Author: Ariel Tachna
Narrator: William James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 8 hours and 35 minutes
At A Glance: This was my first visit to Lang Downs, and I have to say I would like to visit again, and maybe stay there forever.
Reviewed By: Amy
Blurb: 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.
Review: This was my first visit to Lang Downs, and I have to say I would like to visit again, and maybe stay there forever. Cherish the Land starts out with Seth coming from a broken relationship with a girl who doesn’t understand his love of the land he wants to return to. He seems to miss his family and his best friend, Jason.
You immediately understand that the pairing will be Jason and Seth. I just wish they had understood it. It seems a lifetime of non-communication caused this weird situation. Seth says he always loved Jason but because of his upbringing and the abuse he faced when he was younger, he is afraid of what that means. Jason has always loved Seth but always thought of him as straight.
Even not having previously read the other books and then stepping into this world, it was easy to navigate. Ariel Tachna did an amazing job of resolving the misunderstanding between these two, and creating a loving couple throughout the book. The story seemed to be more about the ranch and the goings-on of all the people who lived there. The author wove these characters flawlessly throughout this book. I truly enjoyed every bit of it, from the storms to the accidents to the dramatic love scenes. I wanted more. What also helps is the amazing narration that was given by Williams James.
Narration: This was the first narration I heard from William James, and I want to say that I want more. He seamlessly wove in and out of his Aussie accent to his American accent. I was able to differentiate between all the characters with ease. He has an amazing clarity to his voice and a great pace.
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