Reviewed by Christie
TITLE: Dogwood Days & Spring Fever
SERIES: Holly Creek # 1-2
AUTHOR: Poppy Dennison
NARRATOR: Matt Armstrong
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 6hr 23min
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2016
Small-town heroes and big-town hearts.
When Jefferson Lee Davis leaves his life in the big city to return to the small Southern town of Holly Creek, his natural charm soon has the residents eating out of his hand. Jefferson Lee steps up to help with Holly Creek s biggest festival, Dogwood Days, which puts him directly in the path of the town s hunky sheriff, Zane Yarbrough. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend make Jefferson Lee s life a full-time adventure, and he warms to the idea of making a home in Holly Creek a life that might include Zane.
But as the summer Rose Festival looms around the corner and more small-town secrets come to light, Jefferson Lee and Zane must take a long look at their blossoming romance. If they re going to make it as a couple, they ll have to work through their trust issues and believe that the relationship they re building can weather any storm that blows their way.
Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.
Okay, so this book was a hoot. Actually, it is two books merged into one. But regardless, I enjoyed it tremendously; especially the way Matt Armstrong brought it to life thru his great narration!
In Dogwood Days, Jefferson Lee comes home to Holly Creek temporarily to take care of his uncle who was hurt in an unfortunate incident involving an inconveniently placed cat toy. Once home, Jefferson Lee finds himself getting more and more involved in things around the sleepy little town he once called home. Running the town blog, helping with the festival, putting his best friend in her place after starting to become a real life mean girl, etc… He also keeps running into the very sexy sheriff Zane. And, usually it is right around meal time. Eventually, romance blooms and feelings grow between the two. But, can this budding relationship be enough to keep Jefferson Lee in Holly Springs? What will he do for work? He can’t stay with his uncle forever, y’know?
In Spring Fever, Jefferson Lee has been hired as Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, and even moved in with his sexy boyfriend, sheriff Zane. That’s when things start changing. Zane gets a call that he refuses to discuss, and then he starts becoming secretive about things. Throw in gossip that there is a good looking stranger who moved into town about the time Zane started becoming secretive, and Jefferson Lee’s hackles went up in a fit of jealousy. Their relationship is so new, can Zane and Jefferson Lee tackle their trust issues and make it thru together?
This book had me laughing so hard in some spots. It really does capture the spirit of small town life quite well. Although Zane and Jefferson Lee definitely took center stage, Jefferson Lee’s uncle and the town mayor really stole the show for me. Their on again, off again friendship just cracks me up. We all know a pair of people who are the best of friends one day, and can’t stand each other the next. These two basically embody that relationship we’ve seen with our own two eyes.
Poppy and Matt, you did a fantastic job with Dogwood Days & Spring Fever! I thoroughly enjoyed it and have actually listened to it several times already, because it was that good. Honestly, I highly recommend people get this book, especially in audio format. You won’t be disappointed!