Monday 29 May 2023

❤ The Art Of Husbandry (Mackenzie Country #1) ❤ Jay Hogan ❤


When life drowns you in lemons, to hell with making lemonade. I wanted to burn the whole world. But eighteen months from the day my life was torn apart, I’m tired of the anger. Tired of the nightmares. Tired of putting one foot in front of the other just trying to survive. Three months on a high country sheep station in the middle of nowhere is exactly the reboot I need. A chance to break free. To breathe again. To find a way forward.

I put my entire life on hold and head south to Mackenzie Country. But falling for the captivating young station boss was never part of the plan. Holden Miller might be smart and sexy and push all my dusty buttons, but we come from two different worlds. I’m not looking for a relationship. I’m not interested in love. I’m done with all that.

But Holden doesn’t care about my rules. Nestled safely in the arms of the spectacular Southern Alps, on an isolated sheep farm at the top of the world, Holden begins knitting my battered heart together one careful stitch at a time. And with every pass of the thread, every braid of the river on our doorstep, I catch a tantalising glimpse of something I’d almost given up on.

Happiness, and maybe even love.

If I have the courage to reach out and grab them.

Note: This book contains references to the past death of a child and PTSD.



 Copy received from GRR for an honest review

I an quite new to Jay Hogan's books, but I know I need to go back and read more.

The Art Of Husbandry is a beautiful story dealing with family, loss, finding love and moving forward with life.

Neither Gil nor Holden has had the easiest time for the past couple of years, but a short term tree change for Gil is going to bring life long changes to them both.

There is an instant attraction between them, but this story is not all about love and lust (though there is plenty of lustful thoughts). It is about two souls finding each other, a slow burn that will turn into an inferno.

My heart hurt, my heart soared as their stories unfolded for us. Ms Hogan has dealt with hard issues in this book with such empathy, you will feel yourself needing to pull our lovelies in for a big squishy hug.

The setting is amazing - beautiful, hard, rugged - just like our guys.

There are great secondary characters, like Zach and Luke, that I am looking forward to more of in the future.





Heart, Humour, & Keepin' It Real

Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand. She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She's travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel