The quick of it is that Grace and Jeff have some past history that left them, well, not totally infatuated with each other. And now that he's come back home to live and work, well, they're having to deal with each other. And not totally loving that either...at first.
I enjoyed these two and their differences in personality. The romance was more them being prickly around each other then finally dealing with their past as teenagers when they messed up and changed everything between them--there's a good chunk of flash back to then. There's little on page steam but that was okay, really. I did like seeing them having to deal with each other and get through the past while working on a town event. There was actually a lot of time with the in their own lives with family/friends/work/etc. Some of that kept me from totally loving the book and just felt like random filler.
Overall, Deal Me In wasn't a bad read but it also didn't totally wow me or leave me scrambling to add the rest of the series to my TBR pile. The writing was simple and not entirely pulled together or tight but it moved along and kept me reading so I can see trying another by the author in the future.
Jeff Dayton left Sugar Falls determined to make something of his life. But after three tours of duty, this Army veteran no longer dreams of faraway places. He’s a small town cop now, keeping the lid on his past and his eccentric family so his sister can win a seat in the state senate. Jeff’s tattoos are covered, his rock-n-roll father is under wraps, and everything is aces… Except his feelings for the free-spirited Grace are anything but contained.
Grace and Jeff have managed to dance around their rocky past since Jeff returned to town. But when they’re thrown together to plan the Harvest Festival, their attraction sparks to life, igniting both old passions and burning regrets. It’s time to let go of the past and search for the strength to begin anew. Because half the fun of the game of love is winning… and the other half is deciding to play.
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