Review: Dancing in the Rain

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Dancing in the Rain
Dancing in the Rain by Kelly Jamieson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartwarmingly sweet and touching. Drew and Peyton’s story will pull at your heartstrings while reminding you that life should be lived to the fullest.

This romantic and tender story about a forlon retired NHL star who unexpectedly meets the daughter he didn’t know he had and the woman who’s taken over her care was so very easy to love. There was such a vulnerability in the developing relationship between these people who meet under sad circumstances, but their bond feels absolutely right.

Ever since he was forced to retire due to a bad knee, Drew Sellers has lost his way and feels completely unprepared and unfit to meet the almost twelve year old daughter he just recently found out he had. But not only will the loving and protective Aunt Peyton hear none of his self-pity, she’ll also cause him to want to be a better and deserving man of both woman and girl.

“Failure isn’t falling down—it’s falling down and refusing to get up.”

Peyton Watt was all about her career, or she used to be until her sister’s health requires her to move temporarily from NY to Chicago to take care of both her sister and her nice. To make matters worse, her niece’s gorgeous but very unemployed father seems to be drowning in drinks. But after spending some time with him, she gets to see the caring and good man buried under all that self-pity. Can they overcome all the obstacles life throws at them?

This story will inch its way into your heart with its tear-evoking plot and wonderfully developed characters. Drew, Peyton and the young Chloe feel real with their sad plight and need to embrace life; and because they felt so genuine their story stuck me even more and I found myself cheering for them wholeheartedly.

Peyton and Drew are unexpectedly thrown together by life altering circumstances and while they work to build a relationship revolving around Chloe they’re forced to deal with their careers or lack there of, grief, denial, anger juxtaposed with happiness, acceptance, attraction and love. Dancing in the Rain had me captivated from start to finish.

“He felt like he didn’t fit in anywhere now. Just adrift on an endless ocean of cr@p, no map, compass, no diections… hell, no destination. No identity. He was nobody now.”

Drew was very much down on life engaging in destructive behaviors. Peyton never saw having family in her life. He has a very interesting wake up call. She has to re-think her priorities. They’re forced to get to know one another, rely on each other, they had to figure out the strong attraction between them and even though they seamlessly fit in each other’s lives, they had difficult choices to make. I loved watching Drew figure out his life and how to be a parent and I very much enjoyed their delicious slow burn romance.

He nabbed his T-shirt and carried it to the living room where Peyton waited. She could probably handle his bare chest. “Okay… I’m decent.”
“Oh yes, you are,”
she said appreciatively as she turned. She took in his chest ad he pulled the shirt over his head. “Very decent.”

Having read several of Kelly Jamieson’s hockey books, it was came as a wonderful surprise that this book was different from the rest. This is my favorite Kelly Jamieson book. It is heartfelt and emotional, highlighting the importance of living life to its fullest.

4.5 stars

Dancing in the Rain is a standalone contemporary romance by Kelly Jamieson. It’s a sexy, poignant and sweet love story written from both points of view with a happy ending.

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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