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Lumberjack In Love Paperback – October 4, 2012
About the Author
PENNY WATSON is a native Pittsburgher whose love of romance started at the age of twelve when she discovered Gone With The Wind in the middle school library. This resulted in numerous attempts at a first novel involving a young lady with windswept hair who lived in a tree house. A biologist by training, Penny has worked at various times as a dolphin trainer, science teacher, florist, and turfgrass researcher. After taking time off to raise her two spirited children, she decided to rekindle her passion for storytelling with the support of a wonderful writer's group, The Quirky Ladies. Now she gets to incorporate her wide array of interests, including gardening, cooking and travel into her works of fiction. Penny lives outside of Boston with one fly-fishing crazed husband, two lively Filipino kids, and a wiener dog.
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But this book was off the charts with everything;
- Funny, sassy heroine:
- SMOKING' HAWT, totally Alpha hero, who makes your *cough* unmentionables wet, who also happens to be a bearded lumberjack;
- Zinging one-liners and more lumberjack double entendres you can poke a funny stick at;
In short, a FREAKIN' AWESOME read!! Again I'm going to say hooray for authors going the self-publishing route, because if not, I would not have been able to read the gem that is Lumberjack In Love!!!
A BIG, HAIRY, 5 STARS to your book and your fantastic storytelling skills, Ms. Watson!!! Clearly, you are a genius, because you have managed to achieve the unachievable in my opinion; you made a big, hairy lumberjack, SEXY AS HELL! *YOWZA*
Hunky beardy Marcus Anderson is all alone chopping wood when Ami Jordan comes creeping into his yard in her stiletto-heeled boots, ogling his posterior. Okay, it does turn out that she has a reason for coming out to the boonies and bugging him. Her bean sprouts-eating sister has commissioned Marcus to build a playhouse for Ami's niece and she wanted her to check on it. It only takes one look at his lovely visitor to know that a cabin in Vermont is no place for a city slicker like Ami.
Ami's vast appreciation of Marcus doesn't extend to his real estate. It has too much outdoorsy stuff, including animals. Still, for a beard that gorgeously lush, a tush that deliciously gorgeous, dinner wouldn't be a gigantic sacrifice. She does have to be in the godforsaken area for a while yet and Marcus did invite her to see his log...cabin.
Ami is less of a nature-hater and more of an outside-disliker (a woman after my own heart). She's an award-winning children's landscape designer who got screwed over by her boyfriend and business partner and it's only logical - and Marcus agrees - that she work with him on his playhouse designs, giving him plenty of reasons to let her disrupt his life. Marcus is a delightfully solid man's man, just Alpha enough to give you the shivers, not so bossy that you want to shake a stick at him. I loved Ami's blend of harried city woman personality, the part of her that was still burning from her thieving ex and the soft and funny person she was with Marcus. I felt that I knew a lot about these two in just a relatively short amount of space (I'd call this a long novella).
This was just. So. Funny. As soon as Ami was driving up to Marcus' house and she thought it all looked too "nature-y," I knew I was going to love this book because that's just the thing I'd find funny and it got a lot better from there. What's not to love about a heroine who's downright feral about the local sludge that passes as coffee or who's madly passionate about a heavily bearded guy but deathly afraid of a certain furry animal?
You've probably figured out by now that I loved this. It's not a long read but it's one I'm keeping for frequent re-reading because when I wasn't smiling or fanning myself, I was laughing out loud. I suggest you try this not because yes, I know Penny tangentially and think she's hilarious, but because this book is funny, sweet, sexy and will take you away to someplace cute for a couple of hours. Not bad for the money.
This was a pretty good story. I liked Ami and Marcus and enjoyed seeing them get together.
Ami is a landscape designer that worked for a big firm in Boston. Unfortunately, her life sort of fell apart when her boyfriend stole credit for her ideas at work and then broke up with her. Her sister and her family live in Vermont so Ami goes to visit them for her niece's birthday week. Ami is a confirmed "city girl" and plans to go back to Boston (after the week in Vermont) to try to rebuild her life.
Marcus is a tree house builder that specializes in tree houses for kids. He loves living in Vermont and away from the city and is very active in environmental causes. Marcus has had problems finding love though...his last girlfriend left him for the city and he's been single ever since.
Ami's sister asks her to go to Marcus' place to drop off a check and contract for a tree house Marcus is building for Ami's niece. There are sparks at their first meeting as they both have some preconceived notions about each other...lumberjack vs. city girl type stuff. Regardless of this, Ami sparks in interest in Marcus that he doesn't understand and he feels the need to pursue her. Ami resists but is pulled to Marcus while realizing that the small town in Vermont actually has some good qualities. In the beginning, Ami wouldn't even consider the idea of moving to Vermont but the more time she spends in Vermont and with Marcus, the more she has to consider it. Things happen pretty quickly (although the story does take place over the space of weeks) but by the end, Ami and Marcus have worked things out and are starting towards a HEA together.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Ami and thought she was a good heroine, even if she was a bit set in her "city girl" way in the beginning (it wasn't done in an annoying way). Marcus was great and pretty solid throughout. While I wished that the story had been a bit longer, my main complaint was the way Ami handled things right before the end...it worked out well but I didn't feel it was completely fair to Marcus. Regardless of this, I did enjoy the story very much overall and I'd recommend it. :)