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On The Fence [NOOK Book]

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(book originally published Spring 2011. Edits and updates have been applied)

Six years apart and my, my, things have changed. Specifically, his wider shoulders and tighter-fitting jeans. Shellie Chambers is supposed to be on a quick, relaxing break, visiting her lifelong best friend, Riley Hamilton. Seeing his dimpled smile all over again has her thinking their friends-only relationship needs to add a lovers option in this small town.

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On The Fence

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Overview

(book originally published Spring 2011. Edits and updates have been applied)

Six years apart and my, my, things have changed. Specifically, his wider shoulders and tighter-fitting jeans. Shellie Chambers is supposed to be on a quick, relaxing break, visiting her lifelong best friend, Riley Hamilton. Seeing his dimpled smile all over again has her thinking their friends-only relationship needs to add a lovers option in this small town.

Flings, one night stands, and lovers are a thing of Riley’s past. He’d chased women, took up drinking—and possibly more he couldn’t remember—until smacking rock-bottom. He managed to climb out of that hellhole and had no desire to go back. He has responsibilities now and a sensible head on his shoulders. Then Shellie turns up. She’s saying and doing all the right things while looking just right, too. She leaves him torn: should he have her legs around his waist during her visit, or do right by himself and keep her at arm’s length?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016764603
  • Publisher: Keri Ford
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Series: An Apple Trail Novella , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 658,223
  • File size: 343 KB

Meet the Author

Keri Ford was raised in South Arkansas on a farm surrounded by family, horses, cows, donkeys, ostriches, emus, chickens, ducks, Canada Geese, and enough dogs one would think they were a pound…and then she bought a Cosmopolitan when she was twenty-two. All it took was one excerpt of a sexy romantic suspense and her life would never be the same. Well, parts of it. She still lives on that farm.
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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    Great Read

    This short story packs a punch in only a few pages. Author Keri Ford did a fabulous job giving me all the backstory and fabulous characterizations I needed without force-feeding, all the while keeping me invested in finding out what was going to happen to our hero and heroine.

    Shellie has been molded by her mother into a mini-me, and has spent her life trying to find Mr. Right - but only if his wallet is fat enough. You've heard the phrase "It's as easy to fall in love with a rich man as a poor one", right? Well, Shellie's mom lives by that mantra and has forced her daughter to do the same. Not only that, but Shellie's spent her entire life being nagged about, well, everything: her attitude, her clothes, her posture, her speech ...

    When this story begins, she's had it and has run away to the farm her best friend from high school owns. Nevermind her best friend is a man. And that she hasn't seen him in six years. And that he's changed pretty dramatically.

    Riley learned a really tough lesson about life in college, and it's made him much more sober and responsible than he ever was before. So, while Shellie is looking for a fling, he doesn't do casual sex and really, the first half of the story is how they deal with the push and pull of their mutual attraction, but opposing choices.

    Shellie was a little hard for me to like at first - she felt weak and it frustrated me that she'd taken so long to get out from under her mother's thumb. Riley, though, is a great guy. He's gorgeous, responsible, caring... everything a real hero should be. But he's also injured emotionally, and not prepared to deal with Shellie's sudden need to do everything her mother always told her not to.

    It's clear there's deep affection between the two of them, and this friends-to-lovers story is very sweet. I enjoyed it more than I imagined I would and finished the last page with a sigh and a smile. Don't let that word "sweet" fool you though - the sexual tension and eventually the act itself is hot, hot, hot! Riley fights off Shellie's advances time and again until I was about bursting with need as much as he was. And when he finally gives in? Whoo.. boy! Did I mention what a perfect hero he was?

    My only complaint is that I really think this could have been a little longer. Parts of it seemed a bit rushed, and I was so involved with the characters that I felt a little cheated. I wanted MORE. There's a reason for that: Ms. Ford's writing is descriptive, strong and clean and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from her.

    If you're looking for a quick read to get your heart sighing and your hormones racing, then I highly recommend On the Fence. It'll press all your happy buttons.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Short and lovely read that captivated me!

    Review by Ivelisse:
    Shellie Chambers goes to see her long-time friend from high school Riley Hamilton to get away from her mother. What she didn't expect were the feelings she got once she saw Riley again. She decides she is going to go for it and try to have a fling with him but his past is makes it almost impossible. Shellie realizes he has changed and not sure if she likes the change she sees in him and is destined to get the spark back into his eyes. Can Riley deny her what she wants when in the past he never did before?

    From the start I was captivated by this book, it is a short lovely read. Two best friends in high school who moved away from each other but still remained in contact and once they see each other again realize the attraction they both have with each other. I know this story line has been written thousands of time before, but I really enjoyed how the author didn't write the same as other books I have read which can become a bit mundane. I like how the author explained their relationship and how sometimes things were meant to be at the right time. The inner struggles Riley was having and blaming himself for the error which changed him drastically. I love a tortured hero and Keri Ford writes him very well. My favorite part, which ties in with the title, is when he finally can't hold his temptations anymore and gives into Shellie and puts her on the fence and then carries her to the four wheeler. Let's just say I will be looking at a four wheeler a very different way from now on.

    Even though it was a short read, I didn't feel cheated out of a story line or felt like something was missing. After I finished this read I realized it is actually the second book in the Uninhibited in Apple Trail, Arkasas series and immediately went and bought the other three books.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    Review Of On The Fence By Keri Ford

    I loved this story. This is another story I read blind, meaning I didn't read the blurb first. I am so glad I didn't because when I found out about the reasons behind his transformation from skirt chaser to farmer I was like OMG. Riley is the kind of best friend ever girl should have. He gets you to live slightly on the edge without pushing you over it and causing you to loss yourself. Shellie is that girl some of you may know as, the one who has the rich mother that nothing her daughter does is ever good enough so therefore she has to micro-manage every aspect of her life. Riley, in Shellie's mother's eyes, would be considered from the other side of the tracks because his family was poor and they always had to work for everything they ever got. That is exactly what makes Riley and Shellie such great friends throughout their lives that is until Riley moves away and Shellie is left alone to deal with her mother with no relief in sight. Well, that is until Shellie decides to get away from it all and visit her old Friend Riley, whom she hasn't seen in six years, but has kept in touch with via e-mails. That is were they both discover things about the other person that they never noticed before. Even though this wasn't a very long book, which most of my friends know drives me nuts, this book didn't feel rushed at all. Which is what actually drives me nuts about most short stories. I got to know each character and also got great insight into their past and present. I didn't realize when I read this book that it was part of a series, but that fact didn't come into play because I never felt lost like most people would jumping into a series book. You could read this book as a stand alone which was awesome but now I do want to go back and read book one to get to know the first two characters in the series. On a scale from 1-10 I give this book a 10 and encourage everyone 18+ plus to read this story and not feel connect to these two people. I know I did because my best friend is the greatest guy I know (next to my hubby that is....lol) and he is someone that Riley reminds me of, which I love.

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