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Lorcan's Desire (Whispering Pines Ranch #1)

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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  775 ratings  ·  151 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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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.
Deeze
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
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Bev
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!!
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Meggie
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
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Heller
What the hell did I just read? That was not what I was expecting at all. Passing on the rest of the series.
Kassa
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
Jewel
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
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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 him...wow...he went up in flames and the moani
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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
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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
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Gina
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
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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
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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
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mw138
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
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Buda
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
OMG...wow...I 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!!!!

SJD...you 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 HEA...you will truly miss out on a great
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Julie C
Ok, this book definitely got my attention. I love the character development; they seem so real and tangible. Conner is just wonderful...the old coot!!!

Quinn, with all his internal bravado about being gay, is still a deeply closeted rancher. He's afraid of losing the town's support if he comes out and publicly shows his feelings. He realises this hard truth when Lorcan wanders onto his ranch looking for work. He's so beautiful (with his waist length hair) that Quinn can't control himself so decid
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Jen
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
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Ms. Nikki
(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
Ery
Sigh..

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
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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
DaisyGirl
1.0 Splenetic Star

I'm tired and peeved. Let me back up ...

I'm an S.J.D. Peterson fan. (Plan B much?) Having said that, this book was a total bust for me. It wasn't badly written nor was it objectively crappy. It's me ... not you this book.

Here's the problem: I don't do love triangles and this here was a celebration of a love triangle. It was seriously messed up and infuriating. It was painful to read, it upset me so much. I stayed up late into the night seething as I turned each page. I loathe
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Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
Quinn or Jess...Quinn or Jess?! Where the heart goes nobody knows :P

This book was picked for me for the November Comfort Zone challenge...gimmie cowboys and I turn into a puddle of goo! So this was a great selection...Thanks Brandilyn for introducing me to Lorcan & his desire's.

If you like Cowboys & A Whole Lotta Angst, you should definitely check out this book! But be warned...you are gonna want to read the next book (and the rest of the series, I'm sure) right away!
Nic
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.
Mandi
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!
Susan
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Stephanie
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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
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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
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It's been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan's Desire in January 2011. I've published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
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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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