Tom, an entertainment reporter for a local newspaper, is hung over and late for work. Desperate for a promotion he was passed over once before, he is in a rush to catch his train. Until someone crashes into him and spills his coffee all over his shirt- and he misses his train.
Cole is headed to the city for his first day at his new job. Raised on a local farm, he loves that life, but he needs to bring in more money for he and his auntie to get by. He gets hired as a bartender at a popular gay bar and is on his way there when he runs, literally, into Tom.
Honestly, I didn’t like Tom at first. I thought he was a jerk, hyper focused on his job, but then a bit of a whiny brat when he wasn’t treated well there. The more I got into the book, the more I saw his personality emerge and all of the reasons he was that way (and actually, I felt the same with Joshua AND Ezra in Boss).
I want to call Cole an All American Farm Boy, but they are in England so I can’t. But you understand what I’m saying. He loves the farm where he lives with his auntie. He likes the work, the land, the horses and even the chickens. And even though he grew up there, he didn’t come off as a shy naïve farm boy at all. Just kind of a well rounded guy who knew what he wanted and needed and was doing what he had to to get there.
The relationship between Tom and Noah developed at a nice, steady pace. From strangers to accidental acquaintances to friends and more. The side characters of Ricky, Rox and even Auntie Belinda added so much to the story instead of just being filler. The story was well rounded, with each of them having their own lives and complications to deal with. It was very balanced and not just all about one character or just about the romance between the two.
The slow burn between Cole and Tom was fun to read. Of course there is sex in the book, and some hot sex at that, Ashley John can write a hot sex scene without it being raunchy. Sometimes you want raunchy, but this story didn’t call for that at all, because really they were just two regular guys.
I loved both the happily ever after and the epilogue. I love a good epilogue! So satisfying to read a short blurb about the couple in the future.
4 ½ stars, not 5? Well, I don’t give 5 stars. Or it is very, VERY rare. 4 ½ is as close as it gets for me. Great story, great characters, sometimes I am shocked when I remember how old Ashley John is and that he has “only” been writing for two years. I look forward to more and more of his books.
“If you love that pretty farm boy, fight for him!”
When it comes to love, is timing everything?
Tom doesn’t have time for a relationship – not now that his fingers are practically touching the promotion he’s spent years chasing. His weekdays are consumed by desperately fighting for his editor’s attention and his weekends are wasted alone with meals for one and his cat for company.
All Cole has ever wanted is to work on the farm he was raised on, but money is tighter than ever and he is forced to get a job in a bar to keep a roof over him and his auntie’s heads. Time is running out for the farm but he spends his days dreaming about a future he thinks he’ll never have.
After an unexpected collision at the village train station, their lives suddenly become connected when Cole clumsily spills his coffee on Tom and it sets into motion something greater. Tom is wary of listening to his heart and Cole is distracted by the threat of losing everything. Each possesses something the other desperately needs, but can they ignore bad timing to listen to their hearts?