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McFarland's Farm

(Hope #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,584 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Wealthy, attractive Lucas Reika treats life like a party, moving from bar to bar and man to man. Thumbing his nose at his restaurateur father's demand that he earn his keep, Lucas instead seduces a valued employee in the kitchen of their flagship restaurant, earning himself an ultimatum: lose access to his father's money or stay in the middle of nowhere with a man he has s ...more
Kindle Edition, 123 pages
Published September 10th 2014 by The Romance Authors
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Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

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McFarland’s Farm is an easy, sweet and sexy read.

Lucas has gotten into hot water one to many times with his father. He’s being cut off. He doesn’t have much of a choice but to go to Hope and stay with a family friend, Jared. That’s the only way he has a chance at getting his credit cards back.

Jared spends his days farming and his nights alone. When he’s asked to take Lucas in for a while, he can’t say no. Both of these men have known one another for a while. Both are secretly att
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Well, damn it, that was short.

But delicious. It was delicious, y'all, a delectable, bite-sized treat of CC fare.

Spoiled, pretty-boy Lucas is sent by his father to Jared's organic produce farm so he can learn a lesson about respect and earning his keep. What he finds is a hot but shy man with a huge heart. Jared has lusted after Lucas for ages, but Lucas is younger and far out of Jared's league. Or so Jared thinks.

Lucas is a huge brat at first, and his change of heart was perhaps too easily ac
Rosa, really
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cardeno fans and sugar addicts

The title?


The cover?


However, the author?


Cardeno's either my first or second favorite purveyor of sugar fluff nuggets. (The other author is, naturally, Mary Calmes.) I love to gorge myself on her books like it's 8am on Christmas morning. (I was never one of those kids who paced themselves so they had three pieces left the next July. Or the next day. Whatever.) This book is quick and therefore more of a snack than a full-on gorge -- but it is the sweet treat we've come to expect from Ms. C.


4.5 Stars! Wonderful heartfelt story sets the stage for this new series!

Once I started I couldn't stop. It never fails to amaze me how much depth, feeling and emotion Cardeno C. packs into a story. The characters are always likeable and easy to connect with, the stories flow and while there are issues to muddle through, they aren’t filled with an overwhelming amount of angst. McFarland’s Farm is no exception.

Jared is a sweet, humble, beautiful man and Lucas is a wild child, a snotty little bra
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Gigi by: Susan
This is a great low-angst book that left me a happy camper. Definitely recommended for my fellow M/M romance friends who want a quick, fluffy, sexy read.

Thank you Susan for the great rec!
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

Want a quick break from reality with some fluffy goodness? Check this one out! 3.75 Stars ♥
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One word: Amazing!
I just recently disovered my personal weakness for gay farmer MCs. For some reason these down to Earth type of guys looking for a partner to come home to after a hard day in the sun push all my buttons.

So it’s no surprise that shy Jared McFarland was love at first sight for me.


At 32 years, he is a divorced farmer in Arizona who wants nothing more than finally find a partner who sees more in him than just a brawny hick with a scar on his face. He is on friendship terms with h
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Star Sweetness

Judge it by what's inside, what I found inside....was.



And holy~heaven an ever so sweet romance!

The Book~

I like the way this book starts off with Jared and soon it is handed over to Lucas. This directs the pace of the story well and makes it very interesting every step of the moves forward with ease, and this allows me a glimpse of both MCs POV's , which is always a favorite of mine.

That and the pure sweetness of Cardone's writing style makes her books irr
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
A very nice, angst free story by Cardeno C. She has the ability to write books that always make me feel all warm inside.


This story has a cute, but very spoiled brat named Lucas. His dad sends him to Jared’s farm to learn how to make something of his life.

Jared is a hard working farmer and pretty lonely. He always had a thing for the brother of his ex-wife. So when Lucas comes to stay with Jared, he is very tempted to act on his feelings.
Luckily Lucas does seem to change when being around Jare
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

Cardeno C writes the kind of fluffy smut that I can eat up any time, any place. Add in a lonely farmer who just wants to be loved? *swooooooon*

I love Jared McFarland. He's that stand-up guy who does right by anyone and has a HUGE heart and tons of love to give. He stole my heart.

Lucas, Jared's ex-wife's brother (long story...told in a bit of this, erm, short story), is a young party boy who misbehaves and has no direction in life.

Until someone shows him how to work and how to love.

Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Quick summary
Lucas Reitz is a party boy who tested his wealthy restaurateur father one time too many. Dad gave him the ultimatum of losing access to his money or going to Jared McFarland's farm, his organic produce supplier in Arizona. See, the thing is, Lucas has always lusted after Jared, unbeknownst to anyone, including Jared...and vice versa.

What I adored about this story
Jared. How could you not? He's a big, red-haired, lovable guy who was hard working, a
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Overall book rating 4 sweet stars
Audio book: Narrator -Paul Morey 4 stars
Book cover: 2 Stars

This was just sweet a bit short but sweet.

☆ Todd
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Meh. It was nice, but not overly memorable.

Note: Cardeno C. *rocks* time and again. This one just fell a bit flat for me, but I'll still be keeping my eyes out for her next books. : )
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! 50-some pages of smutty insta-love goodness!
There's just something about Cardeno C. that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. And then paired with Paul Morey narrating? Perfection.

Lucas, Jared's longtime crush, is heading to Arizona to stay with Jared. Not by choice, of course. His father sends him there to learn some discipline and responsibility. As he has none, instead he's a total brat.

They start out as kind-of enemies. I say kind-of because I don't think it's anything personal. Lucas is enemies with anyone who doesn't give him his w
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It ended up being a sexy and sweet story. I'm glad there will be more ;-) ...more
Bonnie-Anne Carmichael (Love Triangles Are Fucking Stupid.)
I was enjoying this but then it just like, ended. I felt like I read half a story!
Jared I loved, Lucas not so much.

He did redeem himself as the story went along, but it was too short for me to totally buy into loving him enough for Jared.
This was barely an okay read for me. Maybe if the book had been longer I would have have had a chance to feel different about this romance, and the growth of Luke as a character. But in this short story, everything happened too fast, including the sex scenes...and in that venue, I prefer one long, well set, well-thought-out, sensory, emotional sex scene that a lot of quickies.
Madeline...Just a Reader
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved Bratty Lucas
I loved strong quiet Jared
I loved the small town

It's Cardeno C so you know it's gonna be sweet and hot.

There was enough in this quick read to make me look forward to rest of the series.
Despite the abrupt ending I really liked this book.
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arc, on-my-kindle
I'm a hardcore fan of CC's and without it sounding condescending, I just have to say how very proud I am of her for taking a chance on self-publishing. I can only image how scary that must be, especially after having a long-term relationship with a publisher. Oh, I don't think she's finished using a publisher, but I commend her courage in striking out on her own, and dipping her toe in the water. With that said, let me be the first to say how much I loved 'McFarland's Farm', book one in a new se ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bgirls, shorty, ebook, mm

A review by The Blogger Girls.

This was a really sweet story. It’s short, so things happen fairly quickly once the guys are together.

Sweet Jared is a produce farmer. He works very hard but lives a somewhat solitary life, having lost his mother when he was a teen and never really knowing his father. The town basically took him in and helped him along until he became successful on his own. He married young, but they were more best friends than anything, and still are. He is a bit scarred from the
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Well this was delightful, pure sweet goodness though it seemed sadly short (or I once again need to try and start pacing myself reading-wise). Lucas was such a spoilt immature brat that it was lovely to see his metamorphosis and Jared was just plain adorable (I do love me a gruff bear with a squishy centre). There was no real angst or drama just a slowly pleasant romance I would dare to call heartwarming - in fact it was like comforting carrot soup that had a dash of ginger (because t
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
Read 9/10/2014
Re-read 7/2/2016
Re-read 3/12/2018 I needed the pure joy of Cardeno.
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, novella
Short, sweet and romantic, but I did want more from Lucas. How he went from spoiled rich young man to worthy of someone like jared. I didn't see it honestly. still sweet and I enjoyed it. ...more
James Cox
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good contemporary read. I enjoyed it.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I am not as happy about this, as I thought I would be.
Sure the plot sounded great and honestly this had all the potential to be a 5 star read.
But then, somewhere near the end it felt the author had other things to do and just finished it within a few pages, without bringing the story to a close.
One day the (very sweet) main characters dance around each other, next day they are having sex, declaring their everlasting love and while in their first real sexual encounter the book suddenly ends.
I kep
Well... okay. I guess this is one of the least interesting books of Cardeno C.'s that I've ever read. Usually this author can pack a lot into a short novel, but this one wasn't very effective. Insta-love and a huge about-face by one of the MC's didn't work for me.

I did the audio version and I'm getting spoiled by all the amazing narrators I've been enjoying lately. Sorry to Paul Morey, he didn't do anything wrong, he just didn't wow me with his performance. Though in his defense he didn't have a
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