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Cutting Out by [Shayne, Meredith]
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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A twenty-year veteran of the shearing shed, Aussie Shane Cooper loves his job, and the home he’s made for himself in New Zealand. If he’s a little lonely, he’s got good mates to keep his spirits up. When a hot, cocky young shearer named Lachlan Moore catches his eye at a competition, he’s content to look but not touch, knowing the young man is out of his league.

Lachie wouldn’t mind a piece of Shane, but the gorgeous gun shearer from Australia is soon forgotten when the Christchurch earthquake hits, and tragedy strikes Lachie’s family. Lachie deals with it the best he can, cutting himself off from all he knows. A year later and he’s back in the shearing shed, out of practice and lacking confidence. That Shane’s there to watch him flounder doesn’t help his nerves.

As Lachlan struggles to re-acclimatise, Shane can’t resist giving him a hand to get back on his feet. As they move from friends to something more, Shane finds himself wanting to know everything he can about Lachie. But Lachie’s got secrets he desperately wants to keep, and when things come to a head, those secrets might just mean the end of them before they’ve truly begun.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2322 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications (11 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O92Q3CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I enjoyed the book.
However I felt it took a bit long, to get to the real guts of the story. I am a New Zealander so the author painted a picture of the country I could relate to. The story line was well constructed and thought through. It was a very believable plot. Knowing the past experiences in Christchurch.
Books covering real situations, also touch gay people. It is good to see an author encompass that sort of thinking in drafting this story.
I will look forward to reading more from this Author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the setting in New Zealand. 22 October 2014
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I really enjoy this one. I was on holiday in New Zealand for two weeks and really love this beautiful and peaceful country. So the setting of the story in NZ with the wonderful descriptions is such a pleasure to read. I especially enjoy the camaraderie among the sheep shearers and the writer has certainly done her research, including the slangs. I like both the MCs and their slow burning romance. Sex only starts about 60%+ into the story which is just fine by me! Some maybe frustrated with the guys not having a heart-to-heart talk to sort out their problems but given the time they knew each other I thought it was realistic. Also there was a 15 years difference between Shane and Lachie. This is not a May-December romance but I could understand Shane's hesitation and the impression Lachie gave, before the earthquake forced him to man up, was really of a carefree bloke. Also these are real men with a blue collar job so sitting down and chat about their emotions is probably hard to do.
What made this story special was the Christchurch earthquake and its impact, which I thought the writer has done a great job weaving it into her story. Those pages were such touching scenes. However I do have a few niggles. The brief epilogue is rather disappointing, as if it was just an after though. It sort of created a gap to the story line. It would not "kill" the writer to give us more details on what had transpired to lead to that point which was obviously years later. It is also a pity the writer did not give us more emotional connection between the guys once the major misunderstanding was cleared. The leapt straight to the brief epilogue after they understood each other was such a let down, as if something missing in the flow of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply touching and soulful 25 August 2016
By J. M. Amor - Published on
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I loved this book. It really got to me and I've been finding it hard to find m/m stories lately that really grip me.

I'm a New Zealander, and from Christchurch, so naturally the setting really worked for me. I loved all the wee Kiwi things in there that are home. My friends and family are still dealing with the aftermath of the earthquakes and I thought this was really well done. I wrote another comment under someone else's review about the lack of help for the mother. Culturally, this was pretty spot on with the way that emotional things are handled in NZ. People can get overlooked because we have a 'you just have to get on with it' attitude. Is it right? Is it healthy? No, it's revolting. It is cultural and we are getting better.

I really enjoyed both men, the characters really grabbed me. Their connection sung to me. There was a deep sweetness here which I always appreciate in men. The emotional and sex scene between them were really well written. Very sensuous sex scenes. Excellent.

The writing style of this author really grabbed me too. Great style and easy to read. And even though, Aussie's and Kiwis have many similarities in our speech, there are a few differences. I thought the author did well to really get the cadence and speech patterns correct. My only bugbear and it really did niggle me was that NZer's don't use hey, at the end of a sentence. It's eh or ay, depending on spelling. The South Africans use hey, but not us. And as Southern NZers, we use wee in our speech a lot. But that hey drove me spare.

Despite being a writer myself, I find these reviews really hard to write. LOL. But I just loved the whole energy of this book. The characters talked to me and I would love to see a follow up book as well, catch up with the whanau, see where they are at. The end was a wee bit rushed and the epilogue could have been longer. We invested so much emotion into Shane and Lachie, we wanted to really soak up their connection and togetherness at the end with everything they'd been through. I loved them so much, I didn't want to stop reading. It was one of those books I couldn't put down and wish there had been a sequel because I would have bought it in a hot second. :)

LOVED IT!! It's on my favorites list and not much makes that these days. Thank you so much. Meg Amor :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is an e-book worth reading! 17 November 2014
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One of the better reads of the 300 or so e-books I've read so far.

Strong, well defined, likeable characters. The story line is one of the few that actually relates to reality. No 'hello, jump into bed' story line here; it's a slow build up (no sex untill you are 60% into it) - that's a good thing folks. You get invested in the characters and their story and feel good when they finally get it right.

If you are using a kindle reader, you may want to page back from the opening page to look through the glossery that comes a few pages before - there are a lot of aussie/kiwi slang terms - but I found it kinda fun not knowing exactly what they meant. I didn't find the glossery untill after I had finished reading.

This is an author I am going to look forward to hearing more from in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like a good love story 23 March 2015
By Shopper from Kansas - Published on
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Sometimes you decide to try reading a book by an author you've never heard of before, based entirely on the brief description of the story and the short sample offered in a download. This is what happened here and I was blown away.

After the first chapter I was captivated by the characters in this story. I found myself not wanting to put my Kindle down on one hand and on the other not wanting to read because I didn't want the story to end. The fact that this is a m/m romance doesn't bother me, I like a good love story. The only drawback was that I was/am unfamiliar with a lot of the terms used since the setting is New Zealand, but I also learned a lot.

This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality in New Zealand 17 January 2015
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I'm a New Zealander & a rural person, but apart from a few very minor discrepancies.. nit picking, really... I totally enjoyed 'Cutting Out'. Realistic, a very warm & human story, with strong characters & story line.
The use of the Christchurch earthquakes was very well done, & this is a book I will happily re-read several times. I wonder tho why the Masterton Golden Shears (National) competition wasn't portrayed, but then that's me, nit picking again.
I recommend this book to all.