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Adam and Holden

(Men of Smithfield #4)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,096 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time—an interest in the world outside his window.

Holden tries to resist the attraction. But painfully shy yet definitely intere
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Carina Press (first published May 14th 2010)
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Written December 5, 2014

3 1/2 Stars - Nice and fun but maybe not stunning captivating - nevertheless amusing for the moment

Book #4

Adam and Holden is my fourth story about all these adorable gay lovebirds (usually mature men) in Smithfield. I have been listening to the 6:20 hours audio edition. Once again narrated in a splended way by Shannon Gunn. ~ A husky-voiced favorite (gay-steam) narrator by now.

(Finished a week ago and at last a review...)

I got what I expected and I'm on the whole quite

Audible + ebook

Rounded up to 4 stars

I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book more or maybe even less if I had had enough time to read it in one sitting. But the previous week was pretty busy for me, and I needed almost 5 days to finish the 150-pages-long book, in spite of the fact that I tried to speed up my reading progress switching between the audio and the ebook.

*** I have a weak spot for writers, as a MC. And Holden, a 40 year old wealthy, sarcastic and eccentric, openly gay, agoraph
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, m-m
**Review of Audio Version

For audiobook week at Boys in our Books, I pondered what to pick. This would be my first foray into listening to m/m romance by a narrator. (“How awkward are sex scenes to listen to? If the writer included written-out sex noises like “Unngh!” or “Ahhhhh!”, does the narrator then do the sex noises? Am I going to be listening to sex scenes on my crowded bus commute?”) These are the things I pondered. Finally when we were all picking books, I opted to try to adhere to my re
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!! This was so different than the rest of the series. More of a murder-mystery storyline. And I loved it! Definitely my favorite in the series. Holden is a former TV star turned recluse because he has agoraphobia (which is a disorder that fascinates me). And Adam is his new gardener. He's much younger than Holden and from the wrong side of town. I just loved the two of them together, plus all the secondary characters were a hoot.... Mrs. Henderson, Father David, Porter, Mitzie, Kipling, ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary, m-m
In and Out is the fourth and final book in the Men of Smithfield series by LB Gregg. I've enjoyed all the books in the series so far, but I have to say that this one will probably turn out to be my favourite as I found both heroes to be completely delightful.

The book opens with our hero, Holden, ogling the new hired hand, Adam. Holden had a successful career as a travel writer, explorer and television presenter before he was outed on live TV by his ex-lover and friend, not only as a gay man, but
This was not my kind of book. Really, I shouldn't have enjoyed it at all. And yet, I did. Adam was sweet and Holden was a Character with a capital "C". The whole thing was like reading a French farce with a tangled mystery and a revolving door of over the top characters. As I said, normally not my thing, but this time around I was digging it. *shrugs*
Ok so this is a really bizarre experience because I've listened to the first 3 books in this series and they were all narrated by Shannon Gunn and I enjoyed them so because I've read the books and this is just me listening to the audio books because I wanted to revisit a series that I had enjoyed years ago...until I got here and things kind of tanked a little for me.

Once again Shannon Gunn is the narrator and while I his idea of Adam's voice and the rest of the characters were ok, I can't lie Ho
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, zz-amazon-yes, mm
While I spent a pleasant afternoon reading this book, it wasn't one that I fell in love with. I am not sure if it is because it is the fourth book in the series and I have perhaps overdone it, but it didn't stand out as anything special.

I hate to admit it but I didn't particularly warm to Holden. I really wanted to but found it hard to garner sympathy for his situation - a lonely house-bound agoraphobic with a ruined career, lost love and problem brother. I did like Adam though!

The story involve
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favourite book of the series. Probably more a 3.5 than a full 4

The story in this one is much more fleshed out, the mystery is pretty mysterious lol, it certainly kept me guessing.

The cast of characters were all worth reading.

My only problem with this one is the same as the others, I just don’t feel any real emotional connection between the MC. While I liked Adam, he came across as sweetly vulnerable, Holden just came across as a pervy old man. In fact I think I could of happil
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Book 4: Adam & Holden - 3 stars

Ije the Devourer of Books
I loved this book. I really love the entire series but this is my favourite. Holden, 40 years old is a recluse. He used to be a well known explorer and something if a globetrotter but all that came to an end when he was betrayed by a former colleague and lover. He is now unable to leave his house but he manages his life by writing books and with the help of his rather impolite housekeeper.

Now a dead body has been found in his garden by his new, much younger, much hunkier gardener. And so a myst
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good story.

The 1st person narrator, Holden, is a 40 year old former adventurer and writer who is agoraphobic and lusts after his sexy young gardener. He lives in his family's old mansion with an austere housekeeper, his alcoholic brother (who has his wife/ex-wife in tow as well as his best buddy) and his ex-boyfriend "visiting" him. It is a animated, lively coming and going in this house and the murder mystery is smack in the middle.
When Adam, the beautiful young man who tends to Holden's
Camille Adams
Audible version.


Holden's voice and characteristion as "flaming", fussy and WASPy took a little getting used to. I liked Adam and the voice Shannon Gunn uses for him, however.

Plot wise, my desire for greater cohesiveness never really abated throughout the entire read. There were some elements that needed tightening and that sometimes seemed a little messy bordering on irrelevant. The mystery was okay and the reveal felt a little anti-climactic. But it was all still readable with some entertai
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, romance, owned, done, gay, ebook
Very good m/m romance about a disgraced and now agoraphobic writer whose sanctuary is breached by a gardener, a corpse, his ex, and more! I was late to work yesterday morning because I had to finish reading it. :) LB does such a nice job balancing the tender with the madcap, while managing to infuse both with plenty of humor. (I also liked the tie-in to Gobsmacked.)
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Ha! Holden wasn't really a dick at all. I think this one is my favorite of the bunch. I loved the story, very mystery like, lots of players and I loved Adam and Holden. I was left with a few questions but really I think I kind of have been with all of them. On to the last one.
That was absolutely amazing! :)
Definitely a favourite.
Fani *loves angst*
3.5 stars

I think I liked the writing style more than the story itself :) This is very weird for me, but though I loved the writing, I loved Adam and liked Holden, I wasn't convinced by the romance. Those two fell in love without much interraction or anything to really convince me that it was more than lust. Still, I enjoyed the story and want to read more by the author.
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holden Worthington is a former television superstar who was once a very successful reality show travel explorer. Holden now hides away in his home because he suffers from agoraphobia. This condition came on because of a scandal where his former lover ousted him on television as an author of steamy gay novels. Now Holden spends his days drinking away his sorrows, lamenting on his less the thrilling life and ogling his new lawn boy, Adam Morgan. Adam is a strapping twenty-four year old who Holden ...more
One of my tastings to come soon. Hopefully. Definitely! :)

Here it is...

My Tasting:

Why I bought it:

It was an ARC. *Apparently I meant to do reviews occasionally. Did you know that? Cos I sure as hell didn't.*

Dislike/like (ending on a high note):

Dislike~ More of a warning~ Fans of L B Gregg will be used to this author's trademark wit and humour. Don't worry; I'm not telling you it's disappeared in In and Out altogether. It's there; however, it's been toned down in consideration of the more serious

4.5 stars

(A note: the books in this series can be read as stand alone and out of order. There are some recurring characters but not a lot is lost if read out of order.)

Wow, this is my favorite in the series. Definitely. This author really knows how to shape entertaining characters with engaging voices— how to bring the funny on. Yet, each guy in the Smithfield series is unique with something new to bring to town. Once again, it’s the deliciously depraved bad boy that I love— that world-weary, ac
2.0 Stars

This book just didn't do it for me. I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out why and I think it's because I didn't care for Holden. He's agoraphobic and, as a result, a recluse; I felt for him there. He suffered the betrayal of his long-time lover, John, and was humiliated to be outed as a gay porn author. He is trapped in his sprawling nine-thousand square foot mansion with only the housekeeper (Mrs. H) and his philandering and alcoholic brother, Porter, to keep him company. Wh
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic-suspense, mm
Narrator: Shannon Gunn

I enjoyed this a lot more in audio than when I read it 3 years ago. This despite the narrator's slightly Southern accent (correct me if I'm wrong since I'm no expert on different US accents) which made Holden sound like a dirty old man - who's 80 rather than just 40! It was a little icky at times but I managed to handle it.

I still enjoyed the romance and I liked Holden's sarcastic internal wit. I love that he is tender and p
Listened to the audiobook version and I'm thinking a read could probably push this into 5 stars. Acerbic and self-deprecating, I found Holden such a fascinating character. Not easy to like, but when the tough exterior is stripped away by Adam (who almost certainly has some form of Asperger's) what is revealed is a deeply hurt and vulnerable man who has really no defenses against the sweet, naive young man. Opposites attract mixed with snarky hurt-comfort made me sit in the dark, in my car outsi ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This series seems to have an affinity for odd pairings, and Adam and Holden are the oddest of all. Adam is a young good guy who has trouble interpreting basic social cues and is victimized from poor parental choices. Holden is a best selling author and TV personality (and part time porn writer). Really well done! But... the narrator of the audio book really channeled the voice Paul Lynde for Holden.
I can't decide if this was genius or horrible typecasting. Fortunately I don't have a cookie cut
Mickie Ashling
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book! This author is like comfort food for me. When I want to laugh, and cry, and lose myself in a wildly convoluted but terribly romantic story I know where to go. A highly recommended 5 star read.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, I am eating these up. Gregg is so good (and funny!) at describing people behaving badly in spite of themselves who completely win us over in the end.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read all the Men of Smithfield books and have enjoyed all of them. Here we meet Holden, who used to be an adventurer but is now agoraphobic and he hasn't left his huge house in 2 years. He notices his new gardener, Adam, and all sorts of mayhem ensues. Holden has a really charming and distinctive voice, I could see him clearly in my mind's eye. I felt for him and enjoyed spending time with him. Adam was a little more of a blank slate to me. I could see his physical attraction, which was bea ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I read it: I picked this one up from NetGalley. I have enjoyed the others in this series and I like LB Gregg's writing style.

What it's about: (from Goodreads) Holden Worthington's globetrotting days are over. Once the host of a popular adventure show, he hasn't ventured past his own front door in more than a year. Then the arrival of a sexy new gardener sparks something Holden hasn't felt in a very long time—an interest in the world outside his window.

Holden tries to resist the attraction.
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this before bed one night when I was restless, and although it didn't grab me as thoroughly as some books, I kept reading until 2:30 am, when I finally finished and was flat-out exhausted. It's enjoyable, with a background murder-mystery plot and some kooky romance. In the beginning, half the cast was going to drive me mad, but by the end I'd come to terms with most of them. I felt the story was leaning heavy toward having too much sex, but never crossed that line, altho
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LB Gregg (Lisabea) writes fun, fast-paced contemporary male/male romances for a variety of publishers including Riptide, Samhain, and Carina Press. Her wildly successful Men of Smithfield books feature hot, hunky men looking for love in small town New England. Find more information about LB, The Men of Smithfield, and her fun series Romano and Albright at

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