Kiss My Axe (Maple Mountain Lodge Book 2) by R.M. Neill

Well, if you want a low angst story full of snark and banter look no further, Kiss My Axe is definitely the book for you. Maple Mountain Lodge book 2 puts two opposites that are actually very similar together and yep it's a ride.

From the blurb:


You know that saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer? Well, whoever said that never had the misfortune of meeting Roman Auclair.   

Sure, he’s sexy and wears a corset like nobody’s business, but he’s arrogant, entitled and so damn judgemental he should sit on the Supreme Court.

I’d rather sleep with a porcupine than bunk with him.

But I promised my brother I’d help and I'm a man of my word.

It's not like falling in love with my complete opposite is possible anyway.

In fact, I'm pretty certain I'll always be single.


You know that saying about stereotypical frat boys? Young, dumb and full of—yeah, that one. Nobody wears that dated cliché more than Perry Attwater.
Except he’s a good 15 years removed from college.

Sure, he fits every one of my lumberjack fantasies, but the man doesn’t know the difference between lace and linen. He’s crude, messy, and unashamed about his lack of fashion sense.

I’d rather use my best fabric scissors to chop wood than share a space with him.

But I promised my best friend I’d make our shared accommodations work.

It's not like I'll fall in love with a plaid loving mountain man. Love is for losers.

And I always win.

CW: mention of parental death

Kiss My Axe, is book two in the Maple Mountain Lodge Series and can be read as a stand alone. It's low angst, frenemies to lovers, forced proximity and snark for days.
This story features an ex police diver who can't stop helping people, a former male model turned lingerie designer in need of an attitude adjustment, grapefruit slices as a love sign, and the absolute worst timing to say I love you.

Molly Otto's Review:

Well, if you want a low angst story full of snark and banter look no further, this definitely is the book for you. Roman moves out to Maple Mountain Lodge to be closer and to start his fashion line with his best friend Sasha. Perry is the younger brother of Leaf, who we met in book 1, who may have a case of hand foot mouth syndrome where he doesn't always think before he speaks. Then you have Roman whose short fuse keeps him at toes with Perry from the getgo. When circumstances cause these two to have to get closer, they come to realize their banter is really fuel for a deep passion.

What makes this relationship work so well when they do end up together they banter continues just mixed now with sweetness. These two men will do anything for those around them while having trouble opening up, but when they do, it's magic. Sad to be leaving Maple and hope to come back in the future for more lumberjack adventures.

Rogue's Review:

- antagonists to lovers
- forced proximity
- opposites attract
- low angst

This is the second in the Maple Mountain Lodge series, and while there are appearances from Leaf and Sasha, this can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. I really thought this would be enemies to lovers, but really these two just love to antagonize each other, so enemies isn't quite right. They both have a complete knack of winding the other up without even trying, and it's fun to witness because the romantic tension between the two fairly leaps off the page.

I loved getting to know Roman and Perry better, they are so opposite I had no idea how on earth the author was going to get these two to be polite to each other, let alone get them romantically involved. But she did, and it's such fun to witness. From Perry modelling Roman's underwear, to Perry taking Roman to an outdoor store and buying him crocs to wear, this story is such fun, and completely low angst even though they're both dealing with events in their past that influence their actions to this day.

I loved this story, loved seeing them get close despite each other and truly, opposites do attract in the best way, sometimes.

Heather's Review:

Perry and Roman don't know what to do with each other... except get under each other's skin... and it's so much fun to watch!  I love both of their personalities and quirks and how they rub each other the wrong way until they start rubbing each other the right way... toss in specially designed lingerie and a penchant for chopping wood and you get a low angst, opposites attract story with a bit of forced proximity and a lot of sass.

While this is book 2 in the Mountain Lodge series, it can be read standalone or before you read book 1, but you'll understand more of the story and meet the side characters in more depth if you read them in order.

Kiss My Axe is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription