3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Boss/employee Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Fade to black/No Steam Gay Heat Index m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Skiing/Snow Boarding Sports

Catching Heir by Julia Talbot

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents



Is he in love with an old hotel—or its new owner?

Professional snowboarder Cullen Patrick is successful and kinda famous. So when he inherits an old Colorado hotel from an unknown relative, he really should leave well enough alone.

Matt Nathanson has been managing the Treeline Estates since college. He loved the elderly former owner, and he stands to inherit the place if no one claims it in the next week. Of course, Cullen shows up, and Matt thinks it’s time to move on. He doesn’t want to like Cullen, no matter how engaging the guy is, or how hunky.

Cullen has grand ideas for the Treeline, but he doesn’t want to implement them without Matt, and he’s not sure he’s ready to give up snowboarding. Can Matt convince Cullen that putting down roots is worth it… and maybe catch his heir at the same time? 


There are a few things you have to like to enjoy this book:

  • The author’s writing style. If you’re not familiar – take a peek – because it’s more stream of consciousness than other writers. Lots of one word sentences. Impressions rather than full blown ideas. Emotions rather than complex narratives. I really like it and think it works well in her shifter novels because those are based on an animal mind set that doesn’t “think” in the same way humans do.
  • Learning about how to run a hotel.
  • Learning snow boarding lingo.
  • No sex (fade to black)

I liked the opposites attract but found a lot of the dialog didn’t work for me. It was a bit too disjointed and “young” and I have no idea if it was accurate or not but it still felt a bit much on a 30 year old.

For two people who were so passionate about one another having it be fade to black was disconcerting as well. I know Dreamspun desires doesn’t require that so I’m not sure I agree with the author’s choice to go that way.

I like the author’s work with shifter novels but this wasn’t my favorite. It was fun, but not great. Really sweet ending though.

2.75 (rounded to 3) of 5 stars


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