Publication date: May 6th 2014
My rating: 4 stars
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Mary Ann Rivers continues her Burnside family series—perfect for readers of Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Ruthie Knox—as two people try to share their hearts without losing their cool.
Dr. Sam Burnside is convinced that volunteering at an urban green-space farm in Lakefield, Ohio, is a waste of time—especially with his new health clinic about to open. He only goes to mollify his partner, suspecting she wants him to lighten up. Then Sam catches sight of Nina Paz, a woman who gives off more heat than a scorcher in July. Her easy smile and flirty, sizzling wit has him forgetting his infamous need for control.
Widowed when her husband was killed in Afghanistan, Nina has learned that life exists to take chances. As the daughter of migrant workers turned organic farmers, she’s built an exciting and successful business by valuing new opportunities and working hard to take care of her own. But when Sam pushes for a relationship that goes beyond their hotter-than-fire escapades, Nina ignores her own hard-won wisdom. She isn’t ready for a man who needs saving—even if her heart compels her to take the greatest risk of all: love.
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Laugh was a beautifully written realistic romance with heart.
Nina Paz has built a successful business around farming, but hasn’t had much of a place for love in the last ten years. She lost her husband in Afghanistan and besides the random and frequent hookups she partook of right after, she hasn’t had a relationship. Nina doesn’t want or need just the casual, meaningless connection anymore, if and when she’s ready to open her heart up, she want it to be for more.
Sam Burnside loves with a powerful intensity and passion, but his ADHD sometimes makes that love come across as overwhelming. Unfortunately, Sam’s ADHD scrambles some of his actual thoughts, and he blurts out the most offensive things when he actually means quite the opposite. So while he has one of the truest and giving hearts, he can come off as a jerk unless you know how his mind works.
Sam Burnside had the clearest, sweetest heart of anyone she had known. Even as he fought himself and struggled to understand the people he loved, fought them, he never withheld his love.
When Sam volunteers for Nina’s community co-op, they’re immediately drawn to each other, and they crash into a messy, HOT relationship. For once, Sam feels he’s found someone who actually gets him and could love him back with the same passion.
I was surprised that Nina was so hesitant, because it seemed like she just got Sam even when others didn’t. The things she relates about her past and some of her reactions were a little puzzling to me, and I had a hard time liking her for the first half. I get why she was cautious to some degree, but at the same time, it had been ten years since her husband died, and she didn’t want meaningless hookups anymore, so I didn’t really understand why she was pushing Sam away when he made her so happy. Fortunately that didn’t drag on for very long.
My heart split wide open for Sam. I have to say I really related to some his impulsiveness and intensity and could easily understand his thinking and motivations. I guess I’m a little like him in the way he’s so eager to jump into love. Not sure what it says about me that I relate so well to someone with ADHD, lol, but there it is. I cringed at his efforts at times, but with his intensions so pure and filled with love I couldn’t help but hope everything would work out for him! He was so insecure with the emotional part of his relationship with Nina, scared that he’d mess something up, but he was completely opposite in the physical department! That man was so direct, confident and just held nothing back! He lit some fires for sure!
Even with my issues with Nina, I really enjoyed this story. The writing is beautiful and sensual, and would probably appeal to fans of Laura Florand or Cara McKenna.
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