McFarland’s Farm (Hope #1) by Cardeno C. (5 Stars)

A touching love story with the amazing character depth that Cardeno C. always brings to the table. Jared is such a beautiful person. He works hard on his farm to bring healthy food to the community where he lives. He cares about the people, and as we quickly learn, they love and care about him. Learning about his life, and how the neighbors stepped up to take care of him when he was young, brought tears to my eyes.

Watching him deal with the bratty Lucas was a treat. Although Lucas matured during the story, it was funny to watch some of his antics when he refused to admit he was lusting after Jared. I was glad we were in Lucas’ head when he was being rude so we knew why he was doing it. It just made it that much sweeter and sexier when these two finally connect.

Originally reviewed for Swept Away By Romance. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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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.

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