Cocky farmer Eli Cross plays twice as hard as he works. When his latest stunt drums up a heap of negative PR for the family farm, he grudgingly agrees to play host to an ambitious New York City photographer. Her feature on Cross Creek could be just the ticket to show the country what the Cross brothers do best…which is more problem than solution for Eli.
Scarlett Edwards-Stewart has photographed everything from end zones to war zones. She’s confident she can ace this one little story to help her best friend’s failing magazine. At least, she would be if her super-sexy host wasn’t so tight lipped. But the more Scarlett works with Eli, the more she discovers that he’s not who he seems. Can his secret bring them closer together? Or will it be the very thing that tears them apart?
|Book number 2 in the Cross Creek series still has the older brother Owen and the younger one Eli butting heads, but this story is mainly about Eli and a photographer who comes in first to help her friend’s E-business which is suffering. Scarlett Edwards- Stewart has traveled the world and never thought that she would be going to a farm in the Shenandoah Valley. When she arrives the brothers are in a very heated discussion because Eli had gotten into a verbal confrontation with the one person he has been arguing with since birth, and now there is a bet of $5,000 which farm will bring in more during the festival. After she arrives Eli is told that he will be the one that will be with her for the four weeks. Still smarting from the argument there first few hours together are not that talkative. For the next few days, he is still not himself and though he is taking her around the farm and she is trying to help him with his chores. It is not until she climbs up into an apple tree and he is yelling for her to stop, she is thinking that he is still being grumpy but she did not see the bee hive and when she is being stung he catches her before she falls to the ground. Treating her bites they are back in the orchard and when he says for her to go back up in the tree for her shot he does so holding a ladder. Their whole time together has changed and when she begins to spend time at night at his place she begins to see a totally different side of Eli. One who reads, writes and has gotten his degree on line which his family knows nothing about. When she finds out that he does not like farming like the rest of the family she finds a writing job for him that is with her in Brazil. Eli though is full of fear he has never left the valley let alone the state or country. Will he loses the women he loves because he thinks he needs to stay at the farm or take the risk and go knowing that together they will be stronger and she will help him? Read this wonderful story to see what he does. A very good book. I cannot wait for grumpy Owen’s story. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|