Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy, Happy Release Day!!!! Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt: McFarland's Farm (Hope #1) by Cardeno C.

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Cardeno C - LogoCardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset. 

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Title: McFarland's Farm (Novella)
Author: Cardeno C.
Publication Date: September 10th 2014 by The Romance Authors
Cover Art: Reese Dante

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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 secretly lusted over from afar.Quiet, hard-working Jared McFarland loves his farm on the outskirts of Hope Crossing, Arizona, but he aches to have someone to come home to at the end of the day. Jared agrees to take in his longtime crush as a favor. But when Lucas invades his heart in addition to his space, Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk and figure out if he can offer Lucas enough to keep him after his father's punishment is over.

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
The 'awwwwws' just fell off my lips with this one! Cardeno C. is known to deliver great romances and she did it once again with McFarland's Farm.
In this story, we have two vastly different men who fall in love. Lucas, twenty four, is a spoiled, rich, Beverly Hills kid who thinks with the ego and the money to match. He pretty much acted according to whim and fancy and his hard working father finally just had it enough. So off with his head - so to speak - and he's sent off into twilight wonderland that is a vegetable farm. In the middle of nowhere, Arizona. 
Only one thing may go right for him: Jared.
Jared had been married to his best friend but loving someone like a sister does not make a marriage work. With grace and love, the two divorce and remained steadfast friends. When called for duty to help straighten out her brother, he could not refuse for a variety of reasons, one being he could never say no to his ex-wife; two, this was his biggest buyer, good friend and former father-in-law asking; and three, it was Lucas.
Jared and Lucas had been circling each other since the day they met. Jared is the bear that Lucas had always dreamed of and Lucas was the beauty that Jared was too shy and insecure to go after. Sounds much like a fairy tale, doesn't it? And it is.
McFarland's is a beautifully written romantic-without-going-cheesy fairy tale novella about a gentle beastly bear loving his beauty. The great thing is that both men did not jump the creek and go for it, they went with the flow, fighting their attraction through the getting-to-know-each-other stage before they finally succumbed. Yes, theirs is a beautiful fairy tale romance that just made the 'awwws' fall from my lips and had me smiling goofy even as I write this. Just like the author promised she would do.
Lovely, lovely, lovely. **smilingoofy**

A Note for CC: McFarland’s Farm Fun Facts

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This is my inspiration image for Jared

How do I have almost 3000 Pinterest followers? Maybe it's because I post things like this...
And this one is my inspiration for Lucas

Despite Jared being the shy introvert to Lucas’s party boy extrovert, Jared actually has much deeper connections with people.
McFarland’s Farm is the first novella in a new series of standalone novellas. The series name is Hope, both because of the hope the characters have in building happy futures and because the stories take place in the fictional town of Hope, Arizona.

Each novella in the Hope series will focus on a new couple in town and we get the first glimpse of the wonderful town and its unique residents in McFarland’s Farm.


“Please tell me you can go again,” Lucas said breathlessly. “Won’t be a problem,” Jared assured him. “Just give me a few minutes to recharge.” He flicked his tongue over Lucas’s lips, pulling back with a grin when Lucas darted forward and tried to catch him. “Come here,” Lucas said playfully. “I’m hungry.” Jared chuckled. “I don’t think my tongue’s going to fill you up.” “Oh no?” Lucas leered at him and waggled his eyebrows. “You have something else in mind?” “As a matter of fact, I do.” Enjoying the game, Jared took hold of Lucas’s hand and brought it between them, resting it on his package. “Mmm, I can see that.” Lucas gently cupped Jared’s sensitive balls before running one finger up his satisfied cock. “This is nice and thick. It’d really fill me up.” “Why do I suddenly feel like I’m in the middle of a cheesy porno?” Scrunching his nose in an incredibly adorable way, Lucas nodded. “You’re right. That last line was total Velveeta. I blame it on the hunger.” “You didn’t finish your dinner,” Jared said as he rolled off Lucas and lay on his side. He grasped Lucas’s hip and tugged him forward so they were chest to chest. “Do you want me to go get you a snack?” “And where, pray tell, do you plan to find such a thing?” Lucas draped his leg over Jared’s waist and played with the hair on his chest. “Uh.” Jared thought through the contents of his kitchen. He wasn’t much of a snacker so he didn’t buy chips or cookies or crackers. “I, uh, can heat up—” “Let me help you out by giving you the answer to my question.” Lucas paused and looked at him meaningfully. “If it’s food, we won’t find it in your kitchen.” “Oh.” Jared blinked in surprise. “Are we low on food?” “Low?” Lucas snorted. “Sure, we can call it low.” He leaned forward and circled Jared’s nipple with this tongue. “Or we can go with accuracy and call it nonexistent.” Still satisfied from his orgasm, Jared enjoyed Lucas’s attention without losing focus on the conversation. “When I got my breakfast out of the freezer this morning, I could have sworn there were lots of meals left in there.” “Let’s take a moment to repeat what you said.” Lucas cleared his throat. “When I got my breakfast out of the freezer.” He arched his eyebrows. “Why is your breakfast in the freezer? And your lunch? And your dinner?” “I’m sorry,” Jared said, immediately feeling guilty about forcing a man accustomed to chef-prepared cuisine to settle for Hungry-Man. “I know you don’t like the frozen meals, but I don’t have time to cook, and even if I did, I hate doing it. Tomorrow’s Friday. How about we go into town and eat at Jesse’s?” “That sounds good. I called the grocery store, and they’re open until nine. Do you think you can finish what you need to do outside in time to get cleaned up, go to dinner, and still leave an hour or so for shopping?” “An hour?” Jared repeated. “What are we going to do at the store for an hour?” “Well, I’ve never been there, and I think it’s a fair bet you’re not all that familiar with anything outside of the frozen food aisle, so I want to leave us enough time to find everything on my list.” “List?” “Yeah.” Lucas nodded and moved his finger over the same path his tongue had taken, tracing the perimeter of Jared’s nipple. “I got all the urgent invoices, emails, and letters out today, so I had time to poke around online. I made a list of meals to tide us over for a week, and I need to stock up the kitchen.” “You’re going to cook?” “Like I said earlier, one of us has to and you work longer hours. Besides, I think maybe I’ll enjoy it. I’ll for sure enjoy eating food that’s not loaded with preservatives.” Lucas nudged Jared’s shoulder until he tipped onto his back. Then he crawled onto his lap. “What do you say?” he asked as he ran his fingers through Jared’s beard. “Say?” Jared mumbled, distracted by how good it felt to have Lucas touching him. “Uh-huh, sure. We can go to Smitty’s after dinner.” “Good.” Lucas grinned at him, a hint of mischief in his eyes. “But that’s not what I meant.” He tilted his hips back and rubbed his ass over Jared’s groin. “It isn’t?” Jared asked hoarsely. “What did you mean?” “I meant, what do you say about going again?” He moved back and forth, giving Jared delicious friction right where he wanted it most. “You up for it?”

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