What it’s about
Dumped by her boyfriend, stressed out by her job, Kate Hamilton needs to regroup and get back some self-esteem. She moves from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the wilderness of Gospel, Idaho for some small-town fun. But when her first attempted seduction of a hunky stranger is completely rejected, she wonders what else could possibly go wrong?
Well, for starters she quickly realizes that the Mountain Mama Crafters Original Poetry reading is about as good as it gets on a Friday night. Then she comes face to face with Rob Sutter, former ice hockey madman, owner of Sutter's Sports—and the hunky stranger who told her to get lost!
Rob's been more than burned by love—but then he and Kate find themselves in an ultra-compromising position in the M & S Market after-hours, giving the phrase "clean-up in aisle five" a whole new meaning, and cause a whole lot of gossip in Gospel...
I loved the sports hero theme, although Rob was no longer playing and owned a sporting goods store in small town Idaho, he still had the attitude.
This book started off with a bang. Kate is a successful PI, but she has had some bad experiences becoming cynical about love and is unsure of her self-worth. She is heading for a new life, helping her widowed grandfather cope with his loneliness, and trying to find herself. She meets Rob in a bar on Valentine's Day, instant sexual chemistry, she drops her good girl morals and propositions him... and he says "Don't take it personal, but I don't fuck women I meet in bars.".... mortification, my shoulders even sunk for the heroine, Kate. When she finally gets to her destination Rob is a part of the community as well.
When the Rob and Kate run into each other again, the chemistry is gone for me, not sure that was the author's intention. Rob was sort of an ass and Kate was cold (understandable), but she was unfriendly to everyone, unlike when the book started. This is where you got to meet all the quirky people of the small town, so it wasn't a total bust and there were some funny moments. As Kate and Rob start to become friends, and Kate drops her guard, the book heats up quickly and Rob's he-man fantasies are pretty stirring, reality even better. Loved the romance between the two, great jealousy tension.
The ending was fabulous; lump in the throat, funny, ironic and made me feel so good. When I started writing this review I clicked the 4 star, not I am back up to 5 just thinking about the beginning and ending.
Rachel Gibson pretty much always delivers for me, great characters, well-written stories with depth, but lightness. When I first started reading romance years ago she is who I cut my teeth on and stories like this are why I love her style. She always gets to me in the end and soon as I finish one of her books I immediately am either looking for a reread from her or something new.
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