Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

4 stars!

“I didn’t mind taking care of the people who take care of me.”

Zach was born and raised on a compound by a religious cult, until the age of 19 when they tossed him aside and left him homeless. Now at the age of 23 he lives and works on the Shipley farm, a place that he can call home. Lark is a family friend of the Shipleys, and after living a nightmare while working a job in a foreign country she needs a place to relax and put her demons behind her.

Lark’s issues are a lot more significant than anyone realized, and Zach often finds himself comforting Lark when she has nightmares. As time goes by their attraction for each other deepens, but Zach still needs to work on his issues of abandonment, and Lark isn’t ready to admit how much her ordeal in South America has messed with her head.

“Zach wasn’t just a guy I happened to be attracted to. He was special. Zach was a better person than… well, just about anybody. He ought to be handled with care.”

I’ve wanted to read Zach’s book since his appearance in Bittersweet, and Sarina Bowen delivered a wonderful story! Zach isn’t a jerk, he isn’t an alpha. He’s a sweet farmer, but it doesn’t make him any less sexy. He was also the perfect man for Lark, as he had so much love in his heart to give.

Lark was a very interesting character, she was affluent and a hard worker. She needed help yet had no idea she needed to ask for it, and when she did she was scared to. Her circumstances could have happened to anyone in her situation and I felt for the poor girl and her hardships.

This was a delightful slow burn romance, that when it ignited it was hot! Makes you want to take your chances on Vermont and see if there are any hot apple pickers there who are single!

“You can be my problem anytime.”

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review


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