Series: Cabin Fever #1
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Poppy Walker has a plan to restore the family resort, and she's sticking to it. So when a good-looking guy with plenty of cash rents one of her half-repaired vacation cabins, she figures he's just what the handyman ordered. But when a late-winter storm blows through, it takes down some trees, her roof and then…her self-control. Even though she's been burned before by a wealthy passer-through, she can't stay away from the brooding but gorgeous stranger in the bungalow next door.
Former teen idol turned Hollywood exec Ryan Hamilton wants a private place in which to endure his very personal heartbreak. Finally, at this rustic mountain cabin, he has all the seclusion one man could want—until sparks begin to fly with his sexy, formerly chilly landlady. By the time the weather dies down, they're both hot, bothered and certain they're still wrong for each other. But there's no telling how they'll face the new storm brewing on the horizon…
I’m a big fan of tortured characters getting their second chances at love and life, so this book definitely fit into my kind of book category. I liked the synopsis of the book because I liked that Poppy sounded like a strong woman who was independent and willing to put the work into making her dream come true, I like strong women in romance novels. I was also looking forward to unraveling to mystery of Ryan.
So when the book started I had to say that I was a little put off by Poppy, her inner monologue was basically a constant stream of “I am a single mother and therefore can’t do/feel anything”. But on the plus side she was optimistic about her life, and even in the face of bad things happening to her life (the cabins she was trying to repair for her livelihood were constantly coming up with new things that needed to be fixed, and a tree basically destroys her house and car) but she still is optimistic about her plans and her life, she is just completely unwilling to let life get her down, and I love that about her. As the book goes on I really started to like her a lot more, especially after she finds out about Ryan’s tragedy and she is super awesome with him.
Ryan is such a sad guy. He really doesn’t think very much of himself because of what happened in his past, and historically speaking the month of March is really just terrible for him. Even though he thinks that he is destined to be miserable and that he isn’t a good guy, you can see the good in him from the beginning. I love how he interacts with Poppy’s son Mason, even though its hard for him, he never turns the kid away, which I think says a lot about his character.
The one big thing I did not like about the book was that there was two main character POVs and then there were two other characters POVs as well, Ryan’s brother and Poppy’s cousin and their love connection. I suppose that would have been fine, but a lot of their romance is done in script format, and I am just so not a fan of anything written in script format, for me it makes everything feel stiff and not something I can immerse myself into. It made it really hard for me to feel connected to their love story at all.
Overall I thought the story was good, I did enjoy the chemistry between Ryan and Poppy, and I liked watching Ryan work out his issues, I thought that part of the book was really well done. It was sad/heartbreaking in parts, but the ending made it worth it. If you are looking for a story about a tortured hero then this might be the one for you.