Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Dancing in the Rain
Author: Kelly Jamieson
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Main Characters: Drew and Peyton
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
A retired athlete meets the daughter he never knew—along with the woman who reignites his passions—in this powerful standalone romance from the bestselling author of Hot Shot and the Heller Brothers series.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.
My Review:
Wow, this book was a real heartbreaker, but I loved it so much. There's nothing easy about this story. One of the main characters is dying throughout most the book. You know that going into it and nothing about this situation is easy for any of the characters. 

Drew is having an awful time. He's still reeling from the loss of his dream...his career as a pro NHL player because of an injury. He has no idea what to do next. Then Sara shows up with the surprise that he has a 12 year old daughter. Through no fault of either of them (they had a one night stand and literally knew nothing about one another), she had no way to get hold of him when she became pregnant. Then she saw a news story about him...totally random, but at a point where their daughter needs him more than ever...because Sara is dying (I know that isn't in the story description, but it's literally the first chapter of the book so I don't consider that a spoiler.) He has no idea how to be a father. A tween girl is even more of a challenge. A tween girl going through the trauma she has in her life right now would be a challenge for ANYONE. It's an awful situation and Drew literally has no idea what to do. 

Peyton is only in Chicago to help out her sister and niece. She has a career and life in NYC that eventually she has to get back to, although everyone is aware...when she goes back, her niece will be going with her as Peyton has been named as her guardian. 

I love emotion-filled reads and this one is fantastic. Even in the midst of the trauma and drama there are moments that are so poignant and beautiful...for all the characters. It was a beautifully written story. Kelly Jamieson did a fantastic job with it, showing the depth and breadth of all the varied emotions from all the characters. I thought it was a beautiful story and I truly fell in love with it. Just gorgeous. I highly recommend it.  

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

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