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- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (21 Mar. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HL12L98
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,057,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dinah confused me a bit. At first I was wholly on her side, ready to support her through her troubles, but her family is awful and I honestly cannot see what it is about Gallagher’s that she finds so special. The family has history there, sure, but what does she actually do all day? None of the family seems to actually interact with the staff in the taproom, or even spend time down there or do anything remotely connected to the business. It is basically just a building – which might as well be an office – and I couldn’t feel the connection she claimed she had with the place.
Carter is different. I totally understood why he wanted to protect what he had built, and not just because it was his last tangible link to his grandmother and family property. The idea of buying the place to pave it over was ridiculous from the start. Not to mention soulless.
I liked Carter and Dinah together. They have great chemistry, although it was a shame that so much of the foundations of their relationship happened in those emails that we don’t get to see anything of. They clearly have a lot in common, even if their methods and outlooks on life are so different. It's just a shame that the sexy fun side of their relationship fades away to be replaced by arguments and business-related struggles.
The relentless family drama got a bit wearing too, as did Carter’s pessimism. Dinah is working so hard to please so many people and no one is giving her a hand. There were times when I really wondered how this was going to work out, and although the ending does find a solution, I have to admit it seems shaky to me, definitely more of a happy for now rather than forever. Although since my favoured solution at one point was to torch the entire place – preferably with the uncle inside it – this way was probably better.
So overall this was a bit mixed. It started strong but sank a little beneath the weight of drama, and I didn’t particularly like any of the secondary characters. I like this author, but I’m not convinced I want to continue with this series.
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)
Nicole Helm begins her new Gallagher & Ivy series with a couple that are literally on opposite sides of the fence.
Problem being with that is Dinah Gallagher wants to knock down the fence, as well as the house and smallholding that Carter Trask has lovingly restored since he took over his grandmothers property.
"Just because you have breasts doesn’t mean I’m more inclined to talk to you."
Finding out that Dinah has plans to level it and turn it into a Farmers Market as you would expect isn't an idea he is onboard with... Even when it turns out she is the elusive D he has been sexy mailing with for the past eight months.
The blurb for this one pulled me in, as I am a sucker for a relationship that involves a lot of texting or emailing, but sadly it didn't really play much of a part of the story, what did play a huge part and which really dulled my enjoyment was the massive overdose of Gallagher family drama. I started out empathizing with Dinah, but as the story progressed she came to be a character that I felt little sympathy for.
Every word that had been amazing and beautiful still managed to pale in comparison to the reality of his mouth on hers...
I think it’s safe to say that as a reader this was a story that had potential, but the aspects of it I wanted to see more of were sorely lacking, I am not a huge fan of erroneous family drama, especially when it takes over a story-line and pushes a couples blossoming relationship into the background, and for me that was the case on this occasion.
If you like a lot of secondary drama with your romance then I would certainly not discourage you from giving this title a go, it just didn’t live up to the expectations I had of it from the blurb.
**This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy of the book.
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As a resident of a Rust Belt city, I was so thrilled to see a story set in a city that isn't super popular in romance novels: St. Louis. It's not as cool as New York, and there wasn't a billionaire in sight. Hallelujah!
This was a story about two people trying the best they can, with lots of fun steamy times in between. What Nicole Helm did in this story is something that she has done so well in all her other books: she writes imperfect characters trying to get by, with challenges and situations readers can relate to on a personal level. Yeah, relationships of all types are hard and families can be hard to deal with. But it's how her characters handle these situations to get their shot at love is what's so great. My heart-strings were tugged! You've got to do what's right for you, and not for the expectations or your family may have placed on you.
And Helm's writing is really a cut above the rest. The phrasing, the description, the metaphors, they're all great. She's really one of my favorite writers.
I also really like Kayla's character and am really excited for her story!
Dina Gallagher’s life was going nothing like she’d planned. Not work or her love life. She’d spent her whole life busting her butt to prove her worth to her family business, her legacy. And for the past 8 months, her love life had consisted of emails with her mystery boyfriend, C. He was the hottest sex she’d ever had, even if it was via computer. They didn’t trade pictures or any personal info that would identify them. Just pure, harmless, sexy words. C wrote like poetry. They traded elaborate sexual fantasies but he always ended the exchange with something sweet and romantic. And as for Dinah, D could say things she’d be too afraid to say in real life. On-line there was no embarrassment or fear of rejection. At first, it had just been sex-mailing, but the last few weeks it had seemed to become more real. In spite of their exchanges being fantasy, there’d been some truthfulness there too. It seemed easy to confide in someone you’d never know.
Carter Trask was barely holding on to his legacy. His family had a history of selling out rather than fighting for their land. Sure, the money had been good, but he’d spent his life moving from one place to the next, only to have it sold. He’d inherited his grandmother’s little house in the city and had turned it into something he was proud of, Front Yard Farm. Now the Gallagher’s wanted his land for their own business venture. The Gallagher’s were rolling in money, and people with money always managed to get what they wanted. People like him were trampled in the name of progress. Well, not this time. Carter was standing his ground.
Gallagher’s wanted the little farm near their restaurant and Dina was in charge of securing the deal. But when Dina approached Front Yard Farm, she realized the place looked very familiar. This was the same place mystery man C had dubbed his “little slice of heaven” in their exchanges. Was C Carter Trask? When Dina confronted Carter, he was shocked to discover the gorgeous woman before him, the one he’d been having e-mail sex with, was a Gallagher. She wanted his farm. The last piece of himself. No matter how beautiful she was, this could not change anything. But as Carter and Dina stared at each other, remembering all they’d said and done, neither wanted to lose that fantasy. “What if we pretended the real us didn’t exist and lived out the fantasy us? Just this once.” So they attempted to keep reality and fantasy separate. During the day, they were Carter and Dina, but at night C and D were there acting out all the fantasies they’d written. Carter thought Dina was the sexiest woman he’d ever known. She was adventurous, smart, and mischievous. She was the perfect mix of everything. He felt like he belonged with her. A feeling he’d never had before. Dina thought Carter was charming. He made her feel special. She’d never been like this with a man before. It was easy to let her guard down with Carter and just be. The more they were together, the harder it was to remember they were enemies battling for a piece of land. Soon fantasy and reality began to blur and reality was a lot more complicated than the fantasy had been.
When I first read the blurb and intro to this book, I thought it would be heavy on the sexy and light on the plot. I was so wrong. While it was an extremely sexy read, it was so much more. The perfect blend of sexy and self-discovery. With its poignant character histories, rich humor, and captivating plot, this story was an exceptional read. There was so much to love about these characters. Yes, their chemistry sizzled and the erotic aspect was intense, but they also were just really likeable, relatable characters. I loved Carter’s honesty, the way he genuinely laid his feelings on the line. I loved Dina’s energy, devotion, and passion. It took her a while but she finally figured out what she wanted most in life. The secondary characters, especially Kayla, were equally strong and intriguing. I look forward to reading more of the Gallagher family. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.