Series: Kowalski Family #8
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she's happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She's spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn't found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she's probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.
Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett's idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can't resist pushing her buttons, even though she's made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn't for her.
Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she's determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that's easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he's renting the house right next door….
I love a book with a good librarian! And Hailey as a librarian is kinda awesome, you can tell she cares about getting people and especially kids to be more involved in reading, which I absolutely love. So that alone had me predisposed to really like Hailey. Hailey and Matt meet when Hailey is out in the wilderness with a friend, and was completely lost. Enter Matt to be her rescuer, only Hailey isn’t so attracted to the “mountain man” whose there to save the day. And then how about it, he shows up living next door, and it turns out that he cleans up rather nicely too.
I actually liked Matt, he comes off a good looking all around good guy. He has some serious relationship baggage in his past, and he really needs to overcome them. Matt is the game warden in town, and to say sometimes he comes home a mess would be an understatement, dealing with the great outdoors can be a really messy job. As it turns out, some women just aren’t cut out for bear poop and skunk spray, and Matt doesn’t believe for one second that Hailey is a girl who can handle his lifestyle.
Hailey on the other hand goes out of her way to do the things that Matt likes. On their first date she goes out into the wilderness to watch a Moose, and at one point she even goes ATVing with Matt, but when she asks him to do the things she likes, it seems like Matt isn’t really willing to do it. Honestly that was biggest problem with the two of them, Matt has this idea of what/who Hailey is, and it doesn’t at all line up with her actions at all, and Matt is barely willing to do anything to be equal in compromising. Watching them work it out was interesting, and I have to say I did enjoy watching them figure their way through the relationship.
Matt’s dog is also my kind of dog (I wish mine were that well behaved), and his actions throughout the book really help set the tone or bring characters together, and I love that about this book. I love how well she incorporated a dog into the story of Hailey and Matt. I also really liked Matt’s family, especially his dad, I think him and his dad have a great dynamic and he really tells Matt like it is.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary romance, or anyone who enjoys reading about couples dealing with the great outdoors.