Rugged and conventional Callum Montgomery enjoys running Shady Pines hunting preserve, except for the secret that’s eating him alive. When his sister brings a date for a family wedding, he can’t stand the arrogant city slicker with the stick up his perfectly fine ass. He doesn’t understand his draw to Dean, who pushes his buttons at every turn, but he’d never dream of betraying his sibling over some lust fueled fantasy.
Handsome and conscientious Dean Abbott is a research assistant in his university’s biology lab. When his roommate, Cassie, begs him to be her pretend date in front of her meddling family, he begrudgingly agrees to help. He doesn’t anticipate being enchanted by the countryside, the colorful cast of characters, or her sexy and brooding straight brother.
When contempt turns to passion and leads to stolen moments in a sugar cane field, Callum can’t help longing for the kind of connection he believes he can never have. But not even the world’s most heart-melting kiss can bridge the vast philosophical differences between the men.
Dean’s return to his urban lifestyle leaves him restless, his mind continually wandering to the charming setting that spoke to something missing deep inside him. Because you can take the city boy out of the country but you can’t make him forget the intriguing man he left behind.
Review: Here we have another story of opposites attract. City boy meets country boy. Out and proud meets closeted. Dean gets sucked into the situation by doing a favor for his roommate, and butts heads instantly with her brother. It's not easy going putting them together. Even once they're able to admit they're attracted to each other, once it's out in the open that Callum isn't heterosexual and Dean is definitely not with Cassie, the two aren't in an easy relationship. There's plenty of chemistry, but their differences easily become apparent. Callum is a country boy after all and doesn't like being talked down to. The story itself is great, and the ending works, though personally I say one character gave more than the other to get to the happy ending, but that's a matter of opinion and doesn't take away from the story at all.