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Cultivating Love by Addison Albright

Joe and Ed are young and living together. To the equation misses only love. It's not that Joe and Ed are not in love, it's probably that no one taught them "how" to be in love, and "what" being in love means. Ed, orphaned at 17 years old, spent all his time to make the ends meet, and Joe was kicked out of home when he came out to his father at 18 years old. When the book starts they are already together, sharing an house and a bed, but it's not said how they met and how they put the boundaries to their relationship, not only love relationship but also life partner. Still the boundaries are there, and even if they are not rules, they are pretty strict, they do fifty / fifty on everything from who has to cook dinner to whom has to top. Joe and Ed are obviously in love, but still no one of them has every spoken the L word, and I don't know how many time would be passed before it would slip to someone if the fate had not forced the hand.

Father's Ed, whom Ed believed long ago dead, was still alive and living in a farm. Unluckily for Ed he comes to know it when the man dies and Ed is his only heir. Ed inherits the farm, and he doesn't know nothing how to farming, but Joe knows it, having being raised in a farm. Actually Joe's life dream is to be able sooner or later to buy a farm, and this unexpected inheritance seems a sign from heaven. Ed spends only few hours to decide that he is ready to change his life and moves with Joe on the farm (if this is not love...).

The new life they are starting is like a coming back to another place in time: in the small town and inside the walls of their farmhouse, it seems impossible to continue to behave like no more than friend with benefits. The new life forces them to rethink to their priorities and to what it is important for them. More it seems to bring them nearer to what it was Joe's life before Ed, and in a way, shorten the distance between him and his family. Joe's father turned away his son since he didn't understand his choice to love a man, not since he didn't love him; when Joe proves to him that being in love with a man doesn't change so much how he is, and since he is very much like his father, his father can again relate with him on a common ground.

It's not all a paradise on earth for them, moving in a small town has its trouble, where the majority of the townfolks are all right with them being gay, there is still someone who is not so welcoming. But all in all this subplot is not so strong and in first line, and above all the story is about Joe and Ed's evolution from lovers to partners. Due to that, the book is also quite sexy, and it's nice to see how their lovemaking changes with them, more they become intimate and more the sex does the same. Still, in a way or the other, it's pretty detailed but not "acrobatic", the feeling of the novella is more sweet than erotic.

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Tags: author: addison albright, genre: contemporary, length: novella, review, theme: cowboys
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