Erryn reviews ‘Must Love Chickens’ by Jea Hawkins. This book was released by the author on November 17, 2016, and is 297 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Lori Pince and released on March 7, 2018. The audiobook is 5 hrs and 51 mins long.
Why I read this book:. I love the premise of opposites attract.
City girl meets country girl.
Natalie’s life is on a precipice with too many failed career moves in the last year. Faced with the loss of everything she has ever worked for, Natalie looks for a way to get out of the city and realign her priorities.
When Jessica Morgan places an ad for a new farmhand, she doesn’t expect to hear from an urbanite. And when the respondent turns out to be gorgeous Natalie Wells, she’s really at a loss for words!
Natalie thinks taking a job in the country is a great plan, until she realizes she’s attracted to her boss. When she learns her boss’s bias against her is the result of issues with an ex-girlfriend, Natalie realizes she’s not imagining the sparks between them – that Jess might just be open to a new relationship, if only Natalie can prove she belongs in Jess’s life.
The last thing Jess needs is a new love interest, especially one who works for her! But she can’t deny Natalie is pretty darn cute trying to learn her way around the farm and as she falls in love, Jess wonders if there’s a chance for romance with the city girl….
OMG, this is such a sweet and wonderful book. Jea Hawkins is a new author to me, but I plan on reading more by her.
The premise is simple – city girl runs away to the country to lick her wounds and hide out from real life. This story, though, is so much more than that.
Natalie has enjoyed a successful run as an art gallery assistant in New York City, but a string of poorly-reviewed shows has pushed her lower in the echelons of prestige. Realizing she’s been betrayed by someone she trusted, she takes a chance on an ad from a farmer who is looking for an assistant. Natalie knows nothing about working the land, but escaping sounds perfect.
Can a woman go from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Vera Wang, to mud, apples, and chicken dung?
Jess isn’t holding her breath. She’s been tricked into hiring Natalie and believes the woman won’t last two weeks, let alone an entire season. City women never stay and they only break Jess’ heart when they leave.
What begins as a tale about polar opposites soon becomes an exploration of the law of attraction. It doesn’t take long for the women to see that not only are they both attracted to women – they are attracted to each other.
I love slow-burn stories. These women don’t leap into bed. They get to know each other, care for each other, trust each other. When they do finally acknowledge their feelings, I felt rewarded for having followed them on their journey.
So what happens when reality intrudes? Natalie is summoned to the city and Jess is resigned to losing her forever. I had more faith in the women, but there were a few times when I wondered if either would be willing to compromise—willing to lay her heart on the line.
I liked that each woman held something back because that’s often how it is in real life. When they did finally open up, I felt validated for having believed in the women. Jess’ story was especially heart-wrenching.
I got my happy ending and I plan to come back for more.
Lori Prince is a new narrator for me. She was perfect for this book, giving unique voices to both women and I’ll be happy to listen to more books narrated by her.
Finally, I want to say, I want to meet someone who finds me beautiful—“mind, body, and soul”. Jea Hawkins made me believe that there might be someone out there for me as well.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Jea writes sweet and spicy contemporary lesbian romance. If love conquers all, then she’d like to think her heroines can rule the world one day. Personal addictions include autumn, cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and the Sims 3.