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Tess Rogers grew up in the midst of chaos and uncertainty, but she always knew one thing to be true—one day six hundred acres of prime farmland would be hers. Then she discovers not even that truth can be counted on. Tess's stepfather has kept important secrets, and Tess's dream of breeding a line of organic dairy cows suddenly goes up in a burst of smoke and flame.

R. Clayton Sutter is an expert at managing just about anything—money, businesses, and people. Getting NorthAm Fuel's newest shale refinery operational in the rolling hills of Upstate New York shouldn’t be much of a challenge, but then, she hadn't counted on dealing with vandalism, petitions, and a woman she’d never expected to see again—one who still haunts her dreams.

When Tess and Clay square off on opposite sides of the heated debate, past and present collide in a battle of wills and unbidden desire.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 232 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Bold Strokes Books (16. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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4.0 von 5 Sternen It's okay 4. Oktober 2013
Von Änscha
I really liked the story and the characters but didn't like the end. It was too abrupt without closure to many of the issues introduced, I will always wonder how their search for gas will end and who hit Clay with the car. A couple of story lines were left hanging that would have added to the success of the book if they were also closed. My rating would be a 3,5 for the suspense in some parts.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen trite action plot and the same ol' tired butch 30. November 2013
Von Sierra Alva Vona Santiago - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition
All the story elements here are basically a mutation of When Dreams Tremble. Flaws included. Yet I liked WDT much more. Rad allowed a very mediocre Farmers vs. Corporate plot to dominate the romance here. Rad knows how to plot a story, but they aren't clever and her action sequences are trite B movie quality and bore me to no end. Mostly I don't mind so long as the action doesn't overshadow the romance... because the romance is her real talent. But it's not enough the focus here and I found myself skimming.

For the most part, lead chemistry is neglected here and the romance seems inserted as an afterthought and isn't carefully laid out or given the vision and mojo it properly deserved. I actually wanted Tess and Clay's hot bodyguard to hook up... Ella was more interesting than either of these leads and should have been Tess's leading lady. But alas, she's too femme, sorta (blonde, but Xena-esque). And Rad doesn't do femme/femme leads even when they are organically drawn to each other on their own. So we get one more Rad butch- who looks and acts like all her other butches- shoved down our throats once again. I did like Tess. With more description she'd of been really, really appealing. However, Rad rarely does her femmes justice. Rarely does she describe any lead well beyond her butches' flexing muscles and their hot sinewy bods.

Surprisingly, the first sex scene was pretty hot, but before that I didn't care if these leads got together at all. If there was any sex after that, I've already forgotten it. And I still think her characters talk too damn much in the bedroom. The best scene in this whole book is Tess standing in her bedroom with her shirt off. Finally. A sexy scene that does not involve Rad's-- er, Clay's sinewy muscles.

So here we have Farmer Tess. She basically runs her dairy farm on her own in upstate New York and wants to transition into an organic dairy farm. The organic farming bit was interesting and I wish that had been more of a focus. Tess is a lesbian but has become some kind of hermit over the years and rarely dates. Her heart hasn't been given away since Clay Sutter stole it one summer at the lake. First love. Teenage love. Clay disappears at the height of their passion without a word. Fifteen years later Clay breaks the silence and shows up on her motorcycle in a leading role with the big bad corporation that wants to drill on the local farm land. Tess, of course, is still heart broken and pissed... but Clay's hard, sinewy muscles cannot go unnoticed. For someone with an organic dairy farm ambition, she sure doesn't fight too hard to stop the drilling and possible contamination... so long as Clay is willing to drill her. Is that a cell phone in your pocket or... lol. Just how many times do Rad "femmes" dig into the butch's pocket to find something "hard" there? lol. Unfortunately, they always come up empty because Rad butches NEVER pack!!! lol. So sad. Someone is still stuck in 1972. Which probably doesn't matter as Rad's butches are usually bottomy little girls in the bedroom anyway. But I digress....

I just couldn't understand why these two don't talk for 15 years. I don't care what reasons are provided in the story... it was as lame as When Dreams Tremble, which also had a 15 year separation for no good reason at all... other than romances often rely on leads to have the emotional development and communication skills of little children, as another reviewer so aptly put it. Purely unimaginative. And unredeemable. I never forgave Clay and wanted Tess and Ella to hook up. Ella is supposed to be Clay's loyal bodyguard and assistant, but she sure doesn't mind moving in on her woman. Kind of contrived there. Even so, this blonde was interesting and original and I wanted her to have the spotlight. But she is quickly blotted out and then briefly resurfaces and blotted out again and the connections here just run hot and cold and convoluted. Who does Rad want me to care about?

I really felt like Rad was more interested in the bland farm/corporation plot (and the farm on the cover is actually a picture of Rad's own farm). And her hard, sinewy butch. But you can't plop paragraph after paragraph of lust for Clay's hard, sinewy muscles and expect that to fly for chemistry. meh. This butch was tired and weak and the name "Clay" is far too masculine for my tastes. And sometimes, I just hate Rad's arrogant, womanizing butches. Who finds those qualities attractive?? Yes, Tess's thoughts are filled with lust for Clay's hard, sinewy bod, but those are magical Mt. Lesbos Rad pheromones at work and she doesn't really have a choice. It's more like an enchantment. A more apt connection would be Clay hooking up with her sinewy doppelganger... have long suspected this author has the hots for self/self, er, butch/butch leads, if only it would sell...

Rad's butches, in my opinion, are little more than narcissistic author selfies... a repeated alter ego indulgence the reader must ultimately bear. The final effect is a boring one with no original leads. This one is a clone of Dev Webber from WDT... but more charming (of course). Even the story characters say they looked alike. With similar comments about Tess and Lesley (they all knew each other in their teens and were at the lake together). See, even Rad's own characters are starting to realize they're all clones!!!! ahaha.... I think Rad had a "new" idea about farmers and drilling corporations and then she just recycled the characters from WDT by switching a few qualities and jobs. And it shows.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Where true love trumps all the odds and the years! 19. November 2013
Von J Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf
Two teenage lovers come face to face more than fifteen years after having been separated. What was initially one amazing summer at the ‘lake’, that is Lake George NY, became home to a host of painful memories and a sense of abandonment. Adding to one of the main gal's trials and tribulations, there is an awful dry spell plaguing the farm country near the lake and then a second wave assault by NorthAm Fuels from the specter of their drills. Fracking might become a reality in this farm country. Uh-oh, the battle lines are drawn!

Tess Rodgers is trying to get her dairy farm qualified as ‘organic’. This is a long and difficult process, but it has always been one of Tess’s dreams. Tess has kind of accepted that she is married to her farm. It is a hard life, but it is what she wants to do. Also in her heart is the memory of a dynamic and dashing lover with whom she’d hoped to share her life but instead she left a painful hole. During the interactions and confrontations with NorthAm, Tess learns more than she ever wanted to know about her stepfather and her former lover from the ‘lake’. I really liked Tess as she now has an impressive backbone while not losing her heart or her desires!

Clay, R. Clayton Sutter, is Vice President of Operations for NorthAm Fuels and sole heir. She gets shunted to New York’s Hudson Valley to smooth and pave the way for an important drilling operation. Oh my, this assignment comes with way more subterfuge, physical assaults, and painful memories than she might have anticipated. Clay has most of the skills she needs to clear the way so NorthAm can establish a foothold. However, coming face to face with her teenage summer love could prove her undoing. Clay is a complicated, yet compassionate woman with some heavy-duty regrets. Things are never dull when Clay is on the scene!

Tess was badly treated by her stepfather and Clay by her father. Yet, they were able to step up to the plate producing impressive accomplishments in their individual lives. Now, there is an opportunity to mend some serious heartache, but the road to that success is strewn with obstacles. I really liked my time in Hudson Valley. I should mention the sex is totally hot! I recommend you make the trip to Tess’s stomping grounds currently invaded by Clay! Rather satisfying!

NOTE: This book was provided by Bold Strokes Books for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews</a>.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Eh...She has better books 13. Oktober 2014
Von Kitsilver - Veröffentlicht auf
2.5 The writing is decent, what you'd expect from all Radclyffe novels. But the passion and tension and romantic development is lacking in this one.

Eh. I like Radclyffe's books for the passion of her characters and the excitement of her stories. The Honor series up to book 5-6 (that's as far as I've gone) had action, excitement, real sexual chemistry, tension. Love's Masquerade was one of my favorites because the writing was poignant, and nothing like the real possibility of death and first love to light one's fire.

But this book. I felt it lacked the potency of her other works. The lead characters Clay and Tess didn't have that much chemistry, and more attention was paid to fracking and oil and how to run an organic dairy farm and worrying about rain, than to their romance and how it developed. Basically they were lovers as teenagers, they separate for years, and are reunited when they face off on opposite sides of a fracking/farming rights battle. I thought the premise would be interesting but the chemistry between the two really was lacking. I also wanted Tess to hook up with Elle, the hot Nordic bodygyard, instead. And Clay felt like a character I had seen before, the muscled motorcycle riding lesbian who is amazingly accomplished and sexy and rich and can sleep with anyone she likes but her one flaw is that she has a domineering father. And the sex scene when it came felt forced, like it was inserted because its 2/3 of the way into the book, and not because the characters earned it. I just wasn't feeling the romance between the two of them and I also found myself skimming at the end.

Good things: you can tell she did her research on fracking and farming and what that means to small rural communities. I like that, and had looked forward to seeing a romance in this setting.

The problem: There just wasn't much of a romance to be had.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Butch leaves femme, femme has a farm...the end. 4. Dezember 2013
Von Rox - Veröffentlicht auf
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Despite the fact that we are dealing with Radclyffe's usual tight bodied, dark haired butch, and the light haired femme, there is also something a bit more to this story. Not only are there personal and painful memories and hurt from the past keeping Clay and Tess apart, we also have present professional issues keeping them apart as well. Clay took the easy way out 15 years ago, acquiescing to her fathers demands and letting Tess go and disappearing from her life. Now, she's not only back stirring up old hurts and other feelings, but she also poses a significant threat to Tess's present and future-her farm, her home. Clay's presence as the "corporation" threatening her organic dairy farm is a double whammy. It's not only personal, it's business. I liked this femme Tess, she was not all uptight and business-like, she represented something steady and reminds you of the girl next-door. Clay was just another butch of many of Rad's, sexy, dark-haired, and brooding. Nothing new there.

You know every time I read a Rad sex scene with her usual butch and femme in every book, I always hope that it will be the sex scene to end all sex scenes. Her butch will FINALLY "take" the femme in that "primal" way she's always talking about and just claim her properly. But nooo, it never happens, what DOES happen is the butch being topped and the femme doing the claiming and me wondering what the hell just happened? Again, I don't mind the femme topping at times, but geesh, I just wish for once Rad's butches just take control, REAL control during sex exactly how she builds it up before they start the ever present thigh humping.

The chemistry between Clay's assistant/bodyguard Ella and Tess is on fire! So wrong of Rad! I kind of want those two to make magic! It's so easy with Tess and Ella, Ella is charming, beautifully Nordic and sexy, making Tess feel equally sexy and desired. Interesting mix. But again, we wonder why Rad creates this chemistry between one lead and a secondary character? Is it weird that I want them to get together? Shouldn't it be strange that we feel no real chemistry between Tess and Clay, similar to the no real chemistry between Dev and Leslie from When Dreams Tremble until towards the end?

Another interesting part of this story is what we learn about the debates against and for fracking. So much goes into running and creating an organic dairy farm that I did not know, Rad did her research on this and it's interesting. Another thing that is interesting is that you can actually objectively see the benefits and downsides to both sides of this real ongoing debate. Fracking and the drilling of natural gas brings in jobs, boosts the economy and limits the dependence on foreign sources of fuel. BUT and it is a big BUT, not without harming the natural order of the environment in some way. With fracking comes the possibility of contamination of the farm's soil, and local water. The corporate side has its drawbacks, and the local community certainly has a reason to be wary. The romance between these two women on opposite sides is not easy as both are committed to their beliefs. I commend Radclyffe for taking this real world issue and bringing it here to this story and making it a huge part of the romance. Definitely a choice amount of realism here.

Our two leads do come together in the end of course, and only then in my opinion, do the sparks really fly. I've read 15 out of Rad's 47 books and this one will not be a favorite. The only thing that was fresh and interesting in my opinion was the drilling issue and the conflict it created between Clay and Tess, every other element was typical Rad. Ella was fun to read about, but that was mainly it. I would say that as a new book this was okay for Rad, not her best.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another good Radclyffe romance 9. Februar 2014
Von VelvetLounger - Veröffentlicht auf
Tess has a dream, to turn her family dairy farm into an organic milk producer. Since her stepfathers death she has planned and worked to get the land and the herd through the registration process. The farm is her world and it is threatened by the heat and the drought. But it is hers.

Clay is the heiress to Northam, a company specializing in gas extraction that regularly sparks intense resentment and distrust from the local communities. She spends her life travelling the world at the beck and call of her domineering and controlling father, troubleshooting issues with locals and overseeing projects.

15 years before they were both just 17 year olds exploring the world for the summer at Lake George. Tess working at the lodge for a summer of freedom, Clay as the rich girl trying to escape the trappings and restraints of her life. For one brief moment they had meant everything to each other, until Clay left without a word, breaking Tess's innocent and unworldly heart.

When Clay is sent to oversee the proposed gas field in the Hudson Valley she is drawn like a moth to the flame of Tess's farm. Can Tess forgive? Can Clay be trusted? Or will the battle for the land and their shared history be too big a divide?


I liked Tess, her resonance with the land and her dreams of creating a modern organic farm make interesting reading. Clay is the archetypal baddie butch roaring up on her motorcycle, heiress to the big industrial company that everybody thinks of as an eco-rapist.

The plot of small local famers trying to defend their land against fracking while the big landowners sell them out for better deals and the industrialists steamroller across the country is both timely and well researched.

The subplots of Tess's attraction to the extremely interesting Ella, and Jimmy's obsessive puppy dog attraction for Tess add some layering to the book. In addition both women's relationship with their fathers adds a history of deceit - even though these relationships are not explored, the men's influence and power over their lives is apparent.

I always like Radclyffe sex scenes, and this was no exception. It was, if anything, more raw and needy than her more recent books. I personally like that Tess has grown into her strength, that she takes what she wants, stands up for herself and forces Clay to recognize her as a strong and independent woman in and out of the bedroom. It all comes down to personal preference, and I like the butch giving up her domination and allowing herself to be controlled.

It is good to catch up with Dev and Leslie from "When Dreams Tremble", but I have to say this romance is very similar and the characters even resemble each other. I would have liked to see more tension, more development. Ella could have been more of a threat. Tess could have fought harder to defend the land from drilling. Radclyffe could have taken us further and explored just how badly Clay's father takes her standing up to him for the first time.

This is another standard Radclyffe romance. It is a light and pleasant read, unthreatening and unchallenging, but good entertainment. If you love Radclyffe's books you will love this and if you are new to her romances this is a good starting point.

(Publishers review copy received)
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