A Quirky Enemies To Lovers Story
4.5 out of 5 stars
I really don’t want to like enemies-to-lovers stories but they are so darn cute. This one included. (In all reality, I just don’t like conflict, and these ETL books have a lot of conflict in them to start). A Roll in the Hay was just the story I needed to brighten up my COVID isolation.
The two characters were miles apart to start this book with one of them being a local landowner (Lady Karlson) and the other being a big-city vet who was moving back to the country (and back to her roots), in Tess. Tess and Susannah quarrel right away and it seems like it’s going to be impossible for them to see eye to eye, but then Susannah’s prized horse seems to have an issue and Tess is the only one who can help. This causes the turning point in the story and from that point on the story is insanely cute with only a few stress points and issues here and there.
I particularly liked the “typical” Rom-Com scene where the book gets it’s title along with the ex-girlfriend showing up unannounced scene near the very end (trying not to spoil anything). Those two scenes had me smiling ear-to-ear and really enjoying Keeley’s writing.
Overall, a really enjoyable enemies to lovers story that I flew through in one day (almost one sitting while doing some tasks for work). At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy the narration by Urquhart, but within a few minutes I settled right in and I was glad that they had someone narrate it in the accents that the characters would have.
In a world of expectations, this quirky, enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance is about making your own path.
The whole “big city, successful career, loyal, hot girlfriend” experiment has been a miserable failure for veterinarian Tess Robinson, so she’s moved back home to a small town in the Scottish countryside. She doesn’t count on a run-in with the stuck-up, maddening, local landowner Lady Susannah Karlson, who tries to boss Tess around as if she owns the whole town…which she sort of does.
Closeted, wealthy, ice queen Lady Karlson is having the worst year – becoming widowed, being embroiled in a public feud over her vast estate, and now finding herself at odds with the sharp-tongued new vet who has just blown in from London. The annoying woman is so unsuitable to tend her horses, so impertinent, and so frustratingly cute.
As their clashes build and they’re thrust together against a back-drop of eccentric village busybodies, class warfare, and deadly dangers, the circling women start to wonder if there might be something more to the rising tensions between them. It can’t all be hate, can it?
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