The job at Sunday Orchard was supposed to be temporary.
A chance to gain some work experience. To have some fun. To get away from my overprotective brothers. To maybe, possibly encounter some lumberjacks in their natural habitat before moving on to the dream career that awaited me in the city.
I had not expected to be welcomed into a family of gorgeous and weirdly efficient lumberjack-types myself. Or to find a purpose in the tiny Vermont town whose claim to fame seemed to be apple-based products and copious amounts of charm.
And I most definitely hadn’t expected to fall for Knox Sunday, my grumpy, burly, fifteen-years-older, reluctant roommate, with his infuriating lectures, his hot-as-fire body, his superior attitude, his snarky humor, and his stealth cuddles.
Now I find myself making excuses to delay my big dreams… just for a little while.
But Knox has unfulfilled dreams of his own. A career he walked away from. A big city life in Boston he left behind when he returned to his hometown to help his family. He claims he’s not looking for anything permanent, and I’ve never been one to put down roots.
My big life is waiting for me somewhere other than Little Pippin Hollow. So why does it feel like I’ve finally found the home of my heart?
And how can I get Knox Sunday to… pick me?
Literally, I needed the cuteness of this right now, I cannot wait for more of this series!
First, we meet Gage… siiigh, Gage. He’s a smart, young guy, knows what he wants and is eager to start his life in the city, but in order to do that, he needs a little experience. Not sure of what to do just yet, he finds Sunday Orchard and seems like the perfect place to figure out his next move. It doesn’t hurt that when he looks up the place he spots a sexy flannel shirt that fits all of his lumberjack kinks to a T. And honestly, who can blame em, amirite?
And Knox… kind of a big deal in big city, right? But it’s coming at a cost. That’s what sends him back to the family’s place a cute little town and seems to be exactly what he needs, that is, until he meets Gage that he has absolutely no time and patience for and is forced to not only share an work place with this guy but an apartment as well. What could possibly go wrong? These two are the opposites in every way. Where Gage is lighthearted and chatty, Knox is broody and kinda grumpy… but isn’t someone like Gage exactly what he needs? Why yes, yes he is, and how fun it is seeing these two go round.
It’s always the ones that make you work for it that seem truly worth it and once Gage sets his sights on Knox, he knows he has to crack him. I absolutely adore these two, I love the entire town and the close knit community. I love the family and how they open themselves up to Gage and bring him into their fold, no question. I love the banter and the lightheartedness and I even fell in love with the surly Knox in no time. He was so worth the hassle, wasn’t he? They meshed so well together because they were so different, I feel like Gage needed a little grounding and Knox needed some of the lightness that made him so grumpy about Gage. It was just so cute and once I started it, I couldn’t put it down.
I’ve been in a rut the last several months, catching Covid and then being hospitalized with covid pneumonia and no one tells you the mental toll it takes on your mental health and well being, but this story and these guys and their family pulled me from a pretty dark and stressful place and I’d forgotten how much stories like these can do that.
I loved everything about this story and I cannot wait to see what happens with Webb… I have a feeling he’s going to end up my favorite.
Maybe. We’ll see.
5 pieces of eye candy