October 14, 2014

ERIN REVIEWS: McFarland's Farm (Hope #1) by @CardenoC

McFarland's Farm (Hope #1) by Cardeno C.
M/M Contemporary Romance
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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, surprisingly, my first male-only romance, and I couldn’t wait to dive in!  And the fact that one of the main characters is a muscle-clad farmer…yeah, that was the clincher! 

Lucas Reika is a spoiled, cocky, sexy freeloader, there’s just no denying that this guy needed to pull his head out of his rear and be a real man.  So, having daddy ship him off to his sister’s ex husband’s farm for some reality was an eye-opening experience for him in more ways than one.  He’d met former brother-in-law Jared in the past and had a fleeting lust for the guy, but he’d always figured it wasn’t in the cards what with Jared clearly being attracted to the opposite gender. In reality, Jared may have been married to Lucas’ sister, but realizing that a woman wasn’t what he wanted or needed wasn’t really a shock to either of them.  As Lucas spent more and more time around the man who was slowly becoming one hell of a catch in his eyes, the slow revelation of Jared’s true desires was hella sexy!

With a pretty big age gap between them, I was relieved that Jared didn’t baby Lucas as he faced the idea of actually making something of himself.  Lucas hadn’t really ever been a real adult, simply living off his dad and socializing as if he didn’t need to really put in the sweat and tears life often requires.  But being with Jared, seeing how he worked his ass off on the farm every day and made true lasting friendships in a small town, it made Lucas long for that kind of life.  He stepped up to help out with the behind-the-scenes work, spent time relaxing that didn’t involve massive parties and sex, and genuinely grew a connection with Jared.  I did feel like it was a bit sudden give just how much of a complete 180 it was for Lucas, which kind of puts into question how this could truly last as a relationship, but the romantic in me wants to believe Jared and Lucas were just different enough to complete each other in the long run.  As for the steamy scenes, hell yeah, they were yummy, and after reading this story all I have to say is that two cocks are definitely better than one!


Quotes:

For many years, Jared had wished for that very thing.  But at age thirty-two, he had long since stopped wishing he could change himself and fall in love with a woman.  Instead, he longed to meet a man he could love who would love him back. ~Loc 68

Though he knew they were discussing the construction of furniture and not his favorite way to use it, Lucas’s groin tightened.  “Yeah,” he said, trying to stay clearheaded.  “Lead the way to your bedroom.” ~Loc 475

“Mmm, I can see that.” Lucas gently cupped Jared’s sensitive balls before running one finger up his satisfied cock.  “This is nice and thick.  It’d really fill me up.”

“Why do I suddenly feel like I’m in the middle of a cheesy porno?” ~Loc 858

Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

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