Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/01/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
All of Clyde’s Corner, Montana, knows local dandy Chris Ramsey will marry Trix Stubben, young widow and heir to the richest ranch in the area. But one woman isn’t too keen on the idea. Mabe Crassen wants to get her hands on that ranch, so she sets her older son to court Trix, and her younger son, Jeremy, to distract Chris and lure him astray.
Jeremy Crassen thinks his mother’s scheme is crazy. But he wants desperately to go off to college, which Mabe will agree to—if he seduces Chris. How will shy, virginal, secretly gay Jeremy attract Chris, who seems determined to do the right thing and marry Trix? Jeremy can’t compete with a rich female widow. Or can he?
I am a big Eli Easton fan, she wrote a Sherlock Holmes fanfic that was one of my favourite reads last year, and so I was really excited to read this. The Dreamspun Desires series is marketed as ‘contemporary category romance novels, complete with your favorite heartwarming heroes, captivating plots, and exotic settings. These titles are all about happily ever afters that leave you with a satisfied smile for days.’ And this book did exactly that.
The premise is very Dallas/ soap operaesque, with Jeremy’s mum out to get what she thinks should be her’s, she is a little bitter and twisted at this juncture. Mabe plans to use her good looking sons to break up a romance between a young widow and Chris, who has recently returned home, so that she can get her hands on the ranch.
And while things start to pan out the way that she wants, this is actually the making of both her and her sons. Basically they are seen as the bad family in the town, Eric, the older brother is a waster, and Jeremy is tagged by association, Mabe was the town’s good time girl, bit as we read we realise that none of this is really true. Eric needs purpose in his life, Jeremy is a talented writer and clever and Mabe was noble and made some crappy choices.
Eric and Jeremy start to get involved in the lives of Trix and Chris, and of course the initial reasons for their involvement causes problems as their real feelings start to develop.
Although the primary couple is Jeremy and Chris, there is quite a lot of page action for Eric and Trix, as well as Mabe, and I really enjoyed that. in fact if I was to point to the character with the most growth, that would be Eric.
Jeremy and Chris’ love story is really sweet without being sickly , and does give you a big smile of a HEA, also as the book progresses the soap opera feel is minimised , in the main.
Easton’s writing style always incorporates humour and affection for her characters, and it really complements this small town story
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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