Book: Catching Heir
Series: Dreamspun Desires #23
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: December 1, 2016
Length: 250 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?
Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.
Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.
Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time?
Julia Talbot is a new to me author and Dreamspun Desires are my go to trope reads that give me all kinds of heart. I love reading new to me authors through this series because they can tell me a lot about an author's style. While the story was cute and the writing was good it just didn’t grab me.
I loved the characters and watching them fall for each other was good but not all that exciting, honestly. They played off each other very well. Bringing something out in the other the way true opposite attracts can do; but there was no great story here. I felt the blurb hinted at more of a struggle with Matt convincing Cullen to put down roots but that conversation between them never happened.
They created this awesome, fun, and cute friendship that lead to more than one night out together. But the romance just grew from their, more of an organic process, with no great obstacle. Their thoughts on “What do I want?” were internal monologues versus something they discussed between them. Each figuring it out on their own without a word from the other.
Other than the one smexy scene in the car that fateful night out; all of the other sex scenes were fade to black. They would talk about going to the bedroom or start off making out on the couch then that was it. One scene confused me a bit since one guy started out on the bottom for the make out session but somehow was the one to get up first and help the other up. It could be something that was missed by all the people but really shouldn’t have been.
The details about Treeline (the hotel), the food, the land, and the staff were there and you could see each was important to Matt and how you see that world. I wish there was more of something with the story and maybe it’s just me not connecting with the story. Like I mentioned before the characters she created were great but the story just wasn’t for me but maybe it’ll hit home for you better.
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