This is my very first official Blog Tour and I can’t be more excited about it! Yes, I’ve participated in a few Book Blitzes here and there, but to be part of a Tour is something else entirely ! So without further ado, let’s get right into it ! 🙂
Love on the Line
by Kirsten Fullmer
(Women at Work #1)
Publication date: June 14th 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Andrea is an ordinary girl in an extraordinary situation.
She left her comfortable home and family to take a job building a pipeline with her estranged grandpa, Buck. She’s curious about his job, and why her mother dislikes theman. She didn’t expect to uncover buried family secrets, or for the job to be so difficult.
Rooster isn’t a bad guy. He respects women; he was raised by one of the best. But that new girl on the job is too small and feminine. She’s a distraction, plain and simple, and she doesn’t belong on a pipeline. This job is his chance to impress Buck Brennan, a pipeline legend, and no girly greenhorn is going to ruin it for him.
Will Andrea prove herself to her grandfather and forge a relationship with the old man, or will continuous disagreements and unexpected sexual tension between Andrea and Rooster derail their hard work?
What really intrigued me in the first place was the fact that this book features a woman who works in a male dominated workplace. I wanted to see in which direction the author would go and how she would represent our heroine. Fortunately for me, our heroine-Andy- was empowering. Guys, she starts working on a pipeline with other strangers- who are all men- and still manages to not lose it ! Let that sink in.
Andy was an incredibly hard working woman, with a lot of perseverance and likeability ! Besides the obvious physical challenges of being a woman working on a pipeline (I can’t emphasize that enough, it blows my mind honestly), she never gave up no matter how many times she screwed up. After a while, she began earning the respect she deserved in the first place. She wasn’t this weak, small, petite woman who was afraid to get dirty. No, she was a strong woman and she was working hard.
I’m not the only one who saw that though, our hero Travis had his eyes on Andy all the time. At first he was irritated by her and he deemed her weak. But seeing her in action and seeing her truly work hard, made him reevaluate his thoughts and feelings towards her. It was interesting to watch the character development in this novel, in that everyone seemed to change and grow as a result of Andy working on the pipeline, not just Andy herself.
Now, I did enjoy the story and the character development as well as our empowering heroine, however I don’t know if I needed the romance. I’m normally a real sucker for romance, but I felt that our heroine was so amazing by herself and that Travis was an interesting character as an individual, that I didn’t necessarily need the romance. Don’t get me wrong, it was well written and cute, along with the hilariously awkward moments Andy went through in front of Travis,- it was entertaining. I just didn’t need it. The story was good enough without it !
I have to admit, that the pacing was very slow in the beginning, it was a little hard to get into the story, but once the pacing quickened, I enjoyed the book. Another thing was the ending, it was a little too abrupt for me, so an epilogue would have been nice.
To conclude, I liked the themes that were portrayed in this book. There is this strong theme of empowered women, of family ties and being open minded. The whole book was dynamic, I loved the interactions between all of the characters and the accuracy of the research of pipe lines ! ( I am really impressed by that xD) I honestly loved reading about a woman’s physical and emotional challenge of taking a job where women are not the norm. Andy had great endurance and really inspired me. I can, with good conscience recommend this book to every reader out there.
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