Title:The Grind
Author :Kristen Kehoe
Release date:18 May 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

Hunter Jackson was on top of the world when that phone call came.His third X Games title still fresh, a female in his lap, and sponsors ready to offer him any deal he wanted–the kid from California had made it big. And then his phone rang. And it kept ringing. And that news that no one wants was waiting for him on the other line. “It’s Mom,” his sister said. And like that, his world changed. Months later, Hunter isn’t skating–he’s at home, taking care of his mom, and keeping the rest of his family together, flipping houses to pay for the medical bills that just keep piling up. In need of a new foreman, Hunter gets a shock when Isabel Rojas shows up to his job site, more gorgeous than any woman he can ever remember, and a mouth that whips of Spanish insults with deadly precision.Isa comes from a house full of dominant men ready to tell her what to do—she loves them, but she refuses to be the woman who takes orders from a man for the rest of her life. She’s determined to be independent: her own apartment, her own job, her own person. In a family as large and committed to each other as hers, this is not an easy task. Two years of community college, an AA in construction management, and halfway through her apprenticeship as an electrician, Isa knows what she wants, and she’s on a mission to claim it.When she shows up on Hunter Jackson’s job site, she has a chip on her shoulder, and an already formed opinion about the kind of man he is: rich, entitled, careless. The kind who broke her sister’s heart years ago—the kind Isa swore she would never let into her own life.But plans don’t always work the way we want. Assumptions can be wrong, people can change, and hearts don’t always listen to logic.

Review :

I am not sure what is wrong with me (if there is something wrong) but it seem I hit a patch of books that are not fully developing their potential. At least if you ask me for my opinion. Just this morning I was asking my co-blogger if I might be spoiled ?

Can there be such a thing as being spoiled by books? I am also not sure if I should hope for a yes or a no when asking that question.
Anyway I just read The Grind (The Vert Series #2) by Kristen Kehoe. It is the second book in a series but it was my first book by this author. My co-blogger Kate read the first one and liked it so I thought I’d give it a try as the blurb sounded good. And I saw she has this one also on her reading list – so I will compare my thoughts with hers once she finishes it.
Ms. Kehoe’s writing is solid and the plot is well developed. My problem was more that I could not place myself inside the story. My connection with Hunter was distant from the first page on. And with Isa I could not find any common ground at all.
Basically the way those characters are described should feel appealing to me so I am not even sure myself what was wrong.But I know that there was something wrong because I felt the urge to skim pages – which is not good at all.
Maybe it was because the pace of the book was slower than I expected but it felt that even though the plot was really good the people did not get going.
Hunter’s and Isa’s arguments and disagreements felt so real that I had a hard time recognizing the attraction they were supposed to be feeling towards each other.
I am sorry if I am again the odd one out here – but don’t let my thoughts on the story stop you from reading it for yourself.
The writing is really good and the plot might work out just fine for you.
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