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A Matchless Man by Ariel Tachna

A Matchless Man

A Matchless Man by Ariel Tachna

Series: Lexington Lovers, Book 2
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on October 1, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

After several years of school and work to become a medical doctor, Navashen Bhattathiri is finally returning to his hometown of Lexington to start the next chapter in his life. He connects with high school classmate Brent Carpenter, who is now a realtor and helps Navashen to find the perfect house to settle into when he moves to town. Brent also considers himself to be a bit of a matchmaker, so he also offers to help fix Navashen up with the perfect guy. While Navashen appreciates Brent’s efforts, his busy schedule and responsibilities make it difficult for him to initiate or sustain a relationship with any of the guys Brent comes up with. But Brent is a constant for Navashen, and he sees Navashen’s busy schedule and his work as a sign of dedication and commitment–something to be admired. If Navashen were to be honest with himself, he would love for Brent to offer himself up as a potential date. But could Brent really feel the same way?

I associate Ariel Tachna with well-written and developed characters, and this story provides no exception. I found it easy to get a real sense of Navashen, what motivates him, where he’s come from, and what he wants from life. The characters around him were just as easy to follow, even those that only popped up once or twice during the course of the book. I took away a strong message that we need to be prepared to take responsibility for ourselves and our own happiness. There will always be things that we see as standing in our way–career, family, confidence–but if we’re not willing to confront them or try to get past them, then we really don’t have much standing to complain about not getting what we want…

Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna

Unstable Stud

Unstable Stud by Ariel Tachna

Series: Lexington Lovers, Book 1
Published by: Dreamspinner Press on April 15, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Luke Davis is a hard worker who takes his job at Bywater Farms seriously. A stable hand from a young age, he knows the ins and outs of the job. He also knows how to treat horses, and he can easily gain their respect. But even Luke can’t help his surprise when he’s appointed as the groom for King of Hearts, the farm’s most prized horse.

King’s a race horse–or at least he was. His racing days ended just a year and a half before when he threw his rider. The rider didn’t make it, and King hasn’t been amenable to a new rider since then. But Luke’s boss, Clay, has faith that Luke might be able to bring King out of his shell and get him back in the game.

Luke also can’t deny his attraction to his boss. He knows it’s not right, but it’s not like he can just turn it off. And when Clay gives Luke some obvious hints the attraction is mutual, Luke thinks he might give in. But there are some complicating factors. Clay is Luke’s boss. And the rider who fell off King? Clay’s lover. There’s not shortage of issues to go around for these two.

Can Luke let his guard down long enough to let Clay in? And is Clay over his past enough to start a new relationship?

These two guys. I’m not even sure where to start. It’s always interesting to see people act on their attraction for the first time. Even when they’re tentative, there is a real passion that comes through.

My only real reservation here is that I feel like Clay’s revelation was a bit sudden. Yes, he’s had time to watch Luke and for the attraction to build. But it all still seemed to escalate quickly.

Despite that, this is a wonderful story about finding love when you’ve given up and when you don’t think you could fall in love again. It’s about moving on but not forgetting your past. It’s about being there for the person you love even when it’s scary to do so. And it’s well worth a read.