A contemporary small-town romance between a mousy innkeeper and a snowboarding champion who can’t quite recall where he’s seen her before.
Quiet, dependable Emma Duffy helps her overbearing mother run their family-owned inn in a small Rockies town. She rarely dates, works hard, and volunteers. But Emma has a secret: three years ago she glammed herself up, drove to Aspen, and had an incredible night with star snowboarder Wyatt Lawson. Emma’s wild one-night stand gave her the courage—and some of the material—to write a soon-to-be-published erotic romance novel. Emma’s undermotivated and completely out-of-character behavior in Aspen makes for an unconvincing setup, but the rest of the book unfolds with greater psychological subtlety. When the inn is invaded by none other than Wyatt and his entourage for a month, Emma is terrified her secrets will be revealed. But Wyatt, a womanizer with an intense work ethic and a strong sense of responsibility to his family, fails to recognize her. Still, he is intrigued, and before long, Emma is doing more than checking the furnace when she visits Wyatt’s room. The third installment of Beck’s (Secretly Hers, 2016, etc.) Sterling Canyon series is, like the first two, character-driven, sweet, and chock-full of interesting secondary characters. Wyatt’s reappearance forces Emma to examine her self-image as an honest and caring person. She grows from false selflessness to a better understanding of how to negotiate the needs of both parties in a relationship. Wyatt’s journey—a playboy who must learn to appreciate the joys of actually caring about a lover—will be familiar to romance readers, but Beck invests this character with the ability to push Emma in emotionally powerful ways to claim her own identity.
Beck's fans will be thrilled by the latest in her witty, sexy, and unexpectedly emotional contemporary-romance series.