Series: Love Means… (Or as Andrew says, Farm series)
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
The Love Means… Series
Love Means… No Shame
Geoff is in the city, living the gay life to the hilt, when his father’s death convinces him to return to the family farm. Discovering a young Amish man asleep in his barn, Geoff learns that Eli is spending a year away from the community before accepting baptism into the church. Despite their mutual attraction, Geoff is determined not to become involved with him, but Eli has discovered that Geoff shares his feelings and begins to court him, neatly capturing first Geoff’s attention and then his heart.
Their budding relationship is threatened by closed-minded, gossipy relatives and the society at large, a whole new world to Eli, and he must decide whether to return to the community, his family, and the world and future he knows or to stay with Geoff and have faith in the power of love.
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Love Means… Courage
Love Means… Prequel
Len Parker is laid off during the recession in the early eighties and decides to go back to college at home in rural Michigan, where he reconnects with his best friend from high school, Ruby. He’s overjoyed when she marries Cliff Laughton and overcome with sorrow when she dies an untimely death, leaving behind her husband and two-year-old son.
Out of work again, Len finds a job at Cliff Laughton’s sorely neglected farm. Cliff is still mourning his wife, struggling to raise his son, and has little enthusiasm or energy left for work. Len immediately begins to whip the farm—including the two Laughtons—into shape. Working side by side, Len and Cliff grow ever closer, but loving another man takes a lot of courage. They’ll have to stand together as they face faltering business, threatening drought, misguided family, and Midwestern prejudices to protect what might be a lifelong love.
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Eli never regrets leaving the Amish community to live with his lover, except maybe at Christmastime, when the pull of family is strongest. But even if Eli’s family could accept his love for Geoff, he doesn’t want them shunned by the community for his choices. So he’s reconciled himself to a Christmas without them, until Geoff gives him a gift that changes the way Eli defines family.
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Love Means… No Boundaries
Joey Sutherland has found a home with Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, living and working at the farm that has become a refuge after a motorcycle accident left him with a scarred face and a lot of insecurities. When Geoff’s aunt Mari convinces them to take in a musician from the National Youth Symphony, Joey is reluctantly roped into picking him up, already anticipating the disgust he’ll see on the man’s face.
But Robert Edward Jameson surprises him: he’s outgoing and friendly, he’s willing to try just about anything around the farm, and he’s blind, which goes a long way toward easing Joey’s nerves.
Joey and Robbie become inseparable and discover the beginnings of love. But summer is coming to an end, and Robbie will return to his home in Mississippi, where his family and servants see to everything he could want or need. Joey can only hope Robbie will take a chance on love and escape the boundaries that have shaped his sightless life.
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Love Means… Freedom
Spurned by his father and driven from his home, Stone Hillyard is struggling to find shelter in the Michigan winter when he lucks upon the horse farm run by Geoff Laughton and his partner Eli. They take him in, warm him up, and give him a job working with their No Boundaries therapy riding program.
A drunk driver left Preston Harding unable to walk, and after months of hard work, his therapist recommends Geoff and Eli’s program. But Preston’s anger and arrogance nearly get him kicked out until Stone intercedes on his behalf, despite Preston’s insults. It’s a small act of kindness that helps open Preston’s eyes.
Stone and Preston will support each other as they face their families’ disapproval and fight old secrets. They’ll learn-sometimes the hard way-just how love can mean freedom for them both.
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Love Means… No Fear
Raine Baumer is living the party life in Chicago, indulging in short relationships with little emotional commitment. But after he’s severely injured in a gay bashing, close friend Geoff arrives to take him to the country to recuperate. There Geoff and his partner Eli treat him like part of the family, and Raine meets Jonah, Eli’s brother, who is exploring life in the world outside his Amish community.
Jonah and Raine’s mutual attraction draws them together, but they may not have a chance to explore it. Jonah’s father is making ultimatums, and the police believe that the attack on Raine may not have been as random as it initially appeared. Raine and Jonah will have to face what they fear most in order to have any chance at a life together.
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Love Means… Healing
Seven months ago, Len Parker lost his partner of more than twenty years, and he isn’t sure how to feel about his blossoming attraction to Chris, one of his farmhands. Hesitant and still hurt, Len remains aloof and distant until he’s goaded into teaching Chris to ride.
Fresh out of a thirty-year career with the Marines, Chris can explore his sexuality openly for the first time in his life, but what he needs more than anything is peace. He’s convinced Len doesn’t like him until he digs a little deeper, and then, armed with hope, Chris sets out to prove that love can provide the healing he and Len so desperately need.
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Love Means… Family
Four months ago Robert Edward “Arie” Hawkins lost his sister and the rest of her family in a plane crash. Now his parents have decided it’s time for him to marry and carry on the family name. Arie knows it’s most likely the grief talking—especially from his mother, who’s taken to putting more than ice in her iced tea—so to escape Mississippi, Arie calls his best friend, Robbie, and arranges for a visit.
Life is always changing at the Michigan farm where Robbie lives. Owner Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, have started a therapeutic riding program and adopted a little boy, creating a family. It’s while feeding Jakey that Arie meets Officer Hunky.
Officer Hunky’s real name is Deputy Duane Keenan, and he has troubles of his own, but not enough to stop him from pursuing Arie. But Duane’s and Arie’s families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult… it may be impossible,
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Love Means… Renewal
Eli Henninger is stretched a little thin. He teaches riding classes, conducts therapy sessions, takes care of his son, and helps manage the family farm. He’s tired and overworked, especially because lately, no one else seems to do anything right. He and his partner, Geoff, haven’t have time together in so long, he’s beginning to forget what his longtime love feels like.
Geoff is just as busy with the farm, the business, and working through a complicated land purchase. He and Eli labor from sunup to sundown and then some. He knows taking care of their responsibilities is preventing them from taking care of each other, but he doesn’t see anything he can do about it. To make matters worse, they’re accused of behaving improperly toward some of the children in their riding programs.
Then Eli becomes ill and the investigators suspect foul play, forcing Geoff to reevaluate his priorities and hope fate will give them another chance.
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Love Means… No Limits
Bart van Andren, aka Spider, has been running away from life with a lot of chemical help. When he wakes up in a hospital, he discovers he’s picked up a champion. Duane must see something in Bart no one else ever has, because he finds Bart a job at Laughton Farms, where the people show Bart kindness and patience. He might even kick his drug habit with a little help from his new friends Geoff, Eli, and especially Tyrone.
Tyrone Jackson works at the farm despite the disapproval of his traditional black family, who find it suspicious that he works with gay men. Tyrone knows he’s gay, and until now, he’s kept his home and work lives separate.
Though Tyrone resists his feelings for Bart as long as he can—he’s seen enough of the drug culture to last a lifetime—he can’t deny their attraction forever. But before he and Bart reach for more than friendship, Tyrone has to face his family and Bart has to close the door on his past—a past that could put Tyrone, the farm, and everyone he’s come to care for at risk
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Love Means… Joy
This is a freebie that Andrew wrote for his fans. It takes place in the future of the series, but believe me, it’s a sweet read and fits perfectly!
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Love Means… Patience
Years after his discharge from the Marines under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Cody Culver lives in a PTSD-induced world all his own. On a mission, under misconceptions that Geoff and Eli are the enemy, Cody breaks into their farmhouse but is quickly brought back to his senses by a frying pan to the head. After receiving much needed help in the hospital, Cody has nowhere to go. Luckily, kindhearted Eli knows just where to turn.
When Eli asks former Marine Brick Hunter to help, Brick isn’t sure he wants to get involved. But Brick has worked through his own PTSD, and like it or not, he owes Eli a favor. With Cody struggling to rejoin the real world and Brick agreeing to take him in, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought possible.
Though Cody tries to stay in the here and now, he sometimes flashes to unexplainable traumatic events—events that don’t fit his usual war zone delusions. As the “delusions” grow more frequent, it becomes apparent they might not be delusions at all. Cody may have actually witnessed a murder.
First came No Shame where you meet Geoff and Eli. Eli’s been raised Amish while Geoff is a bit of a man-whore. However, when Geoff finds Eli sleeping in his bar, both men find a home… within each other.
Then Andrew gave us Courage, which is the prequel to No Shame and is the story of Len and Cliff, Geoff’s fathers. How they met, fell in love, and raised the little hellion you first met in No Shame. It will make you laugh, cry, and hope, all while showing you the hearts of these two incredible men.
In Simple Gifts Eli learns what family truly means and is one of the sweetest shorts ever.
Next came No Boundaries. Joey doesn’t think anyone will ever see past his scars until he meets Robbie, but when the summer ends, Robbie has to find faith in himself to fight for the love he’s found at the Laughton Farm and in the strength of Joey’s heart.
After that, we have Freedom in which Stone takes refuge at the farm and in his work with horses and with the therapy riding where Preston is sent to gain strength after a drunk driver hits him. Neither man is looking for love, but that doesn’t stop love from finding them. This is one of my favorites in the series.
When Geoff’s best friend, Raine, comes to visit after a gay bashing leaves him badly injured, he meets Eli’s brother, Jonah. If Geoff and Eli were the odd coupling, then it’s even truer with these two men. However, I couldn’t have chosen a better love match if I’d tried. Each man has things to overcome, but together then find they can love with No Fear.
In Healing, we find out how Len and Chris met and fell in love. It’s a sweet novella about second chances, new love, and healing.
When Robbie’s best friend, Arie, comes to visit after losing his sister, things are hard for him. However, when accusations are leveled against the therapeutic riding program, Arie meets Officer Hunky, I mean, Deputy Duane, and the definitions of both Family and future have to be reevaluated before they can find out if love is really possible.
In Renewal, we are once again able to enjoy and share in the love between Eli and Geoff, but when Eli’s poisoned, their happily ever after is threatened and priorities have to be reassessed. This one is a true gem and so needed in the series.
After that, is No Limits. Officer Hunky sends spider to Laughton Farms, to hopefully get his life back on track and off the drugs that nearly cost him his life. Tyrone works for Geoff and Eli, but isn’t ‘out’ thanks to his family. When they meet, more than sparks fly, but in the end, it’s actually one of my favorite stories in the series and of Andrew’s over all. It’s a powerful story of not just coming out, but coming to terms with who you are inside.
As I said above about Joy, it’s a sweet read and one I think everyone who loves Andrew’s books should read. It’s a freebie on his site and will leave your heart light and your mind happy.
Patience is due to come out on the 23rd, and I for one, cannot wait to read!
Over all, this series is not only one of love, hope and healing, it’s the hope of love and family shared that makes each story within so wonderful. Andrew’s writing is powerful yet never more than exactly what’s needed for each couple. It’s also special because we get to grow and learn with the characters. If you haven’t already, take a look at this series and settle in for many happy, tear-streaked hours of reading.
About the Author
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.