By Hallie Deighton
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Aussie farmer Rob McIntyre keeps his private life strictly private. His sex life is confined to brief escapes to the city and he’s all but given up hope of ever having a romantic relationship here in the small farming community of June Valley. That is until city boy, Luke Wallis, comes to stay.
Rob has never been more tempted. But there’s no way he’ll risk his love life becoming the talk of the district and no way he’s going to risk his heart… no matter how much he finds himself falling for Luke.
That’s if Luke’s even into men… and Rob’s not about to ask. Rob’s just going to have to keep his attraction, and his hands, to himself until Luke’s gone. After all… it’s only one month.
In a word?
This is one of those rare books I could read over and over again and simply never tire of. The story was comfortable, beautiful and heart-wrenching in so many ways. Rob and Luke are endearing together and, even though I was forced to suffer through some unwanted and uncomfortable angst, I couldn’t wait for them to get their HEA.
The characterization throughout was magnificent, and the research on farming was fairly accurate and thorough (thank you so much! we with ag ties appreciate it) – and I was thrilled that the author chose to explore robotic dairying and not romanticize dairy farming as a money-making business. Author Hallie Deighton is creatively gifted, a masterful storyteller who doesn’t rely on retelling the same old tired story or using sex as the glue that binds two people together. She transcends the reader into the story itself through honest and raw emotions, the stunning setting, and vivid characterization. This is definitely not a nail-biting, fast-paced drama (thank God), but if you’re seeking a tender and true love story, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. It made me feel all warm and giddy, and I hated for it to end.
I’m looking forward to reading further works by this author, especially if she continues to pen M/M romances.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on October 8, 2016.