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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Bet the Farm by Staci Hart - Review

Bet the Farm is LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer! This heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract from Staci Hart is just what you need. Happy reading! 💕

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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My Review: Small Towns & Emotional Journeys

GAH! Bet the Farm is EVERYTHING you guys. #allthefeels – wow. This books is an absolutely amazing, steamy, swoony snarky enemies-to-lovers and kinda-sorta second-chance romance that I could not put down. What a fun story; with so much character evolution and emotion you’ll be laughing and crying at the same time. Olivia and Jake have an amazing connection with sizzling soul-mate level chemistry. Lost in their grief and pulled under by the immense task of saving the farm, they inevitably retreat to their corners and fall back on an adversarial relationship, remembering past hurts and misunderstandings.

As always, I'm in awe of Ms. Hart's writing. The richness, the detail, the distinct flair – unforgettable. This book is a must-read for fans of contemporary romance and romantic comedy. From a “trope” perspective, I personally think this book crosses a few, and I tend to read everything by an author I love rather than worrying if “brother’s best friend” or “accidental pregnancy” is my favorite overall idea. I’ve never been disappointed in a Staci Hart book, and truly couldn’t imagine a world where I WOULD be. If you didn't know you needed this story in your life...well, now you do. I'll be impatiently awaiting Ms. Hart's next endeavor, and I do hope we return to farm country some time soon! Hart’s silky smooth writing style, beautiful story lines, lush descriptions, and of course the deep, raw, amazingly flawed, true, and honest characters are pure magic.

This story was a personal journey for Olivia and Jake as much as one of their relationship. I think they learned as much about themselves as they did about each other. As it turns out, Jake needs Olivia’s light to complete him.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Polkadoodles' Digi Choosday - Week 7: Anything Goes!

Good morning everyone! Welcome to Choosday. :D We've got a new Digi Choosday challenge, and a new DISCOUNT CODE for the Polkadoodles shop! Head over to the blog to grab it before your shopping spree!

Today's challenge is, as always, Anything Goes!

My shaped Easter greetings feature the fabulous HOLLY! This image is called  Holly Spring/Easter Bunny. I love her fun outfit :D I've paired her with papers from the Soft & Scrumptious paper pack with the FREEBIE flower pot shaped card template to create this Easter greeting. The sentiment comes from Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime.

Don't forget to head over to the blog to grab today's discount code! Then shop your heart out. Choosday is the best day!

I'm entering this into the following challenges - 

Catch the Bug Clean & Simple (2/3)
Crafter's Castle #32 AG (2/3)
Art Impressions Quick & Simple (2/3)
Creative Fingers - #191: AG (2/3)

QKR Stampede - #402: AG (2/3)
Pattie's Creations #173 AG (2/3)

Be sure to join in to our Anything Goes challenge via the link up at the Digi Choosday blog for your chance to win! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Polkadoodles' Gems - Week 4: Anything Goes!

Good morning everyone. It's Saturday - time for a new Gem of a Challenge from Polkadoodles! You can find our challenge blog here: A Gem of a Challenge

Are you ready for this week's TOO CUTENESS? The sweetness of Too Cute's Valentine release from 2020 inspired me today, so I've pulled out Too Cute Mouse Love and Too Cute Bella Milkshake for today's project.

The milkshake sentiment is word art from Polkadoodles - Winnie Fruit Punch collection. Background is stenciled using Distress Oxide in Fossilized Amber and Squeezed Lemonade with a honeycomb stencil. Frame circle die is MFT.

Our Gem of a Challenge challenges run for 2 weeks, so you've got lots of time to link up, and they are ALWAYS Anything Goes! Visit the challenge blog HERE

I'm entering this into the following challenges - 

Crafty Catz #530: AG (1/3)
Colour Crazy #48 AG (1/3)
Creative Fingers #198: AG (1/3)
Cut It Up #191: AG (1/3)

QKR Stampede - #402: AG (1/3)
Pattie's Creations #177: AG (1/3)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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