Seth Simms never wanted to be a cowboy, although to listen to his best friend, Jason Thompson, tell it, he isn't one. He just happens to have lucked out in coming to live on Lang Downs with his brother 10 years ago. He found enough stability to finish high school and go off to university, but he never really believed Lang Downs would be the same haven for him that it had become for so many others. He's too messed up in the head. No one would accept someone with his issues.
All his life, Jason has had one goal: to come home to Lang Downs as a resident veterinarian when they need his skills and jackaroo when they don't. And it means he gets to spend time with Seth during his occasional visits, even though his dream of going from friends to lovers is hopeless since Seth is straight.
When Seth unexpectedly comes home to stay, Jason takes it as the boon it is. But juggling a relationship with another jackaroo and his friendship with Seth isn't easy, and that's before Jason realizes how deep Seth's issues run and how dangerously Seth chooses to cope with them.
©2015 Ariel Tachna (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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"Narrator does a great job with great story"
Seth and Jason have been friends for the last 10 years. Seth has had a very hard time over those 10 years and is very untrusting of any happiness in his life. Both Jason and Seth find themselves newly single and when Jason’s most recent ex lets it be known that he’s jealous of Jason’s crush on the “straight” Seth, Seth finally allows himself to acknowledge his feelings for Jason.
With so many gay couples around, Jason and Seth’s relationship isn’t something to hide, but Seth can’t trust it and has other secrets that he is hiding. When threatened with the truth he runs, and Jason has to decide if being in a relationship (more than a friendship) with Seth is something he wants to risk pursuing.
For fans of the series, seeing Jason and Seth together as well as all the other couples is a breath of fresh air. This is a very nice “ending” for everyone involved, and though there is a bit of angst surrounding Seth’s emotions and Jeremy’s land, most of this feels like the tying up of loose ends. That being said, there is enough story here that it can be a standalone and you won’t feel lost, but I do recommend the entire series.
Ariel Tachna is a gifted writer who really knows how to make her characters feel like real people and Jason and Seth join Cain and Macklin in the group of men we’ve come to love on Lang Downs.
William James does a fantastic job with this. He narrates in “American” and gives the dialog an Australian accent that I found wonderful. (I have no idea how it would sound to a native, but I loved it.) He adds emotion to the story and really makes the story come alive. I’ve really enjoyed listening to this series and highly recommend it.
For both the audiobook and the story 4.5 of 5 stars
"A beautiful story"
This is a series. You can read alone as each book is mainly about a specific couple, but the overall story does touch on some unresolved issues from previous books or the overall ranch. I would advise in this book that reading the series may be in order, so you know who Jason and Seth are.
Jason has always lived on Lang Downs. His father is the shop manager and mechanic.
Seth came when he was a young teen and Maclin, and Cain saves his older brother Chris from a gay beating in town. Jason has always had a thing for Seth. Seth though he is his best friend had liked girls and dated when he got older. Jason went away to Vet school as he always dreams and Seth went to Sydney to mechanics school. Jason always figured Seth would come back but he moved in wth a girl in Sydney.
Set finally decides to go home and see what will happen wth Jason to find him with a Jackaroo and it looks like they have a decent relationship.
One great thing about this series is it's about the family dynamics of the life on the Station, not just the characters. We also get another story a much sadder one with Jeremy and Sam. Jeremy gets a call from Taylor Peak the neighboring station and Jeremy's home that Devlin, his homophobic brother that kicked him off the station has had a critical accident. Things get so sad here. I cried and cried.
There is so much going on but its fast paced and attention grabbing. I couldn't turn it off once I started.
The story is beautifully written, Heart wrenching et sweet and sexy as well.
William James is the perfect voice for this story. He brings the characters to life, and he brings the station to life. I have listened to all five of these and couldn't imagine a different voice for the characters. William can make you cry , laugh and sigh in the proper place. I love the charming accents and even the attempts at the women's voices.
If you like cowboys( or sheep ranchers, foreign stories, Heat breaking yet happy stories, and a great all-over romance I highly recommend this series.
Get them all and listen to them while you do your chores. Its a great time to pass away the day with a sweet romance.
I wish this series wasn't over. I am hoping maybe more in the future, please!
I have to say that while I really enjoyed the two men and the way their story came together, I didn't particularly like how much of the Taylor's story we got. I understand that it was necessary, but sometimes I just couldn't wait for their part of the story to be over so we could get to our boys.. well, the men they'd grown into.
I loved that we'd seen these boys together in the previous books and as they grew up and then we got to follow along as they got their happy ending. This was a nice conclusion to the series as we got to see everything all wrapped up with a pretty bow and everyone was happy.
I can say that I am a fan of Ariel Tachna after reading this series. She has such a wonderful way of writing romance that also has a hefty dose of reality and work thrown in. The characters are all different and have their own issues to deal with and they do so in their own unique way.
The narrator did an EXCELLENT job with the book and I know I will be looking for more books narrated by William James in the future.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
"This Series Was Wonderful"
All the books in this series were well done. Most series I lose interest by the 3rd book... with this series, I listened to all 5 of them. Relistening to all of them for the soothing quality of the narrators voice.
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