Spring Strings by Lily Morton
There were several reasons I picked this book. I wanted a short read, Lily Morton’s books are recommended left and right and I thought it was time for me to try her out, and – for some reason – I was under the impression Spring Strings would be steamy as hell.
But instead of steam there was mostly sugar. So much sugar. Which isn’t a bad thing at all if that’s what you’re in the mood for.
Synopsis: This is the unlikely story of supermodel Malachi who ends up passing out from bronchitis at a certain grumpy farmer’s property. Caden, the grouchy farmer in question who is really just a big teddy bear at heart, ends up carrying Mal to his bed and nursing him back to health. Mal’s snarky as hell, but away from the cutthroat modelling business, he begins to let down his defences. Caden thinks Mal is the most beautiful man he’s ever seen, but he’s been hurt before and don’t know if he can dare trust again. But after dancing around each other for weeks, they agree to just have some fun, no strings. That shouldn’t be a problem, right?
There are many who rave about Morton’s books. As far as I know, this is my first Lily Morton, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but the expectations I did have were high.
But, I wasn’t particularly awed by Spring Strings. However, I’ll need to read more of Morton’s work before I can form a proper opinion of her writing because this was a super short read. And short books are probably the hardest to write. There’s not enough length to be thorough, but the readers still expect a full story since it’s not a novella.
So yes. This book felt pretty rushed. The first part, the build-up to Mal’s and Caden’s romance, was told through shorter segments separated by time jumps and with lots of quick recaps to try to establish a sense of naturally, growing affection. It didn’t quite succeed. I thought that first third of the book felt very disjointed.
The story didn’t really hit its stride until the lovestory began for real, i.e., when Mal and Caden gave in to their attraction. Once they did, it was a really great story.
If you like super sweet romance that is.
Because there was only minimal drama and sweet, sweet love. Those last two thirds of the book were also very well-written. Mal and Caden were super cute together and I definitely got the HEA I require from all my reads. Extra credit for the epilogue too. It was set three whole years later enabling Morton go all out describing everything they’d accomplished. And I’m a huge fan of those full-bodied epilogues.
I thought the original plot was spectacular. What with a passed out supermodel and a surly farmer. But I felt that Morton could have done so much more with that plot-line than she did. There was so much potential there that just went to waste. So I can’t help to think that this could have been a truly awesome book if she’d written a longer story, and that’s just sad.
So, to summarize, this is a super short and super sweet romance. If you’re in the mood for a quickie and aren’t diabetic, this is absolutely a good choice. The chopped up storytelling and the missed potential lowers the overall experience though, and I’d rate it at 3.5 stars.
I'm a Swedish book nerd reading mostly steamy English romance novels. And since there is so much good stuff out there, and so much shitty stuff too. I just want to give credit where it's due (and diss the rest).