Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?
Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.
While this story was surprisingly cute, it still left me wanting a bit more.
At 25, Gideon was having a bit of a mid-life crisis, as he called it, after being brushed aside at his old job in LA for someone better. So he just sublet his apartment and left. One auto vs. moose accident later, he's stranded and in debt with very few options.
Silas was a quiet, well-liked carpenter and jack of all trades in his small New Hampshire town of 800 people, minding his own business, until a moose accident forced a tourist's car to crash into his own. Then everything changed for him in an instant.
For Gideon, too, but he didn't know that just quite yet.
I enjoyed the pages where Gideon and Silas were getting to know one another and I adored Gideon's somewhat limited interactions with the townsfolk.
But after their second disastrous date, the story fast forwards through their third, fourth, fifth and sixth disastrous dates and straight into almost-love.
It ended up feeling like all of the good parts, the ones that I live for in romance stories, the slow burn, was simply skipped over in a single paragraph.
So while I wanted to love this extremely fluffy story, their semi-abbreviated dating period and immediate fall into living together felt lacking in the feels department for me.
With all that taken into consideration, I'd have to rate this short story at just under 3 stars.
My ARC copy of the story was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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