Series: Spikes & Spurs #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 3 May 2011
Reading Challenges: 2013 In Uniform Challenge
Austin Lanier has breezed into town to get her inherited watermelon farm ready for selling. She got a very pleasant surprise when Rye, the next door neighbour she imagined to be elderly, turned out to be a fairly hot and young. Their relationship thwarts her efforts to get a quick sale.
Austin has clearly worked hard to succeed in her chosen career. Her mother and two aunts who she sees as role models are married to their jobs. Spending time at her grandmother’s farm however shows her that there is another path she can follow if she has the guts. Rye on the other hand has his life plan fairly well mapped out. He is a fairly likeable farmer type who instantly falls for Austin despite the concerns of one of his sisters. Where Austin suspects she could be happy in the country, Rye knows there is no other place for him. Their relationship tends towards the sweet rather than sultry and they spent a good time getting to know each other over the phone.
Austin’s grandmother obviously passed away before the events of this novel but she is such a strong character that she influences the lives of all who met her. Austin’s mother loathed the woman for her determination to toil the soil but Austin and Rye are able to appreciate the different facets of her personality and it brought them closer together.
There are a few weak points that marred my enjoyment a little bit. The biggest one would have to be the abrupt changes in perspective, followed closely by the lack of any great conflict. We have one scene where Austin over-reacts to something Rye said but that is about it. Editing felt a little hit and miss at times which was a shame. At times I felt like Brown ‘hick-ed it up’ which probably wasn’t necessary.
This is a fairly solid contemporary romance. I don’t think that any of the plot devices or stereotypical characters would come as a surprise to people but I did enjoy the read.