Saturday, September 20, 2014

McFarland’s Farm by Cardeno C. Blog Tour

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, 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.

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“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.”


“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?”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a short, sweet and very sexy read. I cannot deny I was sad when it ended, because I wanted more – which I guess makes it the perfect kind of book! The characters are quickly drawn up for the reader, and it is very enjoyable as they catch up with what we are already wanting to happen.

The piece of very good news is that this is clearly titled as book 1 of a new series, which means that we may well meet these adorable guys again. I, for one, cannot wait!

This is one HOT SEXY little read.

Jared McFarland likes the life he leads on a farm in the little town of Hope. He's a quiet, hardworking man. He puts in long hours during the day, coming home to an empty house. He wishes he could find that one guy to be there waiting for him.

When Jared's ex-wife calls telling him that her father is sending her half-brother to the farm. Lucas is the L.A. pretty boy. He's spending his daddy's money with no real intention of getting a job and making his own way. When his father catches him in a sticky situation, he cuts Lucas off sending him to the hardest working man he knows, Jared.

The slow build up, the sex scenes all very HOT! I fell in love with CC's writing with Family Series and McFarland Farm doesn't disappoint!

Lucas is a spoiled rich kid who crossed a line and now his father is making him grow up. Jared lives and runs a farm that he loves. Jared does a favor for a friend and takes in Lucas so he can get his life in order. One thing leads to another, Lucas and Jared start to have feelings for each other but they have such different lives. I don’t want to give away too much, but just like every other book by Cardeno C., once the book gets really good it is over and you are wishing for more.

Characters: The characters were well written and believable.
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Jared and Lucas are living very different lives. Jared is a quiet, shy, hardworking small town farmer and Lucas is an outgoing, rich, big-city playboy. The two have met through Jared's ex-wife over the years and both admired the other, but their different lifestyles kept them apart. Until now. Now, Lucas' father has had enough of his son's playboy ways. He sends him broke and alone to Jared's farm with hopes that he will straighten up. Will Jared be Lucas' savior, or will they drive each other crazy?

I really liked this story. Cardeno C. is a new favorite of mine and I was not let down by this one. I love how much emotions are in Cardeno's stories and how connected I feel to the characters. This one was short and sweet and overall very pleasing to read. I found it a quick read and I look forward to other books from this series. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good M/M romance.

McFarland's Farm is a sweet M/M romance about two very different men. I enjoyed Jared and Lucas' story. They were at times awkward and sweet and hot.

This story took less than 2 hours to read and in the end I would have loved a longer story but this was still a good read. Cardeno C is quickly becoming one of my favourite M/M authors. I look forward to reading more of her work.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
What can I say? The author has delivered once again. A short, sweet novel of romance and a happily ever after. Two misunderstood characters who take the time to get know one another instead of falling immediately into bed is a refreshing, and welcome, change from the norm.

I can't wait to read more from Cardeno C.

McFarland’s Farm Fun Facts

1.  This is my inspiration image for Jared:

2.  And this one is my inspiration for Lucas:

3.  Despite Jared being the shy introvert to Lucas’s party boy extrovert, Jared actually has much deeper connections with people.

4.  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.

5.  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.

Cardeno 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.

Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of McFarland’s Farm (Hope #1) by Cardeno C. to read and review for this tour.

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