Reviewed by JustJen
Title: McFarland’s Farm
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Hope #1
Heroes: Lucas Reika/Jared McFarland
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 56 Pages
Publisher: The Romance Authors
Release Date: September 10, 2014
Available at: Amazon Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks
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Blurb: Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father’s demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father’s money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has secretly lusted over from afar.
Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he’s willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father’s punishment is over.
This was a really sweet story. It’s short, so things happen fairly quickly once the guys are together.
Sweet Jared is a produce farmer. He works very hard but lives a somewhat solitary life, having lost his mother when he was a teen and never really knowing his father. The town basically took him in and helped him along until he became successful on his own. He married young, but they were more best friends than anything, and still are. He is a bit scarred from the accident that took his mother, so he is a bit self-conscious about meeting people.
One of Jared’s good friends is his ex-father-in-law, whom he also provides produce for his successful restaurants. When his son, Isaac, is caught having sex with his master chef in the kitchen, he calls in a favor to Jared asking him to take Isaac in. Isaac is basically a spoiled brat. He basically has to go stay with Jared to find and earn his own way or be cut off completely.
When he shows up at Jared’s, he is pretty unlikable. He is rude and really just the spoiled brat extraordinaire. But it turns out there is more to it than that and he is mostly using that to stave off his attraction for Jared. He discovers what he wants to be happy is a quiet life with Jared, and Jared is more than happy to be a part of it.
These two go through a bit of a rough start, but get to know one another a bit before they give in to their feelings. They were really sweet as they figured out their feelings and got on the same page. I really enjoyed this short story. It moves along at a nice pace and reads very smoothly. I definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a nice little bit of sweet.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*