Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Just for Nice
SERIES: States of Love
AUTHOR: H.M. Shepherd
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 55 pages
RELEASE DATE: 9th February 2018
Nick Caratelli flees the city in an attempt to escape a broken relationship and a career he never wanted. He plans to set up a bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country—despite the fact he has no experience in renovating the old building. Luckily his handsome neighbor Sam approaches him with a curious proposal: he’ll help with the restoration in exchange for Nick babysitting his niece.
As they work to have the bed-and-breakfast open for business by summer’s end, their lives become interwoven without them even trying. Before he knows it, Nick is recovering from his loss and taking his place in the unconventional family that seems determined to form. But for Nick and Sam to be together in all the ways they desire, they’ll have to realize all the arguments against romance exist only in their heads….
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
Just for Nice was a cute little novella. It had a lot going on. Nick leaves his city job as a lawyer to escape his broken relationship. His new bed and breakfast needs a lot of work. Which is convenient because his neighbour needs some help minding his niece over the school holidays in exchange for working on the house.
Sam is an interesting man. A quiet unassuming local who is very shy about people finding out he is gay. And from what I can gather in the story, it is an area where you wouldn’t advertise your sexual preference. His niece is trying to find her way in the world now that her mum is not there. Nick really has no idea what he is doing with the house, his new dog or with Sam and his niece.
There is a session with a photographer for the house and Nick’s ex being in the story for a while. It is all very busy. But for me, I didn’t really have a connection to the story. It felt busy but flat. And there was a lot of German words, some that I felt were explained and lots that just went over my head.
So for me, this was a three heart story. It is well written and I enjoyed the storyline. But I didn’t feel much between the two MC’s. But I did enjoy this novella as it was cute, sweet and packed with things happening.