on March 21st 2017
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It’s all fun and games until fantasy gets real . . .
At twenty-seven, Dinah Gallagher thought she’d have it all figured out. Instead, she’s having mind-blowing online sex with a man she knows nothing about and fighting for her rightful place in the family business. Part of that battle means expanding their century-old restaurant by getting the stubborn urban farmer next door to sell them his lot.
But Carter Trask is tired of being pushed around—especially by rich families like the Gallaghers. All he has left is the little farm he’s scratched out of his grandmother’s yard. At least he can blow off steam with the anonymous woman he’s been emailing for the past eight months, who makes his every sexual fantasy come alive—even if it’s only online.
When Dinah suddenly realizes that Carter’s gardens look just like some of her mystery man’s photos, she can’t resist trying to turn her dreams into reality. Against his better judgment, Carter joins in the game. But in real life, passion has a way of becoming very complicated, very quickly. And sometimes the wrong choice can turn out to be oh so right . . .
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
At first I was hesitant about trying a new-to-me-author. Why not stick with the tried and true authors, right? But I decided to take a chance with the start of Nicole Helm’s Gallagher and Ivy series. Before I finished the first chapter, I knew I would love it. That little risk turned out to be oh, so right.
Dina Gallagher’s life was going nothing like she’d planned. Not work or her love life. She’d spent her whole life busting her butt to prove her worth to her family business, her legacy. And for the past 8 months, her love life had consisted of emails with her mystery boyfriend, C. He was the hottest sex she’d ever had, even if it was via computer. They didn’t trade pictures or any personal info that would identify them. Just pure, harmless, sexy words. C wrote like poetry. They traded elaborate sexual fantasies but he always ended the exchange with something sweet and romantic. And as for Dinah, D could say things she’d be too afraid to say in real life. On-line there was no embarrassment or fear of rejection. At first, it had just been sex-mailing, but the last few weeks it had seemed to become more real. In spite of their exchanges being fantasy, there’d been some truthfulness there too. It seemed easy to confide in someone you’d never know.
Carter Trask was barely holding on to his legacy. His family had a history of selling out rather than fighting for their land. Sure, the money had been good, but he’d spent his life moving from one place to the next, only to have it sold. He’d inherited his grandmother’s little house in the city and had turned it into something he was proud of, Front Yard Farm. Now the Gallagher’s wanted his land for their own business venture. The Gallagher’s were rolling in money, and people with money always managed to get what they wanted. People like him were trampled in the name of progress. Well, not this time. Carter was standing his ground.
Gallagher’s wanted the little farm near their restaurant and Dina was in charge of securing the deal. But when Dina approached Front Yard Farm, she realized the place looked very familiar. This was the same place mystery man C had dubbed his “little slice of heaven” in their exchanges. Was C Carter Trask? When Dina confronted Carter, he was shocked to discover the gorgeous woman before him, the one he’d been having e-mail sex with, was a Gallagher. She wanted his farm. The last piece of himself. No matter how beautiful she was, this could not change anything. But as Carter and Dina stared at each other, remembering all they’d said and done, neither wanted to lose that fantasy. “What if we pretended the real us didn’t exist and lived out the fantasy us? Just this once.” So they attempted to keep reality and fantasy separate. During the day, they were Carter and Dina, but at night C and D were there acting out all the fantasies they’d written. Carter thought Dina was the sexiest woman he’d ever known. She was adventurous, smart, and mischievous. She was the perfect mix of everything. He felt like he belonged with her. A feeling he’d never had before. Dina thought Carter was charming. He made her feel special. She’d never been like this with a man before. It was easy to let her guard down with Carter and just be. The more they were together, the harder it was to remember they were enemies battling for a piece of land. Soon fantasy and reality began to blur and reality was a lot more complicated than the fantasy had been.
When I first read the blurb and intro to this book, I thought it would be heavy on the sexy and light on the plot. I was so wrong. While it was an extremely sexy read, it was so much more. The perfect blend of sexy and self-discovery. With its poignant character histories, rich humor, and captivating plot, this story was an exceptional read. There was so much to love about these characters. Yes, their chemistry sizzled and the erotic aspect was intense, but they also were just really likeable, relatable characters. I loved Carter’s honesty, the way he genuinely laid his feelings on the line. I loved Dina’s energy, devotion, and passion. It took her a while but she finally figured out what she wanted most in life. The secondary characters, especially Kayla, were equally strong and intriguing. I look forward to reading more of the Gallagher family.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book.