CASSIDY MARTIN is a country boy through and through. He loves his horses, his Lord of the Rings tourist business, and his isolated paradise at the foot of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Not that everyone appreciates the seclusion he craves. Take his ex-wife for example.
The sexy-as-hell guy on his latest tour might be whip-smart and push all of Cass’s buttons, but he’s about as country as a pair of Louboutins, and Cass has been there and done that. Broken heart with the T-shirt.
STEFAN HAMILTON doesn’t do ‘outdoorsy’, he’s a city boy, born and bred. The closest Stef gets to the country is ‘Cowboy Night’ at his favourite Auckland gay bar even if the music makes Stef want to rip his hair out by the roots.
But Stef is also a hardcore Lord of the Rings fanboy. So, when he gets the chance to go on a horse trek to the iconic film locations in the Southern Alps, he sucks up his fear of the gigantic animals and his allergy to camping for the chance to let his nerd flag fly. But when his mate pulls out at the last minute, Stef is left to negotiate the horses, the wrath of mother nature, and an inconvenient crush on the cowboy leading the tour.
City meets country and the sparks fly.
Christelle's rating :
I was so well entertained with this light contemporary MM romance. It’s a standalone among this series “Southern Lights” where the romances, relationship-oriented, happen at the feet of New Zealand Southern Alps.
This time, it’s the story of Stef, Tanner’s best friend – MC of book 1 - who came to visit for a few days and ends up in a 2-days-horse trek where the movies of “Lord of the Rings” were filmed. Stef is not for outdoor activities, he never dreamed of approaching a horse, but he never backs up from a challenge, that’s for sure. And bonus for him : Cass, the trek guide, is “candy on a stick” and quite amused by Stef’s sassiness. The blurb is right on the spot to explain what this is about: “City meets country and the sparks fly” !!!
I laughed a lot with the banter between Stef and Cass, I enjoyed the smoking hot chemistry between these two and the sense of place made for a nice background. And big surprise, even though I’m not a huge fan of the “BAM factor”, ie insta-love, here, it went totally well, with a very good epilogue.
Yes, this confirms that I enjoy the writing, the sexiness, the banter and the characters Jay Hogan comes up with. It’s engaging, and was, once again, greatly satisfying for me !!
ARC of “Tamarillo Tart” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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