Four months ago Robert Edward “Arie” Hawkins lost his sister and the rest of her family in a plane crash. Now his parents have decided it’s time for him to marry and carry on the family name. Arie knows it’s most likely the grief talking - especially from his mother, who’s taken to putting more than ice in her iced tea - so to escape Mississippi, Arie calls his best friend, Robbie, and arranges for a visit.
Life is always changing at the Michigan farm where Robbie lives. Owner Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, have started a therapeutic riding program and adopted a little boy, creating a family. It’s while feeding Jakey that Arie meets Officer Hunky. Officer Hunky’s real name is Deputy Duane Keenan, and he has troubles of his own, but not enough to stop him from pursuing Arie. But Duane’s and Arie’s families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult.... It may be impossible.
Writing style: 1) It is like listening to an audio-described soap. Every action is described. He did this, he did that. It's frustratingly lacking any proper description. For example, there's a scene where they are having dinner. What did they eat? "Food" apparently but not one piece of information is given about the cuisine, the restaurant the mood of the restaurant. And it's like this all the way through. It's more like a story a 2 year old will write. "I went to the shop. I bought some crisps. I went home."
2) there is so much name dropping in this, that it's quite possible that around 10% of the book is people's names.
The narration is bad: it's quite fast (which in hindsight is a blessing to end it quicker). The accents were pretty basic but nothing to be intrigued about.
The plot: I suppose this might be considered pulp fiction but the plot is so simple. The part of the attempted murder could easily be stripped out without any affect on the story. I was unimpressed.
Arie is dealing with the loss of his sister and he's found a good spot to relax. But even Arie is surprised by how well he fits. Duane finally has a chance but he understands time is limited. I appreciate that they have to work to find a solution that will work for each of them individually and as a couple.
I loved the sound of the violin music between each chapter.