Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Release Day Reviews ~ Joy by C.S. Poe (Giveaway)

Release Day Reviews ~ Joy by C.S. Poe (Giveaway)

Title: Joy
Author: C.S. Poe
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 69

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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3.5 Stars! 

This is a short and sweet entertaining story about finding love in unexpected places. Gideon Joy leaves L.A. after his hopes of becoming a famous tattoo artist is crushed. Driving through New Hampshire, Gideon is shocked when a moose runs in front of his car causing him to crash his car into another. Not having insurance or money to pay for the cost of repairs for the two vehicles, Gideon realizes he'll need a place to stay and a job to pay for everything.

While Gideon may be accustomed to disaster following him everywhere he goes, it's obvious to everyone that Gideon may have finally found a place where he belongs. With new friends and a new job, Gideon finds he doesn't need to be the best at everything to be fulfilled. However, when he's unable to have a date without some sort of catastrophe he begins to doubt himself.

I liked the characters Gideon and Silas, who is beyond sweet. (I would have liked to see more happening between them, though. It was all just sweet, quick or funny scenes.) I found that Silas's quiet easy going manner balanced out Gideon's overly dramatic and somewhat pessimistic attitude very well. They were good for each other.

Overall, this was a fun read that I think most people will like. It's more sweet than sexy and it's short enough to read in one sitting.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

4 Stars! 

Sweet tale of small town guy and big city guy who doesn't really yearn for the city as much as he thinks. 
This is a really sweet tale that takes place over a couple of weeks, featuring a city boy who writes off his own car and damages someone else's, and he just happens to be broke - perfect excuse for him to hand around in town until he can afford the repairs. He ends up meeting the locals and seeing a very different kind of life to what he's used to and ends up falling in love with a guy who's pretty much his total opposite. 
This is a really feelgood tale, with the locals aiding and abetting their romance, and I loved how natural and unforced all seemed. It is a short tale and it takes place over a short period of time, but it ends with the leads in a good place to explore their relationship. I'd have loved a little more of them, a few months/years down the line, as they had the feel of a 'it for each other' couple.

ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure.

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