Quiet but lonely Jared has to decide how much of himself he's willing to risk to keep party-boy Lucas.
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.
"Jared, it's me."
Jared McFarland sighed and moved his gaze away from the jumbled numbers on the screen to the answering machine on the other side of his desk.
"I know you're there. Pick up the phone."
Susan couldn't know he was there. She lived in Phoenix, and he lived a hundred twenty-five miles west in Hope, Arizona.
"The reason I know you're there is you never leave your property and it's nine o'clock at night, which means there's not enough light for you to be working outside."
Susan's ability to read his mind terrified him.
"Plus, I know you're on your computer."
"And the reason I know you're on your computer is last time I visited, I uploaded a program that tracks everything you do on there."
Jared froze, thinking through the ramifications of that claim.
After a pause, Susan continued. "Do we need to…
This is the sweet, heartwarming story Cardeno C. promised. I loved the romance, which didn't develop quickly, and the strength of character in Jared and the people in his life.
Cardeno C. has created an impressive charming romance that I vastly enjoyed.
Cardeno C is the master of sweet romance. ... Nothing turns me on more than guys being open about their feelings. ;) That's because it usually ends in an erotic make out session or sweaty, grinding sex!... They are very sweet together and decide that maybe the home Lucas is looking for isn't somewhere he makes for himself but somewhere he wants to be…. in Jared's arms.
The way the love grows between the two main characters is sweet, but not overly so. There is some angst, some emotional drama, and a whole lot of growing up going on.