Series: Heart Of Montana #1
Author: Katy Regnery
Page Count: 165
Published: Boroughs Publishing Group, September, 2013
Source: Own Library
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, and to be honest, for its Christmastime setting, I was keeping it for warmer weather, to remind me of days when I could wear more layers than my skin. However, I couldn’t wait any longer, and squeezed it right in.
Katy Regnery’s debut novel, By Proxy, tells the story of two people who stand in as proxies for their loved ones in order for them to get married. Jenny comes in for her best friend Ingrid, and Sam, for his cousin Kristian. And while they do their good deed for Ingrid and Kristian, they realize they might just have found what they didn’t even know they were looking for. Well, at least it was the case for Sam. He’s a city boy through and through- even though we didn’t get to see that part of him for a big chunk of the book. Parties and one night stands in the big city, he wants to get it over with and go back home. Jenny, on the other hand, is a classic small town girl. She’s extremely shy, loving and giving to the point of ignoring her own wishes.
They both had their faults in dealing with their unexpected budding romance, I’ll give you that, but in the end they were able to realize those mistakes and compromise.
The tone of this book was, in one word, romantic. The sexiness, however, was a bit shy, hiding behind the romanticism. This book wasn’t about how much the hero and heroine rocked each other’s worlds in the bedroom, but how a good deed can come back and kiss you on the cheek. In the cold. Offering hot cocoa. There were perhaps no sudden passionate outbursts, but the sexy was peeking at us through a light kiss pressed against the back of a hand trying to prevent tender, secret words from escaping, or the lacing of fingers when holding hands. So yes, there was no tearing off clothes here, but there was love at first sight for even the non believers.
The icy but beautiful winter, combined with Christmas traditions and a small town family with mixed Norwegian and Swedish heritage, this story was heart warming. The storytelling needs a mention here as well, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely wording for the characters’ points of view. It seems, a gal can love her stories hot and spicy, but also enjoy a safe little cocoon with a cup of hot chocolate and tender romance.
I’m adding four spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge.
Heart of Montana series by Katy Regnery:
- By Proxy
- Midsummer Sweetheart