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Lorcan's Desire (Whispering Pines Ranch #1)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  716 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Despite the loving support of his family, Lorcan James wants to try life on his own, so at twenty-one, he finds himself walking half way across the country in search of adventure. What he finds is desperation, desperation that leads him straight to the Whispering Pines Ranch and right into the path of its strong, arrogant, gorgeous owner, who awakens something in Lorcan he ...more
Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published May 30th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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I admit I was not enjoying this as much as I hoped in the first half. I found it slow going, and Quinns internal thoughts centred around his hard on for Lorcan were repetative.

Lorcan I never warmed up to. Maybe its because I'm more the blend in quietly type, but I wanted to scream at Lorcan that if he hates the way people look at him like he's different then maybe he shouldn't deliberately invite it by growing his hair down past his ass. Then again that could just be because I hate any hair t
Mar 09, 2013 Bev rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bev by: Tina

A really good read and 4 stars from me, but only a very short review....

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object - lots of fireworks definitely!!

The unstoppable force is Lorcan, and the immovable object is Quinn!! To understand the phrase I've used, you'll have to read the book, but as this story isn't finished by any means, I'm going to defer my full review until I've read Quinn's Need, yeehaw!!
Jason Huffman-black
This story threw me for a loop but it was an amazing ride. I loved Quinn and I loved Jess. So who do I cheer for?

SJD Peterson knows her characters and when she writes in their voice, wow! You can hear them talking. This is a must read, in my opinion. No cookie cutters for this author.
In my humble opinion this is really sad and awful story, I mean here we don't see true love at all, we got the wish for loving someone, wishing for that someone to love you back and being true to himself. I definitely didn't like Lorcan. He was immature and childish. Quinn was someone I did understand.

The plot was simple, about two man who didn't know how to communicate with each other and that leaded to broken hearts, hurtful feelings and bad plotted story. In my opinion everyone has to grow i
As I’m a somewhat firm believer in the happy ending of romances, I shocked I didn’t mind the ending. Instead the characters and their internal monologue left me bored silly and I didn’t care for any of them. I think the story is trying something interesting, giving a definite not happy ending but trying to show that there is more than one potential mate for people. Perhaps not the perfect mate but a good person that can develop into a good relationship. I like that concept a lot, even if some di ...more
Lorcan is a bit of a spitfire. Young and impulsive, he has a tendency to act before having all the necessary information. He's got a good heart, though, and he really wants to do what's right. Well, he actually wants to do Quinn, but he isn't sure what to do about it since Quinn mostly avoids him.

Quinn is very much closeted. He's lusted after Lorcan since the moment he laid eyes on the man, but Quinn is terrified that if word gets around that he really is gay, he'll lose everything. It doesn't h
What the hell did I just read? That was not what I was expecting at all. Passing on the rest of the series.
Emma Sea
I liked the characters, I liked the plot, but I found the writing uninspiring. (EDIT: the writing improves a lot in book 2, so don't let this put you off)

It's no spoiler to say the premise is a love triangle. Quinn likes Lorcan but is in the closet and staying there. Jess likes Lorcan and is out and proud. Lorcan likes them both, but doesn't like being a dirty little secret.

Lorcan thinks to himself The way Quinn averted his eyes from Lorcan while others were around, the way he'd exclude Lorcan f
This book started to unfold as i expected it and I thought I knew what was going to happen. Thank god, I was wrong!

Lorcan is a wonderful character, I couldn’t help but love him. Lorcan is young his, feelings new and painful and he has a heart that just breaks so easily. But he always has a strength and wisdom I admire for his young age. And then there is Quinn, who I also loved, but I also got very angry at him multiple times in this book. OMG, I wanted to smack him!! But again, being the sucke
Chris Jeffreys
ZERO STARS FOR THIS BOOK! A friend of mine convinced me to read Syd Peterson's Lorcan's Desire a few weeks ago. I decided that I would take the effort to read the book since my friend continually gave it high praise, and I did like one of her other books that was not in this series.

I don't know what he was talking about. In total, there are five characters in this piece they are Quinn, Lorcan, Jess, Conner, and John. Quinn is a rancher in Oklahoma, Lorcan is a drifter who is taken in as a ranch
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Apr 29, 2013 JustJen "Miss Conduct" rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JustJen "Miss Conduct" by: Susan65
Shelves: mm, ebook
Took me forever to read this, though not from any lack of pushing from my friends. It started out kind of slow and sort of repeats itself until you really understand the issues, which drove me a little crazy.

Poor Lorcan has always dealt with people judging him and assuming he was gay based on his looks. At this point, he doesn't know if he is gay or not, having no experience either way. He leaves his family in search of adventure and to find his own friends and make his own life apart. He ends u
Tami (synchro from BL)
...enter life-threatening situation and I am out of here...

DNF at 39%.

For me Lorcan was a chick-with-a-dick - and I so didn't dig the Laurell-K-Hamilton-memorial hairdo...

The prose went into flowery, not hot, incredibly stilted territory and I was so embarrassed to read this awful, awful sex scene...

Also totally crashed any kind of plausible characterization of Lorcan as a confused virgin who wasn't even sure about his sexuality - when Quinn touched went up in flames and the moani
Will Parkinson
I hated this book with every fiber of my being.

I hated Lorcan for what he did to Quinn. I hated Quinn for what he was doing to Lorcan. I hated Jess for coming between them.

Why am I rating it five stars?

Because I understand why things happened the way they did. Quinn was too afraid to love Lorcan who really wanted love and acceptance. Jess filled those needs (and pretty hotly, too.)

I loved the characterization for everyone in this story. They were each their own unique characters, with their good
Wow! This book was incredible and I'm so glad I read it!

In this story Lorcan James, a young man seeking adventure, finds his way onto Quinn Taylor's ranch desperately needing work, food and shelter. With much trepidation, Quinn hires Lorcan even though he feels an intense attraction to the young man. Confused by his own feelings towards Quinn, Lorcan happily takes the position of ranch hand...if only to earn enough money to return home.

Even though Lorcan and Quinn forge a friendship, soon their
Jul 23, 2012 Buda marked it as abandoned
This is most ridiculous. Within a few pages we have a hard cock just from the sight of the love interest-to-be and the same cowboy threatening to "thump" his erection into submission. Let me just say this: No man does that. Are you kidding me? Thump? It makes me want to pose this question to the author: does your vagina drip just at the sight of an attractive man? Believe it or not, there are more subtle ways a man knows he's attracted to someone. I understand this is the author's first publishe ...more
Boyboygirllove mean DAMN!!!! That was one heart-wrenching roller coaster of a ride! I have never felt that torn between three men before but I honestly didn't know who I was pulling for more...Quinn and Lorcan or Lorcan and Jess. I'm totally a mess right now...I need to read Quinn's Need ASAP to see how this story ends!!!! are an insane writer...please don't EVER stop:)

Note: if you can't be patient enough to read through a second book to get your will truly miss out on a great
HA, finally finished this! I had gotten spoiled for the ending awhile ago, so I put finishing it on hold.

The first thing you should know about this book is that it's part of a series, so if you're looking for a stand-alone with an HEA, you may want to give this one a miss. It's not particularly sweet, though a few of the characters are.

However, I found Peterson's writing to be pretty decent, and the plot is very character-driven, which I enjoy. I like the motley crew of guys who work and live a
(Tipping my baseball cap to Peterson) Not your average story. Totally original. I didn't know where the hell this story was going, but all I knew was that I wanted to get there. I LOVE JESS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope he is not just a fictional character. (maybe he's straight and Peterson can hook me up: hint hint) A soul like that needs to be real, so the rest of us broken-hearted can have a strong shoulder to sneeze/love on. The first couple of chapters with Lorcan thinking Q hated him had me rolling ...more

I could have liked this, I think. Interesting premise and parts I started getting into. But...3 huge things held me back:

1) extremely tell-ey. To the point where one of the characters would comment on something another did or a characteristic of the other and I was like .. Wait , what?
2) I hate it when I can't tell WHY characters like each other. It's meet, fall in like/love, have sex.
Why do you like him? No clue. Please provide some substantiation of the relationship, or I can't believe
Myristica Myristica
Jul 27, 2011 Myristica Myristica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All who enjoy ranch stories
Recommended to Myristica by: Saw it on Author's FB page
I can't say enough about this breakthrough novel by S.J.D. Peterson. It's a modern-day ranch story and the beginning of a trilogy. Let's just say I cannot wait for the next installment! Mind you, what this author throws at you is a realistic portrayal. Where others fear to tread, Peterson stepped in with both feet. The writing style is flowing and the content is fun. I could not put the story down! I hear tell "Quinn's Need" is the next title. I'm looking forward to it and have set aside money i ...more
Really loved the whole Whispering Pines Ranch series.

Each book was thoroughly engaging and thank goodness I waited until they were all released before reading them - each book left me eager for the next story and I would have been disappointed to have to wait!

What made the series special was the different feel for each book with different characters and themes but a common thread to bind them together.
Holy hell, that was good! S.J.D. Peterson really knows how to bring your emotions threw the ringer. The only reason I didn't give this one the full 5 star rating is because of the ending. When is the sequel coming out? I have to know what happens next!
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Gerry Burnie
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I understand that Lorcan’s Desire (Whispering Pines Ranch #1) [dreamspinner Press, May 30, 2011] is the first effort by a now “published Author”, SJD Peterson, so congratulations are in order. However, now that the ‘first born’ is out there, let’s see how it rates.

There is much to be said for this story as a first effort. The writing is strong, and technically it reads almost effortlessly—a good start. The style is straightforward with ju
Scotty Cade
What a great book. The story opens with the incredibly beautiful Lorcan James on a dirt road looking for work and a place to live after he left his family in search of himself and an adventure. He meets Quinn Taylor the owner of the Whispering Pines Ranch who takes him in and offers him a job and a place to live. Quinn is a closeted gay man more focused on making the ranch his father left him a success, then finding love, but Quinn knocks him off of his feet immediately.

Lorcan has never put a la
Lorcan's Desire was a book that I dreaded reading, but felt compelled to pick it up anyway. As a fan of the HEA formula, as well as being aware of the complication between the MCs that makes this a 3 book series instead of a stand-alone, I was sure that nothing but despair could come from reading this book. Ok, so I like a little despair every now and then (it keeps things interestingly off-kilter), but I digress. What I didn't expect was to be swept along by Lorcan (a decidedly non-alpha male, ...more
I started this book in March and finally got around to finishing it exactly 7 months later. I was about 60% of the way through, but then had to drop it like a hot potato once I read the description of the next books and realized, WTF, the MCs aren't together? NOOOOOOO! I need an HEA like pancakes need syrup, dammit!

So here we are again. I started at the beginning of the book and powered through. "You have to get through the first book" everyone tells me..."the rest of the series is so worth it."
I've given this an "It was OK" star rating as opposed to the one star rating I was initially going to award because, well, it did improve slightly towards the end.
So saying, the story is literally sex with a very weak plot thrown in to bind the sex together, otherwise it would be sex, sex and more sex just for the hell of it.
So many unanswered questions: Why is Mr Henderson or whatever his name was from the neighbouring ranch convinced that Quinn is gay? Why do we never meet this evil neighbour
OMG, These two....I Can't Believe it!


Sooooo Hawt!

BUT.....This Book....OMG, What Just Happen? Man oh Man this books has one heck of a cliffhanger some ridiculous,twist and turns and I love it!

I don't love that this series offers a soap-opera saga feel for me....but it's still waaaay wickly fun!

Re-Read in June 2013~It is A Solid 4 Star Read For Me

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“He didn't deserve someone like Lorcan. He'd turned Lorcan's pure and wonderful feelings into something ugly, something to be ashamed of. He stepped into his room, shutting the door quietly behind him, sitting on the edge of the bed with his head in his hands as he listened to Lorcan move around his room. He did something he hadn't allowed himself since his daddy had passed. He cried—for his loss, for what could have been... but mostly, he cried in shame.” 8 likes
“This fairy is gonna smoke your ass.” 6 likes
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