Published by Riptide Publishing on November 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
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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.
Erin: If you’re looking for a exceptionally well-written, low angst, quiet but filled with emotions book, then look no further than Vanessa North’s Blueberry Boys. Filled with realistic, lovable characters, a setting that is just lovely, and a romance that is sweet and gentle, this book is perfect for a lazy day, curled up in a window seat or sitting on a front porch.
On the surface Jedidiah (Jed) Jones and Connor Graham couldn’t be more different, but deep down they’re both searching for the same thing. A sense of belonging, of a love that will fill their hearts and souls, a connection that runs deeper than the physical. I loved how quiet this story was. There’s nothing new or untried in Blueberry Boys, but the romance between Jed and Connor is everything you want. This is a light read, but not one filled with fluff … and there is a difference between the two. These men are adults, making adult decisions, having an adult relationship and all that entails. There is passion, too, but it’s not the kind born out of crazy, out of control lust.
The setting of the farm located in a small town, the religious roots that run deep for Jed and the community, the pull of New York City for Connor all played a significant role in the story. I loved that these two guys don’t have the perfect, model worthy bodies, that they have flaws. It made them all the more real. The writing is every bit as gorgeous as the love story between Jed and Connor. I highly recommend this book. And that cover?? So much love for that, too.