- File Size: 1049 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (July 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GF8N5Q6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evan Bennet and his four brothers still all live on the family farm. He and his older brother, Jamie, actually work the farm with their dad. His middle brother, Mark, works on a nearby farm for Charlie, Ev's best mate. His youngest two brothers are a bit wild and work when threatened with loss of life or funds. Evan has hopes of some day leaving the farm to own his own vineyard and make his own wine after spending time and working with his late Uncle Rob. It's a huge gamble and a part of him wants to just stay working on the farm. He also has strong feelings about marriage and women unlike his pushing matchmaking mother who loudly laments her lack of grandchildren. Evan is holding out for true love and it's not like he hasn't met all the girls his small town has to offer.
Only, that's about to change. The old estate, Netherfield, has been taken over and being renovated so a country retreat and hotel can open. The manager is the pretty and very single Miss Claire Bingley. Evan's mom is over the moon and making plans for one of her sons to catch the eye of the wealthy girl. Turns out, Jamie catches her eye and she catches his, but the same doesn't happen when Evan encounters Claire's icy best friend, Darcy Fitzwilliam. She's rude and condescending from the start and then he overhears her insulting him, his family, and the town. Evan has some pride and quite a temper and the gorgeous, sophisticated woman sets him off. Not even his own stalker, Kooky Cara, or a chance at a fun and flirty Jemma can distract the fireworks that come any time the two are within sight of each other.
This one was fun. At first, I wasn't too keen on either Evan or Darcy. He has a bad temper and she's disdainful with her words. But then the two grew on me. Both had some growing to do and some groveling, too. The pace, setting, descriptions, and tone were all in keeping with an easy contemporary romance that takes a long while to develop.
Evan is the sole narrator of the story. He's a hardworking down to earth guy who has a difficult mother and not a lot of patience for his younger brothers or an awkward girl who can't take the hint that he's not interested. But it is Darcy who really sets him off. He doesn't understand why and assumes it is all because of her even as he tries to like another girl, Jemma, who also has trouble with Darcy. I like that the romance takes a while to develop. They had to learn to understand and like each other before anything else could happen. And when it does, this was sweet rather than hot.
My only real niggle was that I wanted to see Darcy and Evan have a few more encounters to establish what came after. Darcy's initial interest was based on very little really. I also cringed each time Evan lost his temper especially with Cara. He could be brutal with his tongue even if I understood his frustration.
The story was engaging beyond the romance. I liked the small farm town setting, the Bennet family and their friends, but also the second half of the book that pursues Evan's interest in wine along with his entry into Darcy's world after she was in his for the first half. The flip in settings was a nice touch seeing them both in each other's worlds.
All in all, I enjoyed this opposites attract sweet contemporary romance and would recommend it to those who want something engaging rather than emotionally challenging.
My thanks to Escape Publishing for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.
The cast of characters you expect are here, Evan has four brothers and they all work on the family farm. Evan has aspirations to open a winery but isn't sure how he can make that happen and still help his family, he has a strong desire to follow his dream. Gemma a beautiful girl comes to the small town to work on a Stud and cause drama for the Bennett family, Mrs Bennett is crazy as ever and still puts me on edge and Mr Bennett is lovely, I just want to give him a cuddle. Evan's elder brother Jamie is one of my favourites in the book, he is a sweet, caring and kind guy and its lovely to watch he and Claire Bingley get to know one another.
Evan was a nice guy with a passion, and I admired the way he wanted to take care of his family. Darcy also definitely began to grow on me. She was a hardworking woman, who cared a lot about her family and friends.
I also began to ‘feel’ the connection between Evan and Darcy more and more. In the beginning of the book I just felt like they really really hated each other. Something I didn’t feel as much in ‘Pride and Prejudice’. And I just didn’t like their characters at all. I’m glad that changed throughout the book and that the characters felt more right to me.
I truly enjoyed this story, it was a great idea to perform the gender reversal and through it in the Outback. I highly recommend this story to all JAFFers.