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Earth and Sky (Clouds and Rain #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  457 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Hunter Krause knows better than anyone that running a ranch is hard work. Wranglers are hard to find, and even with Hunter’s foreman and entire extended family on hand, the busy ranch is constantly short-handed. So when horses go missing, Hunter’s brother-in-law hires a man Hunter would never have considered: Grant Jarreau, a man Hunter can't forgive for leaving Hunter’s b ...more
ebook, 330 pages
Published June 10th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press, LLC (first published June 9th 2011)
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Jun 28, 2011 Deeze rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to give this more than 2 stars, but for me it just didn't do it. Overall I liked the story, just not the telling. It started off good but then seemed to take a turn into soap opera land. (view spoiler) ...more
3.5 stars

In book #1 (Clouds and Rain), we already know that Hunter (Gable's neighbor rancher) and Grant (Gable's ex) hook up. In this book, we read the process of them doing so. Starting from Grant taking the job at Hunter's ranch, the two of them acting on their attraction, until they settle down.

I have to say that I love their story better than Gable and Flynn. Not because it feels superior but because it's slightly "richer" in drama. Gable and Flynn are mostly alone in their ranch. No family
Jun 10, 2011 Rossy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Drama filled/family dynamics fans
Recommended to Rossy by: sequel to a favorite story
Warning: This book reads like a soap opera, which means full of drama. Although it's family drama and not just added on for the sake of it. So i suggest reading it when in the right mood for that type of story.
It should be expected that the author writes about flaw characters and she tends to torture them some way or another with some physical injuries. While it's not always the main character, there seem to always have a scene with some character injured.LOL

I liked this book, even if not as mu
Apr 22, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very well-written and I really liked the characters--which says a lot for the author, considering that I wasn't feeling at all sympathetic toward one of the protagonists when this book began, due to what I knew about him from the first book in the series. But I did come to care for both of the main characters very much.

Two things kept this from being a 5-star book for me. One was a scene in which a whole bunch of family drama suddenly happened all at once. And the other was a scene
Jun 10, 2011 Janean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janean by: Cori
QGBC Q3 Challenge pick. This was intense, raw and emotional. An engrossing read. Hunter and Grant yanked you into their story and did not loosen their grip until they were sure you understood their love and their world. I also enjoyed the interweaving of Gable and Flynn from Clouds and Rain along with the other cast of characters. A great read.
Ashley Cox
Aug 01, 2011 Ashley Cox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
I was torn between giving it 2 or 3 stars - in the end I settled on two.

From the get go, I really wanted to enjoy this novel because I absolutely adored the first novel and I wanted to learn more about Hunter and infamous Grant. Ultimately, I just couldn't.

I suppose the first half of the book I enjoyed and then suddenly, everything morphed into this huge soap opera/epic family drama with criss-crossed relationships and a whole lotta babies. Don't get me wrong, I love familial drama .. but this w
Susan Laine
Apr 02, 2012 Susan Laine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the best cowboy series out there. Zahra gives the reader a full cowboy experience.

The story of Hunter and Grant was certainly a heart-wrenching experience. Once you read how tentatively the two start their affair and about all the obstacles in the way you'll understand.

Grant was a character you only got a glimpse of in Clouds and Rain, and your view of him is tainted by Flynn's POV. It takes a while for both Hunter and the reader to begin to understand and, yes, love Gran
Oct 30, 2016 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

It started out great but ended with too much unbelievable and unnecessary drama.
Apr 05, 2015 Valérie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-books
J'avais apprécié le premier tome même si j'avais trouvé la romance entre Gabe et Flynn assez mélancolique, il y avait peu de passages gais entre les deux hommes, principalement à cause de Gabe, ce qui donnait un ton très sombre. Ce second volume est à l'opposé, la romance est éclatante, les personnages lumineux, et certains passages semblent même issus d'un soap opera avec un enchevêtrement dans les relations de la famille Krause qui dénote un sacré sens de l'humour chez Zahra Owens ! Le couple ...more
Pixie Mmgoodbookreviews
1 1/2 Hearts

Review written for MM Good Book Reviews

You know I read the first book Clouds and Rain and loved it, so I was looking forward to this one as well but My God what were you thinking casting Grant as Hunter’s love interest.

This book seems to run parallel to Clouds and Rain but there are mistakes during the times that the books coincide and that is really annoying, Grant is the big baddie in Clouds and Rain, he was Gable’s lover who ran out on him when Gable was injured, he also slept wit
I quite enjoyed getting to know Grant and Hunter better. Especially since Grant wasn't well-loved in Clouds and Rain (Clouds and Rain #1) by Zahra Owens. Grant used to work and have sex with Gable but the relationship ended badly.

When he starts working on Hunter's ranch, things are tense at first. But their attraction is unstoppable and pretty damn hot.

I liked that the timeline overlaps some events from book 1 and we get Grant and Hunter's perspective.
I like this author, but unfortunately this book was really unfocused: too much telling instead of showing, way too much family/baby drama, plot lines that came out of nowhere, strange leaps in the timeline. It also seemed much longer than it really was. I didn't hate it, but the problems prevented me from loving the characters, even though I wanted to. I started the series with the second book, since it's the first one chronologically; maybe the first and third are better.
I was afraid I wouldnt be able to like this book because of Grant being portrayed as a bad guy in the previous book. It has been a pretty long time since I read the first book, so I could start reading this without the details of the first book making me dislike Grant. I thought that the relationship between Hunter and Grant was interesting. The rest of the family melodrama I could have done without. ...more
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
This was ok. It tended to drag in places. I had a difficult time getting into it at the beginning. Then it got a bit dull. I think it could have ended long before it did without the added melodrama.
Jan 10, 2016 Illy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bello il libro e bella la serie. Peccato per i tanti refusi...
T.M. Smith
Dec 03, 2013 T.M. Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We first met Grant Jarreau and Hunter Krause in book one. Grant is Gable’s former lover and Hunter is the owner of the ranch that borders Gables. Hunter and Gable are also long time friends. Everyone, including me, has preconceived notions about the type of person that Grant is. We are all about to be proven wrong.

Hunter inherited his ranch when his late father passed. He lives there and runs it with his family. It is his life. When his foreman hires Grant on as a wrangler, Hunter is less than p
Narrator: Paul Morey

When it's an author who's new to me or not on my auto-buy list, I'm always leery when the book starts well, and seems to trot along nicely. Why, because invariably it trips and often falls down on its ass. Earth & Sky is a classic example.

Warning: this is another 'everything including the kitchen sink' book.

At around 20%, I was happy with it and there were enough moments for me to feel that it was a 5-star read/listen as f
Gaby Franz
Jan 19, 2013 Gaby Franz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vale la pena resaltar que esta nueva entrega ha sido incluso aún mejor que la anterior, los personaje fueron muy bien desarrollados, mostrándonos a Hunter, un hombre lleno de responsabilidades desde los catorce años, quien tuvo que asumir las riendas de su familia y tierras, ocupando el lugar que su padre dejó al morir tan joven. Hunter es un hombre completamente enterrado en el armario, tanto que ni siquiera ante sí mismo ha aceptado que es homosexual y prefiere hacer lo “correcto”, saliendo co ...more
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Eccomi qui a parlare finalmente dei due personaggi che amo di più di questa splendida serie, Hunter e Grant. Che dire, forse la storia non è intensa o drammatica come quella di Flynn e Gable, ma adoro questi due. Insieme fanno scintille, fin dal primo incontro l’attrazione è palpabile e i loro scontri sono a dir poco accattivanti. Grant è un personaggio ambiguo, misterioso, appare e scompare come niente fosse e questo
Eric Renoult
Apr 06, 2015 Eric Renoult rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vous vous souvenez que j'avais eu un avis mitigé avec le premier tome, et bien ce second tome m'a réconcilié avec la série. La plume de Zahra y prend vraiment toute sa dimension et elle nous offre une belle romance.

Hunter et Grant nous offre une relation qui se construit sur la durée. La romance en est ainsi beaucoup plus tangible et crédible. Même le revirement de sexualité de Hunter est traité de manière si réelle qu'on y croit. D'habitude dans les romances on a du mal a croire à un reviremen
Apr 16, 2015 Qhuay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Et bien moi qui hésitais, j'ai beaucoup aimé. Je craignais ne pas pouvoir l'apprécier n'ayant pas lu le tome 1, mais finalement, c'était une bonne surprise.(Et j'ai deviné de quoi il en retournait pour les chevaux dès le premier coup ! Nomé !)

J'ai vraiment apprécié tous les détails concernant la vie dans les ranches et des chevaux donnés par Zahra Owen dans ce livre. Mais bon, cette dame a déjà fait ses preuves et ses livres sont vachement bons.

Par contre, si on est censé détester Grant dans le
Dec 08, 2011 Melora rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2011
Much like Clouds and Rain I felt a bit detached from the emotional side of things. I enjoyed the build-up of Hunter and Grant's relationship, but the never ending issues going on around certainly have that soap opera quality. We get some follow-through of the side mentions in the other book, but if you hadn't read that first there's a bunch of stuff touched on in this one that would seem completely random and incomplete. I really wanted to see the scene where Grant appologizes to Gable if for no ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Meganjoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cant believe I didn't see any reviews mentioning that every convo from clouds is not only changed in earth but the context of the convos is also changed and events that happen are also slightly altered ...

For example in clouds gable was crazy jealous when hunter was first meeting Flynn and acted like a jerk but in earth he was all warm and sunny and the convo was different

Another example is when flynn punchs grant at the hospital he also acts like an ass to calley but in earth he is all hi hon
Cristina Contilli
Commento sulla lettura dell'anteprima...

"Chiuse gli occhi e fece una deviazione per evitare di imbattersi con lui. Non poteva farlo, non poteva sentirsi in quel modo. Non in quel momento e certamente non per Grant."

L'amore arriva quando meno te lo aspetti e soprattutto con la persona di cui mai avresti immaginato di amare... l'atmosfera di questo libro mi ha ricordato un film di qualche anno fa con due cowboy che si innamoravano l'uno dell'altro, ma facevano una gran fatica ad ammetterlo...
Jackie Keswick
Jan 07, 2014 Jackie Keswick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-romance, cowboys
I like looking at a story from different angles and Zahra Owens does that very sweetly in her Clouds and Rain books. We were all set up to hate Grant, but once you find out the stories and reasons behind his behaviour I dare you to stay mad at him. There's a larger cast of characters in this story - my favourite being Izzy - and I've gotten used to the occasionally soap-operatic plot twists to the point where they're amusing and enjoyable. So, all in all, a very diverting read.
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This was everything... EVERYTHING!! Wooh the emotions, and stages of drama was exasperating and exhilarating. I was so happy Christy didn't abandon their kids, and wanted more from life. I knew Miranda wasn't shit, she been tryin to trap Hunter but got her karma in the end. Mrs Beth knew a mother's instinct barely is wrong. I just loved the lengthy chapters, and the how the transitions wasn't prolonged. Great read Zahra!!
Oct 30, 2012 Sunne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it as an audiobook and it was okay for me. It is a nice and comfortable book, everything turned out as I expected. We knew very soon who the bad boy would be, it was clear that probably sooner or later everybody would live on the ranch.

What made it a bit more entertaining was that Hunter actually was a kind of cute and straightforward guy. He never really acted jealous or so. I liked him.

3,5 stars
Aug 13, 2011 SueM rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Not a bad story overall, in fact I enjoyed Hunter and Grant's story much more than I thought I would, given that Grant had appeared to be an @$$hole in the previous novel, Clouds and Rain. The major issue I had was that it reminded me too much a soap opera. If something wrong could happen, it did, and outside the MC's relationship, there was almost incestuous partner swapping going on. Unfortunately, it was just a bit too melodramatic for me to rate it higher.
Dec 23, 2011 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love Zahra's work but I was very disappointed with this.

How many pregnancies and complicated relationships do you need in one book?

I felt it was unrealistic and I'm sorry to say that I skipped to the last page to see the ending, and I was disappointed.

There was so much crammed into one story that I couldn't keep up, everything was complicated to understand.

It hasn't put me off reading more of her books because I love her other works.
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