Title: His Small Town Princess
Series: A Sweetwater Springs Novel
Author: Carol Burnside
Author Website: http://www.carolburnside.com
GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/carol_burnside
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Synopsis: J.T. Baxter is having a very bad year. As if adjusting to widower status and caring for two sons, weren’t enough, he has a landscaping business to keep afloat with a loan coming due. The last thing he needs is the town princess waltzing into his life with a business proposal he can’t afford to refuse.
Cassandra Bing feels adrift after her father’s death, a nasty broken engagement and enduring a job she loathes. She’s searching for her niche, something that would’ve made her dad proud and will bring her fulfillment. But gardening is a hot, dirty business, and soon she’s wishing she’d made a different sort of proposition to the sexy dad.
As attraction escalates between J.T. and Cass, tensions grow in a house where secrets fester. Can her presence begin to heal the Baxter household, or will their tender feelings become a casualty of the impending emotional storm?
Warning: This book contains some plant abuse, a sexy, bare-chested landscaper, sensual use of ice cubes and steamy adult situations in a greenhouse. Readers may suddenly wish to hug motherless kids, experience a rise in pulse rate and may feel the need for a cooling fan.
This was such a sweet little novel, the kind you pick up to help you unravel from such a long day that leaves you with the warm and fuzzies once your done. It was a perfect mix of sweet and sexy with a plot that gave great depth and emotion.
There are so many things that make up our female lead Cass. On one hand you have this confident, sweet and caring woman and on the other hand she comes off as a tad selfish and insecure. She was a little difficult for me to relate to because at times I was on board the Cass train and the next I was left feeling confused by her steadily changing emotions. I’m not sure why I was left feeling disconnected from her character because let face it, I’m a female and on certain days I can change emotions 10 times in 5 minutes, its who we are made to be, yet I was still finding myself miffed with her at times. That being said she also held qualities that I admire in a woman and that was determination and drive to make her life into something she desired.
Now J.T personifies angst and the life of hard knocks. This poor man has been through tragedy and is making it one day at a time as a single dad and even though he’s struggling, he really comes off as doing the best he can. There are situations that he could handle better but this novel isn’t a fairy tale its real life and for that I respect him and his attitudes. When it comes to Cass, J.T really confuses me, he blows hot one minute and cold the next. The only time I’m not left wanting for a little bit more dialogue is when these two hit the bedroom, its the only time their chemistry truly makes sense and to that I say “right on.”
This book is truly a sweet and steamy feel good novel, with a big presence of family and community. My only complaint was dialogue lacking between the characters. A great plot and unexpected ending earned this novel 3.5 stars.