The Suit (Holly Springs, #1) by B.N. Toler

What happens when two dreams collide?

Fed up with the farm life and his one-time love of training horses, John Wilson has traded his tattered boots and jeans for power suits and cufflinks. Through hard work and determination, John has just graduated from law school and is focused on a fresh start. Refusing to let his bitter past hinder his future, John is intent on moving forward with his new life.

Except there’s one last thing he has to do—settle old debts before he can truly move on.

Unfortunately, settling debts involves him returning to a life he’s worked hard to forget. A mind-numbing summer working on a horse farm awaits him, and he’s dreading every damn minute of it.

Edie James is mourning the loss of her grandfather when John Wilson shows up in his perfectly tailored suit, reeking sexiness and city elegance—everything she’s not. Their meeting is less than pleasant as they both distastefully size up one another.

She thinks he’s arrogant and a white-collar yuppie.

He thinks she’s a simple, goody two-shoes farm girl.

Edie’s grandfather made a new will before he passed leaving stipulations in order for Edie to inherit the family farm. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the suit has to work on the farm with her for three months to settle a debt he owed to her grandfather.

And he’s moving in with her.

With a rocky start, the two seemingly polar opposites call a truce and attempt to be friends. As their unexpected friendship blooms, an attraction develops and both realize their first impression of each other is far from the truth. Now this once dreaded summer is set to be the hottest and most unforgettable they’ve ever had.

My Thoughts:

I will not retell the story for the sake of this review because this is one of those stories that is best enjoyed when one reads it for themself. But, I will say that I loved the story line for The Suit. It was clean, simple, and very sweet. The characters, Edie James and John “Suit” Wilson” were endearing and the overall story was more than engaging. Toler’s has a very unique way of merging together elements that were both sweet and very sexy. There were several “acted out” scenes from the romance books that Edie liked to read, and let me tell you…SEXY!!! You wouldn’t think a story about a farm girl would be sexy. But let me disavow you of that notion. Toler definitely kicked this story up with the subtly erotic elements woven throughout it. Edie was a good girl on the outside but oh so bad on the inside, and John was more than a match for her. I loved John as well because he too was not who and what he seemed upon first blush. He appeared very staid and upper-crust on the outside with his tailored suits and darkly sexy looks. However, he shared a background that was similar to Edie’s although he did everything in his power to run from his past. What started off as a temporary hook-up between the characters evolved into so much more because each found in the other something they never expected — a best friend and soul mate. Oh they fought it hard enough, especially poor John. Bless his heart. He really did want to escape the “farm life” but Edie showed him the beauty and simplicity of the life he wanted to escape. For those who don’t like angst in their romance (raises hand in agreement),you won’t find much in The Suit. There is a minuscule amount from Edie when John returns to his real life but it didn’t last long and he quickly assuaged it with his return.

I would highly recommend The Suit for anyone looking for a spicy contemporary romance. The primary and secondary characters, namely Nikki and Parker, make the story interesting, funny and, most importantly, very enjoyable.

Ratings Detail:

Rating for male protagonist: 4★
Rating for female protagonist: 4★
Rating for secondary characters: 4★
Plot Viability: 4★
General Storyline: 4★
Story Ending: 4★
Ease of Reading: 4★
Heat Level: 4★

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