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. States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
'Joy' by C. S. Poe was a fun, cute read in the 'States of Love' series published by Dreamspinner Press and I really enjoyed it. No it wasn't an over the moon, turning into a puddle of goo story but reading it was no hardship either.
Truthfully I knew from the first sentence in this book that I was meant to read it. You see the first like in this story is...
THE FIRST and only thing I’ve learned about moose was that there was no right way to hit one.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with moose. You see I am probably one of the few Canadians, who doesn't live in a heavily populated area and has never seen a moose...zoos don't count. I'm talking wandering around out in the wild and I've been in areas where moose sightings are a common occurrence...seriously there are signs posted beside the road that say 'Moose Crossing' 'Watch for Moose', so I've decided there are no moose. My family has deemed that I'm in denial...whatever...there are no moose. So when I read the first sentence in this book needless to say my inner child was amused...what can I say sometimes it just doesn't take much.
I liked Gideon mostly because I could relate to him. I think we've all had days when it seems like even the simplest of things are suddenly monumental hurdles to overcome and somehow, someway couldn't something just any little thing be easy? Yeah, I've had those days so I totally understood how Gideon felt when he thought the only luck he had was bad and then there was Silas...
I liked Silas and his quiet ways and his fussy eating habits, he reminded me of my kid when he was a teenager.
I think if I could have changed anything in this it would have been to have a little more story between the beginning of the story where Gideon and Silas first meet and Gideon did his 180 and decided that Silas was hot. For me this connection happened just a little to fast and I felt like just a tiny bit more story in here would have added to the believability of things.
'Joy' may not have been a 5 star read but it was still cute and fun and I enjoyed Gideon and his moose adventures in New Hampshire.
An ARC of 'Joy' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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