Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake’s used to using money to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North Dakota, this city boy has to trade in his high-priced shoes for a pair of cowboy boots…and he’s about to get a little help from the loveliest lady in town…
Natalie Lane’s got no time for newbies. The prettiest gal to ever put on a pair of work gloves, there’s nothing she can’t do to keep a farm up and running. But when a handsome city-slicker rolls into town with nothing but bad farmer’s instincts and good intentions, Natalie’s heartstrings are pulled. She’s about to teach him a thing or two about how to survive in Sweetheart. And he’s about to teach her a thing or two about love.
Review: Wacky and a little over the top for me, but this book was really funny and totally lived up to all 46 tropes listed at the end. If you’re in it for some laughs and fun, this is the book for you. I can especially see it at the beach for some reason 😉 There were several laugh out loud moments for me and I’m sure, if you’re a romance reader, you’ll be laughing at some of the things that happen in this book as well.
While this book is sort of taking on the tropes in a humorous but loving way, there’s still a sweet little romance going on in it. More serious twin Blake Tarbell shows up in the little town of Sweetheart to help out his mother, Shannah, who’s on a mission to save several family farms. While there, he not only bungles all his mom’s plans, but he has to set them right by doing a job he’s ill-equipped for…farm hand.
Natalie Lane is caught up in a serious dilemma. Blake thinks she’s foreman at the ranch, but she actually runs the bank that’s threatening her family’s ranch. While mixed messages, secrets, and a stubborn horse seem determined to keep these two apart, they find plenty of time to spend on the front porch getting acquainted. And befriend a pig named Rose of York.
This is one seriously funny book, and if you enjoy a little lambasting of our favorite tropes, this one is for you. I’m hoping for this to be a series so the next one can be about the other twin, Rake. It should put a lot of Regency English historicals in terror of being mocked, because never was a man so aptly named…