Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Inherit the Sky
Author: Ariel Tachna
Narrator: William James
Series: Lang Downs Series Book 1
Heroes: Caine Neiheisel and Macklin Armstrong
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 206 Pages / Audio – 6 Hours, 53 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – February 20, 2012 / Audio – January 31, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.
Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s American accent than they are moved by his plight… until they find out he’s gay and their amusement turns to scorn. It will take all of Caine’s determination—and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor—to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.
Review – Book and Audio: Caine has recently broken up with his boyfriend and is feeling at loose ends. When his mother finds out she has inherited a sheep station in Australia, he convinces her to let him take it over for her. He does a lot of research and heads to the Outback.
Macklin is the foreman at Caine’s new station. As can be imagined, he’s worried the “yank blow in” Caine will screw up everything they’ve been working on all these years.
Caine and Macklin are very attracted to each other and after “proving himself” to Macklin, Macklin grudgingly admits Caine might be good for the station. When Caine is almost attacked by a venomous snake, Macklin kisses him and that starts their very closeted relationship.
Caine isn’t afraid of being open, his uncle before him who owned the station was gay and people knew, but Macklin is afraid people won’t respect him and that when Caine “tires” of him he’ll be left alone and without respect or a job.
Caine has to devote himself to convincing Macklin that the risk is worth it and that the reward is worth it.
I really enjoyed this, especially on audio. The narrator does a fantastic job between Caine’s stutter and all the Aussie accents. It really brought the story to life for me.
There were some things with the story that I didn’t love: a bit too much information on how to raise sheep, a bit too much soul searching and emotion sharing between Caine and Macklin, a little bit too “insta-love”. But really, those were very minor complaints.
It was mostly a great, touching, sweet, sexy, very satisfying love story. I would highly recommend listening to it and would even rank the audio version higher than the book just for the accents and other touches the narrator added to the story.
I’d give the story a 4 of 5 stars, the narration a 5 of 5 stars and overall 4.5 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I Loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*