Today I am pleased to present a review of Bare Necessities, the Brookfield Series Book Two, by Lacey Wolfe.
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Title: Bare Necessities
Author: Lacey Wolfe
Publisher: Southern Girl Press
Pages: 150 (approx.)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Best Read in Order: Not Required
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About the Book: After years of bad relationships, Ava Miller is finally living life for herself and isn’t going to let anyone get in the way. Her dream is to open a lingerie shop, and she has chosen Brookfield, Wyoming as her new home, where her dreams might just come true. Once she meets the town sheriff, though, she’s suddenly involved in a flirtatious battle for the right to open her store.
Seth Hampton is the town’s sheriff, and when Ava shows up, he’s not sure what hits him. He craves her, yet he can’t stand to allow that type of shop to open in his small town. However, he isn’t alone. Someone else wants Ava to leave town. Things take a turn when her shop is vandalized, and all evidence points to Seth.
Ava isn’t sure what to think. While Seth seems to be the only one with motives, something inside her believes he would never do it. Can Ava and Seth figure it out before one of them gets hurt?
The Review: With a tight and clever writing style, Lacey Wolfe has transported a city girl into the countryside, and livened up this small mountain town. It’s not a stretch to imagine the friendliness of the people, and Ava’s personal discomfort with trust, not after her abusive past is revealed. While Seth’s interest, as both the Sheriff and a man are easy to relate to. While no one is comfortable with the thought that an “adult store” is taking up residence on Main Street, his overt hostility to Ava once he hears that she is the new businesswoman with a planned lingerie shop that also sells adult toys is a bit overdone.
Yes, all of that conflict is settled when, as must happen with romance, their desires for each other overcome their discomfort of the situation, and the danger faced when Ava’s past returns to haunt.
A perfectly fun book, great for an escape read; with touches of more serious elements of abusive and controlling boyfriends. Somewhat predictable, which is in no way a negative for a romance read, this book is the first in several I am sure to read of this author’s work when I want to escape the mundane and have a happy ending.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
For more on the author, and Finding Home: Brookfield Series Book One : Read More
Julie Miller has returned to her home in Brookfield, Wyoming after discovering she is pregnant. All she wants is her mother to comfort her after her boyfriend told her to either have an abortion or leave. The only problem is, when she gets to her mother’s house, she doesn’t find her mom—she finds a half-naked man cooking breakfast.
Mark Thomas has moved to Brookfield to escape his past. He needs a fresh start to try and forget the things that haunt him, and Brookfield seems like the perfect place.
As if it isn’t bad enough that Julie doesn’t find her mother, a blizzard buries the town, and she is snowed in with Mark. Leaving them no choice, they begin a friendship while trying to resist the attraction they feel for one another.
Once the snow melts, Julie is free to leave. Will she choose to start a life in Brookfield or run back to New York? Meanwhile, Mark struggles to let go of his past and, if he does, is Julie his future?
About the Author: Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.
Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats and one black lab who rules the house.