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Which is exactly what I did. Because I love Ramsay's romances and I had faith. Though, I'll be honest, I was working up a good character rant with each page I turned.
But I was proven wrong. Amy and Dusty were truly amazing characters. Ones that were full of heart, strength, intelligence and the ability to change. They were characters I wanted to know. Characters I would be honored to be friends with. Characters that proved first impressions can be so very wrong. And who showcased Ramsay's talents as an author.
A Small Town Bride was a lovely romance between two characters who have been weighed down by the expectations and opinions of others. And who have maybe found the person who will help them break out of all the boxes they've been put in and live the life the really want to live.
These two. Yes, early on he was an asshole towards her and she was the epitome of a spoiled brat. But things quickly changed as Amy found herself homeless and literally living in her car after her father kicks her out. And Dusty realizes that the spoiled little rich girl he'd looked down on has more grit and steel in her spin than anyone could have guessed and he was wrong about her.
I LOVED these two together. Seeing them both grow and become better people as they were forced to work together--she gets hired on as one of his gardeners. Watching Amy gain her independence and find her worth. Watching Dusty break away from his bad reputation and that of his family. They did not have easy paths and there were some very hard moments but it was stunning watching these two change and grow and stumble there way there.
I truly hated some of their family members. Loved some of the others. Adored the setting and the animals and just watching a romance develop between these two. There's very little heat--the only thing I think would make this better--but there's some tension and kissing and a tiny bit more before fading to black.
All in all, A Small-Town Bride was a beautiful adventure and everything I love about romance.
When Amy shows up looking for work with his landscaping crew, Dusty McNeil thinks there's no way such a pampered princess will ever get her hands dirty. But as Amy proves him wrong and gets down to the nitty gritty, Dusty's admiration turns to like, then lust - and then love. But can a high-society woman like Amy ever fall for a man like him?
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