Review: Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson

Reviewed by Shelly

This isn’t my first novel by this author and while I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read by Kelly Jamieson, this wasn’t one. I read a story some months back whose premise was the heroine was the sister of someone who the hero had previously slept with. I felt icky about that – there’s just something that isn’t okay and feels like a tawdry Lifetime movie. Tell me if I’m wrong here but isn’t there’s a bigger pool of people out there to find in a main character other than the same family pool? I read this one hoping that Jamieson would be able to take the ick factor away and everything would be la la wonderful for this couple.

The thing about this story is that it’s primarily about sorrow and dealing with a dying family member. Ten years ago, Sara Watt and Drew Sellers had a one night stand while both were in college. Drew was passing through town and Sara didn’t know how to contact him; she didn’t even know his last name. The good thing about that is that we don’t get the in the moment details on that. It’s eleven years later and Sara’s tracked down Drew to let him know that he has a daughter, Chloe. Sara also let Drew know that she’s dying – stage four cancer. Struck dumb, Drew doesn’t know what to do so he does nothing.

Drew is a washed up NHL player. Young and bullet-proof, he admitted sabotaged his own career and now he’s in forced retirement because of a bad knee that he didn’t take care of the way he should have. Listless and without purpose, Drew’s days consist of drinking, women and the occasional bar fight. He’s a total douche. He’s what you’d see on the supermarket tabloid cover. He’s clearly not ready for fatherhood and repeats that regularly. If I didn’t know better, I’d think Drew’s own Dad might have been a terrible father so his role model for that would be poor – but no, Drew’s father is quite nice and he’s raised a good brood of children. Drew is also divorced from his wife who decided that the grass was greener on the other side and slept with his teammate.

Peyton Watt is Sara’s sister. She’s been living and working in New York for some time, but she’s returned home to Chicago to take care of her sister. It’s only for a short time because by now Sara is at the end stage of her life; the cancer is winning. One of the things that Peyton and Sara agreed on is that Peyton would be Chloe’s guardian. So even though Sara’s dying, plans are being made for her daughter to be taken care of. Sara was my favorite character. I wanted to know more about her.

There’s just something about a man or woman sleeping with more than one sibling that doesn’t sit well with me. And this story didn’t change my mind. All I can think of is sloppy seconds. Yuck. There’s a conversation between the sister, they’re clearly joking and teasing each other, there’s mention of a time in high school when Peyton ‘stole’ Sara’s boyfriend. Kind of felt like foreshadowing but then again, it might just be me.

The romance for Peyton and Drew starts after the 60% mark. It feels rushed. I didn’t feel the chemistry. It felt more circumstantial than anything. There’s some decisions that each of them have to make in order to be good parent to Chloe and she become their main focus.

In the end, I’ve discovered I don’t have it in me to witness a romance unfolding for the heroine while watching her taking care of dying sister. This will most like be okay with many, just not me. And then add the preachy parts about society that caused my eyes to roll to the back of my head. I’ll pass on future writings from this particular author.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: D

*ARC provided via NetGalley

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Dancing in the Rain
by Kelly Jamieson
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House

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