I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.McFarland's Farm by Cardeno C.
Series: Hope #1
Published by The Romance Author on September 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M
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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.
Lucas Reitz is a party boy who tested his wealthy restaurateur father one time too many. Dad gave him the ultimatum of losing access to his money or going to Jared McFarland’s farm, his organic produce supplier in Arizona. See, the thing is, Lucas has always lusted after Jared, unbeknownst to anyone, including Jared…and vice versa.
What I adored about this story
Jared. How could you not? He’s a big, red-haired, lovable guy who was hard working, a little lonely and respectful of everyone. Even when faced with Lucas’s rudeness and bad behavior, Jared still found a way to deal with dignity and humbleness.
Lest I paint too nasty a picture of Lucas (which he earned), just know that once you read his point of view, your perspective will change. And, the romance sizzles after Jared shows other sides to his gentle demeanor.
The bottom line
This is the sweet, heartwarming story Cardeno C. promised. I loved the romance, which didn’t develop quickly, and the strength of character in Jared and the people in his life. It’s a short story but reads like a full length novel. I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of Jared and Lucas. And, I’ve got to get my hands on more books by this author. The hype isn’t a myth.