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Women at Work #1

Love on the Line

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In this epic and unique love story set in the wild mountains of West Virginia, a young woman and her unlikely friends find their way through multiple job hazards and terrible working conditions to achieve the unexpected.

Andrea never thought she’d live in a camp trailer or work outdoors in inhospitable climates; but eager to leave the stress and tedium of grad-school behind, she sets off with her estranged grandpa, Buck, to build a pipeline through the rugged mountains of West Virginia. She’s determined to understand the man and the family divide that drove him away. Once the job starts, she forms an unlikely friendship with Nick, the rough and tumble foreman of the bending crew. Most of the guys aren’t willing to accept her, and Rooster, the handsome, cocky, tie-in foreman, is determined she’s a distraction.

But building a pipeline is fraught with danger, fatigue, and confrontation as egos collide. Caught up in the all-male social microcosm, Andrea can’t help but understand the pecking order, and she’s at the bottom. Being a woman makes it even more unlikely she’ll be accepted. Buck proves to be a taskmaster, but a kindhearted teddy-bear of a man under a gruff exterior, and Andrea comes to love him, opening herself up to the pain of his past.

Rooster and Andrea are drawn to each other, yet they know an on-the-job romance will only cause problems. Rooster is tormented by his own past, and determined to prove himself to Buck, a pipeline ledged. Messing with the old man’s granddaughter is a line Rooster refuses to cross. But as Andrea shows herself to be a hard worker and a valuable member of the crew, she earns Rooster’s respect and he can’t keep his distance. It seems the couple can’t go back, the relationship can’t move forward, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make sacrifices and take a chance on ruining their credibility in order to be together.

362 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 14, 2017

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Kirsten Fullmer

14 books2,210 followers
Kirsten is a writer with a love of art and design. She worked in the engineering field, taught college, and consulted free lance. Due to health problems, she retired in 2012 to travel with her husband. They live and work full time in a 40' travel trailer with their little dog Bingo. Besides writing romance novels, she enjoys selling art on Etsy and spoiling their four grandchildren.

As a writer, Kirsten's goal is to create strong female characters who face challenging, painful, and sometimes comical situations. She believes that the best way to deal with struggle is through friendship and women helping women. She knows good stories are based on interesting and relatable characters.

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1,312 reviews5 followers
April 14, 2020
I jumped at the chance to read about a woman working on a pipeline. It's a job I didn't know much about and after reading Ms. Fullmer's story, I have learned that it is a strenuous and nomadic job that is done in extreme conditions.  But to those engineers, welders, pipeliners, equipment operators, etc., who work on a pipeline, it is a fine-tuned process that depends on "everyone doing their job and doing it well".

Andy graduated from college and received an offer from her elusive grandfather Buck by being his assistant engineer to help build a pipeline. Her mother regaled her with terrible stories about her grandfather, and Andy jumped at the chance to get to know him. So she persevered and assisted her grandfather by hauling supplies on top of West Virginia mountains through mud and downed trees; by staking out the right of way for the pipeline; by building cribs that held the pipes; and by helping calculate how to bend the pipe joints to fit the terrain. And in the middle of all this tiring work, Andy is attracted to a cocky and arrogant foreman of the tie-in crew, aptly named Rooster. But she can't jeopardize her reputation being the only woman on the pipeline. It's hard enough getting past the stereotype that a woman can't do this job. 

Rooster grew up homeless with his mother and is counting on this job to learn from Buck Brennan, the pipeline legend, and possibly work with him more in the future. Rooster has always wanted to work for Buck because of his fair treatment of his crew and his unerring judgment in building a pipeline.  But why on earth would Buck have a girl working for him?  She's too small. There's no way she can last very long. But surprisingly, he is impressed with her determination, endurance, and intelligence in a job where many men would be gone within days. He can't risk the future he's worked so hard to build for a woman, and Buck Brennan's granddaughter at that.

I was impressed with Andy's strength and bravery to work in such a masculine setting and earning the respect of the crew.  Her relationship with Rooster is a subtle one at first while she is building on her skills as an engineering assistant, but when they earn each other's respect and give in to the sexual tension it is inevitable. Let's not forget about Andy's relationship with her stern, but loveable grandfather, Buck, who turns out to be so much more than he seems.

Overall, this is a fascinating and funny coming of age story about a young insecure woman who finds her confidence and strength to take charge of her life.  Recommend highly!

Thank you to Ms. Fullmer for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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700 reviews8 followers
December 12, 2017
I obtained this free e-book from Amazon and I am voluntarily writing a review. Andrea (Andy) has taken time off from her studies before going to graduate school for communications to go to work with her estranged grandfather on a pipeline for a gas company as his assistant engineer. Never mind she has no experience or no clue about what the job entitles or the conditions she will be working in. She needed something different and she has a chance to get to know her grandfather. Buck is Andy's grandfather and she does not know that he is a well respected, well known engineer and highly sought after for job sites. In the pipe liner's world if you have the opportunity to work under Buck it pretty much guarantee's you steady work. Rooster(Travis ) is the tie in foreman of the crew and he is anxious to work with Buck and earn a name in the business. He is against woman working the right of way, they either will get hurt or cause one of the men to get hurt by being a distraction. Too bad she is one heck of a distraction.
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557 reviews8 followers
July 1, 2017
Fascinating story! I really enjoyed this book. It's quite the story, with Andy learning to work on the pipeline with her grandfather, Buck. Back home, she was a pampered daughter, with only her studies to think about. But when she wants to leave with Buck to get to know him, and to do something different, her parents aren't that thrilled with her. As Andy goes through the first days of the pipeline job, she's unprepared for the pure physical labor and the mud and the endless climbing up mountains. She is amazed at the technical job her grandfather does with all his calculations and figures to make sure the pipeline ends up in the right places. As she learns how to be his assistant, she catches on a lot quicker than she thought she would and is surprised at the sense of accomplishment she has. But being the only woman on a tough men's job is not easy, and the men think of her as just an object, a woman to tease and harass. Andy even has a hard time liking a particular foreman, Travis, because he seems to think that this job is no place for a woman. The story is full of surprising struggles and twists as Andy comes into her own to find a place to belong. It's a very good book, and I highly recommend it.
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2,089 reviews148 followers
March 25, 2020
5 Cranky Stars

I never even thought about Pipelining before. Never considered how our natural gas got to our homes or what life must be like for the workers. This story explained everything to me and added really relatable people that I fell in love with. I'm sad that the story ended.

Andy is a greenhorn to the pipeline and the only woman. Working with her grandpa Buck is hard and gruelling but so rewarding. With time she is able to prove her worth and even catch the eye of Rooster.

Rooster has a past that keeps him motivated to never lose his home. He loves his job and most of the guys he works with. They're a family. When Andy walks in things change and so does his prospective.

This story shows how even the strongest family units have issues. Life can be hard but your outlook on it can change everything. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
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2,005 reviews85 followers
September 21, 2017
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This was an enjoyable read. The story was slow in the beginning, but it picked up as the story. The characters were great. The author made her characters very authentic and real. I felt the struggles that Andrea aka Andy went through as a female engineer in the pipeline business was very interesting. However, the romance between Andy and Rooster was really enjoyable. I felt their connection and it was cute to see how they tried to stop their attraction, but could not. It was a nice love story. I really enjoyed Grandpa Buck's character the most. He was rough around the edges, but still has a heart of gold type of character. He did a lot of things for his family. He made a lot of sacrifices, but still provided for his family. The ending was sweet. I am glad it was a happy ending. Overall, a great read.
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Author 49 books1,497 followers
September 12, 2020
A new strong heroine and a meaningful romance

Author Kirsten Fullmer has worked in the field of engineering, has been a teacher at the college level, was a freelance consultant, and has an affinity for art. Now retired, she has published ten novels including her six part HOMETOWN SERIES, SUGAR MOUNTAIN, and now, LOVE ON THE LINE.

One kindred spirit in Kirsten’s romance novels is the presence of strong female characters and how they cope with love, life and relationships, as is apparent in her opening chapter as we meet Andrea: ‘Andrea couldn’t ignore her boots. Not only were they stiff and chafing her ankles, they were clean. Practically spotless. Then again, it wasn’t like the men were staring at her feet. Hunching her shoulders, she clutched at the ends of her shirtsleeves, gripping them over her fingers like a cocoon. It was too warm for her heavy coat, but downright chilly without it. “You take them papers on over to the man behind the desk,” Grandpa Buck instructed, pointing toward the office manager. She peered up at the tall, thin man who’d brought her to the mountains of West Virginia, and her mother’s words rang in her mind for the umpteenth time. ‘He’s no good, Andrea; you can’t depend on him.’ But Andy had her own opinions of her Grandpa’

The author’s summary outlines the plot: ‘‘Andrea never thought she’d live in a camp trailer or work outdoors in inhospitable climates; but eager to leave the stress and tedium of grad-school behind, she sets off with her estranged grandpa, Buck, to build a pipeline through the rugged mountains of West Virginia. She’s determined to understand the man and the family divide that drove him away. Once the job starts, she forms an unlikely friendship with Nick, the rough and tumble foreman of the bending crew. Most of the guys aren’t willing to accept her, and Rooster, the handsome, cocky, tie-in foreman, is determined that she’s a ridiculous distraction. But building a pipeline is fraught with danger, fatigue, and confrontation as egos collide. Caught up in the all-male social microcosm, Andrea can’t help but understand the pecking order, and she’s at the bottom. Being a woman makes it even more unlikely she’ll be accepted. Buck proves to be a taskmaster, but a kindhearted teddy bear of a man under a gruff exterior, and Andrea comes to love him, opening herself up to the pain of his past. Rooster and Andrea are drawn to each other, yet they know an on-the-job romance will only cause problems. Rooster is tormented by his own past, and determined to prove himself to Buck, a pipeline ledged. Messing with the old man’s granddaughter is a line Rooster refuses to cross. But as Andrea shows herself to be a hard worker and a valuable member of the crew, she earns Rooster’s respect and he can’t keep his distance. It seems the couple can’t go back, they can’t move forward, and they can’t let go. Both will have to make sacrifices and take a chance on ruining their credibility in order to be together.’

Kirsten is at the top of her game with this fine novel. Fast paced and full of thoughtful insights into family and romance. Recommended.
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1,764 reviews132 followers
July 24, 2021
A Nice Story

I enjoyed this love story. It was not the Great American Novel but it was a very easy-going read.

Some themes were obvious like the sexism at the workplace. Not a surprise with one woman on a pipeline crew -- BUT WRONG!

the story was very predictable but fun.

I recommend this easy flowing novel.
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12 reviews1 follower
September 14, 2020
This book turned out to be so much more than a turbulent love story and for me that made the story so much more impactful. I really enjoyed seeing the growth of Andy as a woman and the development of the relationship between Buck, the grandfather, and Andy was very touching. There are so many pieces to the story; Managing a new job in an especially challenging environment, an "office romance" and family drama, make the book really true to life. 5 stars for an entertaining and relatable book!
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6 reviews1 follower
October 1, 2020
This was a very informative and entertaining book for me. The story of self-discovery, rebuilding lost family connections, and finding love made this story really interesting but the strong, smart woman (Andy) proving herself in a "mans world" and refusing to bow down to pressure, mockery and out right discrimination was the main selling point. Kirsten's passion for this story was palpable and how could you not love a book that is clearly so close to the author’s heart.
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753 reviews22 followers
April 18, 2020
Excellent informative writing

This romance is so much more than it seems.

Love on the line was my introduction to the work by Kristen Fullmer and I quite enjoyed it. I was never curious about pipelining but this story gave such detailed insight. Hats off to these men and women who work in this field, daily throughout the many seasons in the year.

Andy, a young girl trying to find herself, decides to work with her maternal grandfather, Buck, learning his engineering work with pipelining. Andy has never done this type of work before, and she is not very close to her grandfather.

Rooster enjoys his work and wants to make a big impression on the legend Buck. However, as much as he respects women, he cannot understand why Andy is there every day and why she gets to work with the legend.

These two have their walls built up around them to keep each other at bay. Yet the attraction is strong. Can they have a relationship in this male-dominated workforce? Will Andy also have a relationship with her grandfather after all of this?

I will be reading some more of Kristen Fullmer's work!

Reasons I enjoyed this book:

Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Informative, Original, Romantic, Realistic, Wonderful characters

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1,302 reviews15 followers
July 1, 2017
Andrea - Andy - is a young woman who decides to go work as engineering assistant to her estranged grandfather. Working in a man-dominated environment is hard for her, but she is stubborn and I was impressed with her dedication to succeed. Intense cold and later on heat, mud everywhere, intense labor while she is a small woman. Wow!

Tristan (Rooster) is one of the foremen and is against Andy working at the pipeline. She is too small he deems and the work is too dangerous and physical. He is however attracted to Andy. His goal is to make a good impression on the engineer and discovering that's Andy's grandfather makes it difficult. And when the job ends, Rooster will go on to another pipeline-job while Andy will go home.

I thought this was quite an interesting book. Not your usual romance! The only thing I disliked was the family misunderstanding, that could have been resolved easily years ago. There could have been a bit more at the end, an epilogue would have been nice!

I requested and receiced an ARC via Netgalley and this is my voluntary review.
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Author 9 books45 followers
April 18, 2020
I don't often leave reviews for romance novels, but this one is an exception.

I found the subject matter very interesting and a refreshing change from the usual occupation of the heroine and hero.

The plot was good and lacked the usual pages upon pages of erotic scrambling, which was a relief! Many romance novels nowadays use a weak storyline tacking the sex together.

I do recommend this one, for its novelty value and reasonably practical down-to-earth freshness.
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746 reviews12 followers
July 10, 2017
Andy is taking time off from Grad school to go work with her Grandpa Buck in West Virginia, and she is going to be his engineering assistant on a pipeline. Her parents aren’t too thrilled, especially her mother that continues to hold a grudge against Buck over his going to work on a pipeline years ago. Even worse is the reception Andy gets from all of the other pipeline workers, which are all men. Either ignored or the butt of immature comments and jokes, Andy presses on with the hardest job she’s ever done. Then there is Rooster (Travis), who isn’t sexist like a lot of the other men, but feels Andy is a distraction to the workers and that she’s too small and petite to do this job. Yet, he can’t keep his eyes off of her…

Andy was an incredible, honest, humble character that I loved! Besides the obvious physical challenges of being a woman working on a pipeline, she never gave up no matter how many times she screwed up or was humiliated. And she had soooo many hilarious moments where I truly felt bad for her but couldn’t help but laugh. It was as if she went seeking out impossible situations to get herself into, but she still held her head high.

Andy caught on to the job, however, and soon began earning the respect of others – specifically the handsome Travis. Sparks flying between the two of them just added to this already fantastic story. It was interesting to watch the character development in this novel in that everyone seemed to change and grow as a result of Andy working the pipeline, not just Andy herself. The best character, however, is sweet, old Buck. Not just a Grandpa type, he was a good teacher that lost his patience sometimes but also didn’t keep Andy on a short leash. He let her make mistakes, but she learned.

Love on the Line is a fantastic example of a woman’s strength and perseverance and I was cheering for her the entire time. This was so different from things I have read and it was a joy to read a novel about a woman’s physical and emotional challenges of taking a job where women are not the norm. It was my pleasure to read and review this novel and cannot wait to read more from this author in the future!

*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
11 reviews1 follower
July 20, 2020
Fantastic Read!!!

Was so great to read about a woman learning a difficult trade in a man's world and earning the respect of everyone around her. Plus, the romance woven into the plot was great as well.
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2,609 reviews9 followers
August 21, 2020
Powerful family dynamics create an amazing backdrop for this story to develop. The detail of what this profession, pipe line builders, was quite impressive to this uninformed reader. The story could also be labeled a coming of age .
90 reviews
July 20, 2020
Loved it!

Excellent book! The book was so descriptive you felt like you were right there with the characters. My only complaint was the ending. I needed just a little more story.
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1,932 reviews8 followers
December 31, 2017
Love on the line. This book was interesting. I didn't expect to learn so much about pipelines. The book talked a great deal about what it takes to work on the pipeline which slowed the story down a little. Andy had to endure a lot of pressure on the job simply because she was a woman. I think she handled herself very well. Her grandfather played a big role in getting her through the job and making her see there is a lot more to life. There was humor in the story as well, especially when Rooster finds out who Andy really is. This was a good read! *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
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616 reviews4 followers
July 20, 2020
This is not my norm when it comes to book but this one when I saw it caught my eye. It is something completely different from what is out there. Andrea aka Andy takes a job with her grandpa that she is estranged from. This is her journey to becoming her own person and maturing into an adult. This book is very descriptive and you feel like you are right there with her on the ROW with the crews observing.
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1,073 reviews2 followers
July 11, 2017
I really enjoyed this story! A great read full of misunderstanding and misogyny. I enjoyed having a strong female heroine that wouldn't take no for an answer. She had a dream of being an engineer and engineer she became. I didn't like that Tristan was a bit patronizing at first, just because she seemed small. Of course she seems small! She's a girl, not a guy you usually see. But that doesn't mean her work is any less. I'm glad he turned things around though and started to support her, otherwise this might have become a dnf for me.

Overall a sweet love story mixed in with a girl struggling to get her dreams to come true and show the world that we can do anything just as well as the guys!
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2,294 reviews42 followers
July 4, 2017
"You're a long way from Kansas, Dorothy..."

Andrea (Andy) has led a protected life in Kansas with her parents and younger sister. She has a degree in Communications but is looking for something else out of life.

She decides she wants to spend some time with her grandfather Buck, an engineer just starting to work on installing a natural gas pipeline in the hills of West Virginia. Her mother has never had anything good to say about her grandfather but Andy wants to get to know him herself and make her own decisions.

Soon she's working alongside Buck as his engineering assistant as the only woman on the construction job - in the freezing cold, rain, mud, bugs, heat, humidity - and finding a side to herself that she never knew existed.

I loved this story. It could have had a better editing/proofreading job done on it but the story itself rocked. I worked in and around the construction field for years and the story is pretty realistic. There's a definite bias against women in most construction jobs and if a woman is interested in excelling, it's something she needs to make her peace with - somehow.

I liked the realism, the characters, the locale, the romance. I thought Buck was a great character. This was a fun story to read. I was sorry to see it end.

I received this book from Augustine Press through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
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1,749 reviews9 followers
September 17, 2020
Love on the Line by Kirsten Fullmer is the first in her Women at Work series and is an impressive start. Andrea "Andy" chose to work on the pipeline with her Grandpa Buck to save up for graduate school, but an engineer assistant is much harder than she thought. Being surrounded by rough men every day, the long hours, and the physical strength needed is almost more than Andy can endure. Rooster is determined that Andy shouldn't be there and is determined she should know it, only making Andy adamant about staying. Can they find a truce before things get too hot?

It is evident that Kirsten Fullmer put a lot of hours into researching the jobs and work that goes on while building a pipeline. Love on the Live is intriguing as you learn about the job Andy and Rooster are doing. The romance is sweet while they work through and around the baggage they both carry. Of course, the author mixes in her own wit, humor, and clever twist to make this one of a kind. Waiting for the next in this series.
February 9, 2018
Wonderful book..

Wonderful book. Carefully written to incorporate strife, pain, adventure, heart ache and love. Enjoyed every word, every turn of adventure.
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26 reviews6 followers
October 5, 2020
This is a book with many levels. The main being Andy, a young woman wanting to establish herself in a male orientated world and prove herself to her peers and grandfather; dealing with sexism and perseverance against the elements. The book is full of information about pipe laying and I always appreciate an opportunity to learn new things through reading so that was great. The story also has a bit of a forbidden romance between Andy and her supervisor which I thought was a nice touch and played out well. The family tensions added a nice realism to Andy's world. The book is really well written and I can see that Kirsten Fullmer is a gifted writer, I will definitely be checking out her other books.
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480 reviews76 followers
June 26, 2021
Apesar de não ter gostado por aí além d'O rouxinol, foi graças a esse livro que o Goodreads me "recomendou" esta leitura. Foi o meu primeiro e-book, pois na impossibilidade de ter o livro físico e a versão eletrónica estar a menos de 1USD na Amazon, como não aproveitar?

Já há muito que não lia um romance per se e achei que isto ia ser uma leitura melosa, mas nada disso. Temos uma protagonista com pêlo na venta que, sem experiência nenhuma, aceita um trabalho de assistente do avô na construção de um gasoduto nas montanhas do West Virginia. Um trabalho que, tipicamente, é para homens e para o qual ela parte verde como um pimento. É a única mulher no meio de um bando de homens um pouco rudes. Tem de provar o seu valor e conquistar o respeito dos seus pares. E ela consegue, passa por algumas humilhações no trabalho, mas acaba por ganhar o respeito de todos e encontrar um homem que faz com que as suas bochechas fiquem vermelhas como um pimento.

Não há cá floreados e cenas melosas entre o futuro casalinho, pois só já muito depois de metade do livro é que eles assumem que gostam um do outro e a relação evolui. Gostei de a autora, que talvez por ter trabalhado em engenharia, trazer para o livro bastantes pormenores de como de facto se constrói um gasoduto para transporte de gás natural. Falava mesmo da construção e do dia a dia no estaleiro e no sítio da obra de forma bem detalhada. Acho que acabei por não perceber muito bem pois era muito jargão e em inglês, mas fiquei com uma ideia e dá para perceber que é um trabalho bem pago mas muito difícil, e vamo-nos apercebendo disso pela descrição das tormentas da Andy com bolhas, calos, dores no corpo, o esforço físico de subir e descer a montanha, martelar estacas para marcar o caminho do gasoduto, o sofrimento das botas de trabalho até já estarem dadas aos pés, a imprevisibilidade deste trabalho sazonal e de localização variável, o clima, que está muito frio e depois passa a extremamente quente, as longas horas de trabalho, e ainda o peso acrescido de ser uma mulher no meio de tanta testosterona.

Gostei de todas as personagens, até a mãe da Andy que é um bocadinho irritante, mas redime-se. Gostei também do facto de a autora não ter transformado a Andy numa coitadinha por estar rodeada de homens que não a respeitam. Gostei muito do Rooster, o encarregado e paixão da Andy, e percebe-se porque é que a conquistou. Até e mim levava! :D

Foi uma excelente leitura que me arrancou sorrisos, risos e até me marejou os olhinhos, além de fazer suspirar pelo Rooster. God, pareço uma adolescente! :P
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3 reviews1 follower
August 20, 2020
Could not put it down!

From the unique setting of pipeline construction to great character development , this definitely rates 5 stars. I know pipelines (my husband has been on more than a few) even though I've not worked on any I've heard many, many, many conversations and stories - enough to understand the jargon. I loved the main character who is a strong smart woman. There are several well fleshed out characters including her grandfather, Nick, and Rooster. If you were looking for something different with a nice romance thrown in, look no further. I will surely re-read this and more of Kristen Fullmer's books.
November 18, 2020
This is a GREAT book. I seldom read romance but this is so much more. My son has been welding on the line for over 25 years and a lot of things he says are hard to visualize but I could picture it so well putting the book with what he has told me. Not ooften does a more light fiction give such understanding of this type of profession.

This is a Great story. My son has welded on the line for over 25 years and what a wonderful understanding of a very misunderstood profession. And it's a good story as well, so if you aren't usually a romance reader it has so much more.
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307 reviews16 followers
August 2, 2017
I requested to read this book on Netgalley for an honest review.

So..hmmm. Bland? Luke warm? Boring? Yes, but not for the reasons I was expecting. I didn't think this book to be an empowering read about a woman in a male dominated work place when I requested it, and it wasn't empowering, but its DEFINITELY a book about a male dominated workplace. I have to give it to the author for doing her research.. pages after pages of the ins and outs of pipe lining! Fair juice to her! But jeeeeeeez was it tedious.

MC was all curves and girly cuteness, a bit lost and sweet, coming to spend a season where her granddad is a foreman at a pipe lining gig. Its harder then she thinks but she works hard and earns a little bit of "respect". The male chauvinist leader of the pack cant help to fall for her sweet self, against his better judgments (She is a distraction in the workplace! And he is angry with her! although its his stupid flipping colleagues that are being distracted) And she cant help but turning ridiculously clumsy and useless every time he is near. Love happens without much excitement, family problems gets sorted out and MC finds her true calling. The end.

Oh! About 60% in to the read, I noticed an overuse of the word "Gaze", and I had great fun noting it from then on. "Jolt with surprise at the heat of his gaze", "He stood silent , his gaze intent", "She was lost in the heat of his gaze". . 23 Gazes in less than half a book, sometimes loads of gazes in a page! This is obviously nor here nor there, but it was a giggle :)

I also got the feeling the author was trying to write "funny" scenes: a mud story, a fluffy armpit story, a story about a sock.. Nooooo! It didn't work for me, it disrupted whatever was going on and it was a bit cringe worthy.

This book didn't sit well with my feminist self, but I really believe the author was trying to do the opposite, and Im truly impressed with the research in to pipe lining!

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Author 3 books346 followers
July 26, 2017
In an Oyster Shell – The pacing is slow in the beginning but picks up to be a page turning romance.

The Pearls – I love the idea of a woman at work series. I am glad the author is kicking it off with a woman on the pipeline. She makes the tension of Andy working in a male dominated world, tangible.

The characters were outstanding. The author had a good grip on her characters. My favorite character was the Grandpa Buck. He was rough on the outside but had a heart of gold on the inside. Andy’s relationship with Buck really sets the tone of the story. All character was well developed. Andy was an interesting character. She wasn’t too sure of herself in the beginning but grow in confidence as the story develops.

The themes in the story were compelling. There was a strong theme of family ties. I really liked that. Andy was close with her parents and she grew close to Buck. Rooster also had a close relationship with his mother. His relationship motivates him through out the story.

The book was very dynamic.

The Sand – The Pacing was slow at first and was hard to stick with it. When the romance got more prominent, it became easier to stay engaged.

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March 6, 2023

Honestly, this may be more like a 3 star read for me, but I'm rounding it up to 4 stars primarily because of the setting. As with a lot of indie books, there were some editing issues, but it didn't really take away from the story for me, which was nice on the whole. Andy needs a change and decides to take her grandpa up on his offer to be his assistant on his next piplining job. This will allow her some freedom from her family and a means to save some money for grad school. So she takes up with Buck (her grandpa) and embarks on this pipelining journey. From the beginning, she is in over her head but refuses to back down. On a job where women are rarely seen, she has even more to prove. Little by little, she begins to earn the respect of some of the guys she works with. Primarily, Nick, her on-the-job BFF (and only friend for quite a while), and Rooster, the tie-in foreman who idolizes Buck but has a hard time seeing Andy as more than a liability.

The good:
The setting. It's definitely unconventional and what I've been in the mood for lately. I want romance without all of the sparkly trappings, and in this book they are covered in mud and sweat most of the time. Check. Plus, with (ex)family members who have worked pipelines (as welders lol), this seemed on par with their lifestyle. It felt and read pretty realistically.

Buck. He was the strong but silent type. So silent, in fact, that he allowed his family to hate him without really knowing anything. He was always there for Andy and her family, but quietly and in the background.

Nick. I really liked the he befriended Andy and respected her boundaries. Even though he approached her with a different intent, when she didn't encourage him, he took the hint and continued to be her person on the job.

Rooster. I liked that he was able to see and admit when he was wrong. After a rocky start, his actions proved he actually cared about Andy and her feelings (with and without her knowledge), even more so than Nick. And he was the consent king. He wanted no misunderstandings and made sure they were both on the same page.

Andy. I'm leaving her for last. I don't want to say she's a bad character, but there were some things that I didn't follow along with. She definitely works to prove herself on the job. I appreciated her tenacity. The issues I have with her are obviously not really her fault but rather how the author portrayed her in the book which leads me to the next section.

The Bad
Andy. I had a hard time buying that she was a top student anywhere. I mean, she didn't know West Virginia was its own state. Seriously? And not being able to figure out words in context? That seemed really silly. The whole homonym thing was used a couple of times and felt very cheesy. Plus, the comma joke falls a little flat when there are editing issues in the book. Just saying. And are we also expected to believe that in a few months Andy knows almost as much as Rooster about his job? Really? That seems to be a stretch on many fronts. Not saying that she isn't an apt assitant, but I don't think she's there yet, and to say so is just pandering.

Her mother. She wanted to control Andy until the very end. And the way she talked about her father with such ignorance? Seriously, all that was needed to rectify the situation was one conversation. But for some reason, the author allowed this hate and resentment to fester for many, many years. Communication. I've said it before and I'll say it again, communication is paramount, and I hate conflict that revolves around the lack of it.

Initial Thoughts
Oh my goodness. How did I not know this book existed? It sounds exactly like what I've been in the mood for. A grittier, less polished romance. And it's on KU. Wins all around!
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Romance on the job will ruin Andrea's credibility and she knows it, so why can't she ignore that cocky foreman the crew calls Rooster?

Andy may not have pipeline know-how, per se, but she’s got brains and a willingness to prove that she can do the job. Her estranged grandpa, Buck, believes she has what it takes to be his engineering assistant, and she’s not about to let him down.

Rooster isn’t a bad guy. He respects women; he was raised by one of the best. But that new girl is too small and… feminine. She’s a distraction, plain and simple, and she doesn’t belong on a pipeline. This job is his chance to impress Buck Brennan, a pipeline legend, and no girly greenhorn is going to ruin it for him.

Will Andy prove herself to her grandfather and forge a relationship with the old man, or will continuous disagreements and unexpected sexual tension between Andy and Rooster derail their hard work?
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