McFarland’s Farm

by Cardeno C.

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.

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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.

Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

3.5 stars

This short but sweet romance shows us that even the toughest of guys needs a little love and forever in his life.

Jared 6’5” and all man has been living his life in Hope, Arizona since his mother and him ended up here years ago. He did what he dreamed of doing; buying land, building a farm and life for himself. Only he is missing a partner to share his life with. 

Enter Lucas; all LA and sexy as sin. But Lucas has a secret that he has been carrying for a while; he has a major crush on Jared. When Lucas is sent to live with Jared as a punishment from his father, Lucas is not sure how to act. It is almost like heaven being so close to Jared but not being able to touch and feel him is hell. 

As Jared and Lucas fall into a daily routine, one night will change all of that. Once they realize that they are attracted to each other, is there more to this attraction than the physical part? Jared knows that he wants someone to spend his days and nights with but is Lucas that person? Will Lucas be able to give up the fast paced life style that he has been living to be with Jared on the farm? 

This was a sweet short read that will have you smiling at the romance that builds between these two. I loved Jared and his strong presents. Lucas was a surprise too, his character turned into more than just a spoiled rich guy. I am looking forward to reading more from CC.