Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Down on the Farm
Author: Stone Richards
Heroes: Nate Stokes/Tom Ford
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 78 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Available at: eXtasy Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When workaholic, Tom Ford, inherits the controlling interest in Welleby Farm, he thinks he will take two weeks off and check out his good fortune. When he arrives at the farm, he learns it is four thousand acres of thriving agriculture, a fortune five hundred company and being run by a very sexy overseer.
Nate Stokes loves the land and takes pride in making the farm prosperous—and he’s caught the eye of the new owner.
Will Tom take the initiative and act on his lust for Nate? Or will Nate be the one to make the first move?
So, Tom is a successful businessman who inherits an 80% controlling interest in this giant produce farm from his recently deceased gay uncle. He takes a two-week vacation to check it out where he meets Nate, the sexy guy who basically runs the entire farm. The two hit it off right away, which helps solidify Tom’s decision to move out to the country.
The writing itself was enjoyable. The story flowed well and at a pretty good pace. Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time getting a feel for these characters. This was my biggest issue here. Many times in the beginning, I had a somewhat negative impression of Tom from his various actions and thoughts. Nate was a little easier to feel for, as he is a hard working, sexy and all around nice guy. Shortly after meeting though, these two were basically in love, which I just wasn’t able to get on board with. I never really felt a solid connection with them, so I found it difficult to really care about their future. Everything about their relationship seemed to be in fast forward mode, and I wished there was a bit more detail given as to how they reached their destinations.
I did, however, enjoy the opposites attract aspect of these guys. Successful city boy businessman and the hard working country boy farm supervisor. They were actually more on the same level than that sounds, as Nate was overseeing an enormous successful produce operation consisting of thousands and thousands of acres. Physically, I loved them together. Both were a bit on the alpha side, which I always love to see.
But, this is a sweet story, and really just a nice, enjoyable afternoon quickie. A nice palate cleanser, if you will. I’ll definitely be looking into more of Mr. Richards’ work.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*