UNEXPECTEDLY HERS (STERLING CANYON BOOK 3), BY JAMIE BECK
PUBLICATION: MONTLAKE ROMANCE;
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
About the book:
By day, bashful wallflower Emma Duffy works at her family’s bed-and-breakfast. By night, she secretly pens erotic romance hot enough to melt the snow in their cozy Rockies town.
But Emma’s real life is about to heat up when her mother books the entire inn to a professional snowboarder, hoping the publicity will put them on the map. In a karmic twist of fate, that guest is Wyatt Lawson, the man with whom Emma had shared the secret one-night stand that became the inspiration for her novel and its dreamy hero. Worse, a film crew is documenting his comeback just as her debut is about to hit the shelves. Emma’s only saving grace is that Wyatt doesn’t remember her—and hopefully, he never will.
When Wyatt arrives in Sterling Canyon for several weeks of intense training, the last tumble he expects to take is falling for a girl, especially one as shy as Emma. Unlike groupies with their hidden agendas, she isn’t using him—or so he believes…until the film crew uncovers Emma’s pen name and steamy novel.
Wyatt’s comeback run can withstand a fall or two, but can his heart recover from this crash and burn?
This was my first time reading Jamie Beck, unfortunately, and although I didn’t need to have read books 1 & 2 in the series in order to enjoy Unexpectedly Hers, now I want to! This story is about Emma who has always played it safe and tried to live up to the “good” expectations everyone has for her, although she does have a few secrets. A famous snowboarder, Wyatt, arrives at the Inn she runs with her mother in order to film a “comeback” documentary, and she immediately recognizes him, but he doesn’t remember her. As the filming begins, Emma builds a relationship with Wyatt, as well as, his brother who suffered a TBI from a snowboarding accident, but she never tells Wyatt her secret. The tension builds as they get closer, it gets closer to the time for him to leave, and the threat of him learning her secret grows.
Although I loved this book and loved Emma, I personally didn’t fully understand the whole need for secrecy and her fear of others finding out her secret passion and ability. However, Emma was raised to be a good girl with Christian principles, therefore, I understood some of her apprehension. I also understood her reasoning for not reminding Wyatt of their previous meeting when he first arrived – who needs that embarrassment? I wasn’t crazy about Wyatt initially, but he quickly grew on me, especially as he became more accepting of the changes in his brother Ryder.
The only thing I disliked about this novel were some of the characters, mainly Mari and Emma’s mother. However, I always respect an author’s writing and characterization when they are able to create such lovable characters in a novel, as well as, the characters that make you want to pull your hair out!
Unexpectedly Hers is a great romance that’s full of plenty of surprises and tension to give it that edge. I’m sorry this is my first time discovering Jamie Beck, but this is an author I will definitely read in the future!
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.