Title: Mending the Line
Author: Christy Hayes
Series: Golden Rule Outfitters, Book 1
Format: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: CAH, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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About the Book:
Jill Jennings’ dream of becoming an elite runner turns into a nightmare when she breaks her leg less than a year before the Olympic trials. After two surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation, she’s ready to pursue her goal again. Or is she… Jill’s healing and ready to hit the pavement, but her passion for the sport she’d planned to make her career unexpectedly wanes. On a whim, she changes course and runs right into tall, blonde, and gorgeous Tyler Bloodworth. Fly fisherman come and go in south central Colorado, but Ty’s back for a second summer, minus his girlfriend and hotter than ever. Tyler Bloodworth’s life plan to start a fly-fishing business with his dad back home in North Carolina is suddenly snagged when Jill Jennings runs circles around his heart during a summer stint as a fishing guide in Colorado. Back for a second summer, he sets his bait and casts his line, but Jill’s not so easy to catch. A catch and release fisherman breaks Golden Rule #1: he hooks a girl he can’t let go. A distance runner with big dreams and an uncertain future falls hard for a summer fling. Can Jill risk losing her career and her heart to Tyler when he’ll be gone in a few months, or will Ty reel in the biggest catch of his life?
This sweetly conceived romance, with characters that are easy to relate to and appreciate, the author has managed to create a believable romance that is solidly grounded in emotions and situations that every reader can relate to.
Told from the point of view of the characters, this inclusion of their inner dialogue helps to define their personalities and provide a sense of people as well as the growth of their relationship. Dimension in the story is also increased with the inclusion of family members and their interactions and viewpoints: we are all aware that no relationship exists in a bubble of just two people and this is a welcome inclusion to both deepen and enhance the story.
This is a romance, and there is a personal choice for an author: making the romance completely sweet, or enhancing and utilizing the more erotic elements of a relationship to further detail the story. Here Christy Hayes manages to add tastefully written and wholly time-appropriate sex scenes that do manage to enhance the feeling of commitment between the characters without overriding the tale of two souls coming together to make a happily ever after.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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About the Author:
Christy Hayes lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Women’s Fiction Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Christy has been writing seriously since 2004 and made the decision to indie publish in 2011. When not working on her next novel, Christy can be found running through her neighborhood or at one of her kids sporting events.