Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez #BookReview #Goodreads2022Nominee #BeachRead

After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.

While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.

Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?

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I read romance on occasion for a lighter read, and this Goodreads 2022 Nominee for best romance fit the bill. It was just what I needed after completing a very detailed 700-page biography.

Alexis lives in that rarified world where money doesn’t matter because she’s got a lot of it. She works at her family hospital, sort of like the Mayo Clinic. Her family founded it, and every generation has had a Montgomery help run it. She and her brother, Derek, are both doctors, but early in the story Derek ditches the hospital because he’s married a pop star he met while working with Doctors Beyond Borders in Cambodia. That leaves the burden on Alexis to continue the Montgomery legacy.

She’s coming off an emotionally abusive relationship when she almost literally runs into Daniel in the small town of Wakan, about two hours away from her fictional home town. The attraction is instantaneous, and they have a one night stand. Or is it? Both Daniel and Alexis can’t get each other out of their heads, and eventually they meet again and sparks still fly.

Daniel is the mayor of Wakan, and he has a family legacy of leadership, too. He’s in charge of the family home, run as a B&B in the tourist town, owned by his wayward mother, who only has the most casual of relationships with her son, who was raised by his grandparents. He lives above the garage and his mother wants to sell the house for the money, but Daniel convinces her to keep it as a rental for at least six months until Daniel can raise a down payment so he can buy the house, which has been in the family for six generations.

So both Daniel and Alexis have responsibilities to their families and communities, but want to be together. That’s the conflict throughout the book, and as I read this beach-worthy read, I kept wondering how it would all work out. I really enjoyed the reality brought into the story with the relationships with each other’s best friends and co-workers.

Overall, a very satisfying, heartfelt read, with just a little steam but lots of chemistry. Highly recommend!

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