On the Fence

Keri Ford
On the Fence
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Turquoise Morning Press
Release Date
February 2011
Book 2 of Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkansas
Erotic Romance, Romantic Comedy

If Shellie Chambers has to hear one more condescending comment from her mother about life or men, she might scream. So, she packs up and takes a trip to see her long-missed high school friend, Riley. He'll know exactly what she needs to loosen up. But instead of the girl-chasing jock she remembers from their youth, Riley's gone country, keeping up a farm of his own.

Riley Hamilton has settled down on a farm his uncle left to him. Not the life he ever envisioned, but after getting a girl pregnant in college and then watching helplessly as the baby was aborted, he learned the hard way it was time to settle down. Shellie's reentry into his life reminds of his wild past and it's a fight to ignore the tempting woman she has become.

Book Review by Michelle R
Apr 18, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
ON THE FENCE is a sweet declaration of independence. Cute and warm, these two characters will have readers celebrating the fall of their walls.

Shellie Chambers is on the run. Her mother is driving her crazy with advice on how to land a rich husband. The problem is she doesn't want one. She wants to own a nursery and live a life filled with love, not necessarily money.

And where does Shellie run to? Apple Trail, Arkansas and her old buddy, Riley. Dependable Riley always knew how to live life on the edge while keeping her safe. He's everything she wanted to be. And exactly what she needs for an escape.

I found Shellie interesting. Maybe because I knew moms like hers. I had friends who walked in Shellie's shoes. Who dealt with the criticism and expectation for a certain type of spouse. I think ON THE FENCE illustrated the wearing such criticism takes over time well. Parents hold a lot of influence and it doesn't abate once one turns 18. The voice of Shellie's mother that haunted her consciousness was a superb way to demonstrate the 24/7 impact the continual diatribe had on Shellie.

On the other hand, the resolution to Shellie and her mother's disagreement came a little too simply. By making it seem so easy to break free of her mother in the end, Ms Ford took away the poignancy of the situation to begin with. Why build up this big ugly fire and then have a squirt gun put it out?

The real gem in the story was Riley. He may have been the life of the party in high school, but fate has taught him the repercussions for living on the edge. He wants to throw caution to the wind and have a fling with Shellie, but his moral compass won't allow it anymore (no matter how hard she tries to entice him). He creates the tension and the compassion in the story. He is seriously swoon-worthy. He's Mr. Hottie who wants forever – what's not to love? And the man has known pain. I think he needs a hug. *wink, wink* And maybe a kiss.

The two together are a great combination of fun and combustion. If it's not the cows, it's the spills. And there are some interesting ‘spills' to be sure.

Fans of THROUGH THE WALL (Uninhibited In Apple Trail, Arkansas #1) will enjoy seeing Stephanie and Parker make a cameo appearance. For a laid back town, the couples sure know how to turn up the heat.

If you like your friends to lovers stories short and sweet, ON THE FENCE is one to check out. Enjoy!
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