Author: Ariel Tachna
Narrator: William James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 12/24/2015
Length: 08 hours 35 minutes
Genre: M/M Romance
Sequel to Conquer the Flames
Lang Downs: Book Five
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.
I find the Lang Downs series a real comfort read and book 5, Cherish the Land, was no different. It felt like spending time with the family, albeit a family that is often a little dysfunctional.
This is Seth and Jason’s story and as is usually the case with the men on the station it doesn’t run smoothly. Seth and Jason have been best friends since childhood but lost touch with each other when they went off to college. Jason has been in love with Seth for years but thought he had kept it well hidden, in reality the only person who didn’t know was Seth himself.
When Seth walks away from his current relationship and returns to Lang Downs he has to face the fact that the person he has always wanted is his best friend. Cooper, Jason’s current friend with benefits, is a complication in his plan as is the fact that everyone believes Seth is straight. Although both of these things are easily overcome their move from friends to lovers is not an easy road, Seth is living with demons from his past and has less than ideal coping strategies. Jason remains calm when coming face to face with this new side of the man he loves and provides the support that has been missing from Seth’s life.
We get to see how the rest of the men of Lang Downs are getting along and there is a particularly sad and difficult side story for Jeremy that has the men pulling together and starting a new phase in their lives. Cherish the Land has a final book in the series feeling about it but I guess we will have to wait and see what Ariel decides.
I feel like I am repeating myself with every book in this series. William James does an excellent job of the narrated parts of this story, he is very easy to listen to and speaks clearly. When he hits the dialogue parts of the story, for me it didn’t work so well. The accents, again for me, were off and distracted me from the story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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