Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Joyfully His by Jamie Beck

Title: Joyfully His
Author: Jamie Beck
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Sterling Canyon #3.5
Main Characters: Andy and Nikki
Release Date: October 2017
Publisher: Montlake
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Sexual Intensity:  spicy

Story Overview:
Jamie Beck welcomes readers back to Sterling Canyon, Colorado, where a disgraced but charming ski instructor falls in love while trying to redeem himself.

Folks in Sterling Canyon know that small towns have long memories. Two years after the DUI that injured a pedestrian, Andy Randall is still making amends. He hopes the Christmas spirit will help him get rehired as a ski instructor, but that job will come with conditions. He can’t afford another mistake, which is exactly what making a play for his former boss and friend, Nikki Steele, would be.

Nikki races down double black diamonds and hikes mountains better than most guys, unafraid of tumbling down the slopes. But trusting the guy who once shot her down could end in a fall that actually hurts, especially when she’d have to vouch for him with her boss. Still, the resort needs another instructor to handle the holiday tourists, and Andy’s sexy grin and relaxed charisma make him hard to resist.

With both of their reputations now on the line, can Andy convince Nikki that the second chance he wants isn’t only about the job?

My Review:
This is a quick satisfying little holiday read. 

Andy has been a well-known face in the series. He's the guy who drove drunk and almost ruined Grey's life (Grey was the hero in one of the books in the series previously and is now married to Avery, Andy's twin sister.) So, anyway, Andy's been there all along. He's a guy who screwed up...but he's paid for that crime and is trying so hard to get on with his life...not so easy to do in this very small community. But the thing he misses most from his former life is being a ski instructor and working with Nikki. So he goes to her, hoping maybe now that he's served his time, he can get his old job back.

It works, but now Nikki is his boss...something that complicates him trying to pursue a relationship with her even more. For Nikki, she also has issues from that night Andy's life went to hell. She was there. She could have stopped him from driving like a responsible friend should, but she was mired in her own self-recriminations at what she saw as Andy's rejection of her. (She read him wrong...he's very much interested in her, but she'd had too much to drink that night to make sound decisions.)

So, yeah...there are a few lingering issues between the two and that's even before they try to go into any sort of relationship beyond the good friends that they've always been. 

This was a fun little read. It takes place in a ski resort town over the holidays where there is tons of fresh snow and skiing. As a result, the ambience of the book is fantastic. I liked both Nikki and Andy together. The book was short and it could have delved deeper and gone a bit longer because there are some serious conflicts between the two characters that could have been fleshed out more, but this is the perfect novel for a dark, winter night to get  you in the mood for Christmas. It's short. It's sweet. And you only need a couple of hours to read it. 

Overall, I enjoyed it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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