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Hot damn, what more could a country boy want? Bass Pro Shop is finally opening in Tennessee. Nick plans to check out all twelve indoor acres chock-full of hunting, fishing, and boating in the Memphis Pyramid on the Mississippi River.City boy Sandy wonders yet again how he let himself get talked into attending a grand opening for a hick hunting store. His geeky heart preferHot damn, what more could a country boy want? Bass Pro Shop is finally opening in Tennessee. Nick plans to check out all twelve indoor acres chock-full of hunting, fishing, and boating in the Memphis Pyramid on the Mississippi River.City boy Sandy wonders yet again how he let himself get talked into attending a grand opening for a hick hunting store. His geeky heart prefers the energy of the city. Little does he know all that is going to change due to a freakishly tall glass elevator—and Nick, the high-school crush who’s suddenly taking a second look at him.A moment of panic while trapped in the elevator leads to a spark neither expected. Getting out is the least of the challenges they’ll face if they want to try to put their differences aside and find out if love is possible between a city boy and a country boy....

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A Country Boy at Heart Reviews

  • Serena Yates
    2019-03-18 05:05

    “Opposites Attract” is a time-honored saying that, apparently, some psychological studies claim to have confirmed. Not that I need their validation to know that it’s one of the story tropes I adore, and “country boy falls for city boy” is a particular favorite of mine. Added to the fact that Nick, the country boy, is also a jock and Sandy, the city boy, is a nerd, plus they have a none-too-favorable history - and let me say that this novella looked ever more promising to me the more I read of the blurb. Oh, and the setting is in and around Memphis, Tennessee, and, like with all the books in the ‘States of Love’ series, there is a taste of the location, the people who live and work there, and some of the things to do if you’re ever tempted to visit. I’ll just mention the height of city life combined with some great outdoors adventures…Nick is an outdoors kind of guy. Sandy loves his creature comforts. Nick likes to go hunting, fishing, and boating, and his ideal vacation includes camping and hiking. Sandy prefers visiting restaurants and drinking wine to hunting down and killing his food, and his perfect getaway is more likely to have running water and electricity. Nick can’t wait to visit the new Bass Pro Shop’s opening day, but Sandy has to be talked into attending by his best friend. Oh, and they both remember each other from high school where Sandy coached Nick, but they did not part on the best of terms – and that is putting it nicely.Not an ideal beginning?Just wait until they’re both trapped in the glass elevator at the Memphis pyramid and are forced to speak to each other. Actually, talking isn’t all they do, and to their shock and my delight, they end up staying in touch. Dating. Trying to figure out if they have enough in common to make a go of the relationship both have been wanting, if not necessarily with each other. What follows is an unusual courtship, increasing passion, and the realization that you only need to be “a country boy at heart” to get along with a lover of the great outdoors. If you like young men who discover that memories can be deceiving, if you’re a fan of “country” meets “city” and decides they like it, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read full of funny situations and encounters, lots of adventures in Memphis and Tennessee, and a couple who are willing to push their own boundaries to be together, then you will probably like this heartwarmingly funny novella.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Candice
    2019-03-02 09:15

    Sorry, wasn't much of a fan of this one. It also felt like Nick was trying to change Sandy. Always did stuff HE liked to do and nothing about Sandy. There has to be compromise. That was even before the smoking. I'm a social smoker these days, mainly when I drink, and if someone I was with hated it, even if I was outside, I wouldn't do it in front of them. If I was dating that person? Yeah, it definitely wouldn't happen at all. It's about respect. I didn't think Nick respected Sandy. Like him smoking in the truck while driving when he knows Sandy doesn't like it. I don't care how many windows you roll down, it still stinks and ash gets everywhere.So yeah, this just wasn't for me.

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2019-03-05 04:23

    A Country Boy is a sweet cheesy romance, featuring two old acquaintances that meet after thinking of one another for five years. I wanted to call them enemies to lovers, but its not quite that seeing as Nick "protected" nerdy Sandy in high school. Except the last incident forced Nick to out himself and among all of that he kinda lashed out at Sandy. I do felt like they were harboring over the incident for too long in the story. It was 5 years ago, and it wasn't even a lash out. I don't feel like an expressive face is enough to hold a grudge against somebody for so long. I just didn't understand how Sandy could not even feel bad for Nick.This was cheesy goodness that I like reading about nonetheless. It was cliched, low-angst, and super cute at times. I do think Nick tried really hard in reeling Sandy in. He wanted to prove that he's changed and to give him a shot. I thought it was nice that they both had crushes on each other and was able to develop some sort of feelings with letting their past go. Yeah, Sandy took longer, and I still don't quite get it but I did like that he could see himself with Nick.It was a few plot holes in the story that I felt should have been answered by the end. I mean, if making Lonnie "Skype chat" was such a big deal, then why not reveal who was behind it? I just think that's a little stupid unless we plan on getting Lonnie's book. I'm sure everyone thinks it's Houston. It was super obvious. I was able to put my eye rolls down to a minimum for this cheesy book, and I liked it well enough. Overall, I liked Nick & Sandy together.

  • S.J. Himes
    2019-03-10 08:20

    The country boys stole my heartA sweet, charming tale that made me chuckle, d'awww over the cute, and genuinely get freaked out at all the appropriate places. A well crafted sweet romance with some sexy camping thrown in for fun. I really loved this book. Joins my Comfort Reads List.

  • Ariel
    2019-03-10 07:59

    Can a city boy and a country boy who are opposites in every way come together and fall in love?Sandy and Nick went to high school together, but moved in different circles. Sandy was the nerd who got bullied because he was out and proud being gay, while Nick was The Jock and football star.Sandy had a crush on Nick in high school and, unknowingly, Nick liked Sandy back, but dared not say anything because he was not out and was involved in sports.One day, an incident happens at school that causes Nick to spurn Sandy. Sandy's heart gets crushed.Five years later, Sandy has moved to the big city of Memphis and Nick works at a farm that hosts weddings and has a petting zoo and does hay rides.Sandy goes with his friend and roommate to the grand opening of this huge Mall. Nick ends up going there as well with his friend. They bump into each other at the mall and Sandy and Nick end up in this glass elevator that gets stuck. Sandy has a panic attack and Nick kisses him to help him, which does work. Nick then apologizes to Sandy for his behavior in high school and asks him out to lunch.Over the next couple of weeks they date and get to know each other. One day Nick asks Sandy to go camping with him which is out of Sandy's comfort zone. Sandy says yes and they have a great time.In the epilogue, six months has passed and they're still dating and Nick asks Sandy camping again for their six-month anniversary but he rents a cabin this time at a campground and they profess their love to each other.This is a sweet and entertaining short story that has so many little gems inside. It's really interesting how a city boy and a country boy that are so different and opposite can really be compatible and it's because of the compromises and the give-and-take that they do. Nick also has this puppy that is so funny and lovable. The author really makes that puppy come alive. Nick also has a house that he has put a lot of work into. The author describes the house and the work so well that it's like I was watching an HGTV show.Sandy is a crack up. He likes things a certain way and he will tell you if he doesn't like something. He says it in a very comedic way. For example:“I swear to God, if the floor’s glass there’s no way you’re getting me in there, and I don’t care how much you whine.” There. He’d drawn his line in the sand.Nick is more serious and down-to-earth. So, when you pair them together, they're perfect for each other. It's like Lucy and Ricky or Abbott and Costello.The first half of the book flows perfectly, but when you get to the middle of it, it starts to speed up. I guess that's what you get with a short story. I wish it would have been longer so the relationship could have been developed more.My only criticism is the ending - the epilogue. I was expecting more out of the epilogue. I was thinking that Sandy was going to move in with Nick and they would have been a wonderful family with them and the dog. It was kind of hinted at in the book so, I was very disappointed.I do recommend this book, though. It was a sweet and wonderful short story showing that a high school crush that never got developed in high school is not the end. That years later, if you meet, you can start up again. City Mouse and country mouse can work and can fall in love.I received this book in exchange for my honest review by Gay Book Reviews.

  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    2019-03-17 06:20

    3.5 stars

  • Ed Davis
    2019-03-15 10:13

    3 1/2 Stars . Cute and short. Great when you want a sweet book without a lot of angst.

  • Kat
    2019-03-11 11:15

    When I read the blurb to this one I decided I wanted to give it a try. Since Bass Pro Shop is a huge hit with my family I thought it could be fun. I was rewarded with a cute, sweet story I thoroughly enjoyed.Nick is a good old fashion country boy. He loves living in the country, proud of rent-to-owning his own home, has an adorable black lab puppy, Rosco, and has worked his way up at the ladder at the farms he works for. He loves to hunt and fish. Heck, he even has a private lake on his own property. Everything is pretty darn good except for “ the one that got away”, Sandy. He regrets how that all went down just before graduation. His secret desire for the geeky boy who had tutored him in tenth grade still burned strong. But his getting outed accidentally, when trying to protect Sandy, went all kinds of wrong. Five years later, he still regretted how his harsh words had hurt Sandy.Sandy couldn’t move fast enough from his two-bit hick town when he graduated. When his secret crush was accidentally outed, while trying to protect him and then turned on him, he just had to go. Memphis is less than an hour away but allowed him to be himself, a true geek that could live out and proud. Besides, who needs secret crushes that hurt you.When both men accidentally meet at the grand opening of the new Bass Pro Shop it is time to stop hiding from each other and apologize so they can talk it out. So when a freak power outage traps them in a glass elevator Nick has to stop Sandy from full freak-out mode the only way he can think…with a powerful and long desired kiss! “A Country Boy at Heart” is the story of two complete opposites reacquainting and the sparks that fly.I was really pleased on how this story turned out. I thought it would be more about the men meeting again after five years. It turned out it was more of the reconnection after discussing the misunderstanding of the event that lead to those five years. Nick is a responsible adult that is sincerely sorry about how the whole events of that day went down. He has seen Sandy from a distance and never got to apologize. When he finally gets his chance he pounced on it. Sandy is understandably gun-shy about Nick. He hurt his feelings badly and his trust just isn’t there. I loved how these two, who obviously had strong attraction for the other, without knowing it was reciprocated, talked and learned the truth. I also loved how Nick took things slowly in order to not mess up what he finally had a chance at, being a boyfriend to Sandy.This was a fun, fast read that was heart warming and sweet. The author did a wonderful job of creating two great characters that you just couldn’t help but want to have their happily ever after. Give yourself a treat with this one.4.5 heartsThis book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Natosha Wilson
    2019-03-16 03:24

    There are regrets we all have that we wish we could change, make them up to whomever we may have hurt, or even apologize for. We do not always get that opportunity. But if we did get it, what would we do with that opportunity? Would we try and make things right? Would we apologize and just walk away? Or would we do the thing we wish we had done the first time around and go for what we really wanted and hope they turn out good this time around?Well that is what this book is about. Nick knew in school that he was attracted to guys but he was too scared to admit it to himself, much less anyone else. By that did not stop him from lusting after the slightly geeky guy that got picked on, Sandy. Nick made it really clear to all of his buddies on the football team that Sandy was not to be messed with and neither was his friends. That was well and good till close to the end of the senior year when someone decided to go against what Nick had warned them all about and Nick was there to stop it and put him self in the process. That night was a pure mess cause notnonly did he out himself but he was so angry about doing so that he somewhat took it out on Sandy and that was the last time Sandy ever talked to him again. Five years master and Nick still thinks about Sandy and he knows Sandy was the one who got away. By chance the two run into each other at the opening day of the bass pro shop and Nick knows this is probably his only chance to set things right. He knows that this will probably be the only opportunity he will get to not only apologize to Sandy for that night and to try and explain why he acted the way he did but this would probably be the only opportunity he got to try and see if there was still an attraction between the two of them.Sandy is very skeptical and Nick can understand why but Nick will not give up on Sandy and he means to show Sandy that he may be a city boy now, but that Sandy is truly still a country boy at heart. And that his heart belongs to Nick as well as Nick's heart belongs to Sandy.This is such a great book about second chances, making amends, and finding a future together even if both men are opposites. I truly enjoyed taking this journey with Nick and Sandy and seeing their relationship blossoming into an amazing, loving relationship. I even enjoyed Lonnie. Lonnie is Sandy's roommate and what little he was in the book, he intrigued me. Especially with his secret meeting and skype sessions. I am still left wondering if him and Houston (Nick's best friend) may have something that was not talked about in this book. Hopefully there will be another book with Lonnie in it and the questions will be answered. As far as Nick and Sandy are concerned, I loved heir characters and would not mind reading more about them in the future also.Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review

  • Morningstar
    2019-03-07 03:18

    Book & Author: A Country Boy at Heart by M.A. ChurchRating: 4 StarsSandy and Nick grew up in the same town but in different worlds. Sandy was bullied for being a geek and gay, even though he never came out. Nick was the jock with all the popularity that goes with it but a secret that was holding him back from being who he truly is. Nick wished he was able to be himself because what he wanted more than anything was to kiss the cutest boy he had ever seen. Can city boy, Sandy, and country boy, Nick, find their way to common ground and fall in love after a past incident caused pain and distance between them?The story starts at five years after a fateful day in high school that pushed these two apart and outed Nick. Nick has found his place on a farm, even if he has to deal with all the crazy guests (and Mr. Peacock) during wedding season, found a house to make a home, and friends that have his back as an out gay man in the South. Sandy moved to Memphis as soon as he could after high school was over and found a job that he loves. He loves living in the city and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I loved the cute way these two finally catch up to each other after years of Sandy running in the opposite direction anytime Nick was near. I think I got butterflies in my belly along with Sandy when that happened! Who knew a Bass Pro shop is the perfect place to meet the man of your dreams? Sandy is this guy who has grown into a more self assured man who knows what he wants and won’t let anyone walk all over him. Nick is a down-to-earth country boy who loves where his life is. Roscoe, his puppy, fills a special place in his heart and his only hope is that some day someone like Sandy could fill the rest. These two are fun and sexy together and I wish the story had been longer so that we could’ve grew that connection with the characters more slowly while they were on their journey. The dates were fun especially the camping trip where Sandy went out of his comfort zone to do something Nick clearly wanted him to do. As much as I loved the slow build between these two I was slightly disappointed with the switch to epilogue and the epilogue itself. Yes they are together but not in a solid enough way for me to call it more than a HFN. I still loved the story and I have tons of hope that the author actually writes about Lonnie, Sandy’s best friend and roommate! I do recommend this story if you are looking for a sweet, romantic story where two opposite men try to find common ground in order to build a future together. M.A. Church is one of my favorite writers and I love the men she created with this one!*I received a copy of this book through*

  • Mel Bradley
    2019-03-24 10:22

    ***3.5 Stars***Can you go back and fix a mistake you made in high school, to finally be with the right guy?A Country Boy at Heart was a solid 3.5 read. I always love a good story about reconnecting with past possibilities and when opposites attract. But this quick read felt a bit hokey throughout most of it. There were several stereotypes thrown in, which in part made the characters who they were, but also felt too… framed/placed.Either way, both main characters were likable and it felt like they’d work well together, even before they did. Sandy was really funny, quirky and feisty – matched with a more country boy who’s a bit more grounded (minus his obsession with lifted trucks), balanced each other nicely.And this series… yes! I liked the setting for this go, it did feel a bit different than most book settings out there, and I loved that even in the South, you can find/rekindle love. If you’re looking for a quick read, that’s upbeat, angst-free, and has a hot country boy and “city” slicker getting together and sometimes even stepping outside of their comfort zone, then pick this one up!Review Copy of A Country Boy at Heart provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.Reviewed by Mel from Alpha Book Club

  • Ami
    2019-03-07 04:23

    2.5 starsNope. I didn't feel that connection or attraction between them, even if it said that Nick had a crush on Sandy all those years ago. It was boring read for me, I ended up skimming A LOT. Maybe I just don't click with this author's writing *shrugs*. Oh, but I gave extra half stars for Rosco! That endless bundle of energy of a dog made me happy every time he appeared on page!PS: Thank you so much for Elf-Abafrom 2016 Goodreads Secret Santa Exchange who bestowed this ebook upon me.

  • Moonsorrow
    2019-03-16 10:22

    Yawn! Not sure how this one got such a decent score, but the most memorable part of this book was a visit to a Bass Pro shop. Has this author ever even been to TN? Characters were flat, little plot, and the setting was generic. Save your time and money.

  • Cathy Brockman
    2019-02-28 06:15

    Sandy has had a crush on Nick since Nock rescued him in high school. But that same day Nick outed himself accidentally and turned his back on Sandy. In the past five years everytime Nick has tried to approach Sandy to apologize Sandy bolts. Finally one day at the grand opening of the Bass Pro shop Nick seizes an opportunity to talk to Sandy. How can he escape in a glass elevator?Country boy at heart is a cute, fast-paced and funny story. I loved the touch of humor added. Sandy is a city boy and Nick a country boy. He takes Sandy on a camping trip. I laughed at this. Sandy is adorable, and Nick is hot. There were a few things mentioned in the story that left me hanging, like who was Lonnie skyping with that he wouldn't confide in Sandy. But all-in-all I really enjoyed this story. If you like country boys, city boys, opposites attract, second chances, a touch of humor, cocky peacocks and cute dogs you will like this.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-03-25 07:15

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsA Country Boy at Heart is formulaic in one of the best ways. I love books where opposites attract. I especially love them if the men have a history between them. It’s one of my favorite tropes. What I enjoyed about this one is how dedicated Nick was to winning Sandy’s love. He wooed him, and it was adorable.There is some really great comedy in A Country Boy at Heart. From the opening scene with the peacock, to camping out, to interactions with Nick’s puppy, Rosco, the story was light with zero angst…just perfect for me.Read Kenna’s review in its entirety here.

  • MorganSkye
    2019-03-22 04:26

    This is a book virtually free of angst. It’s sweet and funny and fairly sexy.The MCs resolve their past issues without a lot of fanfare – which was appreciated – and move into exploring today’s possibilities with open minds. They respect each other and move at a very reasonable pace, but yet the chemistry is still very evident.I wanted to know more about Sandy and Houston? – are they a thing – it was quite mysterious! I thought that they could have ended this on an even more solid note – it felt like these guys had been moving towards something permanent right from the start - but it was very sweet and a solid HEA.I think this is the best book (that I’ve read) in this series so far. Recommended!

  • Mrsgeo
    2019-03-23 08:04

    I was really enjoying this, a slow build up - and then it suddenly stopped and jumped into an epilogue. Had so much more potential.

  • Zane Kage
    2019-03-04 07:04

    3.5 stars

  • ~RMG
    2019-02-22 04:25

    2.5 stars

  • Michael
    2019-03-03 11:11

    3.5 Stars.