The third book in an amazing series, this one has a whole lot of stuff going on for both Charlie and Travis.
The biggest part of the book are two eventThe third book in an amazing series, this one has a whole lot of stuff going on for both Charlie and Travis.
The biggest part of the book are two events, (view spoiler)[Ma getting sick and Travis going home for his grandfather's funeral (hide spoiler)]. Those two events shape large portions of the book, but there are a lot of smaller things going on that have an impact as well. Charlie's upcoming election for the farming/ranching foundation is pretty important, he's working on finishing his degree (with Travis's help, of course), he's making changes in how things work on the ranch with tech, he's got a pending contract with a major grocery chain, and he has a surprise announcement from one of his hands ((view spoiler)[Trudy's announcement of her pregnancy (hide spoiler)]).
Through all of this, Charlie is also dealing with a lot of personal issues; his birth mother appears out of nowhere, with some surprises of her own, they find some surprises in the attic, and he's still dealing with the fallout from book 2 (his coming out to the farming/ranching community). Despite all of this, Charlie is doing an amazing job of processing and keeping on top of things...I'm just a little annoyed about how he deals with the big event with Travis. He's kind of whiny, and I'm surprised by how immediately negative he is about where there relationship is going; I get his point of view to a degree, but he seems bound and determined to think the worst (and he's to gosh-darned stubborn!). :)
Still love the book and the series...for new readers, watch for Charlie's speech, it's pretty damned amazing and inspiring. :)...more
The second installment in this series, here we really get down into the nitty gritty of this couple's relationship. Charlie and Travis have to deal wiThe second installment in this series, here we really get down into the nitty gritty of this couple's relationship. Charlie and Travis have to deal with some serious issues here, not the least of which is (view spoiler)[the threat of Travis getting forced out of the country due to his work visa (hide spoiler)].
Here we also get to see a lot more depth of character, both in the couple and the people that surround them. We see some foreshadowing of events in book 3 (view spoiler)[(Ma's illness, which I immediately noticed was coming in my head, but was surprised it didn't actually happen until book 3) (hide spoiler)], and we also see more of the hands and the family environment Charlie has developed on this giant ranch.
We get a lot more background on Charlie; the issues with his father, his back-story in dealing with his sexuality, and how he's dealt with emotions and all the crap in his life on the ranch.
My favorite part of this book is probably (view spoiler)[when he comes out, in a big and brassy way, to the people at the farming foundation. I especially loved him telling off the old rancher, and the store owner who tries to snub them...he gets to say all the things gay boys want to say, and he has the financial weight to get away with it believably (hide spoiler)].
Would definitely recommend the series, and this book in particular, to people who enjoy some drama but also some tenderness, and hot cowboys working through some stuff. :)...more
I'll try to keep the review of this to just the first book, though I read all three of the ones available now (#4 due out in a couple of weeks) at theI'll try to keep the review of this to just the first book, though I read all three of the ones available now (#4 due out in a couple of weeks) at the same time.
The first installment to this series was pretty darn charming. We get introduced to Charlie, a man living on the edge of society, ranching in the back end of Australia. He's pretty satisfied with his life, ranching with people he's gathered around himself as both employees and family, men and women he considers to be better than his born family.
Charlie's quiet life is disrupted by a hot Texan cowboy Travis (and who wouldn't find disruption by that!), come to see a different style of farming from his home ranch in Texas. He's charming beyond all belief, and wiggles his way past Charlie's reservations (he's not too sure about the boss getting involved with an employee, male or not) and carves a place in his family and his heart.
I loved both of the characters of Charlie and Travis, but what really makes this novel (and this series) shine is the cast of supporting characters. We have George and Ma (both with different real names, which is hilarious), and a cast of employees that is small but distinct and real.
My only complaint about this first work in the series is that it is pretty short, at least compared to the later ones. That said, it didn't feel rushed; while the characters get together and become a couple in the matter of a couple of weeks, it doesn't feel rushed, or slapped together. We really get to see a development of affection and desire grow between the two, and the start of something great....more
Overall, a good read and a cute story of "opposites attract". I really liked Davy, and grew to like Gavin despite some of his quirks. Though I'm sureOverall, a good read and a cute story of "opposites attract". I really liked Davy, and grew to like Gavin despite some of his quirks. Though I'm sure most people are automatically charmed by the bad-boy player type, I was just suspicious, and despite some of thoughtless ways he hurts Davy over the course of this story, I did come to like him and appreciate their relationship.
My only niggle with this story is in the storytelling. Time seems to flow in fits and starts, and they seems to become friends and then switch to more rather quickly, despite the longer sections describing each stage. I did like the cast of characters, though (view spoiler)[I felt that Nate's sub-story was obvious and a little weak in how it was told, which made him hard to like (hide spoiler)]. In particular, I loved Ray and Oliver, at least the idea of them, though Oliver felt a little flat at times. (view spoiler)[The subplot with Gavin's mother also felt a little tacked on, and just a way to create the rift between Davy and Gavin as well as give them a kid for the "loving gay family" ending. (hide spoiler)]
The sex scenes were pretty good, but I felt like they took up too much of the real estate of the book for me, more half "sexy times" and half story, whereas I think a better balances is 1/4 sexy, 3/4 story and plot. Can't win them all, I guess... :D
If you enjoy the bad boy/good boy dynamic, the jock/geek dynamic, or they shy/confident dynamic this is definitely one you should try out. Also, if you like stories with kids, or stories with some decent secondary characters, you should give this a try....more
Very sweet. This story had a lot of things that I loved...an introverted and sweet main character, a large family, some emotion and angst, and the warVery sweet. This story had a lot of things that I loved...an introverted and sweet main character, a large family, some emotion and angst, and the warm feelings evoked by holidays.
Calvin is really sweet, and I totally related to his feelings through most of the story. His emotional turmoil over coming out, and dealing with a large family as an introvert, are very similar to my own experience. His boyfriend, Philip, is amazing and wonderful in all the best ways, and I love how supportive he is for Calvin, despite his subtle frustration with keeping their relation hidden for so long.
All in all, a good story, and while it might sound a little fluffy, there's quite a bit of meat in there...my only complaint is that I wish we had gotten to know the family a little more, but with a short story that can be hard. :)...more