Release Day Review: Love and Kerosene by Winter Renshaw

For me, family is a curse. My father and brother made my life hell. My mother’s untimely death still keeps me up at night. Now that my brother, Donovan, has been killed in an accident, I can forget the past.

The last remnant is the childhood home I’ve inherited—and which I intend to burn to the ground. The only obstacle? Anneliese Nielsen, Donovan’s fiancée.

Donovan left her destitute, and selling this run-down house is her only chance to recoup her losses. I shouldn’t care, but…maybe it’s her eyes when she sees me. I look strikingly like my brother, a man she loved despite everything.

So we strike a deal. We’ll renovate the house together, but she’ll have to convince me to sell—or up in flames it goes.

But the more time we spend in the house, the more its terrible history threatens to come out.

And even more dangerous, the harder I start to fall for Anneliese.

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

The main characters in Love and Kerosene are Anneliese, a part-time naming consultant, and Lachlan who has done odds jobs in construction overseas. Anneliese was engaged to Lachlan's brother Donovan, who kind of swindled Anneliese out of her life savings by investing all of her money in his old childhood home. Anneliese finds this out after he's killed in an accident. And when Lachlan shows up to take ownership of the house, Anneliese puts up a fight and they find themselves striking a deal. They decide to renovate the house together and she has to convince him to sell while he would love to see the house burn down.

Love and Kerosene is a light contemporary romance. This is my first book by Winter Renshaw and I enjoyed her writing style. It was very easy to read and engaging. The plot/story was interesting enough to keep me going until the end. There wasn't a lot of romance in the first half of the book, and I was kind of waiting for the characters to grow closer together. There just wasn't enough time for the relationship between them to grow. So the romance aspect in my opinion was lacking. I also was hoping for more steamy scenes. Furthermore, the author wanted to do too much in a short time, which resulted in the last part of the book being chaotic and very rushed. I did like the characters and found them to be a very good match. I look forward to reading more books by Winter Renshaw.


Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author Winter Renshaw is a bona fide daydream believer. She lives somewhere in the middle of the USA and can rarely be seen without her trusty Mead notebook and ultra portable laptop. When she’s not writing, she’s living the American dream with her husband, three kids, and the laziest puggle this side of the Mississippi.

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