Bookit 21.2 : Bet The Farm

Title: Bet The Farm
Author: Staci Hart
Published: February 23rd 202
1 – ARC (via Kindle)
Final grade: 4/5

So I know that on my bookit page, this is actually 7th down the line, but since I promised to post it today, I’m moving it up a little bit before the others. I’m going to preface this review by stating that I received this book through an ARC program, and therefore got access to it before it was available for purchase.

This was a cute read. I was intrigued to find out the main character deals with design- in particular social media and media marketing – which gave me something in common with the leading female character, Olivia. She comes home from New York to help run a farm after her grandfather passes away. This book did well with the idea of grief and trauma and how it effects our decision making and how we see things. Particularly in the leading male character, Jake. Jake holds the farm dear to his heart, having been the ‘adopted’ son of Olivia’s grandfather, Frank. The two of them both have strong reasons to want the farm to succeed, but their differing ideas of what that means cause them to butt heads…and hit walls they put up against one another.

Despite the sad start to the book, there is a good deal of happy and fuzzie scenes, featuring all kinds of baby animals, feisty goats, a cow with particular ideas about where she lives, and two puppies with some rock history names. There are also a few background characters that I can see being developed more in the future if Ms. Hart decides to continue this into a series (which it appears she will, as the book list mentions one coming later this year).

She also did a good job in not making me hate any particular character – or if I do, its not for long. I enjoyed reading it, and was quite happy with how she took some troupes and made it unique to her novel. The only issues I really had was the formatting of the e-book which had random drop caps in the middle of the chapter, and not always for a scene change. But that is a minor problem. Overall the book was a good read, and I am glad I got the chance.

Most of my other thoughts on the novel are a bit spoilery so I’ll end it there. If you like second chance romance (or enemies to lovers), and troubled main characters whose affection for one another helps them both heal in a way, I think you will enjoy this novel.

Also my favorite pun of the book?

Credits:

Images were given to me for use in review by Staci Hart/ her publishing agent

Bookit Review: More then ‘Just’ Friends

Title: More then Just Friends Author: Mia Ford Edition: Ebook (Kindle Unlimited) Publication Date: July 6,2019 Grade: C Bookit # 33 This novel turned out to be one of those with a lot of promise but not so good follow through. I feel with a strong editor many of my issues with this book could be solved. The premise is not horrible. The story is of Jay and Naomi, who end up having a casual relationship. She wants it because she has issues with his job (he is in the military and the idea of putting herself in the position to maybe loose him is not something she wants to do), and he agrees because he wants something more and sees this as a step in that direction. The issues are more with the flow of the book. This book has many many time jumps. It also has parts that are overly detailed (the first chapter for one) and parts that are under developed. There are a few scenes where you find yourself randomly in the middle of a scene you hadn’t expected after the last scene. It makes the book feel like it was a bunch of scenes written and no time was spent on making them flow together. It also takes away from the story of the romance, which since this is a romance novel is quite important. Its hard to see anything developing when you skip over large periods of time. There are two subplots in this story that also seem disconnected with the rest of the story. Jay dealing with his PTSD and the fact he is randomly a MMA fighter in his spare time. The MMA storyline doesn’t start till halfway through the book when randomly his dad shows up with a gambling problem and Jay has to fight one more fight. It seems like an unnecessary plot line that maybe was bigger in an original outline but wasn’t as developed in the final product. The PTSD was brief and easily fixed which seems…unlikely. Naomi also has a second love interest in Tucker, but that seems to disappear after a bit, which like the MMA fighting seems to be a plot arc perhaps dropped in the final product. Overall, it was not unreadable, but I feel it needs a turn with a good editor and some time with the author without hurrying for a deadline. The Author is quite prolific but I haven’t read any of her other novels (that I remember) so perhaps it is just this particular one.