Title: Dancing in the Rain
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Where I got it: Public library
Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.
At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.
I happened to be browsing the public library’s romance page and came across this book, and I’m so glad I checked it out.
Drew Sellers, former NHL player, has just learned he has a 12-year old daughter. Chloe was the product of a one-night stand in college, and he didn’t even know the girl’s last name. Thanks to his celebrity, the mother, Sara Watt, sees a picture of Drew in a magazine and finds him. Their first meeting didn’t go very well.
It turns out that Sara has cancer. Her sister, Peyton, comes in to Chicago from New York frequently to look after her sister, but one call from her niece telling her things are really bad have her in Chi-town for longer than expected.
Drew comes to Sara’s house one day, and he meets Peyton. They are instantly attracted to one another, but know they can’t do anything about it, given the situation. Sara asks Drew to meet Chloe, and while he initially agrees, he gets cold feet. Peyton is the person who gets that call, and she’s pissed. So she goes to Drew’s to give him a piece of her mind – and he answers the door buck naked.
*Soapbox* I don’t like the characterization above as Chloe being a tween daughter with major issues. She didn’t have major issues, other than her mother being sick and being sad. *Coming off soapbox*.
This story is very nicely written, and Sara’s condition and deteriorating health were handled very delicately. There are some very sad scenes. I honestly feel that given the heavy emotional aspect of this book, it would have been better written in the first person, alternating POV’s (rather than the 3rd person it was written in).
Drew and Peyton were both incredibly strong characters. They had been through so much, and both were resilient. I especially loved Chloe, the daughter.
I would highly recommend this book.