Men of Smithfield: Sam and Aaron, L.B. Gregg

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Men of Smithfield: Sam and Aaron, L.B. Gregg
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Somehow this series has missed me, its well into a run, but that not a problem, as it’s very easy to follow. I loved the writing style, the dry, laconic wit dispalyed by narrator Sam, the gentle village setting and simple but friendly mockery. It’s not a book full of nastiness and bitching, no huge dramatic scenes, dramas and tears, but one of clever observation and humour. Not the laugh out loud type, but the more subtle sort, such as when Sam calls Aaron the “hamburglar”. He first meets Aaron when he’s in a predicament at the library, after hours and he’s got his arm stuck trying to retrieve his phone from the book drop….Aaron is inside the library. Sam knows he’s a stranger and not supposed to be there, but somehow Aaron isn’t stealing, he’s full of excuses and mamages to avoid trouble. IBM a great inro to the nature of both of them.
Sam then finds Aaron is a guest in their B&B, the heritage he runs with sister Wynne. It’s one of those villages where everyone knows everything almost before it happens. Somehow poor Sam seems to be on the short end of the stick every time…Wynne’s cooking/dating lessons were such fun, I loved those and they provided the backbone for so much humour and so much village information. Sam’s determined to find out why Aaron is there but failing, he seems to skirt the law and yet nothing happens. It doesn’t help that there’s a strong attraction between them, and many of their encounters end in an amourous and sensual way – the church scene – oh I could just imagine poor Sam’s reaction. He’s a great man, 28, looks after sister Wynne and tries to keep the B&B in profit, he’s Mr conventional, Mr never stick out from the norm. I feel he’s a seething mass of frustration inside with his map of all the places he wants to go, but he’s too much sense of responsibility to just abandon Wynne and travel…then he meets Aaron and all his perceptions and beliefs are challenged.
As well as the humour and romance there’s a mystery to solve, and no I didn’t work it out til the end…I loved this book, would happily re read it and love to read more from the Men of Smithfield.
Stars: Five – great read.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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