Cocky farmer Eli Cross plays twice as hard as he works. When his latest stunt drums up a heap of negative PR for the family farm, he grudgingly agrees to play host to an ambitious New York City photographer. Her feature on Cross Creek could be just the ticket to show the country what the Cross brothers do best…which is more problem than solution for Eli.
Scarlett Edwards-Stewart has photographed everything from end zones to war zones. She’s confident she can ace this one little story to help her best friend’s failing magazine. At least, she would be if her super-sexy host wasn’t so tight lipped. But the more Scarlett works with Eli, the more she discovers that he’s not who he seems. Can his secret bring them closer together? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?
ARC received from: Netgalley
Trope: Big city / small town romance
One-Sentence Summary: Big City girl meets Small Town boy
Review: I loved the first book in Kimberly Kincaid’s latest series focused on the lives of three farming brothers and it gave us enough of an introduction to Eli that I thought I knew what I was getting in this book: a hot, cocky gung-ho young farmer who is won over by a famous photographer from a big city.
I was right, in part, but Eli is so much more. He has a secret he has been hiding from his brothers, he is smart, he is torn up about how he can’t remember his mother, he feels the odd one out in the family and he is generally still trying to find his place in the world. Usually it’s the Heroine in romances that get the most character development and I love that the focus was on the guy and his issues for a change.
There’s a family twist right at the end of the book that I didn’t see coming and will no doubt be explored further in Owen’s story but for now, am I the only hoping for a Greyson/Marley 4th book in the series? Surely I’m not the only one who can see the potential for this ship. The fact they haven’t met yet is a minor stumbling block for sure but there’s the whole third book to setup and then explore the potential for an interesting dynamic between the unwanted orphan and the Cross family’s biggest rival???