YOU NEED A GOOD FOUNDATION Lindsey Morales is a decorating genius with a natural flair for design and an eye for a bargain. As a contributor to a popular lifestyle blog, she can take anything from trash to treasure-except for her own life. Burned once, and badly, she's more than twice shy, especially when it comes to the breathtaking builder who broke her heart...
BEFORE YOU CAN BUILD HAPPILY EVER AFTER Architect Derek Walsh has made a name for himself designing sleekly modern buildings, but when renovating a hundred-year-old farmhouse gives him the chance to see Lindsey again, he jumps at it. Still dreaming about her after eight long years apart, he'll do anything to prove that he's serious about spending the future with her. Can he convince sassy, stubborn Lindsey that they can DIY their own happy ending?
This series has been hit or miss for me but I am such a sucker for second chance at love stories. With some characters it's hard to see if some actions are redeemable but it Derek's case it was kind of loose loose situation but by the end of the book I found myself forgiving him right along side Lindsey.
Their relationship started 8 years ago and didn't last that long because Derek broke up with her saying he loved someone else and broke Lindsey's heart. After that she changed and didn't want to let anyone get to her like Derek did.
Now they both are working together on their best friends house. Although Lindsey tries to avoid Derek at all costs he still manages to set her on fire when he is near. All he wants to do is explain what happened and why he did it but that's proving to more difficult then he expected.
So I want to say the storyline was different then other second chance at love stories but it wasn't. He messed up now he wants her back and she wants him but she doesn't want to trust him. But what is a little different is why they broke up in the first place. First I was like how could let someone influence him like that but then when he actually explains in great detail the why I totally understood that he wanted to be the man his family was proud of even though it cost him his own happiness.
Right away you can still see how much Lindsey loves and cares for him but she fights so hard to leave the past in the past. I thought she was a strong heroine and I liked how independent she was. She is in the process of getting her life right where she wants it. Derek who is also smart and a business owner understands her drive. I like how he took the time to get to know the new her and not the girl she used to be.
Even though Derek messed up I give him credit for everything he did to win her over the second time. He was smart and thoughtful in each decision.
Overall I did enjoy this book and the more I read of the series the more I want more of these characters.