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Scrap Metal - Harper Fox 3.5+ StarsIf Harper Fox was writing a piece for the Scotland Tourism Board, this would be a 5 star read. The landscape of the story is gorgeous and the writing made me feel a bit like I was floating. I will see Seacliff in my dreams.Fox then takes this beauty and lets it overflow into the relationship she builds between Nichol and Cameron. Oh yes, there were gracefully written bits…especially some of the powerful yet tender, almost painfully romantic moments between the MC’s. A treat.However, strip away these highlights, and I wasn’t completely sold on the story itself. If it was a story about just 2 guys and a sheep farm, I’d have loved it, simple and slow as it would be. But when the side characters started getting involved and Cameron’s background revealed, I was jarred by the abrupt sense that the author wanted to “make something happen”. It felt rushed and out-of-place and I was longing for more of the melodic prose I had fallen for in the first 2/3 of the book.In the end, I found myself scratching my head and frowning just a bit…mad at myself that I had complained earlier on that nothing was happening. I’d have loved just more of the fellas, their sheep, and a crotchety ol’ curmudgeon.Definitely worth reading to get the treat of Harper Fox’s writing style. But, be prepared for a slower pace and an only-mildly-satisfying storyline.Cover Note: This is one of the few times where the person on the cover is a great fit for the character. I think her Cameron is bingo.*always a pleasure tackling a book w/ you, Lenore. I promise not to barrel through the next one so we can discuss more! :)