Josh Lake is forced to head home for the holidays after he’s suspended from his job in the city, but running into Paisley Sheridan could be exactly what he needed. Not only does she board him at her ranch in exchange for his advertising expertise, but spending the Christmas season with her in Big Sky, Montana, brings more joy than he’s felt in a long while. Is he willing to give up the lavish lifestyle he’s worked for in exchange for the gift of love?
The last thing Paisley wants for Christmas is to spend time with Josh Lake—the guy who broke her heart in high school—but until her bank loan goes through, she has to take all the free help she can get. Unfortunately, Josh seems to want back in her life again, and the town’s quirky coffee shop owners don’t help by hanging mistletoe at every opportunity. Will Paisley succeed in driving him away, or will she find the healing needed to have hope for a future together?
The book started strong with a great introduction to Paisley, Josh, and the colorful minor characters. The author quickly introduced the people and their problems, and I was hooked within a few chapters; however, those initial problems were the only problems. It didn’t take long before every chapter was a rehash of why they couldn’t be together, why the other person wasn’t right for him/her, etc. without them ever actually talking about it and moving forward. It turned frustrating pretty quickly. If I hadn’t liked the characters so much at the beginning, I might not have finished reading, but I did skim to the end, to make sure there was a happily ever after (which there was).
Overall, I’d give it 3.5 out of five stars.