Book Reviews

Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Alex on 15-April-2021

Book Blurb

Love is coming into season.

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.

First edition published by Riptide Publishing, November 2015.

Book Review

I was quite smitten by this tender contemporary that reveals the blueberry-sweet romance between closeted rural farm boy Jed and out-and-proud, small town boy turned city-slicker Connor. Beautifully paced and threaded with realism, their story reads like the most delicious of summer days—hot, breezy, and memorable.
International fashion photographer Connor Graham only returned to his hometown to attend the funeral of his beloved uncle. As far as Connor is concerned, his uncle was the best thing about the small town where Connor was shunned growing up because he was openly gay. His plan is to stay only long enough to make arrangements to sell the blueberry farm that his uncle left him and his brother. The money will go a long way toward building Connor his dream studio in his New York home. But then he meets the most unlikely of farmers—Jed Jones, a beautiful, pious farm boy with a stutter.

Jed Jones is pretty certain he is gay, but neither the small town where he has grown up nor the church that he and his family attend encourage him to reveal his sexuality. As far as Jed knows there have only ever been two gay men in his town. One committed suicide and the other left as soon as he could. When Jed learns that the new owner of the blueberry farm he leases is gay, he can’t help but be curious. More importantly Jed needs to find out if the guy intends to sell the blueberry farm and mess up his future plans. Meeting Connor shines a light on a future that Jed has only dreamed about, but it will take both Connor and him working together to seize that dream.

To be honest, when I realized one of the characters had a stutter, I resigned myself to reading a lot of conversations with an emphasis on that s-speech pattern. But I’ve got to say, like Connor, I barely noticed Jed’s speech impediment, because Jed was so darn charming. I loved the slow reveal of this character. Initially gorgeous, guarded and soft-spoken, Jed transformed into a whip-smart, frank, fiery, and courageous character as the author peeled back layer after layer of his psyche. And Connor was equally terrific, shedding some of his big-city armor to reveal his vulnerabilities to Jed. I enjoyed this pairing very much and it was a pleasure to experience their trials on their journey to love.

I also must mention that this book is beautifully put together. The sweet chapter headings and lovely illustrated blueberries strewn throughout the book made the romantic experience even more charming. Well-paced, wonderful characters, a tender realistic romance with sensual, smoldering sex, plus a lovely layout makes this an A+ book!

Thank you, Vanessa North, for this showing me that sometimes you can go home again…because homegrown is often the tastiest.

“Tender, Sensual, Blueberry-Sweet!”





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 190 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-May-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
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