Review: Down on the Farm (Ames Bridge #1) by Silvia Violet

Down on the Farm, a sexy, enemies-to-lovers, small town romance, is the first book in the Ames Bridge series.

After quitting his teaching job on the heels of a scandal, Beck Davis moves to the house his grandmother left him in Ames Bridge. He finds the town stifling, but it’s a quiet place to hide while he regroups. Or so he thought.

His neighbor Cal McMurtry shows up, demanding to buy Beck’s land. Cal is as infuriatingly sexy as he was ten years ago when he and his jock friends spent their summers taunting Beck.

Beck expects to hate Cal as he did back then, but Cal isn’t who Beck thought he was: he’s hardworking, passionate about revamping and diversifying his family’s farm, and—far more shocking—he’s gay, and interested in Beck.

But as much as they want each other, Beck has no intention of staying in Ames Bridge, and while Cal is technically out, he refuses to date openly. A real relationship seems doomed from the beginning, but love can be a powerful motivator for those willing to take a chance.

When Beck Davis returns to rural Ames Bridge, it doesn’t take him long to get into a spat with his neighbour, Cal McMurtry. The two have been at each other’s throats since they were teens.

But Beck can’t deny that Cal is still as attractive as ever. Things get complicated when it turns out that Cal is gay, and he finds Beck just as irresistible.

I love a good enemies-to-lovers story. The set-up for ‘Down on the Farm’ piqued my interest: the city boy and the cowboy who couldn’t stand each other as teens find love. I was expecting some angst, some sweetness, and a good amount of sexy. This book delivered!

I wasn’t fond of Cal at first. The way he treated Beck when they were younger was appalling. Cal had dealt with his conflicted sexual feelings by bullying Beck.


But, as the story progressed, it became obvious that Cal’s past wasn’t who he really was. He may not be the best with words, but he goes out of his way to make amends.

Once Beck decides to give Cal a chance, he realizes that he can’t stay mad at Cal forever. Beck and Cal slowly become friends. Both find that when they put aside the animosity, they just click in a way they’ve never with anyone else.

And underneath that tentative friendship, there’s a strong physical attraction that the two can’t deny for long. And once they finally gave in, these two were on fire.

The scene in the barn was particularly steamy!


The big stumbling block in their relationship is Cal’s refusal to be in a relationship out in the open. Cal may be out, but being in an actual relationship in a rural town has its challenges. Cal doesn’t want to deal with the hate, and he doesn’t want his farm to suffer.

It would be easy to get frustrated with Cal’s refusal to own his feelings for Beck, but I could understand where he was coming from. In the end, it takes a huge leap of faith, for both Beck and Cal, for them to get their happy ever after.

Overall, I enjoyed ‘Down on the Farm.’ The main characters are engaging, the country setting was romantic, the relationship was sweet, and the sex was hot. If you’re looking for something easy to read, give this book a try!

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