Author: C.S. Poe
Series: States of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 4/5/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 76
Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Joy was a quick read, with lots of joy peppered throughout and an overall 4 star read!
When we meet Gideon, he’s just had a car accident in the middle of no-where New Hampshire – hitting the only car for miles around. And of course the driver of that car is a complete…jerk. Well, not quite a jerk, just quiet and not really “feeling” Gideon. But Silas steps up to the plate and takes Gideon to a nearby B&B where Gideon is able to learn more about the small town he landed in, and the person behind the car he hit.
I really enjoyed getting to know Gideon and Silas. Gideon was practically a walking klutz-magnet, which had me laughing out loud throughout most of the story. On the other hand, Silas was a bit more difficult to figure out. He’s quiet, always lived in this small town, has a lot of different jobs – but has a heart of gold. His character shone through more with his action than his words, which is always welcome. Even though this is a short novella, it didn’t have the feeling of insta-love as much as it could have; it was nice to get to know them as a couple over several dates (even if we didn’t go on all of them as a reader) and see how they truly entwined their lives together.
While the characters aren’t deep necessarily, they are heart-felt and real to life. Their love story is definitely one to dive into! This is a great read for anyone looking for a quick novella with a lot of laughs, “ahhs,” not-so-insta but sorta-insta love, and a HEA.