Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Title: McFarland’s Farm
Author: Cardeno C.
Narrator: Paul Morey
Series: Hope #1
Heroes: Lucas Reika/Jared McFarland
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Book – 56 Pages / Audio – 2 Hours, 34 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Book – September 10, 2014 / Audio – November 11, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review – Book: Jen Reviewed the book here, and I agree with her review.
This is a short story, so the romance moves quickly from animosity to friends to lovers with not a lot of angst. Sure, we see the two MCs worry about what the other thinks, we are happy when Lucas realizes Jared is straight, we get ecstatic when Jared realizes Lucas has the hots for him, and we temporarily worry when it looks like Lucas might abandon Jared after all, but since its short, all this happens fairly quickly and with little suffering.
I really enjoyed this quiet little love story and enjoyed watching Lucas mature.
Like most of Cardeno’s books, the love is sweet, the sex is steamy and the ending very, very happy.
I highly recommend this book and give it a 4 of 5 stars.
Review – Audio:
Paul Morey narrates a lot of Cardeno’s books, and he really fits well with her style. He’s got a great way of making the deep, growly voice of Jared rumble in your ear and give the impression of a big soft, bear of a man. Lucas is light but not overly feminine or swishy and a nice counterpoint for Jared. Paul does a nice job with the women’s voices, too, and Lucas’ dad is gruff and fatherly.
I always enjoy Paul Morey’s narratives and give this a 4 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*