Hot damn, what more could a country boy want? Bass Pro Shop is finally opening in Tennessee. Nick plans to check out all twelve indoor acres chock-full of hunting, fishing, and boating in the Memphis Pyramid on the Mississippi River.
City boy Sandy wonders yet again how he let himself get talked into attending a grand opening for a hick hunting store. His geeky heart prefers the energy of the city. Little does he know all that is going to change due to a freakishly tall glass elevator—and Nick, the high-school crush who’s suddenly taking a second look at him.
A moment of panic while trapped in the elevator leads to a spark neither expected. Getting out is the least of the challenges they’ll face if they want to try to put their differences aside and find out if love is possible between a city boy and a country boy.
Nick and Sandy had been friends through high school until Nick got in a fight to defend Sandy and ended up coming out of the closet. Hurting and still shocked by what he’d done, Nick had snapped at Sandy and the two hadn’t spoken at all in the years since then. When they bump into each other will they both finally be able to reconnect and forget the past?
I enjoyed this lighthearted romance. I was really pleased when Nick and Sandy patched up their friendship very early on in the story. While that aspect of the plot – the fight, their silence with each other etc – felt a little forced and clichéd to me, having them both talk through it all at the beginning was a good way to put that back in the past where I felt it belonged and allow Nick and Sandy to start fresh again. I also really liked the pacing of the story. The chemistry grew between them with a good intensity and I was pleased that we as readers were shown who Nick and Sandy were as characters before they both jumped into bed together.
There were a few twists in the plot (around one of Nick’s friends, Hank, in particular!) that I really enjoyed and found surprising. I also found the sex refreshingly sweet. Nick might be a country boy and a working farm hand, but I loved how very sensitive and sweet he could be with Sandy. I felt the author did a great job in making both Nick and Sandy’s characters realistic and manly without being over-the-top macho or too alpha-male, which is something I do grow tired of as a reader.
I found this to be a heart-warming and emotional story with engaging characters and a few surprises along the way that made this a deeply enjoyable read for me. A lovely book I can strongly recommend to any reader.