Going Off Grid

Title: Going Off Grid (States of Love series)
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 23, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 78
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.

Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?

What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?

Clay and Elliott have been together seven years, most of the time while employed in the oil fields of North Dakota working overtime and double overtime with little time to spare for each other. They realize something had to give and when the drilling company folds, they decide to go for the future they’ve planned for – moving to Clay’s grandfather’s little cabin and living off the grid.

This short novella focuses around the various seasons of the year as the two fix up the cabin – fighting heat and mosquitoes in the summer and blizzards in the winter. I like how there isn’t a lot of angst between Clay and Elliott and how the project brings them even closer together. We get both POVs, but honestly, the two voices were so similar I often had to go back to determine who was saying what. Most of the action focuses around fixing up the cabin, but there a few sexy scenes between the two and it’s easy to sense the chemistry between this established couple.

This book in the Dreamspinner “States of Love” series is set in North Dakota, but doesn’t really share much about the state other than a very brief glimpse of the oil fields in Dickinson, ND. I give “Going Off the Grid” 3.5 stars and recommend it as a light, entertaining read.

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