Not tonight, Olivia. Olivia’s ex-husband shut her down so many times before the cheating bastard left her that Olivia lost count. She didn’t realise she’d also lost the ability to banter, interpret body language, or accept that a man could find her desirable. None of that should matter when she leaves for a two-week training for her new job with the Ranchers, an outdoorsy nonprofit, but when her co-worker adds ‘halter top’ and ‘bikini’ to the official pack list, she has no idea what to expect on this trip. It certainly wasn’t a perky blonde roommate who thinks their training is like spring break, but with a paycheck. It wasn’t the after-hours hot tub. It absolutely wasn’t the man with a rumble for a laugh who shows up on her flight and introduces himself as the colleague she didn’t know would be her companion for the next two weeks. When blondie calls dibs on that same colleague, Olivia just wants to stay out of her way, but her colleague has ideas of his own. Ideas which involve Olivia, the hot tub, and shared sips of bourbon.
‘Dibs’ is the perfect summer holiday read! It is Martine’s debut romance novel but I am hoping that it isn’t the last as I would really like to find out what happens next for these characters.
It is a simple plot that you can’t help but get drawn into although I did find it a little slow at times. The characters were very relatable, Lorrie and Dolores were my favourites as both made me laugh out loud on several occasions despite being complete polar opposites.
For me, the book ended as I would have wanted it to so I finished it with a very big smile on my face. That being said, there would most certainly be room for Martine to write a sequel so we can continue to follow these characters in the next chapter of their lives.
If you are looking for a book to read by the pool, in the garden or on the beach this summer then ‘Dibs’ is the book for you. Not too serious, extremely heart-warming and enjoyable from start to finish.
About the Author
Allison Martine is nearly a native Californian and lives with her husband and three children in Orange County. Allison can be found on the hiking trails through the canyons or over-caffeinating in her favourite local coffee shops. DIBS is her debut novel.
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