Pretty as a Peach (Sex and Sweet Tea #4) by Juliette Poe

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Mainer Farms is steeped in family history, but it’s also deep in debt from the effects of the ever-changing farming industry. Not about to let his family’s legacy go under, Colt Mancinkus is willing to do anything he can to save the farm.

Darby Culhane is the new farmer in Whynot, North Carolina, and she’s proving to be quite the forbidden temptation for Colt. Darby isn’t looking for anything but a fresh start, and she’s got it all figured out. Get settled in? Check. Apply for the rural county grant? Check. Confrontation with the steaming mad, smoking hot local farmer? Well, that wasn’t on the agenda.

As pretty as she is sweet, Colt can’t help but be drawn to Darby’s…peaches. No really, she’s a peach farmer. Get that mind out of the gutter, and get on down to the farm to see what happens when circumstances force Colt and Darby to team up. They may just find that the peach trees aren’t the only things in bloom.

Pet’s $0.02

So, here’s the thing. I can’t say I didn’t like the series. I can say that it wasn’t what I was expecting and I would have liked a little more meat to the stories.

But, anything written by Sawyer Bennett, I’m gonna read.

I can also appreciate that the series it not all about the sex. It’s a simpler, almost more innocent, series than her others, but that part doesn’t take anything away from them.

It’s about family, it’s about loyalty, it’s about standing by the man or woman you love….

But….

This is the fourth book in the series….and I was having a hard time connecting to any of the characters in the books. Pretty as a Peach is the first book in the series where I really liked both the hero and the heroine.

Darby was someone who was easy to like. She removed herself from a bad situation in an attempt to make a better life for herself and her daughter. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and didn’t hesitate in making the right call when her actions would have had a negative impact on Colt and his family.

I’ve liked Colt from the beginning of the series. He is dedicated to his family and keeping their homestead farm going. He is the guy who helps everyone out and never asks for anything in return. And, he was smart enough to realize that Darby wasn’t out to make his life for difficult just for the hell of it.

If you just want a feel-good book, or a series that epitomizes Southern hospitality and the Southern way of life, this book may be for you. The only issue I had with the book was that Linnie, Darby’s daughter, was three and a half years old in the last book and is seven years old now, a month later….yes, I checked.