Friday, June 9, 2023

Strawberry Fields for Never by Kate Watson: Book Review


 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

She’s the desperate CEO hired to rebrand a sleepy Southern orchard. He’s the stubborn heir determined to see her fail.

All’s fair in love and farming.

As CEO of my marketing firm, my friends’ careers rest on my shoulders. And my shoulders—and company—are failing. Rebranding a famous farm is my final chance to fix what I’ve broken, and nothing can get in my way.

But flirting with a gorgeous farm worker can’t hurt. Right?

We have an instant—and hot—connection…until he tries to sabotage my every move. Turns out, this hunky local is actually Tag Carville III, the wealthy new heir to Sugar Maple Farms. When he finds out why I’m really visiting his sleepy Southern town, he goes from ally to enemy so fast, it takes my breath away.

My new nemesis clearly has his own agenda, and it’s in direct opposition to mine. I 
will save this farm and my company, even if he seems determined to stop me. Even if our fighting feels more and more like flirting.

Even if I’m starting to fall.

But in the battle over heart and home, only one of us will win.

Strawberry Fields for Never is a laugh-out-loud closed-door romantic comedy with sizzling chemistry, enemies to more, and a swoon-worthy guy who falls first. And, of course, a happily-ever-after.

Kate Watson is a fan of cheeky romantic comedies and delightfully witty banter. Originally from Canada, she attended college in the States and holds a BA in Philosophy from Brigham Young University. A lover of travel, speaking in accents, and experiencing new cultures, she has lived in Israel, Brazil, Utah, the American South, and she now calls Arizona home.

She started writing at six years old and sold her first book, "The Heart People," for $0.25 to her parents. It received rave reviews. Since then, she's written many books, including the acclaimed Off Script, a 2020 Junior Library Guild selection. She writes stories full of heart, humor, and happily-ever-afters.

She is currently living her own happily-ever-after with her super cute husband and their four wild and wonderful kids. She runs on caffeine, fumes, and Jesus.

Romantic comedies are my comfort genre. I love reading these stories because they make me laugh and are a great escape, especially when I'm struggling with my mental health. I love the silly predicaments characters get themselves into, the guaranteed happily ever after, and of course all the swoon-worthy moments. Still, I also love when those things are blended with real-life issues as well. Strawberry Fields for Never does just that... and does it beautifully! 

I absolutely adored everything about this book. From their initial meeting to their back-and-forth banter when they learned who the other was and their sizzling chemistry throughout it all, I loved Jane and Tripp together! Both were imperfect characters who had many issues to work through, and I loved seeing them work through them on the pages. There were still plenty of humourous moments to help balance it all out and have me laughing out loud. And the romance? So, so good! I won't give any spoilers but I will say that this book has one of the best epilogues I have ever read...seriously! 

This was the first book in a new series, and it really set it up well for the next book... so much so that I'm not sure how patient I can be waiting for the next one to come!! Seriously, I can't wait for Millie's story! 

This was a closed-door romance. It has some chemistry fill kisses and a few innuendos, but nothing beyond that. There was no language. As mentioned previously, it does take on a few more serious issues including child neglect and grief, so be aware of that if those are triggers. 

Overall, this was a fantastic read! This was the first book that I had ever read by this author, but it most certainly will not be the last. 


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