I can’t wait until this book is released so you can all experience this swoon-worthy romance! Get ready to giggle, sigh, and have a permanent smile on your face.💜

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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