A Roll in the Hay by Lola Keeley

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Author: Lola Keeley


In a world of expectations, this quirky, enemies-to-lovers lesbian romance is about making your own path.

The whole “big city, successful career, loyal, hot girlfriend” experiment has been a miserable failure for veterinarian Tess Robinson, so she’s moved back home to a small town in the Scottish countryside. She doesn’t count on a run-in with the stuck-up, maddening, local landowner Lady Susannah Karlson, who tries to boss Tess around as if she owns the whole town…which she sort of does.

Closeted, wealthy, ice queen Lady Karlson is having the worst year – becoming widowed, being embroiled in a public feud over her vast estate, and now finding herself at odds with the sharp-tongued new vet who has just blown in from London. The annoying woman is so unsuitable to tend her horses, so impertinent, and so frustratingly cute.

As their clashes build and they’re thrust together against a back-drop of eccentric village busybodies, class warfare, and deadly dangers, the circling women start to wonder if there might be something more to the rising tensions between them. It can’t all be hate, can it?


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Publication Date

April 2020


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66,000 words




978-3-96324-356-1 (mobi), 978-3-96324-357-8 (epub), 978-3-96324-358-5 (pdf)


Ylva Publishing

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10 reviews for A Roll in the Hay by Lola Keeley

  1. Karola


    ***free ARC
    I had a good time reading this book, although I missed some background informations on some characters. But there are some twists and turns in the story which are intresting. So all in all it was good.

  2. Patricia Iserman


    Dr.Tess Robinson and Lady Susannah Karlson could not come from more different lifestyles .They both have personalities that are prickly and often quick to lash out in anger.After many unpleasant encounters both public and private,they find common ground when it comes to horses and dogs and mean sister in laws.
    So if you like “Lady of the Manor” meeting the common folk you will love this book.Lola Keeley has written a fine story.

  3. lyle

    (verified owner):

    I really enjoyed this book. The enemies to lovers arc came across believable. The author did great work on creating an interesting cast of supporting characters.

  4. Ana Leamaro


    Free ARC For an honest review

    I had a great time reading this book. The Banter between the lady and the peasant is very funny. The story is interesting with some turns and twists that you may not expect. I’m not so sure about the sister-in-law, I thing I would prefer that the last turn didn’t exist. I can’t say more without spoiling the story. I really recommend this book, very entertaining to take our mind from the lockdown for a while.

  5. Ameliah Faith


    Tess is a vet who had a clinic with her girlfriend. When she caught her cheating, Tess packed up everything and moved to a small countryside town to join her best friend and her husband in their vet clinic. The good news is that the move will give Tess a chance to work more with large animals, her true passion. The bad news is that she seems to have messed things up by making a less than stellar impression on the local landowner and the biggest client that her new clinic is hoping to sign up. Lady Susannah is a woman with secrets. Her husband died about a year ago and all her plans for her estate and other properties are being threatened by her sister in law. She plans to open a rescue for horses and dogs but really needs a vet… She was thinking about using the local vets but after meeting the newest member of the team she thinks differently! As Tess and Susannah continue to cross paths, there is just something about the other that makes them want to know more…

    I LOVED this book!! I loved the vet and animal parts, I loved the conflict with the characters, I loved the love they eventually find, I loved the action and adventure they find themselves in, I loved it all! It was lovely to see Susannah find her feet and break away from her role as grieving widow. I was fascinated watching her face off against her sister in law and the others who disagreed with her plans and tried to stand in her way. Watching her relationship with Tess change and grow was a delight. It was so sweet and tender… they make such an amazing couple. And there was love with another couple too and that was every bit as mushy. There is not a bad step in this book and it is already in my re read pile. You will love this one!

  6. Karen Reno-Cobb


    Lola Keeley has now written four books, and none of them are anything alike. That right there takes talent.

    This is a melting-the-ice-queen/rich-vs-poor/enemies-to-lovers trip through a gorgeous Scottish countryside. There’s a lot of diversity to love here as well … one of the MCs is short and “curvy”, there’s a non-binary character in a relationship with a cis man, there’s a mixed race lesbian couple, and another MC who was married to a Lord in a business partnership agreement. But tying it all together beautifully is hilarious dialogue and inner thoughts.

    Does A Roll in the Hay measure up to Music and the Mirror? No. But does it stand strongly on its own, worthy of being read by every lover of lesfic? You bet it does.

  7. Karen McIntosh


    Tess and Susannah’s first meeting does not bode well for true love and happily ever after. If there’s one thing that Tess hates, it’s the upper class thinking they can lord it over the rest of us. Lady Muck owns most of the village and surrounding area – and has a contract dangling to tend to her growing equestrian stables. Tess’s new vet practice could do with that contract, but working for the lady of the manor might be a step too far for her. Even if she is hot. Will the women be able to get past their first impressions? There’s a lot more at stake than they initially think.

    I liked Susannah, even from the start. She was grumpy and entitled, but there was a softer and kinder side to her too. With Tess it was one step forward and one step back. But there was a spark there and neither could quite resist it. Tess was still nursing a broken heart due to disloyalty from her previous partner. She had a bit of a chip on her shoulder regarding class, but it was understandable. They made an intriguing pair.

    The setting was wonderful. When the setting is perfectly described and I can imagine myself there, that draws me into the story. That was certainly the case with A Roll in the Hay’. The intensely powerful feelings between the women kept me hooked. I could feel the joy and the passion. I loved it.

    I was given this ARC for review.

  8. Betty Harmon


    I jumped at the chance to read A Roll in the Hay as soon as I saw the author was Lola Keeley.
    I didn’t even read the blurb because I already knew a couple of things about the book. I knew it would be well written, and that there probably would be an ice queen as a major character. I was right on both counts.

    This is a story about Tess, a veterinarian who is moving from London back to a small town in Scotland, close to where she grew up. There she meets Lady Susannah Karlson, and the sparks between the two characters are immediate. The two dislike each other at first sight, but they also can’t stop thinking about each other. Being in the same small town, and both being involved with animals makes it almost impossible to avoid each other. This leads to some exciting adventures for them and the community as well.

    I really enjoyed the overall story. I especially liked the character Tess and how she stood up to Susannah, the ice queen character. She not only refused to be intimidated by the “Lady of the Mansion”, she gave as good as she got.

    I kind of wish the story had been a little longer. At 66,000 words/185 pages, it is long enough to be considered a novel, but it is still a bit shorter than many novels in the same genre. There were several opportunities for additions, either with more push/pull between the main characters, or even scenes involving some of the animals since both characters are involved with animals in some fashion. I would have loved that.
    A Roll in the Hay is a light-hearted, easy to read ice queen, enemies-to-lovers romance that I really did have fun reading. If you are looking for a good romance with an ice queen, a feisty partner, and a lovely romance, then give this book a try.

    I received an ARC from Ylva Publishing for an honest review.

  9. Word Saviour


    Does anyone remember “All Creatures Great and Small” a BBC series about a veterinarian from the late 70s (yeah I am THAT old) if you do, forget all about it right at this moment, because 𝘯𝘰𝘸 we’ve got “𝗔 𝗥𝗼𝗹𝗹 𝗜𝗻 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝘆” by Lola Keeley and this vet 👩‍⚕ is sexy and witty plus a woman and the landscape is rough and muddy as is the Lady of the manor 👱‍♀ and good lord do they have great chemistry 👩‍❤‍💋‍👩
    Do I really need to say more?🙄 Go – read it already

  10. pharridge


    This book was a good light roll in the hay! I enjoyed the feistiness of Tess and that she didn’t back down from landowner Lady Susannah Karlson. The storyline was believiable and had an interesting side plot in the form of ongoing challenges coming from Susannah’s sister-in-law, Robin.
    Overall, it was a good enemies to lovers storyline that I enjoyed to the end.

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