Bitterroot Queen by Jove Belle
When Sam Marconi packs up her home and leaves Las Vegas behind her, she pictures an idyllic life waiting for her and her daughter in Bitterroot, Idaho. After saving for years, Sam finally has enough to chase her dream of owning and operating a small roadside motel. But when she arrives, she finds her new business in a derelict state that makes Sam second-guess her decision to move.
For Olly Jones, home has always been the stretch of road between residences. As a child, her parents raised her to embrace a nomadic lifestyle, a practice she continues as an adult. She feels an inexplicable, irrepressible tug pulling her ever forward, searching for…something. She trusts she’ll know it when she finds it, but it’s probably not going to be at Sam’s motel, since their first meeting is nothing short of explosive, with accusations of trespass and vandalism, backed up by mace.
But when Sam puts up a flyer seeking skilled labor at an unskilled labor price, Olly is the only one who shows up for the job. Despite her initial reservations, Sam reluctantly hires her and eventually realizes that Olly is exactly what she needs.
Charmed by Bitterroot and drawn in by Sam’s fierce independence, Olly lingers longer than normal. For the first time, she sees a potential for home and family. Will these two women find a way to build the life they’ve both been searching for? Or will they cling to the ties holding them to the past?