Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce - and of his sexuality - to be met with such acceptance.
Neil takes Sam to Lang Downs, the sheep station Neil calls home. There, Sam learns that life as a gay man isn’t impossible. Caine and Macklin, the station owners, certainly seem to be making it work. When Caine offers Sam a job, it’s a dream come true.
Jeremy Taylor leaves the only home he’s ever known when his brother’s homophobia becomes more than he can bear. He goes to the one place he knows he will be accepted: Lang Downs. He clicks with Sam instantly - but the animosity between Lang Downs and Jeremy’s home station runs deep, and the jackaroos won’t accept Jeremy without a fight. Between Sam’s insecurity and Jeremy’s precarious position, their road will be a hard one - and that’s without having to wait for Sam’s divorce to be final before starting a new life together.
©2013 Ariel Tachna (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Pretty much every series I've come across suffers from the same fate as this one. The first book or two are really good, but as you start getting to books three and four, you're used to the author's style, the narrators cadence and the books start feeling pedestrian.
It's a pity, cause it's actually a good series. My advice, space them apart. They're a great set of books.
This book really stretched credibility too far. It is so wildly unlikely that all these gay graziers are turning up at one isolated station, that I was able to overlook that. However, unlike the others in this series, the premise of the story was too flimsy and unbelievable. There is no inheritance tax in Australia. Only capital gains tax, and seeing as the story has been along the lines of showing that the business was going downhill, there may have been a tax credit rather than debit. A small family-run hardware store employing a back office business manager seems very unlikely, as does his apparent business acumen.
An Australian consultant/advisor might have been useful. In the previous books the author had clearly done a lot of research, which was impressive, but there were also Americanisms that are annoying and take the (Australian) reader out of the story. Such as the very American terms 'fixings' and 'sides' in relation to preparing food.
I think that really an isolated station is a canvass too small for all these gay characters to be introduced, couple after couple. Maybe it would have been better to continue the story of the existing couples rather than introduce another one.
I loved the earlier books in this series, but it has become tire now. I would give her other books a try as I did enjoy the earlier ones so much.
This is difficult. I would say that although a long way from perfect, his Australian accent is by far the best that I have heard from an American. Having said that, it is also entirely unconvincing, closer to a weird New Zealand/South African hybrid than an Australian accent, and I have grown less tolerant as the series continues. The mispronunciation of words used heavily throughout the series - especially place names and brand names - becomes increasingly irritating and distracting. Words like jackaroo, Drizabone and Yass. Instead of following the story I am thinking 'why hasn't he looked up how to pronounce these words?'. As does the strange way that words that should be pronounced the same way as an American accent are twisted into strange forms.
I don't know why Audible continues to employ American readers for Australian and British roles. There are so many British and Australian actors in the US, why not give one of them a try?
Having said that, the rest of his performance is good enough to get me listening. With other readers, such as Max Lehnen's awful attempts at a British accent on Sue Brown's books, I can't get more than ten minutes into it before giving up in despair. He has distinct voices for each of the characters. So he has done a very good job apart from the accent.
Not really, I only stuck with it because I had invested so much time with the previous books. If it was the first I had read, I think I would have stopped listening fairly early on.
The first two books of the series are worth reading. However, maybe give this one a miss.
This review was originally written for Prism Book Alliance.
Story Rating: 3.5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.75 Stars
When Sam Embry loses his job and his wife, he has no one to turn to except for his brother, Neil, who takes him in and helps him land a job as the accountant at the Australian sheep station, Lang Downs. Jeremy Taylor also needs to rebuild and relocate after taking all he can stand from his bigoted brother. These two newcomers form a quick friendship they both need while struggling with a mutual attraction neither is ready to act upon. They both need to overcome their personal obstacles in order to focus on a future together.
I enjoyed this sweet story, the third in the Lang Downs series. Not having read the previous two titles, I was a bit concerned that I might have difficulty following at this point. I did struggle at the very beginning with some of the character names, but I quickly caught on. The author does a good job of providing just enough backstory to fill in necessary plot and character information, and I felt this allowed Outlast the Night to function well as a standalone. Always a fan of settings in Australia, I found the Lang Downs station and its jackaroos charming and likable. It was a bit like spending a week on vacation, getting to observe a small slice of life in a faraway land.
The main characters of Jeremy and Sam were compassionate, genuine, and tender. I truly cared about these two and wanted them to connect and build a relationship. I only wish I could have seen more of their backgrounds. It would have been easier to understand Sam’s confidence and self-doubt issues if the author had perhaps provided a bit more insight into his relationship with his ex-wife. Flashbacks or more expansion on his history with her could have added more dimension to his character, adding in an extra layer sympathy for him and his struggle to overcome his insecurities. Sam and Jeremy are sweet with one another, but the chemistry is lacking a bit. Though there is a mutual attraction, there is very little “action,” and it would have been more enticing to see the tension kicked up a notch or two to make up for the lack of physical contact. I also felt that there was never any major conflict for these two to overcome, just some small bumps in the road that were resolved with little struggle. I appreciate the low angst approach, but I think there might have been a bit too much side story that took attention away from further development of Sam and Jeremy’s plot line.
That being said, I did enjoy Outlast the Night and am so intrigued by the original characters and the setting that I plan to go back and read the first two books. The author has created a lovely universe with interesting people, and I would truly enjoy a return trip to Lang Downs to get acquainted with the other characters and immerse myself in their stories.
Narrator William James does a good job of bringing the characters of this story to life and is skilled at alternating American and Australian accents. His voice is pleasant and well modulated and inflected, and I would definitely pick up his narrated works in the future.
I read gay romances because porn doesn't do it for me. I need context. This one was wonderful in setting up a real romantic connection the reader cared about. What a change of pace. The apparently the writer got bored or someone forgot the last reel. Loved the first two books, but what a way to end. Thumbs down.
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