When you’re from a place like Clayton, PA, you either leave as soon as you can, or you never leave. We can’t even say we’re a one-stoplight town, because we don’t have a stoplight, just a traffic circle on a minor local highway. Here in Clayton, everyone knows everyone, and gossip and rumors are a way of life.
So, when my high school sweetheart leaves our son and me for a woman in another state, it’s the talk of the town for months, if not years. Even my motor-mouthed, wild child of a best friend, Cora, can’t rustle up enough trouble to keep my name off their lips for more than a week or two.
So, when I meet a handsome, single man not from Clayton, I assume he’s just passing through.
It was just supposed to be a night of fun with my BFF before school starts—one last hurrah before lesson plans and homework and packing lunches and school pickup lines take over everything. It wasn’t supposed to lead to an intense, sizzling connection—an attraction which despite my most vehement denials goes far beyond the physical.
The real question now is…will it end in another heartbreak for me and my son, or could it become a Happily Ever After?
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Can’t wait for the next one!
First of all, I am so in love with the idea of a story for each of the 50 states in the U.S. I don't do a lot of travelling and I look forward to seeing the United States through the eyes of Mrs. Wilder.
Jamie and Elyse meet at a bar during a night out. A one night stand is not a regular occurance for either, but also something neither can say no to. Their chemistry is off the charts and their night together was "magical".
Being a single mom, Elyse has more to protect than just her own heart. Her son Aiden is her whole world and her mama bear instincts really come out to play. She certainly finds herself attracted Jamie and thinks often of their night together, but she's sure she knows how to wrangle those feelings and keep them under control.
Jamie is divorced and has recently moved to Clayton because of his job, principal of Aiden's elementary school. He also begins to spend more time with Aiden as he assists with football practice. Though Elyse refuses to discuss a repeat of their night together, Jamie continues to subtly pursue the chance to spend more time with Elyse.
Jamie and Elyse dance around each other throughout much of this book, but it's the moments Jamie spends with Aiden that cause Elyse (and myself) to fall in love with him completely.
While there was nothing life changing or mind blowing about this book, it was certainly entertaining. I am looking forward to the next installment, Cowboy in Colorado.
Good, but frustrating
I feel like the author did a disservice to herself on this one. I guess the point was to keep it short and sweet, but too much time was spent with the heroine’s angst and indecision. It left me wishing for more character development, or a different point of view.
Another Jasinda Wilder hit!
I love Jasinda Wilder books! And small town romance so I was all-in for this story! And this whole series.
I think my favorite character from this book is probably Aiden. For 8 years old, he’s pretty awesome and well adjusted. And he’s just so dang funny.
Being someone who isn’t from a small town, I love to read stories set in small towns where there’s 3 restaurants, everyone knows each other’s name (and gossip) and is just a quaint place. So Clayton and this whole story definitely fit that. Clayton is a teeny tiny place that is just so adorable.
I can’t wait for the remaining 49 stories!!