I’m thrilled today to have Pink and Country featured on The Cozy Pages again. Such a sweet, emotional story… with an awfully pretty cover too! Thank you Digital Reads.
A cabin in the mountains.
A chance for a fresh start.
A dropped towel that seals their fate.
Lost and confused, April Simmons has no clue how to turn her life around. When her best friend sends her to a cabin in the mountains for a month, alone, to work on herself, April has no idea that her handsome, yet broody and enigmatic neighbor is country music superstar Carter Hills.
Carter has everything other people would kill for: money, success, and fame. And yet, being at the top has never felt so lonely.
The moment April and Carter meet, sparks fly, but neither is ready to give in to temptation.
Been there. Done that.
But soon, Carter decides April, the colorful and sassy woman living next door, is worth breaking every rule he set for himself years ago, and nothing she’ll do or say will keep him away. The more April resists, the more Carter pulls her in.
Can April trust Carter with her heart, knowing he has the power to shatter it into a million pieces?
Loving Carter Hills is like riding a roller coaster. It’s breathtaking. It’s fast. It’s scary. And it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pink and Country is my first book by Emmanuelle Snow but I suspect it won’t be my last! I loved the characters and world created for them. This story had just the right mix of angst, sweetness and heat.
Setting: Sure we get to visit the country music capital, Nashville, and even have a quick stop off in New York, but the real story happens in that little cabin in Green Mountain. What a cozy, magical ambiance the author creates. I loved the descriptions of the woods, the gorgeous cabins and the sense of peace and overall beauty depicted. That setting alone makes this book a perfect candidate for a cozy, wrapped-up reading day.
The characters: Oohh… Carter… what a sexy, broody, complex hero. I loved it! We get loads of peeks into his past which help to explain why he is the way he is. We read about his parents, brother, early career and his complicated relationship with Dahlia. We also read about the awful Savannah but the less said about her, the better. There are a couple scenes showing Carter dealing with his anxiety attacks, sometimes full on and other times figuring out how to sidestep them. In those scenes, you can almost envision the dark walls closing in around him. The author’s descriptions are vivid and immersive here.
April is such a sweetie pie. Admittedly there are a few moments when I wanted to shake her a bit and say, ‘woman up, lady.’ However, she’s had a difficult past and sometimes fighting for what might not last seems daunting. That said, her loving spirit and kindheartedness do shine through. Her interactions with little Jack bring out her nurturing side and her relationship with Dahlia reveals compassion. With Carter, the chemistry in undeniable and scenes between them are emotional, funny and hot.
There are several secondary characters along the way, whether in the past or in the present. Each brings something useful to the overall plot and is used in a manner to push the story forward or explain some key element of our main protagonists.
The book is over 400 pages long and perhaps it’s a smidgen too long. The pacing in a few places may be a bit slow and a couple themes do go on for a bit longer than necessary. That said, the story itself is beautiful and emotional and a few extra pages don’t really hurt.
This is one of those tales that brings lots of feels and I loved the time I spent lost in the pages. There were moments I felt Carter’s and April’s dread over circumstances out of their control and moments where their pain seemed almost insurmountable. However, there are also the scenes that portray hope shining through and a couple others that are just plain funny.
I’m happy to have discovered Emanuelle Snow and hope to read more of her books in the future! I give Pink and Country 4/5 steaming espresso shots.
HN touched my forearm, and I snapped out of my daze. I shook my head, blinking, rebooting my confused brain.
“Sorry. Got lost for a moment. What did you say?” I straightened my back, projecting fake confidence. My insides had dissolved a long time ago.
“I said I’m going into town this afternoon. You need something? Groceries? A pair of boots? Anything?”
HN fixed me with a heavy stare. My organs failed. My breath caught in my lungs.
I opened my mouth and closed it a second later.
“Did you hear me? Pixie?” Warmth stirred low in my belly at the sound of his deep, husky voice. He narrowed the distance between us, his body grazing mine now. When he spoke close to my ear, I stopped breathing for a full minute. “So, do you need anything?”
“I—I’ll go by myself,” I said, my voice shaky and low.
“No offense, but the roads are icy, and your car will never make it up here on the way back. We’ll take my truck.”
“Excuse me, are you making fun of Miss Dolly?”
“Miss who—? Oh, crap, did you give your car a name?” HN raked his fingers through his already tousled hair sprinkled with snowflakes.
“Don’t look so surprised. Lots of people do.” I folded my arms over my chest and tipped my chin up. “Anyway, I bet your dick has a name, too. Not judging.” Why was I fixated on his penis? Damn it. Keep your thoughts to yourself, April.
“I—Never mind,” HN said before his eyes drifted down my body. His voice lowered. “What if my dick has a name? You—”
My tongue swept over my lips, and my heart pounded faster. I had no oxygen left in my brain to argue. HN’s palm brushed my shoulder, and I shut my eyes, breathing in his manly scent, the addictive mix of pine and cedarwood. Everything inside me screamed to kiss him again. His warmth reached my core. I leaned into his touch, bunting his hand the same way Bernice always did when I petted her.
HN sucked in a breath. My body sizzled.
I squeezed my legs tight, my composure slipping away.
My neighbor, without doubt, the most handsome male specimen I’d ever laid eyes on—according to my sex-crazed hormones—clamped onto my forearms with both hands and flashed me a grin. My chest rose and fell in quick succession. I was panting like I just ran a marathon, even as my feet were glued to the snowy ground. I stepped forward, the gap between us shrinking. My breasts swelled. My lips tingled. My lungs idled.
HN pivoted on his heels and walked away.
“See you later, Pixie.” His long strides brought him inside his cabin in no time, leaving me speechless and spellbound.
Aching and needy.
The heat radiating from me could melt the freshly fallen coat of snow all over town.
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