Book Reviews

Blake's Home (Love Shack 1) by Cheryl Dragon at Loose Id

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 06-November-2014

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

Having recently met author Cheryl Dragon, I was curious to read one of her books. Since I'm crazy about shifters and cowboys, it stood to reason to try out 'Blake's Home', book one in her series, 'The Love Shack'. I was very intrigued to discover what the Love Shack was from reading the blurb.

Turns out, the Love Shack is a big old barn that sits at the intersection of four family ranches in Montana. For the most part, these four ranches are pretty GLBT friendly, although one of the families is fairly conservative and religious. All of the ranch hands and family members make use of the Shack's bar, pool tables, and big screen TVs. The gay men can also use the back room for a little stress relieving. The four families all support the Shack as a place for their people to go, have fun, and not have to worry about drinking and driving. Personally, I thought it sounded like a great idea, and there should be more of these places. *grins*

Blake is a bobcat shifter, who never knew his dad, his mom is a junkie, and he was raised by an aunt and uncle. He's always roamed from ranch to ranch, usually having difficulty because they'd find out he's gay. He doesn't have to worry about that, here at White's Ranch, but it's still probably not a great idea to start a relationship with the youngest member of the family, Jared. Even more surprising, though, is when Blake finds out that one of the neighboring families, the Chesters, are all wolf shifters. Blake's never met any other shifters, so getting an opportunity to go running with the wolves, and a few other animals they've adopted, is liberating. It still doesn't take away the problem of Jared finding out, though.

This was a very cute and sweet story about family and finding your home. I really liked both Blake and Jared, plus I was introduced to a number of characters I fully expect to see in future installments. Frankie and Hank being two of them. I enjoyed the world building the author has done, and I'm looking forward to the next book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 36168 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-October-2014
Price $4.99 ebook
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