Dakota was raised in The Hamptons though she is part of a upper crust family she is nothing like her family. Dakota is a self made business woman and runs a concierge service for the rich and famous. Her family is dysfunctional and hard to really like. Then she accepts a job to work on her family’s estate Windhaven for the new owner after it had been sold. Max is an ex football star and is currently a money making machine. Max is a playboy and likes a variety of woman on his arm. He avoids attachments as he fears run deep. Dakota is the illegitimate daughter of an heiress- Piper- who is focused on being an heiress. Max works hard at his job. Dakota starts working for Max who is the new owner of her family estate and her family causes an uproar. Max’s two attachments are business and money. Max bought the big estate to impress clients and his father. He had the previous owner’s family member to revamp the estate. But Max is also interested in Dakota. Max works for Wall Street, a partner in a private equity firm. Both Max and Dakota had dealt with rejection and heartache. Dakota’s family “had never included or accepted her” as she had been born illegitimate and of an affair. Dakota has never had the desire to follow in her mother’s jet setting ways. Dakota’s ways of calming herself when her life has too much chaos is to go surfing. Piper was crazy, self centered, and Dakota’s mother- if that is what you could call her. Piper had lied about knowing who Dakota’s father was and when she finds out the truth and knows who her father really is she goes looking for him. Dakota’s business is called Premier Services. If her clients want something like for example their house cleaned or groceries bought she made sure they got it.Dakota was hired to stock, remodel, and refurnish the estate for Max. Max blamed himself for his twin sisters death in a car accident when he was eighteen. Then his mother’s death a year later. His father told Max these deaths were his fault. Dakota teaches Max how to surf but also how to feel again through a kind of friendship than more. Dakota had met Hendrick in middle school he was a psychiatrist and a father figure to her. Hendrick had given Dakota her first job watering his plants, and raking his leaves and they became friends Hendrick also bought Dakota her first surfboard. Dakota still plays the dutiful daughter and takes care of Piper as much as she can. Then Max and Dakota became a real couple expecting a child.
I loved this story all though at times it was a little slow and confusing but got through it and it really didn’t take that much away from the story. I definitely didn’t care for Dakota’s family. I didn’t understand why Dakota kept going back when they didn’t love her in any way or even liked her. I loved Hendrick and how he had and was there for Dakota. I love the plot and the writing. The pace was great most of the time. But the ending was just out there. With Dakota in labor and her water breaking and her walking on the beach. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this story and I highly recommend this story.