Over a Fence by Ruth J. Hartman

FENCE
Over a Fence by Ruth J. Hartman
Publisher: EsKape Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Romance novelist Cora Dumont needs a place to land after college. So when her parents ask her to housesit for a year, she jumps at the chance. Being home stirs up feelings for Drew, a former neighbor. Too bad he’d never given her the time of day.

When Drew Dunkirk moves back home, he doesn’t expect to run into Cora. Seeing her brings back the crush he had on her in high school, has him hoping to finally act on those feelings. But Drew’s fence becomes a point of contention between them and the fur flies. Will the fence separate them in more ways than one?

Sometimes you can go home again.

The misbehaving pets in this story made me giggle. Both Cora’s cat and Drew’s dog had minds of their own. The only thing funnier than seeing how these pets interacted with the world around them was seeing how their owners responded to their hijinks. I enjoyed every single scene that mentioned the silly dilemmas the animals ended up in and showed how the human characters tried to take control of the situation.

I would have liked to see more attention paid to Cora and Drew’s speaking styles. They had such similar ways of thinking about the world that I had trouble telling them apart even though the different chapters always began with a note about which narrator was now sharing their tale with the audience. Life had taken them down such different and yet equally interesting paths that it should have been much easier to tell who was who.

The dialogue was a lot of fun. Both of the main characters had a quick wit, and they weren’t at all afraid to use it. What I liked the most about their exchanges was how quickly they moved from playful to serious moods. These conversations reminded me of what it can be to talk to other intelligent people in real life because of how much effort Drew and Cora put into thinking of their next quip. They definitely kept each other on their toes with their snappy comebacks.

Over a Fence is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for something lighthearted.

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