- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 27, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1546988645
- ISBN-13: 978-1546988649
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,118,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cultivating Love Paperback – June 27, 2017
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"I first read this book years ago, when it was released through a different publisher. I continue to re-read it at least once a year, and I love it even more each time. Now that the author has expanded this edition (can you say...perfect epilogue) this was my favorite re-read yet." ~ "I'm not normally a fan of books with already established couples, I usually feel as though I've missed part of the story, but I never get that feeling with Cultivating Love. I absolutely recommend this to anyone in need for a slice of happy in their life."
--Donna, Love Bytes Reviews
"That was adorable!! Seriously. I just devoured Ed and Joe in all their cute, funny, sarcastic, too-manly-for-emotion glory." ~ "I loved Ed and Joe together. They were sweet, funny, macho, and sarcastic. They were best friends that also happened to be partners in all forms of the word. They loved deep and it was great to see them evolve and not be afraid to show it."
--Lost in a Book, Boy Meets Boy Reviews
"Highly recommended! I just loved Joe and Ed! PS: I have a shelf on GoodReads titled Fuck Yeah, 5+ Stars. Out of almost 2000 books I've read that are posted on GoodReads, only 43 of them are on that shelf, this is one of them. Cultivating Love is one of my all-time favorite books and I re-read it every few months or so, or when I'm in a particularly bad mood. It cheers me up every time. LOVE THIS BOOK!"
--Gigi, Gay Book Reviews, Review of the first edition of Cultivating Love
"Here at Obsidianbookshelf.com, I found Cultivating Love to be an absorbing read. It's especially good with its character realism. Joe and Ed come across as regular guys. Even better, they are at that beginning stage in their relationship where each is still struggling with the uncertainty of not knowing exactly how much the other cares for him or whether they will be together for the rest of their lives."
--Val, Obsidian Bookshelf, Review of the first edition of Cultivating Love
"Addison Albright pens a wonderful conflict in Cultivating Love. It's all about taking that step out of your comfort zone and laying it on the line and hoping your love and actions are not repelled. Joe and Ed are well-developed characters that I became emotionally attached to as I got to know them. Cultivating Love is a great read."
--Raine, Joyfully Reviewed, Review of the first edition of Cultivating Love
"I truly enjoyed reading Cultivating Love. Reading about Ed and Joe trying not to be "mushy" really cracked me up a time or two, and I liked how the author allowed the couple to sort of grow into it as the story progressed. The love scenes are well written, and erotic, as well as, tender making them my favorite sort to read. Ms. Albright has a real talent for giving the reader just enough clues to keep things interesting without overwhelming the reader with a ton of details. I'm a big fan of m/m romance and Ms. Albright just went to the top of my "to be read" list. I highly recommend this book!"
--Regina, Coffee Time Romance & More, Review of the first edition of Cultivating Love
"I loved this book. Addison Albright's stories never disappoint, but with Cultivating Love, she's kicked it up a notch. This book caught and held my attention, I laughed and cried with Ed and Joe, and I was really sorry when the book was over. I think a five-star book is one that you keep thinking about the next day, running through special moments again, till you have to go back and just read it again just to make sure you didn't miss anything. I highly recommend this book."
--Carole, Rainbow Reviews, Review of the first edition of Cultivating Love
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I first read this book years ago, when it was released through a different publisher. I continue to re-read it at least once a year, and I love it even more each time. Now that the author has expanded this edition (can you say…perfect epilogue) this was my favourite re-read yet.
Joe and Ed are “manly men”. Ed is a mechanic and Joe is a farmhand who dreams of one day owning his own farm. The two men have been together for several years, their relationship well established and routine, although enjoyable. That routine is thrown into a spin upon the arrival of a letter informing Ed of the death of his father. A father that he believed died before his birth. A father who has left his farm to his only child, Ed. Excited by the opportunity to give Joe his dream, and confused by the family secrets that are being brought to light, Ed and Joe pack up their lives and decide to give small town living a go.
I just love Joe and Ed so much. Both are the strong and silent type, the kind of man who worries about how being gay affects his man-card. There are so many aspects of their sexual relationship that they aren’t comfortable with – bottoming, giving blow jobs, snuggling, even simply having sex face to face. All that stuff could be considered to weaken their masculinity, and they aren’t suppose to like doing it. But the author did such a great job of conveying the awkward thoughts and emotions behind their beliefs that these characters who could easily have come across as prejudice, were instead endearing. There’s nothing I like more in one of my go-to comfort reads than big tough guys who are actually caring softies.
There is little conflict in the story, and I appreciated that the small town was largely accepting of the gay couple. Of course, there’s always that one guy…but much of the story focused on Joe and Ed together, learning how to share their feelings with one another. Actually, I made that storyline sound kinda lame, but I assure you, if you’re looking for an angst free, feel good read, then you can’t go wrong with this. Readers are always complaining that male main characters never talk out their problems or discuss how they’re feeling. Well this book is about Joe and Ed facing their self-prejudices and doing just that.
I’m not normally a fan of books with already established couples, I usually feel as though I’ve missed part of the story, but I never get that feeling with Cultivating Love. I absolutely recommend this to anyone in the need for a slice of happy in their life.
Original review posted at Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews
I liked the characters and was glad so see some of the events that concerned their families unfold. One event was predictable, however.
The plot seemed choppy in spots and I felt overall it was a little rushed.
All that being said, I liked the story and would recommend it. On a scale of 1 to 5 I give it a 4.