Book Review: Mending the Line By Christy Hayes

Jill Jennings’ dream of becoming an elite runner turns into a nightmare when she breaks her leg less than a year before the Olympic trials. After two surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation, she’s ready to pursue her goal again. Or is she…

Jill’s healing and ready to hit the pavement, but her passion for the sport she’d planned to make her career unexpectedly wanes. On a whim, she changes course and runs right into a tall, blonde, and gorgeous Tyler Bloodworth. Fly fisherman come and go in south central Colorado, but Ty’s back for a second summer, minus his girlfriend and hotter than ever.

Tyler Bloodworth’s life plan to start a fly-fishing business with his dad back home in North Carolina is suddenly snagged when Jill Jennings runs circles around his heart during a summer stint as a fishing guide in Colorado. Back for a second summer, he sets his bait and casts his line, but Jill’s not so easy to catch.

A catch and release fisherman hooks the one girl he won’t let go. A distance runner with big dreams and an uncertain future falls hard for a summer fling. Can Jill risk losing her career and her heart to Tyler when he’ll be gone in a few months, or will Ty reel in the biggest catch of his life?

16169249I loved this 38 chapter book. I’m all about romance, and there was plenty of it. I enjoyed being in on the secret when Jill and Ty started developing feelings for one another. My favorite stories are the ones that share both point-of-views. Other characters had their share of point-of-view, so it was fun hearing their opinions of the relationship. Some approved; some didn’t.

My favorite lines: 1) Friend didn’t mean boyfriend, but that didn’t help Ty’s mood. Of course, he wasn’t exactly one to cast stones considering he’d yet to cut ties with Dana. 2) He knew he gambled quite a bit on instinct and an undeniable attraction. 3) “He only had eyes for you. Strange how he never made a move.” 4) “You had to do what was best for you. Sometimes we hurt the ones who love us the most by spreading our wings.”

If I could describe Ty and Jill in one word, it would be patient. All summer they had a crush on each other without letting the other one know. Jill broke her leg; thankfully he was there to help her. Once he returns home to the east coast, he dumps Dana (I admire this about Ty–he never cheated) and decides he’ll want to return back to Colorado for next summer to pursue a relationship with Jill. I also respected her because she wasn’t a homewrecker.

  • Mending the Line was such a cute love story. Anyone can relate who’s ever experienced a crush. Or whoever has been in the beginning of a healthy relationship, experiencing the honeymoon phrase.
  • The guys at the bar considered Jill an ice queen, so they bet that Ty couldn’t win her heart. She finds out and gives him a hard time about it. I liked the sexual tension in those scenes. When they finally got together, there’s more tension with her friend Lyle. Plus, her best friend Olivia is jealous; she’s single and lonely. I loved that Ty was a nice guy, a listener, a gentleman, caring about Jill’s feelings. He never pressured her; he moved at her pace, so he wouldn’t scare her off. When they take it to the next level, those scenes were hot and steamy as well as sensual and intimate.

My favorite scenes: 1) everyone celebrating Olivia’s birthday at the bar 2) when Ty tells his family at the kitchen table why he wants to return back to Colorado 3) when Jill and her dad argue about her training schedule, causing her to quit 4) anything with Ty and Jill together (they were so cute)

Christy Hayes had a brilliant talent with plot. Everything made sense, and there were no boring parts. She had the right mix of tension, conflict, characters reflecting on their lives. She focused on their social as well as business side of their lives, making everything realistic and well-rounded. The author was also great with pacing. It ended at the right moment–I loved the ending by the way. Each scene managed to enhance the plot and enhanced the different friendships, romantic and/or family dynamics of the main and supporting characters’ lives.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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