Title: A Hope Story: McFarland’s Farm
Author: Cardeno C.
Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Characters: Jared McFarland, Lucas Reika
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
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.
McFarland’s Farm is a feel-good, sexy story by Cardeno C. One thing I’ve learned after reading many of this author’s books is to make sure I give myself plenty of time to read before I start it. Why? Because I know anytime I read anything written by Cardeno C., I won’t be able to put it down until I finish reading the entire book from beginning to end without stopping.
One of the things I really liked about this book was the sweet way the romance developed between Lucas and Jared. Lucas is a little bit of a spoiled brat and Jared is a hard-working man who lives a simple life. I honestly didn’t know how these two seemingly different men would be able to find a common ground and build something special together. But, as the story continued and as things are about both Lucas and Jared are revealed, it was easy to see how much they truly did belong together and how much they really came to care, love and respect each other.
As with all of Ms. C’s books, McFarland’s Farm is a very fast paced book. It is so easy to get caught up into Jared and Lucas’ lives and really enjoyed watching them fall in love. The selfish person in me wishes the book had been longer. I would love to see how these two men really work at keeping their relationship a strong one. McFarland’s Farm is a great start to the Hope series and I know fans of Cardeno C. and fans of the book Jesse’s Diner will totally fall in love with these two men just like I did.
Reviewed By: Gabbi