Reviewed by Kat
TITLE: A Country Boy at Heart
SERIES: States of Love
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 118 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2016
Hot damn, what more could a country boy want? Bass Pro Shop is finally opening in Tennessee. Nick plans to check out all twelve indoor acres chock-full of hunting, fishing, and boating in the Memphis Pyramid on the Mississippi River.
City boy Sandy wonders yet again how he let himself get talked into attending a grand opening for a hick hunting store. His geeky heart prefers the energy of the city. Little does he know all that is going to change due to a freakishly tall glass elevator—and Nick, the high-school crush who’s suddenly taking a second look at him.
A moment of panic while trapped in the elevator leads to a spark neither expected. Getting out is the least of the challenges they’ll face if they want to try to put their differences aside and find out if love is possible between a city boy and a country boy.
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When I read the blurb to this one I decided I wanted to give it a try. Since Bass Pro Shop is a huge hit with my family I thought it could be fun. I was rewarded with a cute, sweet story I thoroughly enjoyed.
Nick is a good old fashion country boy. He loves living in the country, proud of rent-to-owning his own home, has an adorable black lab puppy, Rosco, and has worked his way up at the ladder at the farms he works for. He loves to hunt and fish. Heck, he even has a private lake on his own property. Everything is pretty darn good except for “ the one that got away”, Sandy. He regrets how that all went down just before graduation. His secret desire for the geeky boy who had tutored him in tenth grade still burned strong. But his getting outed accidentally, when trying to protect Sandy, went all kinds of wrong. Five years later, he still regretted how his harsh words had hurt Sandy.
Sandy couldn’t move fast enough from his two-bit hick town when he graduated. When his secret crush was accidentally outed, while trying to protect him and then turned on him, he just had to go. Memphis is less than an hour away but allowed him to be himself, a true geek that could live out and proud. Besides, who needs secret crushes that hurt you.
When both men accidentally meet at the grand opening of the new Bass Pro Shop it is time to stop hiding from each other and apologize so they can talk it out. So when a freak power outage traps them in a glass elevator Nick has to stop Sandy from full freak-out mode the only way he can think…with a powerful and long desired kiss! “A Country Boy at Heart” is the story of two complete opposites reacquainting and the sparks that fly.
I was really pleased on how this story turned out. I thought it would be more about the men meeting again after five years. It turned out it was more of the reconnection after discussing the misunderstanding of the event that lead to those five years. Nick is a responsible adult that is sincerely sorry about how the whole events of that day went down. He has seen Sandy from a distance and never got to apologize. When he finally gets his chance he pounced on it. Sandy is understandably gun-shy about Nick. He hurt his feelings badly and his trust just isn’t there. I loved how these two, who obviously had strong attraction for the other, without knowing it was reciprocated, talked and learned the truth. I also loved how Nick took things slowly in order to not mess up what he finally had a chance at, being a boyfriend to Sandy.
This was a fun, fast read that was heart warming and sweet. The author did a wonderful job of creating two great characters that you just couldn’t help but want to have their happily ever after. Give yourself a treat with this one.