Book Reviews

Down on the Farm (Ames Bridge 1) by Silvia Violet

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-August-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

“Sometimes your knight in shining armor ends up being a country guy in a ball cap.” ~Country Thang

Beck Davis, of 'Down on the Farm' by Silvia Violet, needs some quiet time after the upheaval in his life. Beck retreats to his grandmother's house in the small town of Ames Bridge. He has no intention of staying but doesn't know what direction his life will take. Beck is certain that the journey won't end at Ames Bridge especially with Cal McMurty, his tormentor in school, right next door.

Beck's first contact with Cal doesn't go well. Cal comes over to Beck's, chasing his dog, Katie. Instead of welcoming Beck, the proper thing to do, Cal can't resist trying to get a rise out of him and succeeds. Cal is trying to buy part of his grandmother's farm for grazing for his cows. Beck, recalling how much his grandmother was opposed to selling it to him, refuses, and does nothing to dismiss the notion of Cal not being the same insensitive bully that he was years ago. Even with their rocky start, the whole town already has them getting together because they all know that Cal has come out as gay. Eventually Cal apologizes, admitting they got off on the wrong foot. Cal has made a lot of changes since Beck saw him last and is proud of his farm. He offers Beck a tour which he accepts.

Beck is impressed with the improvements Cal has made. Although, being there stirs up unpleasant memories. Things go well during the tour until, while trail riding, Beck playfully challenges Cal to a race. Unfortunately, as a joke, he had put Beck on a “trick” horse that Cal knew would throw him. Fortunately, Beck isn't seriously hurt, at least not physically, but he could have been. Beck is fuming, convinced Cal planned it to embarrass him. Nothing Cal can say will change his mind. Cal watches as Beck goes back home. It infuriates him that even with what Cal did, Beck still feels so much desire for him. Yet, Beck still keeps his promise to help with school tours of Cal's farm. Cal is surprised, but pleased. One thing leads to another until Cal makes a pass at Beck and he responds. Neither can believe how good the sex is. Thinking things are looking up, Beck is relieved, basking in the afterglow of their passion until Cal comes to his senses. He tells Beck that getting together is a big mistake. With that admission, Beck's hopes come crashing down. He realizes that if Cal is that conflicted, they have no business starting anything.

It's a real roller coaster ride between Beck and Cal; conflicted emotions and fear rule the relationship. I don't think I could have been as understanding as Beck was, especially with all the push-pull Cal put him through. Even though I could sympathize with Cal's fear of losing something he'd worked so hard to build, I still think he was a coward not to take the chance and, if he was so conflicted, he should never have started anything. Thanks, Silvia, for the tumultuous ride as well as the happy ending.






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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 196 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 10-July-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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