It Started With Joy by Cindy Kirk

Ready to take a chance on love again?

Rachel Milligan fell head over heels…once. Then her happy world crashed in around her, leaving her reeling and wondering if she’d survive.

That was three years ago. The pretty nurse has pulled herself up from the ashes and built a solid life for herself. As a nurse. As a volunteer. As a temporary foster mom.

When ex-baseball sensation Derek Rossi shows up in Jackson Hole for much needed R&R, love is the last thing on the sexy superstar’s agenda. With three broken engagements under his belt, he’s pretty much given up on the whole happily-ever-after thing.

Neither he nor Rachel is ready for romance. But they’re not the only ones with skin in the game. When love blooms, thanks to Joy and the power of a perfectly aimed baseball, Derek and Rachel are forced to face their fears. Will they slide into home plate together? Or walk away?

Titles in the Jackson Hole, WY series include – It Started With Joy

Title:  It Started With Joy
Series:  Jackson Hole #1
Author:  Cindy Kirk
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 5, 2019
Publisher:  Waverly House
My Rating:  4 stars

IT STARTED WITH JOY is a touching love story of a woman who has lost her husband to violence and firmly believes she will never, ever love again – and a man who has been extremely unlucky in love with three broken engagements to show that married life just isn’t in the cards for him.  One bright little girl will bring these two adults together through a well-aimed, accidental baseball toss now it’s up to Joy’s matchmaking mischief to make sure that Rachel and Derek realize that they all make the perfect for each other family.  Only, it’s not going to be easy, not by a long shot for Joy is dealing with very stubborn adults who truly believe what they’ve told themselves about finding everlasting love.  She’ll just have to prove them wrong.

Derek and Rachel both have valid (to them) reasons why they shouldn’t be together.  Trouble is the sparks flying between them say otherwise.  Watching these two get out of their own way was an engaging journey to finding peace, and a love that can overcome anything if two people are willing to take the risk.  There were moments when my heart broke for Rachel, and times when I wanted to sit her down for a very stern talk.  Not everyone gets the chance at a second love of a lifetime and she was throwing it away with both hands.  There are definite bumps on the road to their happy ending.  And we meet some interesting characters along the way that I’m hoping we’ll get their stories later on in this series.

I enjoyed myself in this world and will definitely be following this series.  If you enjoy a romance that gets off to a rocky beginning, a second chance love, one engaging little girl with a heart so big, and finding that happy ending then you’ll want to pick up IT STARTED WITH JOY, soon.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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