Title: Joy (States of Love)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 5th 2017
Page Count: 69 pages
Genre(s): Novella, Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
Gideon Joy’s luck has never been his strong suit. After being brushed aside for someone better in his job as a tattoo artist in LA, Gideon decides to take a cross country trip in his junk of a car trying to fight off his mid-life crisis, or so he says. On the streets of New Hampshire, Gideon’s bad luck strikes again as he hits a moose with his car while also hitting another guy’s car in the process. With no money to fix his car or the other guy’s, Gideon has no other choice but to stay in Lancaster and earn for the repairs.
The guy whose car Gideon hits is Silas, a shy, quite, soft spoken hunk of a man who according to all the residents of his small town is just a great guy. Gideon runs into him time and again and suddenly New Hampshire seems more appealing to him than returning to his life in LA.
Silas was just adorable as he tries to make his intentions for Gideon clear. It was a short and sweet romance with Gideon finally finding a place where he actually belonged. I liked the beginning of the romance as the MC gets to know each other. It was adorable and endearing. But the romance gets wrapped up quickly when things started actually getting good. I wanted more romance development which kind of got compressed to a few paragraphs at the end. I wanted more feels out of it.
It was a fluff story with very sweet characters but the romance part was cut short. The heat quotient of the book is again very low which I could have gotten behind if there were more cuddles or a better conclusion for the story.
Anyways, the story does capture the essence of the small town of New Hampshire which I kind of always look forward to in all books in this series. The author gives beautiful descriptions of the various natural delights that the town had to offer. So the setting gets a total rating of 2 stars out of my overall 3.5 stars rating of this novella.