Alexis is a successful ER doctor in Minneapolis, obligated to carry on her family's medical legacy. Daniel is a struggling innkeeper, shouldering his own family's legacy in the small town of Wakan. When Alexis ends up in the ditch outside of town one night, he gives her a tow. That night leads to an unexpected connection that Alexis knows can't last, but she and Daniel are drawn to one another. Soon, she's returning to Daniel and Wakan, where the small community welcomes her in ways no one ever has. But a lifetime of obligation and relentless pressure make this relationship impossible; their worlds are simply not compatible.
One of my favorite things in romance novels is when the couple simply enjoys one another's company, right from the start. I'm not a die-hard romance reader, but I have been reading more lately because they're a fun pick-me-up, and reading about that kind of relationship just gives those feel-good vibes. If you're into Hallmark Christmas movies (and this is VERY in that vein--without the Christmas), this is for you.
At the same time, Jimenez carefully included several threads of domestic abuse, so well-done without a "savior" for any of them, but with emphasis on the need for readiness to save oneself. I loved this.
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After a wild bet, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwich, and cuddle with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city-girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?