Review: Cheryl Dragon – The Love Shack 1: Blake’s Home

love shackAuthor: Cheryl Dragon
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: MM Cowboy
ISBN: 9781623005658

Rating: ★★★¼☆ 

Summary: Plenty of men have tried to get ranch hand Blake Louis to The Love Shack but none succeed. At the White family ranch, Blake has found friends and a home. He desperately wants to stay. Yet he must keep his shifter secret and avoid his feelings for Jared White. This job has to work out. No one ever wanted him forever—none of his family did—so why would a rich successful rancher want more than a roll in the hay with a dirt poor ranch hand?

Screwing the staff is a bad idea but Jared White needs more than sex from Blake. The men are friends but he’ll risk it for a chance at more. Love has never worked for Jared and a childhood rival delights in sabotaging him. Jared can’t give up hope. He believes that Blake is the one.

The only smart place to start is The Love Shack, a neutral place where Jared isn’t the boss and Blake isn’t the hand. Determined to win Blake’s heart, Jared delves into Blake’s past. As amazing as the sex is, Blake resists sweet promises. Love, trust, and happiness are as crazy to Blake as the bobcat he can shift into.

Review: Blake is a drifter with a rough childhood and hard history who believes he may have finally found his place at the White family ranch. He is also a bobcat shifter, something that he knows from experience has to remain hidden from everyone. The fact that he is attracted to the owner’s son, Jared, must have nothing to do with anything. Blake wants a home, he wants to stay here! How complicated would it be to get involved like that and then have to leave?

For his part, Jared wants Blake. Wants the sex, sure, but wants more than that. I did love that the in control Jared wants to give up that control in bed. It made the couple seem more balanced. Jared is the richer of the two, Blake is the one in control.

As Jared tries to get to know Blake outside work, he gets pushy about the Love Shack. And here was where I couldn’t help but say NO WAY. I can accept shifters, sure! But the idea that the four ranches, one of which is very conservative and religious, would support a club with such blatant sexual aspects just made me say, I can’t. Everyone seems to know it’s a sex club, many of them utilize it, but I think I needed it be more a well-kept secret to believe it.

Other than that, I liked the premise and the telling of it. Blake’s reluctance to be fully open is completely understandable, especially when you can just feel how much he longs to belong somewhere. Randy’s plot line worked for me as well, since there are definitely things he can provide for Blake that Jared can’t, yet he isn’t necessarily doing it for the kindness. I liked Frankie, as well, and Hank as Jared’s older brother made me a little sad.

It’s an enjoyable, angst free read and I enjoyed it.

 

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