Author: Poppy Dennison
Narrator: Matt Armstrong
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Story Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 06/07/2016
Length: 06 hours 23 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Stories from Holly Creek
Small-town heroes and big-town hearts.
When Jefferson Lee Davis leaves his life in the big city to return to the small Southern town of Holly Creek, his natural charm soon has the residents eating out of his hand. Jefferson Lee steps up to help with Holly Creek’s biggest festival, Dogwood Days, which puts him directly in the path of the town’s hunky sheriff, Zane Yarbrough. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend make Jefferson Lee’s life a full-time adventure, and he warms to the idea of making a home in Holly Creek… a life that might include Zane.
But as the summer Rose Festival looms around the corner and more small-town secrets come to light, Jefferson Lee and Zane must take a long look at their blossoming romance. If they’re going to make it as a couple, they’ll have to work through their trust issues and believe that the relationship they’re building can weather any storm that blows their way.
Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.
Original reviews for the stories found at:
Dogwood Days: <a href="http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/11/dogwood-days-by-poppy-dennison-book-review-by-jj/">http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2015/11/dogwood-days-by-poppy-dennison-book-review-by-jj/</a>
Spring Fever: <a href="http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2016/04/spring-fever-holly-creek-book-two-by-poppy-dennison-book-review-by-brandilyn/">http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2016/04/spring-fever-holly-creek-book-two-by-poppy-dennison-book-review-by-brandilyn/</a>
I do love it when I get surprised by a book. I’ve only read a few books by Poppy Dennison books before—namely her Triad series. They were well-written but paranormal is regularly my thing so I haven’t paid too much attention to her other books. When this audio book collection came available for review I decided to take a chance and I am very glad I did.
These were sweet and hilarious stories. In her review of <em>Spring Fever</em> Brandilyn said they are almost sickeningly sweet. I disagree. I think they are just the perfect amount of sweetness. These are southern men after all and I think their personalities were spot on.
Both stories reminded me of the show <em>Hart of Dixie</em>. Sweet, likable, but, yes, somewhat over the top characters who are too good to be true. But that’s why I liked them so much. These are gentlemen who do gentlemanly things with malice or bad attitudes.
All the characters in these stories are likable none more so than Jefferson Lee (Can you get a more southern name than that?) and Sheriff Zane. I love that neither one was in the closet allowing us to skip past the <em>is he gay or not?</em> plot and get into the romance.
The supporting characters are equally enjoyable with more larger-than-life men and women than you can shake a stick at. The town of Holly Creek is so well-drawn it almost became a character itself.
Both stories are highly enjoyable in several different aspects. Great writing, great characters, great plot.
Matt Armstrong did a perfect job with the varying degrees of southern accent here. I don’t know if he has that accent in real life, but judging by the narration here I’d be surprised if he didn’t. His voice worked perfectly for the angst-free tone of the stories.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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