Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson

Happily ever afters aren’t just for fairy tales. In this heartfelt novel, a retired athlete must become a father to the daughter he never knew—just as he discovers the power of love with a woman who reignites his passions.

Drew Sellers is drowning in broken dreams and empty beer bottles. Hockey was his world, until a bum knee reduced him from superstar to has-been. Then he learns that, thanks to a one-night-stand back in college, he’s the father of a preteen girl with major issues. Her protective aunt sees right through Drew’s BS, but “Auntie P” is no stereotypical spinster. With her slender curves, toned legs, and luscious lips, she has Drew indulging in fantasies that aren’t exactly family-friendly.

At another point in her life, Peyton Watt would have been all over a cocky alpha male who pushes all her buttons like Drew. Right now, though, she needs to focus on taking care of her niece during her sister’s health crisis, all while holding down a job and keeping her own head above water. Besides, Drew’s clearly no father of the year. He’s unemployed. He drinks too much. And he’s living in the past. But after Peyton gets a glimpse of the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade, she’s hooked—and there’s no going back.

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What I thought about Dancing in the Rain

Drew Sellers is figuring out what he's going to do now that an injury  has forced him to retire from professional sports.  He doesn't know quite what to do with himself, but when he runs into a very old acquaintance, his life is going to change yet again. Turns out he has a twelve year old daughter he never knew about...and her mother is terminally ill.

Peyton has a successful career in New York, and when she comes to Chicago to help her sister and daughter, she becomes friends with Drew as he's getting to know his daughter.  I loved this first part of this story.  There's a ton of emotion here -- Drew's interest in his daughter, his budding relationship with Peyton, all dealing with the loss of a parent.  I thought Kelly Jamieson did a wonderful job of keeping this from getting too maudlin, while giving a realistic portrayal of the final moments of someone's life.  Make no mistake, this book has some sad parts to it, but it is balanced nicely with the happy.

As Drew gets to know his daughter, Peyton is faced with a tough decision between Chicago and New York once she becomes Chloe's guardian. And then there's what she feels for Drew. 

I really liked Dancing in the Rain.  It had a ton of feelings, which I love.  Drew,  Peyton and Chloe held my interest throughout the book and I really liked them. In spite of the sad circumstances of the book, it left me feeling good, and I liked that too.  

If you are looking for a secret-baby romance that is both sad and sweet, you might like Dancing in the Rain.

ARC provided for review. 

About the Author
Kelly Jamieson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 40 romance novels and novellas.

Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. She likes black coffee, white wine and high heels…and of course cheering on her Winnipeg Jets during hockey season!

Visit her website at or contact her at  

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