Friday, January 20, 2023

ENGAGING DECEPTION (Joplin Chronicles #3) by Regina Jennings, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

 "I thought our objective tonight was to get Max to notice you, but it appears that he's been noticing you for some time."

Oh . . . how did she get herself in this situation to begin with? Life was much simpler and definitely much safer when Olive had stuck to her routine; keeping house for her father and grieving her mother; never stepping outside those boundaries no matter how fervently her dreams beckoned her. If only her infuriating cousins hadn't gotten involved . . . no, that didn't sound right, she loved her cousins, it was just . . . it was just . . . being around such a renowned architect as Maxfield Scott, imagining what life might be like if folks(besides those pesky cousins) really acknowledged her design skills, Olive had allowed her aspirations to sort of, kind of deceive Mr. Scott. (she really didn't mean to) He had naturally placed her in the "nanny" category, publicly spending nearly every evening with the loveliest lady in town while Olive spent time with his sweet children (and his architectural library).

Then, everything changed one evening behind the clothesline.

This story just kept getting better with the turn of every page. The worry, the anxiety, and the angst of the characters was tempered perfectly with the attraction, attention, and conversations between them, two grieving souls who had much more in common than they could have ever imagined. Add in the author's signature wit, and you have the recipe for a romance played in perfect harmony with Olive's determination to ignore it. ... But not Maxfield. it was impossible for him to ignore Olive, "His nanny was not who he thought she was. She was so much more". 
BackCover Blurb:
A lively competition draws her into her rival's blueprints--and maybe even his heart.

Olive Kentworth has spent her life hiding her interest in architecture, even though she pores over architectural books and sketches buildings. When she accepts a job on a home expansion, it's only because her cousin Amos agrees to pose as the builder. To further hide her involvement, Olive takes a position as a nanny--not knowing that she'll be working for her idol, Joplin's leading architect, widower Maxfield Scott.

Maxfield is intrigued by his new nanny--she makes his home and his life bearable again. His work, on the other hand, is a disaster. An untrained builder is remodeling a completed project of his. What's worse, Maxfield's current client wants changes to his plans because of that builder's work.

As the architectural one-upmanship heats up, Olive's involvement becomes harder to hide. Will the relationship between her and Maxfield survive, or will they both miss out on building something for their future?
Bethany House Publishers, December 13, 2022
Available in digital ebook, and paperback

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