Erryn reviews ‘Clashing Hearts (A Hometown Jasper Novel)’ by Nicky James. This book was released by the author on July 2, 2020, and is 271 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo. It was released on December 7, 2020, and is 9 hrs and 42 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love Nicky James.
There is nothing I hate more than when some big-city outsider stirs trouble in my peaceful little town. When Mr. Arrogance himself waltzes in and thinks he can slap a price tag on my land, he doesn’t know what he has coming. I’m not just a hick cowboy who’s going to bend to his good looks and charmless personality. No, sir.
I don’t care how smart he looks in his fancy suits, all he cares about is money.
I just wish I’d known who he was before I kissed him.
The last thing I wanted was to get stuck in a small town with a plethora of quirky people. If the stubborn cowboy doesn’t see sense soon, I don’t know what I’ll do. Failure is not an option. I was sent to make a deal, and I’m not leaving until it’s done.
I don’t care how hot he looks in his low hanging denim, boots, and hat, he wouldn’t see a good opportunity if it smacked him in the face.
I just wish I could get the taste of him off my tongue.
City and country collide in this enemies-to-lovers, opposites attract, low-angst MM romance novel.
I adore Nicky James books. Her Trials of Fear series is amazing and Love Me Whole is one of my all-time favorite books. Those books are, frankly, angsty. That’s part of why I love them. But they’re also up there on my list because the depth of the writing. The feelings the books evoke. When I saw Ms. James was doing a low-angst book, I wondered if I was going to have the same visceral reaction. And I did, just in a different way.
Oh, there are high stakes in this book to be sure. Easton – East to everyone who knows him – is about to lose his farm. The land where he raises horses and teaches people to ride. The land his mother is buried on. The land nestled in the shadows of Jasper Mountain.
Enter Lachlan. He can solve all of East’s money worries. He can make the cowboy a nice tidy profit and East can start again – just somewhere other than prime real estate. Lachlan’s father wants to build multi-million-dollar condos and another lodge. Bring rich people to the picturesque small town of Jasper. Lachlan’s happy to make that deal, but never pictured himself falling for the cowboy.
Now, this is a longer book and there are several great subplots that moved the story along. I totally fell in love with the two men and despite the fact they were on opposing sides, I knew it would work out. And the whole opposites attract thing, you know? City versus country. High finance versus mucking stalls. Rich versus getting by.
This book is also a very slow burn and I liked that too. East’s not willing to just jump into Lachlan’s bed. When they do come together, it’s all the more sweet.
And I’ll mention Nick J. Russo. His Albertan cowboy sounds more like Texas to me, but it was effective in differentiating East from Lachlan. I noticed at least one other character whose story I really want and since there are more books, I can’t wait.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
I live in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada and I am a mother to a wonderful teenage boy (didn’t think those words could be typed together…surprise) and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband, who thankfully doesn’t think I’m crazy.
I have always had two profound dreams in life. To fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world, not bogged down by technology and to write novels. Since only one of these was a possibility I decided to make the other come alive on paper.
I write mm romance novels that take place in fantastical medieval-type settings and love to use the challenges of the times to give my stories and characters life.