4 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dreamspinner farmer Gay Gay Heat Index Homophobia Hurt/Abuse Length long distance love m/m Mary D Mechanic/Car/Racing Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Standalone

Hearts and Hazelnuts by Kris T. Bethke

release day review

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Mechanic Jordan Hart is down on his luck, so he gladly accepts a temporary job servicing tractors at a hazelnut farm in Newberg, Oregon. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to his boss, Beckett Shaw. Still working on embracing his bisexuality, he’s reluctant to start anything, but Beckett’s gentle coaxing convinces Jordan to take a risk.

Beckett has vowed not to get involved with anyone until he can restore the Shaw Farms name as a leader in hazelnuts. But there’s no denying his interest in the shy mechanic who shows up at his door. Just as they begin to find a balance, outside forces threaten to tear them apart. Job opportunities force Jordan out of the Portland area he loves so much. But when danger comes too close to Beckett, Jordan must decide if he can follow his heart to the Willamette Valley… and straight back to Beckett.

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What I like about the States of Love stories is that when they are done well they give me a sense of the beauty of the place. This story did that for me. The descriptions of the beautiful scenery and the pride locals take over their identity. Hazelnuts in this case. I loved the slow burn romance between Jordan and Beckett. Both of them are strong men who need to stand on their own but at the same time can’t resist the pull of attraction between them. The only thing is that I didn’t really get a good sense of the secondary characters, such as Cory who works for Beckett. It is difficult in a novella to give space for all the characters and I’m more than happy with the main characters. Maybe Cody’s time will come in another book later.
I liked the way Jordan and Beckett’s relationship develops. There isn’t insta love but a building of friendship and trust. This is a yummy (must be the hazelnuts on my mind) low angst love story with a little intrigue to move things along. Perfect for an afternoon escape.

4 of stars out of 5


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