by Vanessa North (Goodreads Author)
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.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Riptide Publishing via NetGalley
Genre: MM Adult Contemporary Romance
My Blueberry Boys Review . . .
I simply adore Vanessa North! Every book I have read so far has been heartfelt and sweet while at the same time dealing with real issues.
Connor Graham is now a city boy who's forced to come back to where he came from when his uncle dies. The last place he wants to be is there, but he has to deal with the farm that it;s now left to him and his brother. With this farm, comes the tenant farmer Jed Jones. Jed is a sweet stammering man whom is forced to be living in conflict due to the inner turmoil of faith and self. He knows he's gay, but his faith and family believe differently causing tons of conflict within himself.
"Oh for heaven's sake, Dad, it's not a lifestyle it's an orientation, an identity,"
Finally meeting up with Connor Graham the local gay legend, he starts to realize that he wants more. He's lived in sin by lying to himself and others, but wanting Connor helps him be a bit more brave.
Connor has his own issues from the past, but there is something right about Jed. Connor doesn't see the stuttering or his flaws, all he sees is a beautiful man. With mutual feelings they can't stop the attraction but they know it can't go anywhere.
It started off as a fling, but they both needed each other so much more. But how can it work with Connor needing the city and Jed needing to farm. One will have to compromise to make it work, but it's not always that easy.
Even if they don't work out, Jed is determined to be true to himself and his family. However, there is a long way to go to make that right, since so many are conditioned by beliefs to truly understand the truth of the reality.
"I don't know if I can make it not hurt, honey. I want to, but that was hurtful shit."
At first his family has a hard time, but with the help of a new minister and his faith, Jed's able to make head way and be more comfortable with his own truth. Now, all he has to do is find a way to make it work with Connor.
These two break my heart until they finally come up with a great compromise and are both able to deal with their own inner angst to gain their HEA. It was sweet and heartfelt. I absolutely loved Jed and Connor together. They were perfect for one another. Sweet MM read.
4 There's always a solution thumbs up!