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: Kristin
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.
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I LOVED this story! Gideon is such a joy (no pun intended) to follow, from his dismay at hitting a moose and and the brooding, silent Silas, to ultimately embracing the town that just kinda pulls him in.
This was a perfectly executed short story, where in a matter of pages you, the reader, are totally invested in the characters. The strength of this lies in its simplicity – small (fairly progressive) town, minimal supporting characters, Gideon carries the story through his expressive personality and emotions.
It’s really a story about coming home/finding home, and that’s not necessarily the place you start out, or what you “expect” life “should be. And it’s about acceptance – Gideon’s acceptance that he’s not going to be a top-notch tattoo artist, acceptance that LA’s not where he really needs to be.
This was so sweet I freaking CRIED at the end! I really applaud Ms. Poe for being able to elicit so many emotions in such a short span of pages.
My only complaint – this was too short! Selfishly, I wanted more Silas and Gideon.
This will end up in my re-read rotation for sure.