Garner Brothers #1
Getting divorced and losing her business has sent Delaney into recovery mode. And what better place to get her mojo back than the beautiful mountain retreat of Glory Junction. Delaney hasn’t designed anything in the year since her divorce and she’s getting desperate to create something so that she can start her own business. Feuding with her neighbor over their shared parking spot has become the highlight of her days. Working full time as Glory Junction’s Chief of Police and helping out at his family’s adventure business keeps Colt so busy he can barely breath. He might be attracted to his neighbor, but there’s no way he’d ever again trust a big city girl just in town to vacation. He’s had his heart broken once and he doesn’t want to repeat the experience.
I have mixed feelings on this one because Glory Junction seems like a really great town and I enjoyed being introduced to it. I loved the setting and the beauty and Garner Adventures sounds like a really awesome business. Town characters were set up pretty well, though there were a lot of them. However, I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between Colt and Delaney though they seemed like really great friends. I can’t exactly say what was missing but I just didn’t believe it. I couldn’t really connect with story and I never got emotionally invested. A lot of stuff goes on in the town but much of it was the minutia of everyday life in a small town. Other readers might really connect with this one but it was a miss for me.
I appreciated how open Delaney was to everything. She was hurt in the past by her ex but that doens’t stop her from wanting to try again when she starts seeing Colt. She might also be a big fashion designer, but she never looks down on Glory Junction, it’s residents, or their quirky personalities. She found her life going in a different direction and she really embraced it.
Colt was probably the nicest jerk I’ve ever read in a romance book. He seems great on the surface because he’s dedicated to his town and he loves his family. He won’t even bad mouth the terrible town mayor who’s making his life awful. But when you really look at the way he treats Delaney for the first 70% of the book, you realize he’s kind of a dick. He sends so many mixed signals that I’m surprised Delaney didn’t get whiplash. He’s constantly pushing her away and he has zero trust that she’ll stick around or make an effort in a long distance relationship. He doesn’t want Delaney to tell anyone they’re dating even though everyone pretty much knows; I just found him annoying.
Even with a lower rating, I still plan to give the second book, Want You, a shot. I can see the potential in the series so I’m not ready to give up yet.
2 out of 5 stars
Copy provided by NetGalley
Enemy Lovers • Opposites Attract • Small Towns • Adrenaline Junkies
Colt Garner thrives on adrenaline. As Glory Junction’s police chief and the co-owner of Garner Adventure, he knows where to find danger and excitement. Unfortunately his new neighbor, fussy, transplanted city girl Delaney Scott, is anything but a thrill, even if she is as gorgeously curved as a killer ski slope. They have nothing in common but a shared driveway they’re arguing over . . . and a mutual attraction neither of them can fight.
Starting over was not in designer Delaney’s plans. But now that her rotten ex has walked away with the rights to her brand, she needs to reinvent herself, and fast. It’s not easy with bold, brash Colt next door, too handsome for his own good, and, she’s sure, too unreliable for hers. But as small town life throws them together again and again, Colt and Delaney find that simple romance may be the most exhilarating gamble of all.