A Dirty Job Calls For Dirty Sex…Heroes Who Drive a Tractor
by Madeline Iva
Men who drive tractors kinda get me hot. I like their competence combined with patience and persistence. I’ve worked on a farm. I’ve shoveled shit, stacked hay bales, emptied ice out of water buckets with a hammer. Hard muscles come from daily physical labor, and a soul-aching beauty from the quiet surroundings. Yet ripping treasure from the soil is never easy. There’s a psychological hardiness men on tractors require. A serious weather event at the wrong time can ruin an entire crop in a matter of hours. The farmer must resign himself to fate, bow his shoulders before mother nature, and plow on.
There’s a whole new generation of men and women in their twenties and thirties who are junking the city life and headed for the fields. Will they stick with it? What happens to us all if they don’t? In the real world only 1% of the U.S. population farms now. I think I read somewhere the average age of farmers in America is, like 67, or something. We need a new generation of young farmer heroes more than ever.
I found out about Sarina Bowen’s book after Adriana Anders wrote this HEA blog on BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO DARK GRITTY SEXY READS. “…if you like rugged, hard-bodied farmers (and Lord knows I do), then Bittersweet will be your poison.”
Okay then! Ya hooked me, Adriana. I just started the book myself–here’s a blurb:
Farmers make the earth move.
The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.
At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous cider-making lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.
They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.
Oh, hey: Read the first chapter!
I also found this on Sarina Bowen’s website — a breakdown of all her books by their tropes. Hilarious–but useful too, if you’re looking for a certain kind of read. (Ooooh look: virgin heroes!)
Adriana, meanwhile, has quite the farmer-boy hero: he’s burly, beardy, and brooding. I love a romance that starts off with that kind of desperate feel, and a hero guy who’s doing his own thing and just wants to be left alone. Luc is also French and grows grapes. So, you know, sexy and sophisticated. And dirty. Yum!
I buzzed straight to the part of her website that said: Need some sexy winemaker hero inspiration to tide you over? Check out Luc’s Pinterest Board here!
So, um, that’s where I’ll be for the next hour. ; > IN HIS HANDS has gotten a **lot** of good reviews. You can’t go wrong with the other books in Adriana Anders’ series either — a fav of mine is BY HER TOUCH. Another super-broody hero–this time, he’s got tattoos, a motorcycle, a secret, and bad men out to find him.
[BTW, even though it’s a series–cause it’s all taking place in the same area with a few cross-over characters–the books really stand alone, I swear. So feel free to start with book three or book two if you want.]
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He is Her Salvation…
Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there’s no way out–except death. She will fight the odds to survive, but there’s no one in the world she can trust, nowhere she can run that the cult can’t find her…until her handsome, brooding neighbor takes her into the safety of his arms.
Luc Stanek craves a quiet life. But he doesn’t hesitate when a desperate woman lands, bloodied and branded on his doorstep. Soon he finds himself drawn into her chaotic world, caught in the center of an apocalyptic war…and determined to save the fierce beauty no matter the cost.
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Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance. Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes. Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.