Series: Hope's Crossing #4
Publication Date: 26th March 2013
Book Source: Harlequin & NetGalley
Synopsis: If you build it, love will come to Hope's Crossing.
Alexandra McKnight prefers a life of long workdays and If you build it, love will come short-term relationships, and she's found it in Hope's Crossing. A sous chef at the local ski resort, she's just been offered to Hope's Crossing. her dream job at an exclusive new restaurant being built in town. But when it comes to designing the kitchen, Alex finds herself getting up close and personal with construction foreman Sam Delgado .
At first glance, Sam seems perfect for Alex. He's big, tough, gorgeous—and in town for only a few weeks. But when Sam suddenly moves into a house down the road, Alex suspects that the devoted single father of a six-year-old boy wants more from her than she's willing to give. Now it's up to Sam to help Alex see that, no matter what happened in her past, together they can build something more meaningful in Hope's Crossing.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. It had so many aspects that I look for in a contemporary romance. At times I saw glimpses of what I crave in my reading, but this story just fell short for me. I adore Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and I thought this book would be similar.
Firstly, I found it really hard to keep track of the characters. I initially believed from looking at Goodreads that I was reading the first book in a new series, but on further investigation I realized that there are three books set in Hope’s Crossing before Currant Creek Valley.
I think my enjoyment of this book would have benefited having read the earlier books in the series. In the end I blocked out who was related to who and what their story was and just tried to focus on the main characters. Sam Delgado was just lovely, and his son was adorable. They were certainly my favourite aspect of this story. However, the female lead Alex McKnight did not impress me at all, she gave up on things way too early and without any explanation. I felt their “I Love You’s” in the end, came without me feeling a real connection between Sam and Alex.
Much of what I read lately is contemporary romance that has a bit of sizzle. In comparison Currant Creek Valley is very sweet and very tame.
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Guest review by Karen Barr