My Way to You
by Catherine Bybee
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Book #1 in the Canyon Creek series
Number of Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley ARC
Contemporary Romance M/F
Read 3/2/20 to 3/4/20
When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.
Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.
As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new.
This story was a bit different and quite interesting. The author gives a good view into the lives of those whose homes have been threatened by wildfires and/or mudslides that have resulted from the fires. It’s very obvious from the way the story is written that she is pulling from her own experiences. While I found the personal relationships touching and wonderful, sometimes the details of the other things got in the way. Never for too long, never to the extent they took me out of the story, but enough that I would find myself skimming.
Colin and his whole family are wonderful people. So are Parker and her family, for that matter. As a person who is a bit type A and used to keeping control of situations, I could totally sympathize with Parker. While there were times I thought she was keeping a bit too tight of a rein, I could also be real with myself and know I would be acting quite similarly to her.
There’s a great connection between Parker and Colin. I never felt a burning fire, but I definitely felt some heat. Now, his brother and her tenant are a different story. There’s some great chemistry there and I’m excited to read their story. The link Colin and Parker have is more about comfort, but that’s what they both need. Not that they don’t have a yearning for one another, but the overwhelming need they both have at this point in life is comfort and love.
I’m not sure how many books will be in this series, but there are so many stories I would love to read from these families.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**