Author ~ Vanessa North
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 30th November 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.
Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.
Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.
Blueberry Boys is a stand-alone, contemporary M/M romance by author Vanessa North. This is a sweet, tender-hearted romance about two very endearing protagonists who slowly fall in a quiet kind of love. It takes place mostly in the small town of Blanford with a mixed population of conservative and progressive inhabitants where the traditional and religious roots run deep. It’s the type of town where love can certainly blossom, particularly amidst the blueberry fields.
How many times could one man say good-bye to the same place?
Connor Graham, a successful fashion photographer who resides in New York, has returned to his hometown of Blanford and to his family blueberry farm that holds so many memories. He has returned to the town where he no longer feels he belongs because of the death of his uncle and to deal with the farm. Connor is hoping that he can take care of everything quickly and efficiently, freeing him to return to New York as soon as possible. This was his plan. At least until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.
Jed had words in his heart his lips could never say – every word was a minefield, a delicate navigation between self-expression and humiliation.
Jedidiah Jones (a.k.a. Jed) is a quiet, devout and steadfast man who loves farming the land. He longs to one day save up enough money to buy his own piece of land to farm. For now, growing organic blueberries as a tenant farmer will have to do. Jed knows that he is gay but his religious beliefs, conservative family and inadequacies he feels he has due to a stammer have kept him from being open and free regarding his sexuality. When the owner of the blueberry farm passes away, the uncertainty regarding his future as a tenant leaves Jed on edge as he stands to lose everything he has worked so hard for.
When Jed and Connor come face to face there is this underlying spark between them. Jed envies the freedom Connor has with his way of life and the passion he has towards the art of photography. Connor is able to look past Jed’s shy nature and stutter and see the passionate man underneath the quiet exterior. Connor and Jed want to be together for longer than a passing fling; however, the pending sale of the farm, Jed’s livelihood, the fact that Jed is still in the closet with his family and town, and the certainty that both men reside in two very different places all stand in the way of the pair forging their way to a happy forever.
This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two men go from a tentative and fragile friendship to something so much more profound. Jed certainly had a lot of baggage to contend with, most of which came from his devout faith and his family. He simply melted my heart as he came to terms with his feelings for Connor and finally accepting that he did deserve a man to stand by his side while he reached for his dreams. Those moments of vulnerability between Jed and Connor played havoc on my romantic heart. Such a beautiful and realistic romance that had my heart fluttering.
All in all, Blueberry Boys was a great romance for all M/M genre lovers. I love how real the characters this author created seemed to be. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. Someone who wants you to fulfill your dreams and perhaps make some new ones with you. I enjoyed the fact that this book is not bogged down with unnecessary over-the-top angst and drama. What you get is a sweet, fun and light-hearted love story that will leave you happily sighing.