This series was my first taste of Kristen Proby. And I must say I really enjoyed these books. Falling for Jillian is my favorite out of the ones I have read. These are standalone romances, but the other characters make a lot of appearances. I mean the main character Zack has a twin brother – how could they both not make an appearance? King twins = gold.
And they both are alpha, protective, and super sweet.
Zack King has returned from the army to take care of his son, which his ex-wife abandoned on his brother’s doorstep while he was gone. Jill has moved back into town to get away from her horrible ex-husband and to start fresh. After a quick one night fling from the last time she was in town, Zack and Jill cannot help be awkward around each other. Avoidance is key.
Even if the flame and tension still dances hot when they are around each other. The joys of having a similar friend set, am I right?
That is until a huge snow storm hit Montana, and Jill is without heat. She calls her best friend to rescue her. Cara is with both the King twins at the time of the call. Worried for Jill, Zack has to step up to and save Jill. Figuring that her heater cannot be fixed at least till after the storm, Zack insist that Jill return with him to the ranch. The RANCH! What a perfect setting for this charming and sweet winter romance.
I wish I could have read it closer to Christmas time, but the winter weather around her was enough to really drive the setting home. And I think I want to move to Montana now.
As Zack and Jill get closer, Jill also gets to know Zack’s twelve year old son, Seth. And she slowly begins to feel a connection and protective motherly instinct over the boy who has had a rough past. Seth is still struggling to accept that he is away from his horrible mother and learning that his family cares for him. Zack is dealing with his young teenage son and the return from war. And Jill is carrying around a lot of baggage of her own. It is not easy sailing for this group.
I would describe this book as smooth and direct. I loved how well each chapter flowed and how easily it was to read. The characters do connect quickly and easily with each other. And even though there is conflict it was smoothed over well. My only wish as a reader, was that I could have seen a little more tension/emotional turmoil with each character. Like Zack struggles with PTSD from the war, but it is barely touched on.
But overall enjoyed the character connections, especially seeing Seth and Zack interact. Jill was a strong, stubborn character that I feel many women can relate with. Plus, I really enjoyed her feisty kick butt side.
I had heard that these books were a bit corny. Knowing that going in, I felt like corny was too strong of a word. These books: makes you smile a lot, reads super easy, presents conflicts but wraps it up well, and make you love the characters. I really enjoyed the sticky, sweet fluff of goodness. I will definitely be picking up more Kristen Proby books soon!
Thanks to NetGalley and Pocket Books for providing this copy in exchange for a honest review.