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4.5 Stars for Cherish the Land (Land Downs #5) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Cowboy @dreamspinners

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Title: Cherish the Land (Land Downs #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna
Publication Date & Length: June 8, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

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 ten 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 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.

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 FourandHalfStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
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.
Renee

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Audiobook Review: 5 Stars for Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2013 – 254  pgs

Synopsis

Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world’s hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian’s always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn’t come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire’s aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

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**Audiobook by William James**
I have to say that this was by far my favorite installation of this series. I absolutely fell in love with and felt for both Thorne and Ian. They both had hard things in their past to get over, but together they managed to realize they could no longer simply ignore those issues if they wanted to be together.
There is a lot of love that is shown in this book, not just between our main characters, but brotherly love and family love that comes from the other people we’ve gotten to know from previous books in the series.
I would say this is a standalone book, however, to really understand the way Lang Downs works, you’ll have to start at the beginning.
I can’t wait to read more from Ariel Tachna.
I will make one note about the narrator besides saying that I like the way he gives each character their own vocal tone so you know who is who and he reads them so well there aren’t any parts that leaves you wondering what just happened because it might’ve been read with the wrong feelings. The narrator does leave very audible swallowing noises in the audio, which I found quite distracting at times. Other than that, well done.
Renee

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Audiobook Review: 5 Stars for Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2013 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce—and of his sexuality—to be met with such acceptance.

Neil takes Sam to Lang Downs, the sheep station Neil calls home. There, Sam learns that life as a gay man isn’t impossible. Caine and Macklin, the station owners, certainly seem to be making it work. When Caine offers Sam a job, it’s a dream come true.

Jeremy Taylor leaves the only home he’s ever known when his brother’s homophobia becomes more than he can bear. He goes to the one place he knows he will be accepted: Lang Downs. He clicks with Sam instantly—but the animosity between Lang Downs and Jeremy’s home station runs deep, and the jackaroos won’t accept Jeremy without a fight. Between Sam’s insecurity and Jeremy’s precarious position, their road will be a hard one—and that’s without having to wait for Sam’s divorce to be final before starting a new life together.

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**Audiobook by William James**

I have to say I was a bit wary with how this story was going to go knowing that Jeremy is a Taylor and that Sam is the brother of Neil, who didn’t start out so nice toward Caine because he was gay.
However, I have to admit that I’m glad that I picked up this part of the series because I did end up loving the story and the men, as usual. I just don’t think it’s possible for Ariel Tachna to write an unloveable main character.
I have to say that I really this this series is getting better and better as it continues on. We are getting men from off Lang Downs coming to find a place that will help them heal emotionally and even find love, although neither is usually the intent when they land there.
I love that we get little views of previous couples from the first two books, but not so much that it takes away from the developing story.
The more I read into this series, the more I love it.
The narrator did a great job with the voices of so many men and keeping them all from sounding the same.
Renee

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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: 5 Stars for Inherit the Sky (Lang Downs #1) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Adventure @dreamspinners

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Title: Inherit the Sky (Lang Downs #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 20, 2012 – 206 pgs

Synopsis

Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge. Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s American accent than they are moved by his plight… until they find out he’s gay and their amusement turns to scorn. It will take all of Caine’s determination-and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor-to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.

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FiveStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**

I have to admit this was a bit of a surprise for me. I’d heard that Arial Tachna was a good author, but hadn’t yet picked up one of her books. This is an older book of hers, but I still really really enjoyed it.
The men are from two VERY different worlds. Watching Caine grow and become a strong man who believes in himself and his decisions was really fantastic.
Then there was Macklin, who is very used to things being done his way and Caine throws him off by not always willing to go with the flow.
I really can’t say how much I liked this book enough. There is some choas and turmoil which made for some antsy parts, but in the end I loved it all.
The narrator did an excellent job with the many voices and accents that were needed in the book. I felt he really added to the story.
Renee

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5 Stars for The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye #MM #Romance

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Title: The Shearing Gun
Author Name & Publisher: Renae Kaye (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.
Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

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What can I say about this book other then this book was so good!!!
Hank is a gay man trying to hide that he is in Australia’s Rural southwest.  He has is own farm and is a sheep shearer, which with that kind of work is were his fear of being found out stems from.  He does not want to lose his job and friends which is his greatest fear.  He was doing a good job of it too until he meets Elliot the new doctor in his town.  He soon realizes he is attracted to Elliot, which in time steadily moves to love.
Elliot what can I say about him other then he was such a sweetheart who just wants to help people and get closer to Hank.
This book has low angst but so much sweet when it comes to the two of them building as a couple.  There are also some funny moments and some moments where you hold your breath hoping everything is okay.
Hank’s family slowly starts to accept him as he is and he will soon find out that all his fear of his town finding out may be for not.
I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it!
Kara

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5 Stars for Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2013 – 254  pgs

Synopsis

Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world’s hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian’s always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn’t come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire’s aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

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This is the most exciting story in the series, with the men at Lang Downs working with the fire service to stop a bush fire from destroying Lang Downs.

The story focuses on Thorne, a volunteer firefighter just out of the army who is struggling with PTSD. It is also – finally – the story of Ian, the reclusive buckaroo still coming to terms with a brutal, abusive childhood.

For the first time, even Caine and Macklin worry that the sanctuary of Lang Downs may not be enough to help Thorne and Ian heal. Both men need professional help, but with a fire threatening the entire station, the station has to come first.

This is the darkest story in the series. There is little humour here. The community is frightened and Ian and Thorne have to deal with some pretty disturbing things before they can start a relationship. Tachna doesn’t shy away from the realities of sexual abuse or PTSD – nor does she avoid the harsh realities of life on an isolated sheep station.

I loved both the men in this story – but I also fell even more in love with the whole Lang Downs community as they faced down the fire together with gritty determination. We see familiar characters and new characters risking their lives to save a community that has become a very special safe harbour for so many people.

This is one of my favourite series. I found this book more disturbing and difficult than the others in the series, but it is also the book where all the characters fully realise just how special their Lang Downs community is – and how much they are willing to risk to save the station.

Sarah

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5 Stars for Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2013 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce—and of his sexuality—to be met with such acceptance.

Neil takes Sam to Lang Downs, the sheep station Neil calls home. There, Sam learns that life as a gay man isn’t impossible. Caine and Macklin, the station owners, certainly seem to be making it work. When Caine offers Sam a job, it’s a dream come true.

Jeremy Taylor leaves the only home he’s ever known when his brother’s homophobia becomes more than he can bear. He goes to the one place he knows he will be accepted: Lang Downs. He clicks with Sam instantly—but the animosity between Lang Downs and Jeremy’s home station runs deep, and the jackaroos won’t accept Jeremy without a fight. Between Sam’s insecurity and Jeremy’s precarious position, their road will be a hard one—and that’s without having to wait for Sam’s divorce to be final before starting a new life together.

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Both Sam and Jeremy arrive at Lang Downs broken and hurting – as pretty much everyone does. Slowly and carefully, they find ways to belong, first to the station and then to each other.

Coming after Chris and Jesse’s story, this is the story of two slightly older men making fresh starts. Sam is going through a painful divorce and Jeremy has been kicked off of his own family’s station by his homophobic brother. These men are jaded, cautious and guarded. Neither man is fully out and both are pretty skeptical about relationships. So this is a very different romance. A slow romance. A real romance.

I think this third book is where the series starts to become something really special. Ariel Tachna has slowly built up the Lang Downs community until the people who live on the sheep station are beloved characters. The author doesn’t leave the couples from previous books, she just incorporates new characters into the ever-expanding community.

I loved watching Caine and Macklin’s relationship develop and mature in this story – and I loved how other characters had grown. The homophobic Neil from the first story now fiercely defends Caine and Macklin’s relationship to newcomers.

This is one of my favourite series, and the books just get better as the series progresses. New readers need to start at the beginning and enjoy the stories as they become more complex and the cast of characters grows and matures.

Sarah

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