Hettie Redfern tends the stables on Lord Melton’s English estate and makes no secret of her feelings - she prefers dogs to men. Dogs don’t lie. They don’t manipulate, and when they love, they love unconditionally. Men, as the petite, copper-haired beauty has previously discovered, are rarely so loyal. Alexander Melton, the son of Hettie’s employer, returns home from AfghanHettie Redfern tends the stables on Lord Melton’s English estate and makes no secret of her feelings - she prefers dogs to men. Dogs don’t lie. They don’t manipulate, and when they love, they love unconditionally. Men, as the petite, copper-haired beauty has previously discovered, are rarely so loyal. Alexander Melton, the son of Hettie’s employer, returns home from Afghanistan bringing with him the stray dog he adopted during his tour of service. He is immediately attracted to Hettie but finds her past distasteful - and Alexander is as suspicious of women as Hettie is of men. The attraction between the two is powerful and magnetic, but their growing passion struggles against suspicion and mistrust. Can Hettie and Alexander put aside the past in order to look to the future?...
|Title||:||A Bed of Barley Straw|
|Number of Pages||:||300 Pages|
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A Bed of Barley Straw Reviews
~Borrowed this from a friend who won it in a giveaway~In short - I loved it! The love-hate relationship was amazing, the two main characters were quite messed up, and had a lot of things to work through. I really enjoyed their personalities because they weren't oh-so-perfect as they usually are in this genre. Frankly, at some point I even disliked Alexander. What I hated - the author's idea of choosing names for her characters! Argh, I got soooo confused with those names! Grace, Georgia; Celia, Cynthia, Clare, Charlotte... Then we have Hettie, Holly, Hannah, Helen, Harriet and some of those names pop up only two or three times, and readers are expected to remember who is that... and do not let me start on dog names: Dog, Digger, Doris, Dora... and talking of D - Dan the farrier. Bert and Bev were almost the same person for me, couldn't it have been Bart? And talking about rarely used names - I still don't know if Flossie was a person, a dog or a horse!Hot scenes: incredibly hot! I had to take showers in the middle of reading, hehehe! And I'm guilty of re-reading them, ahem...Ms Russel, I am looking forward to the second novel of the "Draymere Hall"!
As much as some of this book infuriated me - Alex is a tempermental, judgemental, abusive bastard, and if he'd pulled half the crap he pulls with Hettie with me I'd have dumped him out on his rear a long time ago - I still enjoyed the story. I liked Hettie, with her flaws and her demeanor, and I enjoyed reading about her, but I still wish she had buggered off to South Africa and left that idiot behind. I feel the only reason she got together with him in the end was because he was 'gorgeous' and lust ruled out over common sense.
Actual rating: 3.5I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.Before I started reading this book I was a bit skeptic about whether the plot would fall into the category of cliche love stories or it would offer a new perspective and a different approach to showing relationships. Somehow, this book managed to do both of these things at the same time.At the beginning, I was a bit put off, because there were too many characters thrown in at once and several of them with similar names. It took me a while to understand who is who. But at the same time, I'm glad that this book also offered and gave focus on other stories, aside from the main, romantic one. The characters were well developed, with interesting backstories. What I didn't like, though, was the fact that sometimes there were too many unnecessary descriptions, which were drifting the focus off the plot. Accordingly, I loved how some important scenes were described nonchalantly, in only one paragraph (view spoiler)[(eg. Al meeting Celia) (hide spoiler)] - those were done at the right times, at places where it seemed obvious to go with a whole chapter of showing the depth of the problem, the author took a different approach, and I appreciate that.All in all, you can say that this book was a bit predictable, but that doesn't mean that it wasn't an enjoyable read. On the contrary - the good writing and the in-depth exploration of the characters are a reason enough to pick up this book if you enjoy romantic stories.
I won this book on goodreads "first reads wins". Since I"m from North America, it took me a little bit (maybe a quarter of the book) to get used to the dialect.. But once I put that in the past, A Bed of Barley Straw was a wonderful contemporary romance. There were surprises and plot twists and laugh out loud moments, but there were also secrets revealed, and tears shed, hot steamy scenes and mushy romance. Neither character, Hettie nor Alexander, are good in relationships, nor have either of them really had a successful one. Al, was a complete jack ass through the majority of the story and at times I wanted to slap him, or just throw the book across the room. But that is the sign of a good story, right? When you are so into the story that you want to yell some sense into the characters. Or yell at the characters for being so stupid. This was indeed a frustrating read, but rewarding as well. And I will of course read the next book, if there is one.... the ending seemed to make me think this might turn into a series. If you like country romances, with dogs, barns, and horses, this one's for you!
I got this book from goodreads (THANKS!)I definitely powered through Sam Russell's novel, I couldn't put it down and I'm still not sure if its because I liked the book or was frustrated with it (probably a mixture of both). The story definitely drew me in, the lead female Hettie was very likable and you can't help but want everything to work out for her. On the other hand, I spent the better part of this book wanting to backhand Alexander, the guy was just a complete asshole. Most of his internal dialogue just made me dislike him even more. He was always talking about Hettie's "reputation" and then fucking (or trying to fuck) every female he interacts with!! infuriating! Sam Russell obviously wanted him to be a flawed character, but it made it oh so hard to back their relationship when for 90% of the book I wanted Hettie to run screaming from the man.But, despite myself by the end of the book I wanted everything to work out for the couple and thoroughly enjoyed reading through their rocky relationship.This book is worth a read if your a fan of the genre, just don't expect to add Alexander to your list of sweet and adoring book boyfriends.Happy reading,C.
Won this book on Goodreads. Thank YouThis was an excellent romance story with all the angst and drama of two people who can't keep away from each other. Hettie, who as a young girl got involved with a married man, and Alexander whose mother abandoned him and his brothers when he was a teenager. Their difficulties in establishing a relationship due to Alexander's preconceived ideas about women, especially Hettie. And Hettie's difficulty with intimacy. Hettie works as the manager of a stable at a large estate. Inter-weaved in this romance is the life of the other siblings and training and care of horses for hunts and horse competitions. The story held my interest and surprisingly I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the competitions, training and care of the horses. Highly recommend this read.
I got the book from a goodread giveaway. It was quite interesting and capturing book. I was a little bit disappointed that the main female character was losing her wild attitude and the male one was getting even more jealous and annoying as the book was reaching the end. However I liked the vivid descriptions and love-hate romance.
The inspiration for A Bed of Barley Straw was multi-layered, but there were three things in particular which stirred my creative juices and got me writing.The characters were my initial motivation. I saw Hettie, my heroine, as strong-willed and captivating, but far from perfect. Someone who hadn’t always got it right and still makes mistakes. I knew that Hettie would be no shrinking violet and that her history with men would be chequered. Complicated to the point that she had abandoned romance, Hettie would find it easier to love the quirky dogs and horses that she shares her life with.My hero, Alexander Melton, is more darkly flawed. I enjoy a challenging character, but there had to be morality at the core. Finding the damaged decency buried in his heart was the crux for Alexander, a test of character development. To take a man with too much pride but create him worthy of love. Events which occur through the story were intended to shake both Alexander’s and the readers’ preconceptions. Leading him through his journey of discovery was deliciously infuriating.The clash came next. I love a glorious mismatch. A freefall into lust with absolutely the wrong person; the gritty struggle which ensues between chemistry and reason. My idea was to delve into the minds of two people who are struggling against formidable attraction, and to find out if the wrong person can ever become the right one.I had a lot of fun exploring that dilemma. The sparring, the spats, the stand-offs and the battles of will. The moments of physical and emotional connection. The stimulation to write became boundless!And finally to the setting. My passion for the country-side and my background in horses and farming dropped the tale in rural England. I could clearly envisage the picturesque Cotswold village and the grandeur of Draymere Hall. Villages can be a wonderful stimulus, spurning a wealth of colourful characters, intrigue and gossip. Add to that the joys of a cosy local pub in which to play out the antics and my scene was ready to tempt the characters in.
I received this free in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is a long romantic story of boy meets girl, things go wrong, things get better then wrong again etc.Set at Draymore House, a large house with horses & stables. The story is mostly about Alexander, one of the sons of the owner of the house & one of the stable girls. A relaxing read, but not all that exciting, a bit predictable.