Down on the Farm (Ames Bridge Book 1) Kindle Edition
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4 Sweet Stars
Beck returns home to a rural town after he left his job, deciding to take care of his grandmother's home for a few months while he looked for another job.
Cal grew up in the farm adjacent. As childhood friends, Beck & Cal didn't get along as teens. Cal athletic from farming, Beck artistic and out & proud.
Beck felt Cal bullied him, pushing him away, not realizing it was because Cal had a crush on him.
Years later, after a lifetime of growth, the men are next door neighbors in a town where if you think it, it's already spreading down the gossip chain.
Cal is terrified to lose the family farm due to being gay. He's out and not proud- it's okay to be gay as long as he never dates.
Beck just quit a job due to bigotry, so this adds fuel to Cal's fire.
The book was a quick, sweet read. Perfect way to spend the afternoon reading, without too much angst or conflict, but obviously miscommunication.
Living in a small town myself, I know things aren't as 'dramatic' as portrayed. There is a soap-opera, dramatized for TV small town mentality, which while okay for fiction, is not at all the mindset in small-town USA 2017. Little bit over-the-top, but suspending belief added on top of the fact that this is warm & fuzzy romance, had me overlooking this.
Down on the Farm is the first book in Silvia Violet's new series, Ames Bridge. The town of Ames Bridge is a small town that draws tourists because of its covered bridge. It was an interesting concept setting a town up around a covered bridge! I live in an area with many covered bridges, and there are two covered bridge festivals held in our state every year. But, until reading Down on the Farm, I never gave much thought to our covered bridges.
Living in small towns can be different, especially when you're a gay person. After winning a settlement with the school he taught at, Beck needs some time to figure out what's next for him. He decides to head to his grandma's house in Ames Bridge and handle everything required with her death. Beck has no interest in staying in Ames Bridge long-term. But Beck has some residual childhood angst to deal with regarding his neighbor Cal. Cal bullied him whenever he stayed with his grandmother, and made Beck's life miserable. Now Cal's shown up wanting to rent or buy the unused farmland on Beck's property, but Beck isn't going to cave and let him have his way. Cal needs the land to continue expanding his farm, but just like old times, he reverts to being a jerk when around Beck. These two men might have aged, but in behavior they have not. Finally, with intervention from other town folks, Beck and Cal interact with each other and step outside their own head to see what's going on with the other. Even though Beck finds out Cal returns his attraction, Cal refuses any relationship other than one hidden from everyone else.
I both liked and disliked the MC's in this story. They both had their childhood issues that they wallowed in, and reverted back to that behavior often. Cal was still a bully to Beck even as an adult, even though he apologized for his behavior afterward. Beck spent a little too much time wallowing and feeling sorry for himself, and hating Cal for his childhood. And, though he was interested in a relationship, he still allowed Cal to treat him terribly and just did what Cal wanted. I hate when an MC comes across as so desperate for another person that they're willing to be treated bad. It wasn't just that Cal only wanted sex from Beck, if anyone else was around Cal treated Beck awfully. I would have respected Beck more if he had stood up for himself and accepted no less than he deserved. If he had said, hey, no naked time if you can't treat me like more than a nuisance when others are around. But that's why I'm the reader and not the author. :)
I think for anyone who likes an enemy to lovers trope, they'll love this! Though I don't hate the trope, sometimes the enemies parts sways my like/dislike of characters too much! This story was full of great characterization that really brought the small town to life. The gossip, knowing everyone else's business, judgement is so accurate for small town life. I thought this was a great start to a new series and I can't wait to see what awaits the people of Ames Bridge!
Rating: 4 stars
Cal bullied Beckett when they were young boys growing up in rural Ames Bridge, but were his actions back then really as they appeared? Beck isn’t too anxious to cross paths with the guy when he returns to town to pack up his grandmother’s house after she passes away. His first impression of Cal is that he’s still the same brusque brute he was in high school – but he starts hearing mixed reviews about the guy, and decides maybe he should give him a second chance and not judge him so harshly. Maybe more than his farm has changed, plus Cal’s Great Dane Katie seems to like him.
The primary characters in Down on the Farm were a bit less over-energized and wired than those in a few of Violet’s other releases, though admittedly Cal resembled the previous pattern set forth by not outwardly committing to a real relationship. Behind closed doors was one thing, but public admissions and displays of affection, not so much.
Beck, on the other hand, had been willing to go along at least temporarily with the secrecy, but as time passed and the two continued to grow closer – and fall in love – he was no longer willing to simply let Cal’s bouts of denial and insecurities rule his future. When one of the old busy-body town gossips walks in on the post-coital couple, Cal panics and can no longer justify to himself taking a risk on love no matter how strongly he feels about Beck, especially if it means losing the farm. He turns his back on Beck and potentially both of their futures in the process.
Down on the Farm can get frustrating – or rather, Cal can get frustrating – when he continues succumbing to his fears of the locals judging him and spreading rumors. Will he be able to set those aside to pursue his feelings for Beck, feelings he’s had since high school?
There are moments of humor, particularly those involving Irene, Elsie, Trish, and Lucy, and others of candid insight, such as those shared by Pax.
And then the endearing relationship-strengthening ones, and the hot, vulnerable, and sexy ones. Cal and Beck know how to get it on, and once the emotions start flowing for real? Well, the reader knows love will win out in the end, regardless of what anyone thinks or says.
In the words of Irene, “Go get your man.”
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