This is book 2 in Jamie Beck’s Sterling Canyon series about life in a ski town around the Denver, CO area. I didn’t read book 1, but I didn’t feel as if I missed anything. I’m not a fan of this kind of heroine; actually I’m not a fan of this kind of person.
Thirty year old Kelsey Callihan wants nothing more than to be married with children, which is more than fine by me, but what I don’t like is the manipulation to get what she wants. She literally talked herself into her love of Trip. When one of her good friends, Emma, asked what she loved about him, this is Kelsey ‘He’s sexy and surprisingly sweet, strong and willful, fun and sentimental, even if he doesn’t see it’. If sexy is the first thought much less word out of your mouth, what happens when his looks fade? Yeah, I know it takes two to tango, but her thoughts are revealed to the reader, so I know where she’s going and I know what she wants, and I see her just being someone I can’t stand.
Gunner ‘Trip’ Lexington is one of those heroes I don’t like either. He’s in his mid 30’s and enjoys the outdoor life of being a guide – okay, that’s all fine and dandy, but why are you still harping on your father having an affair with your mother? At what age do you grow up and become an adult and let that go and either forgive and forget or just separate yourself from your father, step-mother and half-brother? You’re making everyone miserable, including me.
The thing is, the story is good. It moves really fast and there’s enough angst and emotional turmoil to keep me turning the pages. But I couldn’t stand neither Kelsey nor Trip. There’s a bit of back story that I’m sure happened in book 1 on how Trip even got to the little town and became friends with Grey. And I’m sure there’s a lot of back story on Kelsey chasing the hero of book 1 in hopes of getting an HEA out of that, but interestingly Kelsey’s good friend Avery was the heroine of that story.
After seeing Kelsey’s desperation to find a guy to marry, Trip decides to offer his help. But it comes at a price – sex with him in exchange for a list of things that Kelsey should and shouldn’t do in order to get her forever guy. So these two begin their behind the door super secret sex capes (except they’re not really secret because Kelsey tells her sister) what’s going on. Knowing Trip’s oversexed bachelor ways, Kelsey’s sister is not in favor of this new development – rightfully so.
Kelsey starts falling for Trip and although I wanted to be happy to see these two on their way to their HEA, Trip is anti-commitment and he’s been consistent with that since the beginning. He never gave Kelsey mixed signals. A set of hair combs doesn’t mean that the man is falling in love. Everything that Trip said sounded forced and I kinda felt sorry for him as it related to Kelsey.
This came off feeling and sounded meh and a lot of it felt like watching an accident and wanting to look away but just not being able to. It’s only their personal tragedy that made me give the story this high of a rating because that was well written.
Happy reading folks!
*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley
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by Jamie Beck
Release Date: June 21, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance