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.
Lucas is the brother of Jared’s ex-wife and Jared has had a crush on him for a long time, but figured he never stood a chance since Lucas is physical perfection and Jared is a bit beefy and awkward. It turns out Lucas has had a crush on Jared, too, but thought he was straight.
Lucas gets into trouble at his dad’s restaurant and sent to Jared’s farm to find himself or risk being cut-off from daddy’s money. Lucas has never done any actual work his entire life and doesn’t know what to make of Jared’s way of life.
Jared knows his life of seclusion isn’t for everyone and really thinks party-boy Lucas will never find happiness out in the sticks. But… the world is a surprising place and it turns out that Lucas is exactly what Jared needs and vice versa.
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, are happy when Lucas realizes Jared is straight, ecstatic when Jared realizes Lucas has the hots for him and 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 sex is steamy and the ending very, very happy.
I highly recommend this book and give it a 4.5 of 5 stars.
Copy provided by author for honest review