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her life, MacIntosh Layne decides to go back to her roots. Ready for a refresh,
she heads home to her family’s orchard in Tennessee for the summer. What
she doesn’t count on rediscovering is her attraction to her brother’s charming
best friend, Lawson Westbrook. The main star in her dreams growing up, he’s the
perfect blend of Southern gentleman and sex in a flannel—rugged, successful,
and more handsome than ever.
teen who went away to college, she’s all woman now and he’s eager to get
reacquainted on a carnal level. As they continue to cross paths and their
mutual attraction intensifies, he makes an enticing proposal.
temptation of the temporary arrangement Law is offering? Or will they find
something sweeter than the cider they’ve been brewing together?
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the lust from my mind, I decide to turn my focus to the inside of the barn now
that I’ve finished the thankless task of clearing out weeds. I had pulled out
some of the rubbish inside already but still have a lot of work to do. I pull
one of the doors to the side, the gentle creaking sound washing over me in a
wave of nostalgia. I make my way inside and step over dried leaves and debris,
each step kicking up a layer of dust. I look ahead and broken slats of wood are
on the ground; those must be part of the original roof that was destroyed. I
survey the space and take in the old tanks where we used to make cider and the
empty jugs, some whole and some broken, lining the walls on shelves covered in
cobwebs. When I was a kid this barn was spotless and welcoming, the perfect
place to make cider and welcome visitors. Now it looks like an old photograph
and not the treasured memory it really is. I take a deep breath and the smells
of dust and mold fill my nose instead of crisp apples and warm spices. It’s in
this moment I make a promise to myself: I’m going to restore this barn to its
pick my way across the worn and dirty hardwood and undo the latch on one of the
windows. As soon as it swings open the sweet smell of flowers permeates the air
and rays of sunshine filter in, the shafts of light instantly brightening up
the room. I open the window on the other side and feel excited about the task
at hand. This barn is a dirty penny and just needs to shine again.
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I was drawn in from the beginning, with Mac returning to her hometown and finding her childhood crush doing some work on her family farm. From there we get meddling family members, steamy hot scenes between Mac and Lawson, and just an overall feel good read. There was a bit of drama thrown in, just the right amount. And Mac’s best friend CC?? May have been my favorite secondary character. I am really hoping him and a certain heroine get together in the next book.
A phenomenal read by a new author, that I would definitely recommend!!
Cider, will be published in 2017. In her spare time she likes to read, sleep,
eat ice cream, and play with her dogs. She’s also an ardent admirer of Tom
Hardy and Mr. Darcy.