Review: Addison Albright – Cultivating Love

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Reviewer: Natalie
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

A man of few words, Joe is a hard-working farmhand who likes his simple, uncomplicated life. Ed is satisfied with his existence as an auto mechanic, but thrilled when an unexpected development in his life allows him to help Joe realize a dream.

It forces them, however, to reevaluate the casual, undefined nature of their relationship. They’re too macho to speak of love, and neither would ever dream of acknowledging he doesn’t really mind when it’s his turn to bottom. When life throws them a curve ball, and the rules of their game get old, Ed makes an effort to take every aspect of their relationship up a notch. Will Joe be able to adapt to the open sentimentality Ed’s injecting into their relationship, let alone the new spice in their bedroom activities?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices, violence.

Review:

What a beautifully heartwarming story this was! Addison Albright is now another happy find, as a new-to-me-author. Joe, a farm worker and Ed, a mechanic, are revealed through alternating POV’s, giving needed insight to the dynamics of their relationship. Initially, I did feel like I had missed a part of their story, with the dialogue at the beginning about their established relationship. After 2.5 years, both still had little confidence in their importance to each other, even in the bedroom. They also exhibited thoughts and actions indicating some internalized homophobia.

As the story unfolded, it shows them moving past theses issues. Their backstories propped up much of their previous behavior and making changes in their life helped them break through their emotional barriers. The small town atmosphere was great, with some excellent secondary characters: Ed’s fathers friend, Bill, Joe’s sister and dad, and a few townspeople. There’s only one homophobic jerk and the karma is glorious. As far as smut level, it’s quite moderate with several scenes, but a few are fade-to-black. I’d recommend this for the engaging narrative, satisfactory angst levels, and an uplifting, country-style romance.

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