Author: Kara Nash, Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Silkorska
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/29/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
For successful businessman Bran Wilson, selling the large Montana dairy farm that has been in his family for generations is an easy decision. He hates the farm, the land, even the cows, and wants nothing to do with any of it. But there’s a glitch in his plan: a stubborn cowboy from New Zealand who is as sexy as he is aggravating.
Kaden Barker loves the Wilson farm, and respected Bran’s grandfather up until the day he died. With his two best friends, he’s taken over working the farm and caring for the cows, and he’d happily spend the rest of his days doing it.
When Bran charges into his life, telling him he’s selling the farm and there’s nothing Kaden, or his friends, can do about it, the animosity between them is instant. But so is the attraction, and only one extreme can win out.
I had really good fun with this story. From the blurb I thought I had read similar storylines before and to some extent I had but this brought it a little more with it and I can’t wait until Samuel and Chris and Trent and Misha get their own stories.
Bran Wilson got off the dairy farm that he was raised on as soon as he was old enough and has never looked back. The bad memories of growing up there supersede any good ones he may have had so when his grandfather dies and leaves the land to him he doesn’t even venture back for the funeral – he hates everything about the place and the sooner the property developer pays him for it the better. Bran’s grandfather though has been a wily old goat and selling it isn’t quite as easy as he hoped.
Kaden, Samuel and Trent have lived on the dairy farm and help old Mr Wilson for the last few years and the last thing any of them want to see is it knocked down and a casino to take its place. They may not have much choice though when the grandson is set on that very idea. The twist in the will gives them a small amount of breathing space but changing Bran’s mind seems impossible going on their initial opinion of him – he is self-centred, arrogant and cares about no one but himself.
Brans best friend Chris is a lawyer, a very good lawyer, and when he insists there is no way of getting round the will Bran realises he is stuck. He either lives and works on the farm for a month or he can’t sell it for 5 years. Not a man to be beaten in a challenge he moves back into his old childhood bedroom, grits his teeth and hates every minutes. He also takes a dislike to the three men who work on the farm who laugh at him a lot and are not overly friendly given the circumstances.
A lot of the story takes place around drinking games that are similar to truth and dare and it was fun and something a bit different, it was also a good way for Bran and Chris to get anything important out in the open whilst feeling less pressured. Add in copious amounts of alcohol and the truths become quite painful but reveal a lot about Bran’s and Chris’s pasts and show just how messed up they are. Living in such close quarters, having more than just a crush on Kaden and having to voice his past regrets plays havoc with Bran’s emotions and mental health but whilst opening old wounds he also starts to feel more grounded.
Ultimately Bran and Kaden can’t keep their hands off each other but it is quickly about a lot more than just sex. The problem was and still is the farm – one loves it and one hates it and for a long time there is no middle ground. Brans is actually quite vulnerable and until he can learn to trust it seems they are stuck in a pattern of hot sex then equally hot arguments.
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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