Review Tour & Giveaway: Down on the Farm by Sylvia Violet

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About the Book

Cover Down on the FarmDown on the Farm, a sexy, enemies-to-lovers, small town romance, is the first book in the Ames Bridge series.

After quitting his teaching job on the heels of a scandal, Beck Davis moves to the house his grandmother left him in Ames Bridge. He finds the town stifling, but it’s a quiet place to hide while he regroups. Or so he thought.

His neighbor Cal McMurtry shows up, demanding to buy Beck’s land. Cal is as infuriatingly sexy as he was ten years ago when he and his jock friends spent their summers taunting Beck.

Beck expects to hate Cal as he did back then, but Cal isn’t who Beck thought he was: he’s hardworking, passionate about revamping and diversifying his family’s farm, and—far more shocking—he’s gay, and interested in Beck.

But as much as they want each other, Beck has no intention of staying in Ames Bridge, and while Cal is technically out, he refuses to date openly. A real relationship seems doomed from the beginning, but love can be a powerful motivator for those willing to take a chance.

The Finer Details

Publication Date:  July 10, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Editor: Keren Reed
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell, Website
Arc: Series; Ames Bridge, book 1
Length: Novel, 196 e-book pages
POV: 3rd Person, Singe Character Limited
Tense: Past
Pairing(s): Male/Male
Identities: Gay
Age Range(s): 26-29
Genre(s): Contemporary
Tropes & Tags: cowboy, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, return to hometown
Setting/Locale: Ames Bridge, NC
Ending: HEA


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Thoughts from the Back Porch

Rating

3.5 Stars

Rating Info

Ratings stick closely to the GoodReads standards. Occasionally I’ll make note of half-star ratings and will typically round up on GoodReads reviews and other sites where I may cross-post.

Stars Goodreads  What this means to me
5 AMAZING This totally knocked my socks off, and I might end up a crazed fan (from a respectable distance).
4 Really Liked This was truly enjoyable, and I’d recommend it.
3 Liked It was good, and I’m glad I read it, but I may have had some issues.
2 It was okay I finished it & kept hoping for improvement. I definitely had issues.
1 Didn't like I read the whole thing but....
1 DNF Didn't like I read past 50% (at least) before giving up.
0 DNF No Rating I couldn't even make it to 50%, but I still feel the need to share my thoughts.

 

Review

Gotta say…enemies (or even frenemies) to lovers and opposites attract are my C.R.A.C.K. Because how on earth are they ever gonna overcome the differences and dislikes to figure out each is THE ONE?

So much potential for meaty dissections of personalities and reaching difficult compromises. I love love love when authors surprise me and make me believe to my core that two contrary characters have what it takes to go the distance in ways I don’t see coming.

Down on the Farm promises to be such a story. The moody, broody cowboy who stayed in small-town Ames Bridge to make a go of the family business and the nerdy(ish) city-guy returning to his late grandma’s home to lick some wounds and deal with settling her estate.

This was some serious fodder that got me a wee-bit (ahem, a lot) excited.

And, while it had some moments of rivaling meatiness that came across as near impossible-to-untangle situations…well. And juuuust when I thought we were really gonna dig in and get to the root of some angst….

It was a nice story.

Beck and Cal definitely had some chemistry (and lots o sex).

I definitely saw where they were ultimately a good match despite their stubbornness.

But all the conflicts they brought to the table and that came their way were far too neatly and simply resolved with some overly dramatic fanfare of erratic decisions thrown in for good measure.

I wanted this to tug at all my heartstrings and tie them up in knots for the foreseeable future.

Instead, I’m simply pleased Beck and Cal sorted themselves out.

And it probably wasn’t the intent, but the Gossip Brigade headed up by Miss Elsie & Miss Irene — two of the busiest, meddling busy bodies I think I’ve ever seen — stole the show. Plus Katie the Great Dane. Great Danes are awesome. Ones named Katie are amazing.


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About the Author

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia's stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, curling up with her favorite books, and spending time with her family.

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