There is a fine line between love and hate.
When bartender Mick Ross first sees Holly Buchanan walk into Donny’s Bar, his heart comes to a halt. That is, until she serves him her fake ID and reveals her true nature when she’s declined her drink.
Holly thinks Mick is an ass, and she has no clue why he can’t stand her. Though, she does enjoy looking at his ass.
So, when Donny hires Holly to waitress at his bar, she must either deal with Mick’s hatred toward her or give him a taste of his own medicine.
Tensions are high.
Comments are made.
Hearts are hurt.
But if there really is a fine line between love and hate, then Mick and Holly must decide on which side they stand.
Mending Michael was such a freshening story and the character development was nice and enjoyable. I love a story that has a slow build up to love. One that has funny banter, some angst and a lot of frustration and this one certainly delivered on that. The author deals with some drug dependence and alcohol issues that are real things people struggle with. When I first started this book it really grabbed my attention and I honestly was invested throughout the novel. I enjoyed the back and forth banter between Michael and Holly. They were funny, witty and spicy. There was no denying the two not only disliked each other but they were also attracted to one another.
Michael has a complicated family life. His sister has a drug problem and because of that he has taken temporary custody of his sister’s daughter Kenna until his sister can get the help she needs. Working and living above a bar is not the best life for this little girl but Michael will do anything for his niece. While handling the problem with his family his boss Donny hires a new waitress, Holly. Mike is shocked to see the woman working the bar. The very woman that pushed all his buttons. This is where his problems really start. Not only does he have to deal with Holly every night but also his ex-girlfriend who he’s asked to help him with Kenna. Mike might not like Holly but he sure is attracted to her. I loved seeing how he had dirty thoughts about Holly and how much she really affected him.
Holly’s character is really funny. She comes from a well off family but her father really tries to control her life. She wants to work and do what she wants but he expects her to work for him and the family business. Holly doesn’t need to work but wants to have some kind of independence so she takes a job at the local bar. She is aware that Michael is a bartender at night but she is such a feisty and sassy person that she does not let it bother her. As soon as the two starts working together the bickering begins and Holly gives just as good as Mike dishes out. Honestly they bicker so much that it seriously is like a form of foreplay for them.
Mike’s custody issue with his niece comes to head since he only filed for temporary custody. The problem is, Mike does not have the best history or lifestyle and his family life is not ideal. Mike is shattered when child-services removes Kenna from his care, he starts to drink heavily. Holly feels bad so she offers to help Mike fight for Kenna. Mike is not a nice person when he is drunk so he really doesn’t make it easy for anyone to really help him. When he does give in and accept the help that was offered the two of them become closer. Mike is fighting demons and trying to get his life together. Holly and Mike know there is something growing between them, so they promise to be patient and see where things go.
Can Mike get his life together before losing the woman that captured his heart? Will Mike lose Kenna if he doesn’t get his life together in time? Will Kenna continue to wait for Mike even though he can’t promise her love? This book is a quick read. One that will keep you frustrated, laughing and wanting more. I loved the realness in this book and how each character knew what they were really feeling but wanted to get thing in order before bringing another person down. This book is a stand-alone and I wasn’t sure what would happen until the very end, and I loved it.