Book Review: Take Me Home by Inez Kelley

Take Me Home by Inez KelleyTitle: Take Me Home
Series: Country Roads, Book 1
Author: Inez Kelley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: November 25, 2013 by Carina Press

Logging manager Matt Shaw is wary when Kayla Edwards, the owner of Mountain Specialty Spices, hires his firm to harvest timber on her Appalachian property. It’s a place he knows better than the back of his calloused hand—it’s his family’s old homestead, lost years ago in a painful foreclosure. He’s hauled himself up from dirt-floor poor since then, and resolves to stay professional… But Kayla’s vivacious beauty makes it hard to focus on his job.

Home. That’s how army-brat-turned-foodie Kayla feels about her new mountain hideaway. What’s more, the hottest lumberjack ever to swing an axe has agreed to manage her timber crop and get the old maple syrup operations back on tap. Matt’s ruggedly sexy ways and passion for the land have her falling hard.

The heat between them grows wild…until Kayla discovers that Matt hasn’t been upfront with her. She feels devastated, and worst of all, used. How can Matt prove it’s her he wants and not her land?

Why I Read this Book: I loved Sweet as Sin (my review) and Turn it Up (my review) by Inez Kelley so as soon as I saw that the author was writing a series about loggers, I added the books to my wishlist.

What I Liked: Kayla is a woman who not only knows what she wants, she goes after it. No subtly or bashfulness here. I like a heroine who’s confident enough to pursue what she wants, not only in a man but in her livelihood as well.

Matt is an all-around great guy. He’s honorable; when he says he’s going to do something, he sees it through. He’s honest; he’s not afraid to speak the truth, even when it could hurt someone’s feelings.

I was very curious to see how the conflict was going to play out and I have to say it played out in a realistic way. Kayla doesn’t let Matt’s dishonesty slide easily. If he’s going to win Kayla back, he has to prove that he wasn’t after her land all this time.

One reason I enjoy reading is to experience different lifestyles. I learned a bit about what loggers do and how real maple syrup is made. And it’s not just that sexy, burly men are swinging axes around all day. There’s an ever present danger surrounding these loggers and the author shows the reader that reality. It’s stuff like this that makes reading a romance a little more interesting.

Memorable Moment:

"Dude, haven't met a problem yet that a blowjob won't cure."

"You're such a slut."

"I prefer to think of it as an overactive penile condition."

Overall Impression: Take Me Home started a lumberjack craving for me! After reading this book, all I could think about was sexy loggers. I want to read more in this series, with these characters. Luckily I don’t have to wait too long, since the 2nd book in this series comes out in February 2014 and the 3rd book comes out in July 2014. It has yet to be determined if the Country Roads series will be only the three books or if the series will continue on further. I’m hoping for the latter because I want Bob’s book! And Abby’s book too.

Brianna’s Rating:
4 Frogs

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  1. I have a rec for you if you are looking for more sexy lumberjacks. Penny Watson's book Lumberjack in Love is very cute and fun and features a brawny, bearded lumberjack.

    1. I've read that book. Very cute story. I need more bearded lumberjacks! :)


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