Super cute with plenty of small town charm, this was a fun read. I love a playful enemies to lovers romance, and that’s what this one was – these two clearly don’t hate each other, but there’s plenty of friction between them. They’ve got some great history and their friendly competition makes for some fun moments. I did think that the second half was stronger than the first, only because things were a little slow moving romance-wise, and our heroine almost had equal chemistry with another guy, which is kinda awkward, lol. But it’s a solid, sweet, and low angst read that definitely makes me want more from the series.
The story follows Olivia, a woman who left for college and never returned. When she inherits half of a dairy farm, Olivia is determined to make things work. She quits her job, makes plans to move to the farm, and has all kinds of ideas for getting the business out of debt. That’s all complicated by her new co-owner, the frustrating and sexy Jake. He’s spent years working on the farm, and is convinced that Olivia is a city girl at heart. She may be in town for now, but there’s no way she’ll stay long-term – or so Jake thinks. The two spar over their conflicting ideas for the farm and that slowly shifts into chemistry, which complicates things even further.
This was adorable and sweet with a low angst feel that really worked for me. At times, it was a little TOO slow-moving, but I enjoyed it throughout. The main characters are both likable and the farm is an integral part of the story, so I became invested in its evolution as well. I definitely liked the story the most when the romance was at the forefront; there are some great moments between Olivia and Jake, so I loved all of the sweet scenes. And the sexy moments too. I wish there had been a little less of Jake being a grouch and a little more swoon, because I think these two were awesome together once they set aside their differences. Overall, it’s charming and playful with a small town feel that keeps things sweet. I received an early copy via the author and am voluntarily leaving a review of this lighthearted enemies to lovers romance.
Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.
But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.
The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer.
Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.
His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.
What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other.
Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.
Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.
About the Author:
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom to three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, nor is she the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party–especially if she’s been drinking whiskey–and her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north in Denver, where snow is magic and the mountains have become home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, gaming, or designing graphics.
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