Sunday, December 3, 2017

Random Review: Hearts & Hazelnuts by Kris. T. Bethke #Review #Giveaway

Author: Kris. T. Bethke
Book: Hearts and Hazelnuts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication date: November 29, 2017
Length: 103 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


Mechanic Jordan Hart is down on his luck, so he gladly accepts a temporary job servicing tractors at a hazelnut farm in Newberg, Oregon. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to his boss, Beckett Shaw. Still working on embracing his bisexuality, he’s reluctant to start anything, but Beckett’s gentle coaxing convinces Jordan to take a risk.

Beckett has vowed not to get involved with anyone until he can restore the Shaw Farms name as a leader in hazelnuts. But there’s no denying his interest in the shy mechanic who shows up at his door. Just as they begin to find a balance, outside forces threaten to tear them apart. Job opportunities force Jordan out of the Portland area he loves so much. But when danger comes too close to Beckett, Jordan must decide if he can follow his heart to the Willamette Valley… and straight back to Beckett.

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This was one cute, sweet, slow burn story!

Although I loved both characters, Beckett was the one that grabbed me more. He was just such a likable, friendly guy who worked hard to bring life back to the farm his father had run into the ground. Jordan was an excellent match for him since they both strived on hard work, but he was a bit more weary of people.

I’ve said it a bunch of times, but it’s always important to point out how hard it is for authors to fit a love story from meeting to falling-love to overcoming the obstacle that stands in their way in a novella. Kris did an excellent job of it without making the reader feel like there were parts missing and honestly, I forgot while reading that it even was a novella.

They both have to make decisions in this story that do not center around the unlabelled relationship that they have, and it hurts to watch them grow apart, but it was what they needed to get that kick in the pants. It never once went to that over the top feeling with the love, and the characters really seemed realistic in how they react to their situation.

Even the hazelnuts got to play a part in the story, and it was fun to see and learn about them without it taking p too much of the story.

It’s another win for the States of Love series!


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  1. I just read Kris's Christmas book from last year, His Needs, and it was lovely.

  2. just finished unexpected by Sloane kennedy

  3. Giving the Whyborne and Griffin series a listen/read right now.

  4. I just read a nonfiction for my gay book groop: Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence vs. Texas (the Supreme Court case finally overturning sodomy laws). Next for the group is Insight by Santino Hassell. Quite a change. -
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

  5. I've been re-reading the Cut and Run series and am about to read an ARC of In the Blood by Hailey Turner

  6. I recently read the first 3 of the Deputy Joe series & thought they were great!