Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.
But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zack, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zack is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?
I’m not going to lie: I got a nasty surprise when I started reading this book and discovered it was written in first person, present tense! It’s something pretty inescapable in current fiction for young readers, but it’s not something I would ever have expected to find in an adult contemporary romance.
Clearly Kristen Proby is a good writer. I enjoyed her characters and the very “real” feel they had about them. This is contemporary romance with genuinely contemporary characters. If you like the type of series set in a small town, with friends going about their business (think Jill Shalvis and Shannon Stacey) this series is similar.
I do think I missed out by starting the series with this one, the third book. There’re lots of people who I’m sure you would know a lot better if you read in order.
My problem was that I really couldn’t get past the point of view:
As I approach the little house that I rent from my best friend, Cara, I see that the snowplow, thankfully, has been down my street already, but then I see that they blocked in my driveway.
“Oh my God!” I scream and run away from him.
Proby is a good writer, but I’m far from the only one who doesn’t like stories from this perspective. An interesting series, and even though the characters are older, the tense is probably something that will appeal more to the New Adult fiction crowd.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.