Leaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson

Leaving Yesterday by Zoe DawsonLeaving Yesterday by Zoe Dawson
Series: Laurel Falls #1
Published by Loveswept on February 9th 2016
Pages: 289
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If you love Susan Mallery, Kristan Higgins, or Rachel Gibson, don’t miss the start of this captivating small-town romance series! Laurel Falls, Montana, features spectacular mountain scenery—but it takes a rugged cowboy to convince one woman to slow down and enjoy the view.
Rafferty Hamilton doesn’t plan on putting down roots anytime soon. With her divorce final, the hotel heiress has left Manhattan behind to scout new locations for her family’s chain of resorts. Which is why it’s so frustrating to be stranded in Laurel Falls while a good-looking, slow-talking, Stetson-wearing mechanic takes his sweet time with her overheated coupe.   A decorated vet who paid his dues in Afghanistan, Trace Black can fix anything with an engine and get it revving—even Rafferty’s ridiculous sports car. He’s couldn’t say the same for the knockout driver, who looks like she’s never gripped a gear shaft in her life. Women like Rafferty don’t usually stick around in Laurel Falls, but Trace finds himself showing her everything his hometown has to offer before she cruises on down the road.   As the days pass, Rafferty finds herself charmed by the pace of life and the openhearted warmth of the residents. She’s even tempted to trust again—and it’s all thanks to Trace. He’s not the kind of guy she’s used to falling for, but he just might be the man she needs.  Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Rafferty Hamilton’s (do people really have names like that?) not-so-secret mission about coming to small town Montana to scout locations for her family’s luxury brand hotel stutters to a halt when her car breaks down and a hot, ex-marine mechanic comes to her rescue. The sparks are there immediately, but both stand worlds apart in every way possible.

I’m still not entirely sure what I can say about the first installment of what might be the start of a promising small-town series, other than that it perpetuates too many stereotypes than I’m comfortable with, offers a dizzying array of POVs and brings 2 main characters who talk too strangely and behave too predictably to be believable. Zoe Dawson delves – to some extent – into the personal issues plaguing nearly each and every one of the characters we’re introduced to, but in doing so, spreads the storytelling too thin and leaves her supporting cast half-painted as limp hooks for future books. That being said, even if Trace/Rafferty isn’t the most interesting couple that I feel I can get behind, there are potential relationships and conflicts already set up in this book which I would be interested to read about in the future.