Title: Joy (States of Love)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 69 pages
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2 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.
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“THE FIRST and only thing I’ve learned about moose was that there was no right way to hit one.” L.A. resident Gideon is stranded in Lancaster, New Hampshire hoping to earn enough money to fix his junker as well as the car belonging to the guy he spun out and hit – Silas, the tall flannel-wearing quiet guy every one in town says is a great guy. Before too long, Gideon is staying in The Princess Suite (think pink, lots and lots of pink) at the B&B, working at Eatery, and running into Silas every time he turns around.
Joy is a sweet short story, with no on-page sex scenes, that takes its time and introduces the reader to the close-knit rural community and some of its quirky residents while soft-spoken Silas and Gideon get to know each other. I liked how Poe used the New Hampshire setting and my only quibble was that the ending came too quickly. But that may have been because I enjoyed the story and really wanted about 100 pages more. 4 stars for this light and happy novella!
And let me say, when you finally accept you for you—all of the absurd complexities, bad luck, and okay-ness—life sort of falls into place.