Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ARC Review: Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North

Blueberry Boys
Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.

Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.

Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.

Todd's rating:

Vanessa North's latest novel, "Blueberry Boys," was an entertaining and easy read for me. I hate when reading a book feels like a chore, which this one definitely did not.

As the story begins, NYC male model photographer, Connor, has returned to his old hometown in rural Massachusetts to settle his deceased uncle's affairs.

Connor and his (asshole) brother, Scott, have inherited their uncle's farm and decide to sell the property, after which point Connor planned to never set foot in the place again.

Connor was the fat, gay kid growing up and the town holds very few pleasant memories for him, so the sooner he can part with the farm and archive painful memories of his past, the better.

Until he met Jed, the quiet, handsome and devout stuttering blueberry farmer who was currently leasing the land.

When Connor and Jed meet, the intense attraction was instant. Even if neither of them initially realized that the interest was reciprocated. (Dumb guys are dumb.)

I loved how Connor was so patient, yet take charge, while Jed was shy and reserved.

That is, until things heat up in the bedroom, then there was a bit of a role reversal in play, to my absolute reading pleasure.

Jed's insecurities centered around his fear of speaking and you can't really talk that much when you're horizontal with your mouth full, right? ;- )

Before I began reading, I was kind of worried that Jed's faith would be disruptive (and something to endure,) but he was actually a good Christian, keeping his faith mostly to himself and in his own life. Praise the Lawd!
"Why do Mormons have an indentation in the center of their chests?

From people constantly poking them there while yelling, "Get. Off. My. Porch!!!"
;- )
The sexy scenes were plentiful and steamy enough to add to the story, but not so numerous to be a detriment, which was good.

My one and only niggle about the book was that, for my tastes, it could have used a teeny bit more conflict for the guys to overcome.

The story is low-angst and extremely sweet, without any manufactured melodrama, so the guys behaved like adults and we ended up with an HEA, fortified by an epilogue from a year later, with both of them content and happy with their shared lives together.

There really wasn't much that I would've changed about the book, so a solid 4.25 “I l-l-like it” stars from me this go 'round.

My copy of the book was provided by the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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