This book is all above moving on from the past and being confident in who you are. She wants to be a city girl. He can't leave his family. But the both have lessons to learn from each other, and learning them may cause their picture of a perfect life to shift.
It's just one hit after another from these two authors. They really know what they're doing with the romance genre, and I hope they do some more co-written novels together.
Every book in this series has been a hit. I really liked Charlotte. She reads like an aspie, and it was so refreshing. She's not given a label and there's nothing that says she is on the autism spectrum, but if diagnosing fictional characters is a thing, total aspie. I can relate to her wanting direct answers and conversations rather than skirting around topics. Similar to myself, she will often start to answer a question trying to be vague and waiting for the other person to ask for more information before giving it up.
I cried while reading the prologue of this. The tension between the two main characters starts off in the very beginning of the book. We find out that she was going off to college but she had just spent a summer with him as her best friend and it had become more of a romantic relationship but neither of them was willing to admit it. Then she kissed him. He didn't want her to stay on the ranch if she had dreams of more, so he let her go to college and tried to put her out of his mind for the 4 years she was there. Then she came back to the ranch, and for the last year it's been all either of them can do to resist their feelings and pretend like the kiss never happened.
Kissing The Shy Guy was so sweet. You have this mean girl with a bit of a reputation and then a shy guy who is a little bit of an outsider. He thinks that she is stuck up and selfish, but his sister has been sneaking around with her boyfriend, and now that the cat's out of the bag and she's been dumped right before the competition of a lifetime, he feels obligated to help. Then he spots her catering a family member's funeral reception and doing other things that make him question if she's really as bad as everyone thinks.