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Somebody to Love

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  18 reviews
For Phineas Bell, love has not only been out of reach, it has been impossible. In a world where men who love other men are anathema, he has poured his love into his work, his town, and the friends who accept him as family. But when a handsome new lodger takes over his home and his heart, breaking all his careful rules, Phin must choose between playing it safe and letting l ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Merry Farmer (first published April 27th 2014)
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Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok

Review will be posted soon at The Blogger Girls

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This may be one of my toughest reviews. Was this story technically written well, yes. No grammar issues and no typos that I recall, the story moved along at nice pace. But did I care for the characters relationship, not so much. Also, when I started this book I was surprised to see it takes place in 1900. There is no indication in the blurb that it was Historical. I like Historical stories but found thi
Jodi Pushkin
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Please see my full review on the Smoocher's Voice blog:

Somebody to Love is the sixth book in the Montana Romance series by Merry Farmer. The book takes place at the turn of the century: The Industrial Revolution is in full swing, technology is changing, and admitting to being a homosexual could get you killed.

Sheriff Elliot Tucker knows how homosexuals are looked down on in society, from experience. He has built a fortress around himself to hide that part
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Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Actual 4.5 Star Review!

Somebody to Love by Merry Farmer!

Love has not come easy for Phineas and sometimes near impossible. He lives in a world where loving another man is completely forbidden and not acceptable by any means. So he has lived his life through his work and the family and friends who accept him for just being himself. Now enters a gorgeous lodger who enters his life but more importantly his heart. He must now choose between the comfort of a secure and safe life or risk it all for th
This was a solid three star read. The pacing of the novel was well done, especially toward the end where the edge of my seat climax was worth waiting for, and the writing flowed easily.

Somebody To Love is the story about the romance of Phin(eas) Bell and Elliott Tucker, infused with a bit of mystery and suspense. It's an easy read, apparently well-researched and seemingly indicative of the time period, specifically as far as the relationship between the two men is concerned.

While I came to care
Anita Foster
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is another book in the Montana series & this time finally we have the much awaited Phineas Bell's story . If you've read the other books in this series , you'll know these are set in the town of Cold Springs ,Montana. Phineas is a banker & owns the bank in town. Phineas is a gay man but has been resigned to celibacy as a confirmed bachelor for quite a number of years and when a new sheriff, Elliot Tucker arrives in town , things change for Phin & they find themselves drawn to ea ...more
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, ebook, romance
I was thrilled to find this book - it's not often a regular romance writer both gives a gay character an important role in their books, much less moves on to give that character a starring place in their own book with an honest to goodness romance of their own. I really wanted to like it.

Unfortunately, compared to the first book of the series which is what hooked me on this author, it falls flat. I spent half the time wanting to shake Phin and punch Elliot, and the endless misunderstandings they
Connie Taylor
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ms Farmer has done a wonderful job again with the continuation of her Montana series. This book can be read as a stand alone novel or read in the order it was written. The characters are so human in their hopes, dreams, and love. The excitement of the story had me turning page after page until the early morning hours. I couldn't put it down. The book has everything that a reader wants a new sheriff, an established banker, romance, kidnapping, counterfeit money. All in all, an excellent book to r ...more
Jeene Hobbs
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Banker finds his match

You need to be open-minded to enjoy this story. It is spicy and about a gay relationship. I have read much of this author’s work and enjoyed it. It is both a romance and an adventure.

If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, do so. Then it will be important to you that Phineas Bell get his own HEA. Phineas left Philadelphia 20 years earlier in disgrace because “he wasn’t the sort of man who would likely marry.”

“His oldest, dearest friend could be in danger,
Kristy Moore
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
16 grammar errors in a book with three people thanked for editing?

Nice Queen reference in the title.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this, quite a lot, but it didn’t hold my interest as I felt perhaps it should have for the historical placing of the story.

Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it

Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

From my review: "Somebody to Love is similar in my mind to a m/m "Paint Your Wagon" sort of story. Part of it made no sense, likewise the casting. Parts of it were fun, absolutely enjoyable while others were, well, lets be kind and just say perplexing. But not every reader will feel as I do and for some, this journey into 1901 Montana and a Cold Springs romance might just be the thing for them. It's all in how you approach historical fiction and your tastes might vary
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a good reads giveaway that I won.
I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't. It took me forever to finish, because I wasn't excited to get back into it.
The story was alright, but it needed more somehow. I liked that it was a difficult subject. Gay men in that time period were shunned. The book to me didn't have enough romance. Or I guess I wasn't feeling it.
There also was some typos, I think one even in the back of the book.
Sorry to give a bad review. But it's only one opinion. If you
Kay Smith
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Read my first LGBT romance novel; and it was pretty awesome. Loved how this book danced past some of the "he's the feminine" and "he's the masculine" hues that I expected to read; they really are incredibly developed characters! Still loved the cast of characters!

Definitely recommend reading this series in order!
Highly recommend Farmer to y'all; love her writing style. He plot actions are concise and easy to follow, a delightful read.
Alice Malary
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good reads giveaway that I won.

Phin(eas) Bell is a gentle man who has compassion and his honesty is both a positive attribute and a fault.
Sheriff Elliot Tucker is vain, cocky and very full of himself. He presents the façade of a stereotypical alpha male. He knows how homosexuals are looked down on in society, from experience.
I loved the ending of the book...
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this read. I'm not much into historical novels but I enjoyed this one just fine....
Kayla Burgess
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Loved it!
Adored it!
But Phin had my heart as well as my attention.
I LOVED this book.
Hot, and sexy. OW!

See review here or at the paperback version
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Merry Farmer is a bestselling, award-winning novelist who lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Torpedo, her grumpy old man, and Justine, the new, feisty baby. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn't have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to ear ...more