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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The story has been done before, but I always enjoy Cardeno C. writing. Its a cute novella about a pretty, rich, 'bad' boy who did a little too much bad, and of course gets the 'no money until you shape up', and gets sent off to his sister's ex hubby's farm... and we all know what happens. HEA. Of course. It's a fun listen. And less than $5... Plus I have always enjoyed Paul Morley, so it's worth it... enjoy.
As always, I enjoyed this latest offering by Cardeno C but it was entirely too short. I see that it is Book 1, so there is hope for the future. There was just so much more that could have been covered in my opinion. This is the first book of CC's in which I feel incomplete. Not the author's problem, just my feelings. This is a quaint little story about Jarod and Lucas, finding love in Hope. Though too short, certainly a must read/listen. Additionally, as usual, Paul Morey did an excellent job of bringing these characters to life.
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The relationship that developed between Jared and Lucas, and Paul Morey's fantastic narration.
Again, the relationship between Jared and Lucas. So many things could have gone horribly wrong, but CC managed to blend everything together well.
Jared. The lonely farmer that just wants to be loved, to have someone to come home to.
Not extreme, no, but it was well worth the short time to listen to it. An oddly romantic little love story.
Jared McFarland lives a lonely life, secluded at his farm just outside of Hope Arizona, only venturing to town for groceries and an occasional meal at the local diner. While Jared longs for a companion, someone to share his life and heart with, he is content in the life he leads. When his ex-wife calls in a favor, asking Jared to take in her ungrateful little brother, Jared is wary but he can’t say no. After all, he has lusted after young Lucas from afar for years, at least now he will be able to lust after him up close and personal. You guessed it, very bad idea!
Lucas Reika lives his life no holds barred on his Father’s dime. After being caught in one of father’s restaurants in a compromising position with the head chef, Lucas is cut off from his bank account and credit cards and exhiled to Hope Arizona with his sister’s ex husband, the man he has longed to love since he knew the meaning of the word. He does a fantastic job of masking the attraction behind a bad attitude and characteristics of a spoiled rotten brat. But living in close quarters with a man you want so bad he makes you quiver, and to learn the attraction is mutual, well that proves to be more powerful than Jared or Lucas and their combined efforts to not act on their attraction.
Neither of them planned on falling in love, and it’s a shock to the system when they put a word with their feelings. The question is, can a young man of money and privilege truly be happy on a farm with a distinctly different older man?
I am a huge fan of Cardeno C’s books and this latest story did not disappoint! Just the right balance of angst, romance and a love story that took a little effort on the part of both characters to succeed in the end. There is an age gap between Jared and Lucas, and the twist of Lucas being Jared’s ex brother in law, either of these things could have gone way wrong in the story, but CC managed to pull off all the details and descriptives flawlessly. And you will not find a better narrator than Paul Morey, he is the master of subtle nuances and tone inflections when re-telling a story.
Short, Sexy and Steamy was the finished product with the marriage of CC’s writing and Morey’s story telling. I highly recommend this read for those that love a passionate love story. Can’t wait for the next book in this new series!
Yes, I love Paul Morey.
The scene where Jared picks Lucus up at the bus station and the dinner scene
Cardeno C is one of my favorites, She can tell a wonderful love story with so much humor tied into it. She does a good job by multiple POVs
Love Paul Morey, Love Cardeno C, it was just too short and now I have to wait for more...
Fully, absolutely expected to hate Lucas after the first few pages of this book. What a self-absorbed, selfish, rude jerk! Whether we blame his way too busy with his career single dad or we blame Lucas, just wow, he’s obnoxious. When Lucas is shipped off to the farm by his father, who is cutting Lucas off from the millions of their family, he is bound and determined to take it out on anyone and everyone he sees. The ever-present phone (which gives our first clue that maybe Lucas is salvageable) , the sunglasses worn inside and the bag he refuses to carry all point to a spoiled LA party boy. The reason he was sent to the farm in the first place shows how confused he is, (the where and when, not the why are what’s important!)
By comparison, the quiet, helpful, lonely Jared just seems like he’s going to be steamrolled by the rudeness. Jared’s best friend, Susan, is his ex-wife and reading his conversation with her, it just seems like he’s not going to be able to stand up for himself with Lucas.
And then, lo and behold, we see it. Jared has a backbone (which he uses with respect) and he isn’t going to be railroaded or treated poorly. He may be shy and not a partier, but he is definitely someone to be taken seriously and he will not tolerate Lucas being rude to the people of his town. When he sets out the way it will be and why, I cheered for him.
As Lucas and Jared get to know each other, histories and personalities come forth. “There was something undeniably intimate about sitting in a quiet room and talking with someone.” Something we of the digital age tend to forget, so it was so different for Lucas.
Of course, he has to go and ruin it and act like a complete and utter asshat so I wanted to smack him. He may have been acting out of disappointment but the phone call to dad was cruel and showed me, nope, he’s not grown up yet. It is after this that we really get to see the awesomeness that is Jared and the growth that occurs with Lucas. “…he’d always remember being cherished.” What an amazing gift to give someone.
When Lucas finally begins to see past himself, it’s a joy to read (hear?) and you get to see the man he really is. I did love that his dad, always too busy for him, showed some remorse. It was a reminder to Lucas, no one is perfect but you can make changes to be better. And Lucas so does this.
As an aside, Jared’s ex, Susan, is a strong female character and I enjoyed listening to her manipulations to get Jared out of his shell.
When I got through with this book, my thought was how much it made me smile. And my second was, it’s just lovely. An interesting thing about the audio, Paul Morey (a favorite narrator of mine) makes Lucas sound exactly like I thought he would. Kudos!
Reader, Writer, Lover of all things. Open minded and accepting, tolerant and understanding. All things are beautiful even the horrific truth
Prepare yourself for a buffet of feels as you traverse the landscape of a long standing attraction that blooms into the purest, strongest kind of love.
Jared is a simple man. Lucas is a unrepentant party boy. But what they lack apart they find in each other. They find a home.
The book is not a long but the emotional payoff is and it is delivered in a way that Cardeno has made a trademark. great story and amazing narration done by Paul. No regrets on this addition...now...where's that re-play button???
This is a short story, so the romance moves quickly from animosity to friends to lovers with not a lot of angst. Sure, we see the two MCs worry about what the other thinks, we are happy when Lucas realizes Jared is straight, we get ecstatic when Jared realizes Lucas has the hots for him and we temporarily worry when it looks like Lucas might abandon Jared after all, but since its short, all this happens fairly quickly and with little suffering.
I really enjoyed this quiet little love story and enjoyed watching Lucas mature.
Like most of Cardeno’s books the love is sweet and the chemistry is steamy and the ending very, very happy.
I highly recommend this book and give it a 4 of 5 stars.
Paul Morey narrates a lot of Cardeno’s books and he really fits well with her style. He’s got a great way of making the deep, growly voice of Jared rumble in your ear and give the impression of a big soft, bear of a man. Lucas is light but not overly feminine or swishy and a nice counterpoint for Jared. Paul does a nice job with the women’s voices, too and Lucas’ dad is gruff and fatherly.
I always enjoy Paul Morey’s narratives and give this a 4 of 5 stars.
The book had an interesting premise, but I had a hard time figuring out what Jared would even see in Lucas - the author spends a lot of time portraying him as a spoiled, selfish, entitled brat, and then that seems to disappear. Poof!
Then once the characters had sex, it was insta-love, with sappy moments and saccharine dialogue. Barf.
I've listened to a few books by this narrator now. If I'd noticed who narrated this, I wouldn't have bought it. He uses the same two voice types for every book (accent may vary): a deep, husky voice, and a nasal, whiny, voice which ends each sentence with vocal fry: "Why-eeee?".
See above: barf.
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it let u get into it
the 1st time Jarod and Lucus are finally able to connect with each other
I liked locus I liked how he is more than what he seems to be
Lucas he would be a fun time
the vocal performance was good...only a few characters in the story and distinct sounds for each of them. the voices for lucas and jared were spot on for their personalities.
i didn't like lucas at all when we first meet him. i couldn't believe jared wanted anything to do with such a whiny little b!tch. he is a spoiled child that has always gotten everything he's ever asked for...except the love of his father. as the story unfolds you realize that since the loss of his mother, lucas has been starved for attention and never got it from his father. he is a bit bitter about that and was happy to just live the extravagant lifestyle his father allowed him. i liked his transformation but thought it should have been more developed and in depth.
i love jared's shy awkwardness. he's absolutely adorable. his story was a bit heartbreaking and sweet at the same time. he really just wanted someone to love him. he had been crushing on lucas for a while and somehow became even more awkward around him than normal. when he feels self confidence, his dominance of the situation is super hot!
i didn't like how quickly their relationship advanced. the last couple of chapters felt super rushed. if you're looking for a super quick, cute read you'll love this story!
"Moving farmland fun and love!"
Absolutely, great narration for a great story!
There is a moment when Jared and Lucas misundertand each other, they feel they have let themselves down and apologise at the same time, both believing themselves to be in the wrong!
Characters get a bit more life added to them, giving more depth it's like listening to a movie. When reading a book you can imagine how they might sound and look, audio does give you that bit extra. I enjoy listening to Paul Morey's voice and how he presents the characters.
There are a few moments within this story to move you. For me probably when Jared realises Lucas is not going home after all.
As with all Cardeno C's books well written with likeable characters, who can almost be living real lives. The characters emotions are right where they need to be, the characters have fun, they fall in love and they doubt themselves. Perfect listening, totally recommended!
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