on 21 March 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Gallagher & Ivy #1
Published by Kensington - Lyrical Press
Copy for review provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
It’s all fun and games until fantasy gets real . . .
At twenty-seven, Dinah Gallagher thought she’d have it all figured out. Instead, she’s having mind-blowing online sex with a man she knows nothing about and fighting for her rightful place in the family business. Part of that battle means expanding their century-old restaurant by getting the stubborn urban farmer next door to sell them his lot.
But Carter Trask is tired of being pushed around—especially by rich families like the Gallaghers. All he has left is the little farm he’s scratched out of his grandmother’s yard. At least he can blow off steam with the anonymous woman he’s been emailing for the past eight months, who makes his every sexual fantasy come alive—even if it’s only online.
When Dinah suddenly realizes that Carter’s gardens look just like some of her mystery man’s photos, she can’t resist trying to turn her dreams into reality. Against his better judgment, Carter joins in the game. But in real life, passion has a way of becoming very complicated, very quickly. And sometimes the wrong choice can turn out to be oh so right . .
Dinah Gallagher has worked her whole life for her family business, Gallagher’s restaurant, and she’s got plans for their future including acquiring the property next door to set up a farmer’s market. But the owner, one Carter Trask, has been notoriously stubborn about selling. When she’s not focussed on work, her one avenue of fun has been an online flirtation with a mystery man, someone who is as good a listener as he is at providing her some heady sexual delight. When Dinah discovers that her mystery man is none other than the man thwarting her at every turn, it’s quite the conundrum. Sex is their common ground, but will it be enough to lead to a business compromise and a possible future together?
I was a bit surprised at the speed with which the ‘secret identity’ of the two main characters was discovered. I expected it to be drawn out a bit more, but it’s revealed within the first quarter of the story, making them have to deal with the obvious problems between them right from the get go. Of the two characters in this story, I’ve got to say that Carter was my favorite. He’s a small urban farmer with convictions and despite his growing feelings for Dinah as the story progresses, he still won’t abandon his principles. Dinah is harder to like, mostly because her devotion to her family business seems decidedly one-sided. The only one who cares how she is doing in the company is herself, and her loyalty seems misplaced because it’s not returned. It’s Carter who turns out to be the most reliable person in her life, and they share some sexy scenes together, and some very emotional moments too. Dinah has to make some tough choices, and it leads to rocky times for this couple but an eventual sweet ending. I look forward to reading the next story in this series.