Title: Sin and Cider
Author: K. Reese
Feeling discontent in the big city and hoping to find what’s missing in her life, MacIntosh Layne decides to go back to her roots. Ready for a refresh, she heads home to her family’s orchard in Tennessee for the summer. What she doesn’t count on rediscovering is her attraction to her brother’s charming best friend, Lawson Westbrook. The main star in her dreams growing up, he’s the perfect blend of Southern gentleman and sex in a flannel—rugged, successful, and more handsome than ever.
Lawson can’t believe Mac Layne is all grown up. No longer the gangly teen who went away to college, she’s all woman now and he’s eager to get reacquainted on a carnal level. As they continue to cross paths and their mutual attraction intensifies, he makes an enticing proposal.
A Choice Must be Made
Will Mac give in to the sinful temptation of the temporary arrangement Law is offering? Or will they find something sweeter than the cider they’ve been brewing together?
Sin and Cider is a classic romance based on a girl (MacIntosh) returning to her hometown and becoming reacquainted with a past love interest (Lawson). Lawson, in this scenario, sees how MacIntosh has grown and he begins to show interest in her. While I appreciate this trope, I don’t like how it makes MacIntosh only seem desirable once she has filled out and physically grown. This turns Lawson into a chauvinistic male character while using MacIntosh’s naivety against her. However, I did love the setting of Sin and Cider since it was set in the south, and southern gentlemen are my weakness.
Despite the classic roles of the characters, K. Reese has a way of making the reader fall in love with her characters. Reese created characters that stood out in her plot, and she made the classic “old flame” stereotype her own. I enjoyed the spice that the main character, MacIntosh, had to offer, and Lawson brought a fine bout of eye candy to the table with simplistic charm. The southern summer setting of Tennesse brings the reader a taste of classic summer romance, and I felt refreshed after finishing the novel. Sin and Cider brings the right amount of classic romance stunts to entice the reader while introducing the reader to a new setting and a memorable cast of characters. Reese does well with character development, and I enjoyed watching MacIntosh and Lawson grow throughout the novel. Both characters contributed to the evolution of the other, and I can’t get either of them out of my mind.
Sin and Cider is an excellent summer romance to kick off your summer reading, and I highly suggest the southern charm that it brings! You won’t be able to get this classic love story out of your head.