Friday, August 4, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "Crossing the Line"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance ,Crossing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid
Crossing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid
Publisher: Montlake Romance (August 8, 2017)
Series: Cross Creek, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cocky farmer Eli Cross plays twice as hard as he works. When his latest stunt drums up a heap of negative PR for the family farm, he grudgingly agrees to play host to an ambitious New York City photographer. Her feature on Cross Creek could be just the ticket to show the country what the Cross brothers do best…which is more problem than solution for Eli.

Scarlett Edwards-Stewart has photographed everything from end zones to war zones. She’s confident she can ace this one little story to help her best friend’s failing magazine. At least, she would be if her super-sexy host wasn’t so tight lipped. But the more Scarlett works with Eli, the more she discovers that he’s not who he seems. Can his secret bring them closer together? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?

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Other Reviews for Kincaid:

All Wrapped Up
Crossing Hearts
Deep Burn
Fire Me Up
Gimme Some Sugar
Outside the Lines
Pushing the Line
Skin Deep
Stirring Up Trouble

Pat's Review:

This is the second book in Ms. Kincaid's series about family farmers in a town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Tobias Cross (the owner) and his three sons -- Owen, Hunter and Eli -- all work the farm trying to make a name for themselves in the farm-to-table and eco-gardening system. After some terrible weather and an accident that kept Hunter from working, they're trying to recover and get back on track.

Eli is the "screw-up" in the family, per his brothers. He never wanted to spend his life working the farm, but somehow was never able to say no. It's not his dream. He loves Shakespeare and writing, but keeps it a well kept secret.  A very bad bet with a former classmate in high school, who is a loser by the way, puts more pressure and stress on the family.

Scarlett Edwards-Stewart is a very talented photographer from New York City and has recently returned from some difficult assignments. She gets a call from her best friend Mallory, who is the editor and owner of an online magazine called FoodE. Her business is in trouble and she needs Scarlett's help. Scarlett is happy to pitch in and it turns out Cross Creek Farm was looking for some positive publicity. Scarlett is on the way. After a very rocky start, a lot of negativity from Eli, and not a lot of cooperation along the way, she is about to call it quits. They both realize this would be letting down both Eli's family and Mallory, and once Tobias and Owen see some results they are thrilled. She even softened up Eli to do a few videos. As she softens Eli up, Scarlett realizes there's a lot more to him, and his writing is excellent. There are definite sparks between them, and they turn into a full blown fire.

But there are some bumps in their road. Can Eli tell his family about his dreams? Can he give Scarlett his heart? So many sides to this story, and you're captivated to the end.  A contemporary romance with a lot of heart that was a joy to read. Looking forward to the third book in the series.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! This one sounds great, and I need to try Kincaid one of these days!

Are farmers the next cowboy, I wonder? It seems like we're seeing more of them in romancelandia of late. Not that I'm complaining! ;)


Until Next Time,

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