Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ARC Review: A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County, #1)
From the blurb:

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

Heather's rating:

I honestly start drooling as soon as I hear that Eli Easton has written a new book. You've got me going all pavlovian, Eli!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, why do I bother trying other authors when Eli Easton just nails it every time?! Her books + me = A WET DREAM!

I honestly didn't even read the description for this one when I requested it. All I saw was ELI-FREAKIN-EASTON and that gorgeous cover, and I KNEW I needed it. She simply writes the stuff that I love to read, and I knew I could trust her to deliver.

I was pleasantly surprised when I finally read the synopsis. A closeted Mennonite farmer in his 40s with what I can only assume to be a rocking', hairy body with stocky muscles and... *don't mind me dreaming over here*. Oh yeah, and he meets an out and proud city boy roughing it in the country while searching for inspiration and a change of pace. I was tooooootally down.

What you need to know about this story is that the sexual tension is off the charts. I'm talking sexual tension so thick it is like mist in their faces. Sexual tension so intense that I was practically panting in my seat. Mind you, I read this whole story on one intense road trip. My poor husband had to deal with hungry, horny, crazy-girl looks for the entire car ride while he was trying to focus on the road.

And the sexting scene... *bites fist*. Lord, that scene was AMAZING. Sexy like you wouldn't believe! We don't get a ton of sex scenes in this story, actually, but the ones that are there are breathtaking.

I'm a huge fan of slow-burn stories, and this one really nailed it. I looooved the slow way that David and Christie fell for each other, and their gradual deepening of feelings. It was very romantic, actually, and I fell hard for these characters.

There is a good bit having to do with religion in this story, but more having to do with the traditional lifestyle of the Mennonites. I liked those tidbits, actually, because it made this story feel very real. Both characters handled everything with a lot of grace, and I liked seeing them weather tough times and family problems.

The ending was a little abrupt for my liking, and I'm not sure if I really understand how everything was resolved, but I'll let it slide. I simply loved the majority of the story too much to care that the ending wasn't perfect! For me, this was Eli Easton doing what she does best, which is writing excellent love stories with a romance I can believe in.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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