She’s been fooled before by sweet words and hot kisses

Kelly Turner loves being a florist, and being asked to take the lead on the new site for the town’s festival is an honor. If only she didn’t have to work closely with the town player, Tate Prentice. After being burned once by a serial cheater, her inconvenient attraction toward Tate needs to be nipped in the bud.

Tate Prentice’s focus is on ensuring his father recovers fully from his stroke and making sure the family’s peach farm continues to thrive. When his brother nominates the farm to be the satellite site for the festival, he’s less than impressed. The only good thing is he’ll be working with Kelly – even though he knows she’ll never give him a second glance, not with his reputation.

The more time Kelly spends with Tate, the more she sees the man behind the reputation. Can she trust her instincts, or will her heart be broken once again?

Titles in The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge series include — One Hot Texas Summer – Falling for the Texan –

*there is a connection to the ‘Sweet Texas Secrets’ series – it’s not necessary to have read those titles but you may find some characters mentioned*

Title:  One Hot Texas Summer
Series:  The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge #1
Author:  Nicole Flockton
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  May 26, 2020
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

‘One Hot Texas Summer’ begins ‘The Prentice Brothers of Sweet Ridge’ series with a couple who really need to see beyond the surface of each other, down into the person they are at the core – then they just might find the perfect romance for a lifetime.

Kelly has her own ideas about Tate Prentice, and few are good ones.  Sure, he’s attractive enough (ok, totally hot) but she’s done the cheating, player ex and never going there again.  All she can see, at first, is Tate’s supposed reputation.  It’s only when she’d been volunteered for the festival and had to work closely with the man that she started to question what she thought she ‘knew’ about him.  Tate already has a full plate and being the site for the local festival isn’t on his most wanted to-do list, but it does put him in close contact with Kelly, a woman he’s attracted to even though he’s aware of her opinion of him.  Now comes the hard part – show her his true self and change her mind about him so they can plan a future together.

I enjoyed ‘One Hot Texas Summer’, and it was a great kickoff for the series which means now I need to know more about the other people we met in Kelly and Tate’s story.  I wish there had been more laughter for this couple, I felt they really needed to lighten up on occasion but that’s me thinking out loud and not a criticism.  In all, I had a good time and I’m definitely looking forward to more stories in Sweet Ridge.  There is a connection to a previous series, ‘Sweet Texas Secrets’ – you’ll see mention of some characters from that series.  Do you have to back and read it to enjoy this one?  No, but it’s also a very good series that you might enjoy and want to check out soon.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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