Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Cherish the Land
Author: Ariel Tachna
Narrator: William James
Series: Lang Downs #5
Heroes: Seth Simms/Jason Thompson
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 8 Hours, 35 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Seth Simms never wanted to be a cowboy, although to listen to his best friend, Jason Thompson, tell it, he isn’t one. He just happens to have lucked out in coming to live on Lang Downs with his brother ten years ago. He found enough stability to finish high school and go off to university, but he never really believed Lang Downs would be the same haven for him that it had become for so many others. He’s too messed up in the head. No one would accept someone with his issues.
All his life, Jason has had one goal: to come home to Lang Downs as resident veterinarian when they need his skills and jackaroo when they don’t. And it means he gets to spend time with Seth during his occasional visits, even though his dream of going from friends to lovers is hopeless since Seth is straight.
When Seth unexpectedly comes home to stay, Jason takes it as the boon it is. But juggling a relationship with another jackaroo and his friendship with Seth isn’t easy, and that’s before Jason realizes how deep Seth’s issues run and how dangerously Seth chooses to cope with them.
Review – Book: Nikyta did a lovely review of the book here.
I agree with her assessment and here are my thoughts:
Seth and Jason have been friends for the last 10 years. Seth has had a very hard time over those 10 years and is very untrusting of any happiness in his life. Both Jason and Seth find themselves newly single, and when Jason’s most recent ex lets it be known that he’s jealous of Jason’s crush on the “straight” Seth, Seth finally allows himself to acknowledge his feelings for Jason.
With so many gay couples around, Jason and Seth’s relationship isn’t something to hide, but Seth can’t trust it and has other secrets that he is hiding. When threatened with the truth, he runs, and Jason has to decide if being in a relationship (more than a friendship) with Seth is something he wants to risk pursuing.
For fans of the series, seeing Jason and Seth together, as well as all the other couples, is a breath of fresh air. This is a very nice “ending” for everyone involved, and though there is a bit of angst surrounding Seth’s emotions and Jeremy’s land, most of this feels like the tying up of loose ends. That being said, there is enough story here that it can be a standalone and you won’t feel lost, but I do recommend the entire series.
Ariel Tachna is a gifted writer who really knows how to make her characters feel like real people and Jason and Seth join Cain and Macklin in the group of men we’ve come to love on Lang Downs.
Review – Audio Book: William James does a fantastic job with this. He narrates in “American” and gives the dialog an Australian accent that I found wonderful. (I have no idea how it would sound to a native, but I loved it.) He adds emotion to the story and really makes the story come alive. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this series and highly recommend it.
For both the audiobook and the story 4.5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*