Author: Cardeno C.
Series: Hope, #1
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance (M/M)
~ SYNOPSIS ~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 ~
McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C. was my second ever gay romance book, and once again I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised.
“Each day’s schedule mimicked the one before – wake up at sunrise, work with the organic produce he grew in greenhouses throughout his property, warm up dinner, eat alone, and go to bed, also alone.”
Right off the bat I connected with Jared. I felt his loneliness, I felt sympathy for him and his situation. Hands down, my heart ached for him. He craved what every hopeless romantic has ever wanted….a happily ever after. He wanted someone to come home to after working long hours on the farm, someone to share meals with, someone to love… Unfortunately, living a small town didn’t make that easy for him. Not that the people there didn’t accept him, but he wanted to avoid unnecessary drama in case the relationship didn’t work out. I mean, there are only so many places you can go in a small town and not run into someone you know. And so, he stayed single…and alone.
Lucas was Susan’s half-brother and Susan was Jared’s ex-wife. Yes, you read that right. Jared and Susan were high school sweethearts that married young, but then they both realized that while they loved each other, their love wasn’t one meant to be shared between a married couple. So they got divorced, but that didn’t mean they stopped being friends. Susan wanted the best for Jared and she wanted him to finally get his happy ending. So, she asked him for a favor….
“…spending time away from his friends and the whole LA scene is the best chance Lucas has of getting his head on straight.”
Lucas kept screwing his life up, so his dad gave him an ultimatum: spend time at Jared’s farm or get financially cut off. To say Lucas was less than thrilled would be an understatement. When he arrived at Hope, he acted like a spoiled brat. He was rude beyond belief and downright snobbish. Jared was a patient saint, let me tell you. I would not have put up with Lucas’ crap. Thankfully, Lucas started seeing things differently and everything started changing…..
“…he sat in his kitchen, holding Lucas’ hand, talking about the most difficult moments in his life, and feeling safety and peace instead of panic and nerves.”
Lucas and Jared both started sharing a strong connection with each other. They both started developing strong feelings for each other, but one thing remained – Lucas was there temporarily. Or was he?
Luckily, Jared and Lucas made a brave decision. They had both suffered enough pain and loss and so they didn’t allow their fears to keep them from being happy….together. HELL YEAH!! I was a happy reader with that ending! Did I wish the story was longer? Yes. I would have loved to see their relationship progress more into the future, but overall, it was a great and happy ending. I absolutely loved Jared and Lucas!!! If you’re in the mood for a short, loving, and hot romance, one-click McFarland’s Farm.
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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
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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~ GIVEAWAY! ~
ONE winner gets to pick an ebook by Cardeno C from this list:
Something in the Way He Needs
More Than Everything
In Your Eyes
Until Forever Comes
Wake Me Up Inside
He Completes Me Home Again
Just What the Truth Is
Love at First Sight
The One Who Saves Me
Where He Ends and I Begin
Walk With Me
Marriage: A Home Series Celebration
A Shot at Forgiveness
In Another Life
Places in Time