"We’re supposed to have a boy day. We’re going to play Vikings and cook hot dogs over a fire and burp and spit and scratch our balls and stuff I can’t do when girls are around.”
Never let it be said that Inez doesn't know how to write sparkling, sizzling conversation. I adored the back and forth between the characters. Webb, Jonah and Matt. Abby and Matt and Garrett... there was a lot of pure fun.
I liked this story, but I didn't end up loving it.
It started out beautifully for me -- I really like a warm, fuzzy, filled-with-good-food story and the way Matt and Kayla came together was lovely.
But too soon, I felt like Kayla simply wasn't paying attention. Matt's silences, his sore spots, a lot of them were really visible to me and I couldn't really reconcile her interest and attraction to him and not picking up at least a little bit.
Tangent: Wasn't too thrilled with the comment about Amy Blackwell... I felt like that comment was a departure from how I saw the guys. Not so much the crudity but I didn't expect them to name names.
Of course, I saw what would be the huge dark moment coming a mile away, but I ...really wasn't fond of what Kayla did. I felt like her reaction was disproportionate to the lie he told. Sure, he kept back some things, but she said that she thought him a good man before -- I found it difficult to believe that she would just throw that away.
I was not thrilled with the ending. I felt like for all of Matt and his lies of omission, I wanted Kayla to grovel too. Her reaction was an insult to him and his character, one that I felt didn't suit the crime. I wanted Kayla to make the first move, for her at least to bend a little, give a little, but it didn't happen. I didn't feel like all of the fault should have been with him. So he didn't tell her one thing, but she was the aggressor to begin with and he told her there was a conflict of interest and then all the little details he did -- I felt like he shouldn't have been the only one apologizing, so the story ended on a bit of a bitter note for me even though it was technically a happy ending.
Still a solid read, just not one I'll be revisiting.
Logging manager Matt Shaw is wary when Kayla Edwards, the owner of Mountain Specialty Spices, hires his firm to harvest timber on her Appalachian property. It's a place he knows better than the back of his calloused hand—it's his family's old homestead, lost years ago in a painful foreclosure. He's hauled himself up from dirt-floor poor since then, and resolves to stay professional…but Kayla's vivacious beauty makes it hard to focus on his job.
Home. That's how army-brat-turned-foodie Kayla feels about her new mountain hideaway. What's more, the hottest lumberjack ever to swing an axe has agreed to manage her timber crop and get the old maple syrup operations back on tap. Matt's ruggedly sexy ways and passion for the land have her falling hard.
The heat between them grows wild…until Kayla discovers that Matt hasn't been up front with her. She feels devastated and, worst of all, used. How can Matt prove it's her he wants and not her land?