Dean Silverthorne’s mother may be dead, but she still has matchmaking to do.
When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder, more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but this trip home is going to be a very brief Christmas visit.
His game plan doesn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts.
I really enjoyed my second visit to Deer Lick, MT. I liked Dean from the beginning. He had issues with not believing in love and marriage for himself, but the potential was there. I also liked his reaction the first time his mom popped in on him, though she didn't seem to visit him as often as she did Kate. One of my favorite things about Dean was how good he was with kids, especially the autistic kids. When he came up with the idea for the therapy ranch, I knew it was going to be important. I also really liked Emma. She was obviously in the right job for her. I also liked the way that she didn't fawn all over Dean, and sassed back at him when he tried to use his usual tactics on her. As she got to know him, she saw that there was more to him than what he showed to the public, but she still didn't believe he had the ability to commit. I did like the sensitivity he showed about her cat. He nearly lost her at the end, but he did well with his final gestures. I can't wait to read Kelly's story -- I sure hope it comes out soon!