Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Blueberry Boys
Author: Vanessa North
Narrator: Tobias Silversmith
Heroes: Connor Graham/Jed Jones
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 4 Hours, 22 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: May 20, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.
Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.
Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.
Review – Book: Connor, a fashion photographer from NYC, is suddenly thrust back into a life he never wanted and in fact left years ago, when his uncle dies, leaving him 1/3 of a blueberry farm. He wants to sell it, as does the rest of his family, and he’s come home to do just that…until he meets Jed.
As a tenant farmer, Jed is very reliant on the weather and luck. He believes in … faith… and it plays a central role in his life. He loves men and growing things, but his religion won’t allow him to be his true, whole self. In fact, Jed’s not unconvinced that loving men isn’t in fact “wrong”, and he still considers himself a deeply religious man.
Right from the beginning, the two men are attracted to one another. Chemistry is one thing, but true compatibility is a whole other ball of wax. One lives in the country, one the city, one is liberal, the other conservative, one deeply religious, the other … not so much.
Is there any way – on earth – that these two can make this relationship work? Is it even worth it? Should they even try?
Don’t let the religion aspect of this story steer you away. It’s handled so well. Vanessa North is an amazing writer and gifted at handling tough subjects like this, and I think you’ll find she leaves us a nice middle ground.
Yes – there are some stiff and uncomfortable scenes wherein we watch Jed wrestle with what he’s been taught and what he feels to be true. But – the religion aspect doesn’t hit us over the head, nor is it vilified. In fact, the new pastor- Brenda – actually steps up to help when nobody else can.
This is a story full of love, laughter, hot smexy times and oodles of “feels”. It did make me stop and think and doesn’t ignore the true hurdles on the way to happiness, but in the end, the best choices in life are often the hardest. And it has an ooey gooey Epilogue – my favorite! – that will leave you smiling!
I loved this book and highly recommend it!
Impression – Book: It was amazing
Review – Audio: Tobias Silversmith is a relatively new narrator, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about him. On the one hand, I LOVED his depiction of Jed. He did a great job with his low voice and the stutter. He handles the emotion and dialog parts of the story very well. I didn’t love his choice of voice for Connor, it felt a bit too effeminate, and I didn’t like his British accent at all, but I appreciated the try. Every character had a fairly unique voice and it was easy to discern who was speaking. I sometimes felt his non-dialog narration was a bit rushed and breathy, but he’s still quite easy to listen to and overall didn’t stop me from enjoying this lovely story.
Impression – Narration: I loved it
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*