Book Review: The Suit by B.N. Toler

Title: The Suit (Holly Springs #1)
Author: B.N. Toler @BNTOLER
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 200 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars


What happens when two dreams collide?

Fed up with the farm life and his one-time love of training horses, John Wilson has traded his tattered boots and jeans for power suits and cufflinks. Through hard work and determination, John has just graduated from law school and is focused on a fresh start. Refusing to let his bitter past hinder his future, John is intent on moving forward with his new life.

Except there’s one last thing he has to do—settle old debts before he can truly move on.

Unfortunately, settling debts involves him returning to a life he’s worked hard to forget. A mind-numbing summer working on a horse farm awaits him, and he’s dreading every damn minute of it.

Edie James is mourning the loss of her grandfather when John Wilson shows up in his perfectly tailored suit, reeking sexiness and city elegance—everything she’s not. Their meeting is less than pleasant as they both distastefully size up one another.

She thinks he’s arrogant and a white-collar yuppie.

He thinks she’s a simple, goody two-shoes farm girl.

Edie’s grandfather made a new will before he passed leaving stipulations in order for Edie to inherit the family farm. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the suit has to work on the farm with her for three months to settle a debt he owed to her grandfather.

And he’s moving in with her.

With a rocky start, the two seemingly polar opposites call a truce and attempt to be friends. As their unexpected friendship blooms, an attraction develops and both realize their first impression of each other is far from the truth. Now this once dreaded summer is set to be the hottest and most unforgettable they’ve ever had.

Grace Review

One thing I love about book signings is discovering new authors.  If you are like me, after signing up to attend an event, I review the author list.  For those authors I’m not familiar with or haven’t read, I try to read some of their work before the event, to make the most of the overall experience.  For the Black & Gold signing in Pittsburgh, I only had a chance to read one additional author, and lucky for me, I picked a great one!

Through one of my FB reading groups, I’ve heard only good things about The Suit and The Anchor, which is why I choose this book.  This story is a fun, light, and sexy, with minimal angst.

Edie is a farm girl.  John “Suit” or Johnny, is a city boy, so he says.  They are from different worlds but forced to work together and live together for the summer, under the provisions of Edie’s grandfather’s (Bud James or Daddy Bud) will.  Along with having Suit work with Edie, Daddy Bud set 2 expectations on Edie: 1) that she would retain 75% the business after his passing, 2) that one of the newer horses she trains would place third or higher in a maiden race.

Neither of them is happy with the situation, but they share a common goal of honoring his wishes, Edie because she loved her Grand Pup, and Suit because he needed to pay back a debt.

While their initially try to work together as friends, there is a shared attraction, so that doesn’t last long.  Instead, they decide to have a casual no strings intimate relationship, because we all know those work out well. (note sarcasm here) But I loved how they said “fuck it, let’s have some fun”, if just for the summer. You knew there would be heartbreak for one or both of them, and even they seemed to realize this was their fate.  But with some encouragement from friends, including Edie’s virginal dirty talking friend, Nikki, they make the best of their time together.

My absolute favorite part of this book was their role playing.  You see, Edie loves romance books. Some might consider them cheesy romance books, with titles like My Lover’s Love.  And yes, 50 Shades gets a mention.

“Porn give you an image.  You only see what they want you to see.  Books let you fill in the blanks, make it what you want. Books give you the idea of fantasy, but you get to perfect the lover in mind.” 

But on a whim, in an attempt to ditch her good girl image, she suggests this idea to Suit, as a way to have some fun for the summer.  What follows was both sweet and sexy.  Edie does the bad girl good.

“My name is Anita . . . Anita Hardcock.”

With time, Edie and Suit grow closer together, and at the same time, both know that their relationship has an expiration date.  How they handle the end of summer didn’t go well on either of their parts.  I guess you can blame it on their relationship inexperience, but they seems to give up to easily in my mind, considering their feelings for each other.

But of course, one makes things right.  The ending of this book was all sorts of perfect!  I loved it hard!

Home is a place where love resides and rests easy.  Love should always be easy.

Note: Book 2 in this series features Nikki, and Suit’s BFF, Parker.  With that synopsis, I can’t wait for this one!

– Grace



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