What a delightfully refreshing read! P. Dangelico is one of those authors whose work I can one-click without hesitation, knowing I’m in for a good romance. Whether it’s something angsty or something light, she’s great at putting her readers through a whole range of emotions. This one is definitely on the lighter side – it’s got some humor, some grumbling from our hero, a great slow burn, and a small town feel that’s kind of charming. Shorter and sweeter than her usual, I finished this in one sitting and enjoyed it the whole way through. And while I really, REALLY wish this had been dual perspective, we got to know our hero well enough to see his warm, loving heart.
The story follows Carrie, a reporter who has spent the last four years working hard for very little appreciation. When she gets fired over a social media post that’s deemed insensitive, she returns home to the Adirondacks to stay with family. Caught driving in a snowstorm on the way, a Good Samaritan rescues her – though she’s not quite sure of his motives. He’s moody and a little broody, so it’s difficult to know exactly what he’s thinking. The two clash until they get to know each other better, but once they start peeling back the layers, the connection becomes obvious.
There’s very little angst, and while it does touch on a few heavy subjects, it doesn’t linger on them. I’ll confess that this wasn’t the homerun Dangelico’s books usually are for me – I definitely considered a 4-star rating – but there’s also nothing major that bugged me either. It was a light, easy read from start to finish and there’s no doubt that it had me turning the pages. Honestly, my complaint about the book is that I wanted more – more insight into our hero, more time spent on the relationship, more resolution to a few threads that remained untouched at the end. But that’s really a compliment to Dangelico’s writing, because she’s given me every reason to have high expectations of her work in past. If you’re looking for something light and a little funny, then this will certainly satisfy that craving. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC via Valentine PR (then purchased it for my collection) and am voluntarily leaving a review of this small town romance.
Carrie Anderson––truth seeker, storyteller, journalist-at-large––is bad at social media and great at getting herself into trouble.
When she’s fired from her dream job for an ill-advised tweet, she has no other choice but to return to the town where she grew up with her head hung low.
It’s temporary after all. She can work at her family’s bed and breakfast, fix her finances, and get back to her life and home in Los Angeles.
There’s only one not-so-little problem…the grouchy ex-NHL star making her rethink what home means.
Jake Turner––great at hockey, bad at people––is not a happy man.
Haunted by his past, all he wants is to disappear into obscurity, to get away from the scrutiny of the press he’s been under since going pro at nineteen. But when the press finds him, disappearing is no longer an option.
Worse yet, the same journalist he’s trying to avoid is making him reconsider whether being forgotten is what he really wants.
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Without a backward glance, I walk inside, unsure if he’ll follow, but a minute later he shuts the door behind him. His head hung low, his hands shoved in the pockets of his jeans, every 6’ 3” inch of him looking as remorseful as he should.
“I didn’t mean to embarrass you,” he mutters to the carpet. “I’m sorry.” His gaze lifts to meet mine and the heat I find there is unmistakable. “I wanted you to myself tonight and I didn’t handle it well.”
Somebody beat on my chest. I think I just flatlined. Remorseful Jake is my favorite Jake so far, so sexy I want to peel that black t-shirt off his body with my teeth. Or maybe I’ll let him take mine off first.
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P. Dangelico loves romance in all forms, cuddly creatures (four legged and two), really bloody sexy pulp, the NY Jets (although she’s reconsidering after this season), and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse crap). What she’s not enamored with is referring to herself in the third person and social media so don’t expect her to get on Twitter anytime soon. Oh, and although she was born in Italy, she’s been Jersey Strong since she turned six.
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