Patience is running out.
Melissa Oxford is a widow with a ranch, an orange grove, a goat-obsessed ten-year-old, and not enough time. She doesn’t have time to make friends. She doesn’t have time to stop and chat, and she definitely does not have time for a boyfriend.
Which is fine, because Cary Nakamura is far from being a boy. Cary’s th ...more
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I LOVE THIS BOOK!
And you can read the first chapter here—> GRIT: Prologue
I know you're not supposed to have favorite books (like you're not supposed to have favorite kids) but this is one of my favorite books. I love Melissa and Cary. They are hot. They are real. And they have ridiculously large amounts of chemistry. Forplaaaaaaaaay, hnnnng.
Melissa also has a ten year old, goat-obsessed daughter. Because contemporary romance just needs more goats, amirite?
And GRIT is no ...more
You know you have that one favourite author above all others and that every time one of her books hits your kindle you can’t wait to get your grabby little hands on them? Ms. Hunter is that author for me HOWEVER book 2 and I were not on the same wavelength which made me even more nervous in reading this book. Imagine losing one of your all time storytellers, I’m telling you I would have been devastated. Hence the, phew I loved it.
I have been intrigued by Cary Nakamura and Melis ...more
Oh wow, I love this book! This is how a friends-to-lovers romance should be written! Sweet, swoony, sexy and emotional, super functional and beautifully romantic, I fell in mad love with these characters and their story, and I adored this book!
Cary and Melissa have appeared in earlier books in this series, with a bit of a flirtation hinted at, and I’ve been so excited to get their story and find out exactly what’s going on. Melissa is the older sister of Ox, from boo ...more
You know, this was the first book I've read by Elizabeth Hunter?
I've been meaning to read her work before, but for some reason, my TBR pile is ridiculously out of control.
Alas, what a good story to read as my first!
This was a beautifully written friend to lovers slow-burn romance.
The characters literally grew up together, their mothers were and still are best friends.
They've experienced joy, triumphs, and heartbreak together.
I liked the characters, and I really liked the age differen ...more
This is everything that made me fall in love with romance. This love story wasn't hearts and flowers, this story didn't come with ease. It was beautifully raw, dark and even a bit twisted. It was emotional and it was unpredictable. It had me on the edge of my seat from pag ...more
It was worth the wait.
This book is a little different in that it is an “adult” story. Cary is in his mid-forties and Melissa is in her thirties, a widower wi ...more
I don’t typically read a book in a series out of order, even when it is noted that said book can be read as a complete stand-alone, and I rarely ever do it when it comes to a new to me author, but something about the description of Grit just...hooked me and had me NEEDING to meet these characters and experience their journey to their HEA and I was not disappointed in any way. It hit all the right buttons for me and has me looking forward to more from this author and world, as well ...more
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This author is one who takes a reader on a emotional journey using the diversity to bring her realistic characters to life. It is small things which add to the sensory build of the world like the orange trees. Grit is the second book set in the small town of Oakville near Medlin in California, in the 7th and Main series.
I have loved each book in this series. Each of Emmie, Ox, Tayla and Jeremy’s stories have touched me in different ways. But Cary and Melissa’s story has been woven throughout both Ink as well as Hooked and teased us so I have been MORE than ready for Grit!! I knew this one would hurt a little inste ...more
Melissa and Cary’s story is far from a fairytale but it’s theirs alone and it’s full of grit.
You get the worries of a widow/single mum/ business owner who feels she has no place to ask for help or time for romance.
Then Cary the friend who has been in love with Melissa for years. He’s been patient, he’s been waiting .
When his patience starts wearing thin he starts wearing Melissa down. When he finally does you get such a ...more
Elizabeth Hunter is a new author to me and I am not sure why I have not read her before. This was an enjoyable read that had me entertained from the first to the last chapter.
A friends to lovers story that was heartwarming and had me smiling throughout. Although book three in the series I had no trouble reading this as a stand alone. The writing was strong and I found the characters of Melissa Oxford and ...more
Cary Nakamura has always had his eye on his beautiful neighbor and widow, Melissa Ox ...more
Grit is the third of Elizabeth Hunter's contemporary romance series- Love Stories on 7th and Main ...more
And Abby!!! Oh my gosh!! You just fall in love with her. S ...more
Melissa - she is ALL of us - you don't have to be a single mom to understand her. The same "i can do it all, I have to do it all" mentality that most of us women have. Cary - he is that rock, that silent strength that when he speaks he leaves us breathless.
Every character we have grown to love in ...more
I can’t express how much I loved this friends-to-lovers, second chance, slow burn, small town romance. Now I am agonizing over how to write a review that does justice to this book without reverting to platitudes or publishing industry phrases like “riveting”, “heartwarming”, and “feelgood romance”, although it is of course all of that.
I was really excited about this story as second chance is one of my favorite romance trope ...more
Melissa is a widowed, single mom, who is tough as nails and has no time for anybody's BS. Cary is her neighbor, sexy AF, and has loved her from afar for far too long. Their story left me feeling all kinds ...more
Okay I have to say I am packing up and moving to Metlin immediately. 7th & Main is the place to be. Grit is simply another example of how Elizabeth Hunter has taken a small town with a close-knit community and has made it smokin' hot!
Being a little closer in age to Melissa and Cary's age, I adored their will they/won't they relationship. Grit had a little of everything: second chance romance, friends to lovers, etc. Plus we get a peek at some of ...more
Melissa is a thirty-four year old widow with a ten year old daughter. Cary is her forty-six year old neighbour who was also her late husband's friend.
The transition from friends to lovers can be a slow and arduous one, especially when someone is as stubborn (a ...more
Loved this story. It features Melissa, Ox's sister & Cary - Orange grower, mountain climber, protector of goats and servant of the Goat Queen!
This story was filled with great moments & great one-liners. Cary & Melissa have off the chart's chemistry that is obvious to everyone around them even one 10 yr old. Friends to Friends that kiss to lovers - it takes us on a great journey and allows us to fe ...more
I am so in love with these Metlin stories and this is my favourite so far. Why? Because it is so real and so full of hope and love. We‘ve already met Melissa and Cary in the previous books and they are a pair of fireworks. This is their story and the title couldn‘t be better. It is real life Grit but the journey is beautiful and heartwarming. We get a good dose ...more
I’ve loved Elizabeth Hunter’s 7th and Main series so far, and the third book in the series, Grit, most definitely did not disappoint.
Melissa Oxford has a lot on her plate. There are unwelcome changes on the border of her ranch, which she’s been trying to keep afloat ever since her husband passed away. Her relationship with her in-laws is increasingly tense, her mandarin trees haven’t yet produced a full harvest, and her 10-year-old daughter (who might actually be my favorite character) is dete...more
Grit tells the story of Melissa, a 30-something rancher who is raising a daughter alone after her ...more
1. Ms. Hunter has the ability to make the mundane miraculous. This small-town romance was all chores, child-rearing, and town hall problems. But, the way Ms. Hunter tells the story leaves me rapt every time. Cary - a citrus farmer and Melissa - a rancher lead hard-working lives with little time to spare for frivolity. Yet, they find eac ...more
Cary has a citrus farming operation next door to Melissa, and they've known each other for years. After Calvin's death, he starts to have romantic feelings for Melissa, but she's so focused on her daughter and the ...more
If you read books one and two, you’ll d ...more
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The night was warm and he was wearing a pair of basketball shorts and nothing else. Cary glanced down at his bare chest. “No.”
“You’re not going to put on a shirt?”
“It’s hot. Is my chest offending you?”
“Then I’m definitely not going to put on a shirt.”
She shook her head.
“Then tell me to leave you alone.”