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What a sweet, fun contemporary romance with a fantasy twist! I read this one in just a few hours, and it was well worth it. Although it is the third book in a series, I had no trouble at all following along without having read the first two. While you meet the characters from the first two books and may get even more enjoyment from reading them first, I found it to be delightful regardless. It's a clean romance, so while there is some kissing, all the sexy times happen behind closed doors. It was a perfect summer read, particularly if you're reclining in a beach chair listening to the waves crash beyond you.
Growing up as a foster kid, Kat Davenport is resilient, stubborn, and independent. But when she's down on her luck with money, she'll take any job that comes her way. That's how she finds herself wearing a chicken suit asking for donations for the local animal shelter when she meets tall, dark, and handsome Jordan Prescott. The two part ways, but they meet again when Kat answers an ad for a room for rent, which just happens to be owned by Jordan and his aunt, Opal. Living on the Willowbrook Lavender Farm, which just happens to be right down the road from the animal shelter, seems like a dream come true. But dreams never last for Kat - it's month-to-month, because Jordan has every intention of selling the farm and returning to New York City. Determined to make the best of things, she dives into her work and the farm, and soon she has everyone wrapped around her finger - the animals, Opal, and even Jordan. Can love and a little magic bring these two together, or will the call of NYC be stronger than love?
I absolutely adored Kat! She was one of my favorite heroines of any book I've read this year, because she wouldn't compromise her values and personality for anyone. Even if it meant people thought her strange. Born with a unique gift that allowed her to communicate with animals, she earned a special place in my heart - any character who loves animals and does everything she can to save them is good in my book. Her kind ways and generous heart drew me in, just as they Jordan. Jordan was hard to read at first - at times charming and other times he was just plain rude. But as we learned more about his past and the farm, I began to understand why and empathized with him. The animals were lovely secondary characters, particularly Edgar the Crow and Waffles the Miniature Donkey. Their personalities shone so brightly on the pages that it made me wish I could visit the farm someday.
I will definitely be going back to read the first two books! Tara Sheets is officially on my list of authors to watch, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**