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Sequel to Inherit the Sky

Lang Downs: Book Two

Twenty-year-old Chris Simms is barely keeping his head above water. After losing his mother and his home, he struggles to provide for himself and his brother. When homophobes attack him, he thinks his life is over, but then he's rescued by jackaroos from a nearby sheep station. He's as stunned to be offered a job there as he is to discover both the station owner and foreman are gay.

For Chris, Lang Downs is a dream - one that only gets better when Chris realizes the jackaroo he's crushing on, Jesse Harris, is gay and amenable to a fling. Everything goes well until Chris realizes he's falling for Jesse a lot harder than allowed by their deal.

Jesse is a drifter who moves from station to station, never looking for anything permanent. Convinced Chris is too young and fragile for a real relationship, he sets rules to keep things casual. Watching the station owner and his foreman together makes Jesse wonder if there are benefits to settling down, but when he realizes how Chris feels about him, he panics. He and Chris will have to decide if a try for happiness is worth the risk before the end of the season tears them apart.

©2012 Ariel Tachna (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Carolyn
  • 08-04-2014

A true-to-form second installment

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed how Jesse and Macklin are each trying to overcome fears regarding commitment in different ways, and each have to find their own answers.

What does William James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accents of the characters. Usually when I read a book where the characters speak in a foreign accent, their voices default to American in my head. James definitely gets the Aussie accent right. I really hope James narrates the rest of the series, because it's one I'd like to own.

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  • Orlando
  • 20-08-2014

Nice 3rd instalment.

A great follow up on the first two books. The story of Macklin and Caine continue with the addition of Chris and Jesse.
I'm enjoying the Lang Downs series and will probably buy the next book soon.

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  • Riva
  • 12-04-2014

Enjoying this series

The best thing about this book, aside from the narrator, it the continuation of Caine and Macklin's story from book one. Although Chris and Jesse's story is sweet and worth a listen, I really enjoyed seeing the MC from Book 1 continue their journey. I'd even say it is as prevalent as the MC in this book. Again the narrator does a great job. Worth a credit. But now I have to switch to the written book as Books 3 & 4 are not on Audible yet.

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  • Cat
  • 12-09-2016

A drifter a homeless boy and a sheep station

This is book 2 in a series and I suggest you read or listen to book one first since at least half or more takes up Maclin and Cain"s story and they are prominent characters.

Maclin and Cain are out hiring the new Jackaroos for the summer. While eating a young man runs in crying for help that his brother is being beaten. Maclin and some of the Jackaroos go out and help. Chris is badly beaten with a broken arm and some cracked ribs. Homeless and with a young brother to raise, Cain takes them in and offers them work.
Jesse a new Jackaroo that works summers on stations then moves on is taken by Chris and figures that both of them being gay they can have a friend's with benefits thing while he is there. He is open and upfront with Chris that he likes his life as a drifter.

I liked that not only do we get two new characters, we haven't met before but we also get more of Maclin and Cain. I liked the way the story went and loved all the characters especially Chris's younger brother Seth. There is a lot of angst at the beginning and I did think that some of that was dragged out a little.

William James narration made the story. He doest just tell he acts it all out and his many voices are amazing. I love his accents and how easy it is to tell who is talking by them. I highly suggest listening to this book/series as to reading it as I think the narration adds more life to the story. I was totally lost in the book as I went about my chores.

If you like Australian settings, the Outback, sheep stations, and some hot man-sex this is for you

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  • Rachael
  • 22-06-2016

Great Sequel!

I loved this story. Ariel Tachna is becoming one of my favorite authors. I love the way her stories slowly unroll and the reader is kept wondering what is going to happen until the very end, yet love every word along the way.

The characters are unique and fun to learn about as they deal with their own struggles as the story progresses. There is even a bit of steam included in the story, but it's on the back burner for the most part as there is such a good plot line going on.

I love the narrator and his accents and stutters.. he just does an excellent job all around.

I received a free copy of this book to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Skip Claiborne
  • 07-06-2015

Love this story

The characters and events are real!, the environment is incredible,the ups and downs of the individuals are breathtaking and you fall in love with them and the story. This is a series you should enjoy. I did !,