Moving back to Lockhart Bend wasn’t easy for Marianne Stanton. But the smart and sassy firecracker has come with a plan. She’s going to turn her Aunt’s old Honky Tonk into a sleek and successful brewery in the heart of Lockhart Bend. Proving that while her life didn’t go as planned, she could still take the town that judged her harshly as a child by storm. She’s set out to win the upcoming Battle of the Brews at the county festival. The plan is to do it solo…no matter what the annoyingly hot town sheriff has to say.
Sheriff Trent Wild has a dream—a dream that his favorite honky tonk will never change. For years he can kick back with a cold one and listen to country crooning on the jukebox as couples two-stepped their way around the floor. It’s a dream that’s in peril since master brewer Marianne came back to town, all grown up—and looking damn good—to burst his bubble. Now Trent needs to persuade Marianne that the Honky Tonk is perfect as it is…and that he could be perfect for her, too.
What starts off as a welcome back to town quickly becomes a battle of wills. Marianne and Trent will find themselves fighting for their separate dreams until a cherry chapstick flavored kiss proves juicier than expected. Now they’ll have to decide if living the dream is worth missing out on the love of a lifetime.
My first encounter with Leslie North was with brother Charlie Wild in Healing the Quarterback. So, when I saw that there was another Wildhorse Range Brothers book available for request on Netgalley, I had to ask for it.
And boy, did I get it! After sporty Charlie, we now meet his hunky sheriff brother Trent. Trent and his twin brother Trevor like to go out in the Honky Tonk of Lockhart Bend. But suddenly, Honky Tonk is being renovated (or: molested in Trent’s mind) by sassy Annie (or Marianne Stanton for less intimate persons).
Marianne has lived her early youth in Lockhart Bend, but she moved with her parents to Colorado. Now, a bad marriage and an opportunity from her aunt to buy the Honky Tonk, brought her back to her hometown. She is determined to turn the Honky Tonk into a brewery, where she (as a master brewer) will be able to sell her fine, home brewed beer to the locals.
But the oldfashioned town with their rusty cowboys is not used to change and they are not happy with the idea of a sassy girl turning their favourite spot into some hip and trending brewery. Leslie North does an excellent job in describing the town meeting where all the old folks gather and speak of their ‘concerns’ regarding the Honky Tonk. You can see the cowboy hats flying around in your mind. Wonderful!
Of course, Marianne is determined to show the town she is not the failure, they all think she is. Especially that hot and bothersome Trent, who turns out to be her neighbour. And Trent is trying his very best to convince Marianne, that the Honky Tonk needs to stay as it is. Can they compromise and create a new favourite spot for the town? There is definitely something brewing…
A wonderful, funny and hilarious book. My only complaint would be that the book was rather short. But never mind: I’ll come back for a part four (haven’t seen it announced yet, but I’m hopefull…). Otherwise, I’ll just have to start on one of her other series. Four out of five stars from me.
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Published: June 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥