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Length: 57,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Down 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.
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
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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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