Total rugged, smoldering hotness on the cover of Inherit the Sky …
Author: Ariel Tachna
Narrator: William James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Lang Downs: Book One
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.
The cover art for Ariel Tachna’s Inherit the Sky trips all of my triggers with its amazing rugged men and their smoldering hotness. Unfortunately, I am a bit disappointed in the story itself. The plot for Inherit the Sky is quite original and interesting. Caine suffers from a severe stutter that has led to him being stuck in a dead end job for ten years. He’s just ended a long term lackluster relationship and ready for a major change. His mother has recently conveniently inherited a large Australian sheep ranch from her uncle, so Caine leaves for Australia to manage the ranch. He meets his manly, hottie foreman, Macklin, and is immediately attracted to him, but Macklin is reserved and even resentful of Caine’s planned involvement with the ranch’s operation. Ultimately, they face several challenges, and finally become an established couple who plan to live and work together as they both make Langs Down their forever home.
The story line of Caine going to Australia as a second chance to define his life is very interesting and well written. I am amazed at the detail Tachna incorporates into the story about the challenges facing Australian sheep ranches. The cast of supporting characters also includes some colorful folks that I expect will make appearances in Tachna’s future contributions to her Langs Down series. However, the main issue I have with the story is that there is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever between Caine and Macklin. Zilch. This is so disappointing especially since Caine and Macklin are both such interesting characters individually. I don’t know who was more surprised by Macklin’s first kiss of Caine – me or Caine – since there is no prior indication that Macklin has any sexual interest in Caine. In addition, I was bothered by Caine almost always being the one to pursue and pester Macklin into having any physical contact while they’re on the ranch (even in private). The sexual encounters between the two, while well written in steamy detail, seem to be almost forced plot action and out of place between the two characters. Macklin’s idea of sex talk is also sort of … controlling and odd, with him calling Caine a “bottom” repeatedly.
William James, as narrator, does a fine job with Inherit the Sky. His voice is smooth, it’s easy to discern between characters, and I will not hesitate to listen to other books he narrates. Nevertheless, I was surprised by his voice narration of Macklin’s character. The Aussie accent sounds authentic (at least to this southern American girl’s ear), but his rendition of Macklin’s voice is also very deep and gravely compared to Caine’s, and his character sounds much older than Caine. I understand that James was apparently going for a “weathered” sounding voice, but Macklin sounds old enough to be Caine’s father rather than his lover.
Overall, the audiobook of Ariel Tachna’s Inherit the Sky is a pleasant way to pass the time while commuting to and from work, or while toiling around your house. Even though I do have a few issues with the chemistry between Caine and Macklin, and I am surprised by the voice narration of Macklin’s character, I will not hesitate to listen to the next in Ariel Tachna’s Langs Down series.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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