Review: Silvia Violet – Down on the Farm (Ames Bridge #1)

51rPso6XoULAuthor: Silvia Violet
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Down on the Farm, a sexy, enemies-to-lovers, small town romance, is the first book in the Ames Bridge series.

After quitting his teaching job on the heels of a scandal, Beck Davis moves to the house his grandmother left him in Ames Bridge. He finds the town stifling, but it’s a quiet place to hide while he regroups. Or so he thought.

His neighbor Cal McMurtry shows up, demanding to buy Beck’s land. Cal is as infuriatingly sexy as he was ten years ago when he and his jock friends spent their summers taunting Beck.

Beck expects to hate Cal as he did back then, but Cal isn’t who Beck thought he was: he’s hardworking, passionate about revamping and diversifying his family’s farm, and—far more shocking—he’s gay, and interested in Beck.

But as much as they want each other, Beck has no intention of staying in Ames Bridge, and while Cal is technically out, he refuses to date openly. A real relationship seems doomed from the beginning, but love can be a powerful motivator for those willing to take a chance.

Review:  Beck Davis moves to Ames Bridge to regroup in the house his grandmother left him after quitting his teaching job. Blame it on the stress that he had not really wanted to quit his job, but no one gets to hide in a small town, and Beck is no different! While he was not thinking of staying long term, a mix of townsfolk want him to stay while others would be happy to see him go! At first, he is certain Cal McMurty would love to see him go. The two men knew each other when they were younger, and Beck always felt he was bullied by Cal since Cal was athletic and Beck was more of a nerd! Cal wants a lot of things, Beck’s land is just one of them, however, shadows of the past and fear of the present have a way of making people say and do some stupid things!
The story is told from Beck and Cal’s alternating point of view.
This author once asked her Facebook group of what would be a quintessential Silvia Violet book. As she has written shifters, contemporary, light BDSM, triads and historical, I don’t think that is an easy question to answer, because she writes so many types of stories for so many types of readers. However, she is one of my favorite authors for cowboys and nerds, so for her to now bring cowboys/ranchers with nerds, I was preordering this once I read the synopsis!
Not only did I like Beck and Cal when I read the book description, as the story begins, I liked them even more! They have their strengths, they have their vulnerabilities, some they are able to own, others not so much. They are on their own, and sometimes feel like they are alone and thankfully, the author brought in some great supporting characters in Irene, Elsie, Lucy, Trish, Pax and several others. to be the glue that keeps both men on track when they are about to make permanently poor choices! Oh, and a delightfully hyper dog named Katie helps out too!
The two main characters were so real, there were times you wanted to climb into the book to explain why something was a bad idea! But I really liked the interaction Beck had with all the characters, those he shared more with (like Pax) and those he wanted to get information from (Elsie – apparently the one who could keep a secret between her and Irene!). Cal was a bit more challenging as he does have a chip on his shoulder, and likely with good reason, which makes him more cautious to be himself, and to look for a long term relationship, but he really wants to have something real with Beck, but he’ll have to take risks to do that.
It’s a great story, with colorful characters, a great pace and while you hope you know how it’s going to play out, the story still manages to take you on a bit of a roller coaster as well, and yes, managed to make me cry a time or two! If you like stories of seemingly opposites attracting, overcoming odds, outdated ways of thinking and even your own fears, I believe you will enjoy this book. There are several hot scenes between Beck and Cal, some pretty graphic, but I felt it fit with the story. I am definitely looking forward to the next story in the series, and seriously hope Pax gets a story and happy ending – hopefully with the same assistance of Elsie, Irene and Trish!


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