Adult Fiction book review

Bet the Farm by Staci Hart

Librarian Laura’s Review of Bet the Farm

Olivia “Livi” Brent left the family farm many years ago, opting for life as a city girl in New York with her aunt, while she earned a degree. She never thought she’d see the day when she had to return under such sad circumstances. Her grandfather, Frank, “Pop” passed away and she is home for the funeral and to take her rightful place at the family farm. Olivia’s parents died when she was a young girl, leaving her and her infamous pink suitcase with Frank, who then took care of her and loved her as his own. Bighearted Frank also took Jake under his wing after his mother passed away, allowing him to live and work at the farm, and treating him like a son. Now Pop is gone, leaving the farm to Olivia and Jake to share. Olivia has a strong reaction to Jake’s broody manner, and it’s going to prove very difficult to get along, let alone run a farm together.

So they make a bet. if she can’t manage the farm by the end of the summer, Jake gets it all. Jake is very good at distracting Olivia, most often working on various tasks shirtless and oblivious to how ridiculously model-esque his body is. Olivia is most certainly not oblivious. She is very aware of Jake’s looks, but also of the fact that he really isn’t the ogre she had him pegged for. He’s actually really sweet, even if he laughs at her shiny pink rain boots and city girl ways. Hilarity ensues for a while as Livi learns to muck out stalls, milk cows, and take care of goats, with Jake never failing at charming her along the way. Throw in a little decades long family rivalry from another farming family and their handsome son, Chase, and things get a bit more interesting. It seems Jake doesn’t want to share Livi any more than he wants to share the farm. But when the farm they both love is in danger, Livi and Jake have to put aside their anger and annoyance and work together to save it. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll save each other along the way.

I loved this small town romance packed with big emotion and I hope you will too! The attraction between Livi and Jake sizzles off the page, making for some angsty buildup and steamy romance. Staci Hart knows how to sweep readers right off of their feet, let me tell you!

Thank you to the author for providing me with an early review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Bet the Farm is LIVE and available from your favorite online book retailer! This heartfelt, flirty story of opposites attract from Staci Hart is just what you need. Happy reading! 💕

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Olivia Brent has one summer to save the dairy farm she just inherited.

But there’s one problem, and it’s not her lactose intolerance.

Jake Milovic.

The brooding farmhand has inherited exactly fifty percent of Brent Farm, and he’s so convinced the city girl can’t work the land, he bets she can’t save it in a summer. 

Determined to prove him wrong, Olivia accepts what might be the dumbest wager of her life.

His strategy to win seems simple: follow her around, shirtlessly distracting her between bouts of relentless taunting. And it’s effective—if his dark eyes and rare smiles aren’t enough to sidetrack her, the sweaty, rolling topography of the manbeast’s body would do the trick.

What they don’t know: they’ll have to weather more than each other. 

Mysterious circumstances throw the farm into disarray, and with the dairy farm in danger, Olivia and Jake have to work together. But when they do, there’s more to fear than either of them imagined.

Because now their hearts are on the line, and the farm won’t be the only casualty if they fail.

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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