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Book one in the Seasons of Love SerialSeasons of Love follows forty years in the lives of two men, Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash, from the Spring of their relationship when love is new and shiny through to the Winter of their partnership when thirty years of being a couple has begun to lose its sheen.On the day of his mother’s funeral, ten-year old Sidney Wilks is silently cBook one in the Seasons of Love SerialSeasons of Love follows forty years in the lives of two men, Sidney Wilks and Grady Nash, from the Spring of their relationship when love is new and shiny through to the Winter of their partnership when thirty years of being a couple has begun to lose its sheen.On the day of his mother’s funeral, ten-year old Sidney Wilks is silently comforted by the presence of one man, ranch hand Grady Nash. Little did Sidney know that Nash would become the only stable figure in his life for the next forty years.Years later, after an evening of typical college fun, Sidney is involved in a serious car wreck. It’s Nash who once again steps in to rescue Sidney and nurse him back to health.While trying to get close enough to Sidney to help him heal, Nash’s feelings begin to change towards the twenty-one year old. For him, loving Sidney was nothing new, but when his body begins to desire the small man, Nash is forced to re-evaluate his protective instincts.What kind of future could the two men possibly have? Nash’s life is centred on horses and cattle, while Sidney has dreams of escaping the small-town Kansas life to build skyscrapers. How can two men who want opposite lifestyles come to a compromise, or will Nash be forced to allow Sidney to spread his wings without him?...

Title : spring
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ISBN : 11721103
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spring Reviews

  • BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions
    2019-04-16 19:26

    Very emotional read for me but great story and I can't wait for the next one mostly because I want more Luke. He kind of took over the story for me even though we don't see much of him.

  • Gaa-chan
    2019-04-20 19:34

    Just an observation... it is true that short message service was developed in 1985 but the first sms was sent only in 1992. So I have my doubts when I read about Nash not wanting to break the news to Reece via txt message. :3

  • Lucy
    2019-03-23 22:37

    Sidney is introduced as a ten year old boy, who just lost his very beloved mother to cancer. Sidney’s father, a ranch owner, is cold and remote, and abusive. Losing his wife seems to be the final straw for him, and he treats his son with neglect, disdain or abuse. Nash, eight years older than Sidney, is a ranch hand who lost his father not long before Sidney’s mom died. It sparks a kindred feeling in Nash, and he wants to protect young Sidney. The story starts off with glimpses of Sidney’s life over a span of time, going to high school, his graduation that his father didn’t attend, going to college. He comes home for visits only to see Nash, not realizing Nash stays at the ranch only to provide consistency for Sidney. When they finally, finally get together in a sexual way, on Christmas, it is wonderful for both, but the morning brings issues and distance, yet again. Nash pushes Sidney away “for his own good”, making the decision for their future without even asking Sidney what he wants. Some reasons were ridiculous and insulting, in my mind, such as sex being such a part of college life that he knew Sidney would go back to it when they were apart. Even after Sidney told him about the six and out rule, he still pushed Sidney away. Some reasons made more sense, Sidney didn’t belong on the ranch, and Nash didn’t belong in the city. The side story of Sidney’s best friend and roommate, Josh, and Josh’s brother is first sweet, then bittersweet. I really liked Luke, and I would hope to see more of him in the future. Sidney’s father is worthless throughout, cruel at times and always much less than Sidney. This story is more realistic than many I’ve read, because there is no insta-love, there is no perfect family and the path to a happily ever after is strewn with obstacles, some which seem insurmountable. It is ultimately a love story between long-term friends, and made me pull for their happiness.

  • Rachel Emily
    2019-04-15 17:37

    3.5 star read for me, so rounded up to 4. I enjoyed this story...probably one of the best I have read from Carol Lynne in a while, to be honest. I thought the ending was a bit rushed, but I am looking forward to more in this series. I'm hoping that Luke will get a story? Either way, I enjoyed the pacing of this and getting to read something different than a story set in the Cattle Valley series.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-27 22:32

    Probably around a 3.5. Waaaaay too many sex scenes in my opinion and too many eye rolling descriptions during them. Who the hell says things like, "you got more of that sweet seed for me?" or wipes themselves with a cloth and says they don't want a "stinky ass" ruining their good time? Um, gross, unnecessary, and please don't go there. I thought the two main characters were sweet together, but unfortunately they reminded me too much of other characters I've read so unfortunately I wasn't that invested. A cowboy and little one in love for years with older one giving guidance/love as the little one grows up. They finally have sex and older one insists younger one finishes school and tries to push younger one away. Younger one has an accident that disfigured him and older one cares for him. Sounds familiar, right???I loved, loved Luke although you barely met him and I just felt for him so much. Loved Diablo and his mate. I'll probably read the others in series at some point. I have to see how it all ends up.

  • Deeze
    2019-04-10 22:36

    A pretty standard Carol Lynne book. I was kinda hoping that seeing as this looks more like one long book split into 4 parts, that this might of had more attention to details, unfortunately not. (view spoiler)[The Luke story line, with the injuries he substained was confusing and contradictory in places. Neither was there any acknowledgement of the ranch hands knowing about Sidney and Nash's relationship. (hide spoiler)]That aside I enjoyed this one for what is was. A sweet simple, (apart from the Diablo storyline )love story. ["br"]>["br"]>

  • MorganSkye
    2019-04-12 21:34

    This is a “retro read” from 2011 – my bud Tracy recommended it and though I hadn’t heard of the series, I like Carol Lynne’s stuff and Tracy knows good books so...The book grabbed me right from the start. There is a homophobic a**hole of a father, who abuses his fem son and a protective ranch hand who tries to make things right. Awesome! I love these types of hurt/comfort and May/December stories...Continued...

  • Shirley Frances
    2019-04-14 23:22

    I so loved this story. It had everything to make it believable in my eyes. Some drama, angst-filled moments, humor, tenderness, all wrapped up with great dialog and hot man-love. Some inner musings threw me off (poodles ?!), but I loved the story so much, I started the next one right away. Hope the goods continue.

  • Susan65
    2019-04-21 15:17

    I would like to knock a star off because this was one hell of a roller coaster ride for me but it was really really good and ended better than I feared it would...with the exception of poor Diablo...~sad face~

  • Tana
    2019-04-01 15:35

    I always enjoy Carol Lynne's books, this story seemed to come to the end to fast, not sure how happy they are going to be ......... I feel like there could of been more to the ending. Mind you that could mean a book two in this series. Left me wanting more.

  •  ♥ ♥Lynn ♥ ♥
    2019-04-06 15:33

    I love Carol Lynne's stories! Spring was such a great read. For those who think the attraction and relationships happen too quickly in other CL works, then this book is for you. I can not wait to read book two and so on! I need more Carol Lynne!!!

  • Wyndslash
    2019-04-15 23:17

    Could use some editing.

  • pbj
    2019-03-26 22:14

    This felt more loving and thoughtful than the last few Carol Lynne books that I have read.I just wish it ended.

  • Suze
    2019-03-22 22:29

    3/3.5*I haven't read many Carol Lynne books and the lady does seem to excel at big series! This is book 1 of 4, so a fairly short run, and I like the idea that we see Sidney and Nash over a long periodbut has all the hallmarks of an epic saga already.Sidney has a fairly sparse upbringing with little affection after his mum dies when he is ten, when we begin this journey (and it ends when he is about 24 I think). Nash is his constant and over the years thye become closer. Sidney still remains a bit lost throughout as he has no connection to the land - which Nash loves, so tension there. The development with Josh and Luke gets angsty quickly too.There are a number of times where I thought potential trouble spots were glossed over, largely to do with characters outside of Nash and Sidney.It read really quickly and I was engaged but the characters didn't get me really involved - I may leave them where they are, I may read the rest if the seasons - but I am not compelled to go out now and find out what happens.

  • Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
    2019-04-03 16:26

    I liked the book. The characters were real and the world they live in is not seen through pink glasses of love, but shows the difficulties of a real relationship in a real life. With that I don't mean the fact that the main characters are gay; although it probably is a big part of a strained father-son relationship described in the book. It shows the problems that can occur in any relationship; problems that don't have easy answers and may never be completely resolved. It is about unpredictable events that can change the course of our lives and bring us closer to people we thought were already lost to us, while driving us away from others we thought would always be at our backs. Through the difficult tests that life has in store for us, sometimes it is possible to recognize the person we are meant to be with. While finding the right person doesn't necessarily mean rainbows and butterflies and a happily ever after without any trouble, but it makes certain sacrifices worth making and even through terrible events and difficulties true love is worth fighting for :)Like in the movie/book One Day, this story is narrated in moments out of the lives of the main characters. While all of these moments are important ones, there are several important moments that we don't by necessity get to read about. This gives the story a span of several years and we get to see characters grow up, circumstances change and events unfold. Unfortunately for me, it seemed like the character development happened in the off in many cases. I like to get an intimate view into the soul of the characters. Get a real feeling for them and feel their pain and happiness. If done correctly, the characters feel like good friends and the reader like part of the story. By only allowing readers to see (albeit important) snippets out of the characters lives, we get the large picture, can see how things develop and recognize the difficulties that can arise - all that doesn't mean as much, though (too me at least), because the story skipped so often ahead in time that it never really took the time to make me really fall in love with them. They are more like good acquaintances or friends. I care for them and follow their story with interest. However it doesn't move me in a way some other stories were able to do.Still, such a realistic few on live with all its problems is rare and was a nice change. I also liked that being gay was not the big catalyst for ever problem as is often the case in m/m novels, but that the problems faced by the main characters are such that every couple has to either overcome or be broken apart by.All in all a good read that nearly scored 4 stars for me. Since I can't give a 3.75 however, 4 stars it will get :)

  • Nerine Petros
    2019-04-12 23:12

    When I think of spring as a season, it brings to mind new beginnings, new hope, the start of growth or the end of the killing winter. This story, as a whole, did display a couple of these notions. Set on a ranch, I started reading expecting a ranching story, and was pleasantly surprised that it did not go in any of the directions I thought it might.When Sidney is first introduced as a character, he is ten years old. Over the course of the first chapter, we are shown a glimpse into the different stages of his life at different ages. This was critical for me in the development of the story overall, because at the same time, it gave me an idea of how each of the other characters fit into the overall plot - like players on a chess board. It also gave me a really in-depth understanding of Sidney and the mental and physical abuse he has endured from his father since he was a young boy.Nash is a man who has no qualms about looking deeper, and seeing past the front people put out to the world. Being aware of Sidney's needs as a young boy, Nash feels really connected as someone who has also recently lost his mother. Nash makes a promise to himself to look out for Sidney and show this young boy at least one person who has love and respect for him as a person. Comfortable with his life, Nash becomes aware of growing feelings for the young man he views almost as a son. With a long term arrangement in a nearby city, he is able to bury these feelings for a time until cold reality forces his hand.As Sidney and Nash connect and develop their relationship from friends to couple, much to Sidney's delight, other issues from the past raise red flags on the path to happiness. Misunderstandings abound from a basic need of each man to protect the other, along with how each believes the other feels about the ranch. Guilt, jealousy and anger preside over much of the thinking and the discourse, at times, suits this negativity.The way Carol has written this story is really well done not only in linking past with present, but also making sure that everything is relevant to the overall story line. That all of the characters have a future, a present and a past made me, as a reader, aware of this. Having this knowledge without feeling the need to skip large chunks of writing really enriched the story and caught me up in the main romance. A novel written in a contemporary style, this story is for anyone who likes romance or drama. NxNote: Reviewed for Queer Magazine Online.

  • Lena Grey
    2019-04-02 18:32

    Everyone needs a role model in their lives, someone to look up to, admire and emulate. Often that's your father but in Carol Lynne's 'Spring', Sidney Wilk's father is cold and distant, not someone Sidney wants to imitate, even when he was very young. Try as he may, his father practically ignores him and nothing he does is good enough. Fortunately, Grady Nash takes on this role and is there to nurture, protect, and love him. Nash does his best to be big brother, friend, confidant, and protector for Sidney; but as the years go by, and Sidney becomes a desirable young man, these feelings begin to change. Sidney is much less conflicted about the changes than Nash is because he's always loved him, but Nash, thinking that he can't give Sidney all he needs, pulls away from him which breaks Sidney's heart. When Sidney is in a near fatal accident, Nash realizes that he doesn't want to do without him and starts adjusting his thinking. Almost losing Sidney makes Nash realize he can't run away from this powerful attraction that he feels toward Sidney; he tries to find a compromise that works for both of them.I loved the way Carol used the love between the two horses, Diablo and Buckwheat, to help explain the depth of Nash's love for Sidney, expressing an intimacy which is nearly indescribable in intensity. Just as Diablo and Buckwheat are such an intrinsic part of each other so are Sidney and Nash. Without each other, life loses its meaning. In the Spring of their relationship Sidney and Nash strike out on their life journey and, like everything fresh and new, optimism reigns. 'Spring' is an emotional roller coaster, but it is also a tender, passionate romance between two wonderful men determined to make the love that they both cherish so very much not only prevail, but thrive. I highly recommend it to anyone who believes that having love is worth the risks involved.NOTE: This book was provided by Pride Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Kira
    2019-04-07 18:11

    Spring is definitely one of the better Carol Lynne-books. This sounds weird, I know, but it's more like a "proper book" than say, the Cattle Valley-series. Cattle Valley-books are well written, quick reads, enjoyable as they are etc. the just don't do it for me like most other books do. They're short, scratch the surface, and I always hate that about books. There's more story to each Cattle Valley-book, but the format doesn't allow all that other stuff. And I say again, they're good books, but not good enough to be great, not for me. Whenever I rate a Cattle Valley-book, I "judge" it among the other CV-books... Does that make sense?Anyway, this should be a review about Spring. I like the concept of the two men having been there for each other ever since the biggest tragedies of their lives, back when one was just a little boy and the other was a young man. The age difference doesn't bother me at all, because even though the love between them was there already from the first moment, it didn't change into romantic love until much, much later.The family stories this book contains are wonderful, both in the bittersweet and in the lovely ways, when you read it, you'll know what I mean by that. I like the characters a lot, Nash is great, he has so much love to give, and he chooses to give it to a miserable little boy who doesn't have anyone to love him anymore. Then again Sidney, he's broken and has grown without love and with being abandoned by everyone in his life, except Nash. Falling in love with the cowboy who provides him with comfort and love isn't a huge surprise to anyone, I'm sure.I like that the story spans over time and we get to see glimpses of the important moments over a longer period of time. I'm excited to see what happens in the next book. Also, I hope Luke finds love too, and Josh, of course. They do deserve it. Would have been a 4 star book, but I found a few sloppy editing-mistakes that bugged me enough to knock one star off. Maybe in another edition they've been cleaned out.

  • Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
    2019-03-26 18:10

    Originally Posted at: can be lovely but there’s sure to be some storm clouds. Sidney Wilks is a young man who is somewhat self-destructive. He lives under the shadow of an abusive father whose moods are unpredictable. He’s also in love with an older man, Grady Nash. Nash is older, wiser, and protective but he can’t fight his attraction to the charming younger Sidney. Both heroes are easy to relate to and well rounded. The immediate world of Wilks’ father’s ranch is brought to vivid life through Lynne’s descriptions. All the secondary characters are well crafted. There’s a very deep emotional history between the heroes in this story. The conflict centers on Nash being protective of Sidney and reluctant to take the risks that love demands. Sidney and Nash’s career desires do not match well. Nash wants the country life on the ranch and Sidney wants to go to the big city. Nash is settled into his life and knows what he wants, or at least thinks he knows what he wants. Sidney is a young person just getting his bearings. Lynne did a great job of creating emotional danger and risk for both men and it was never a sure thing that they would get their HEA. Lynne delivers a satisfying conclusion to their problems here. The sex overall is hot, described in full graphic detail and there is a fair amount of it. Some of it is quite rough and raw so definitely not for the faint of heart. A deep, richly detailed true romance between two different men who must find a way to make their lives mesh. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Summer.

  • Maggie
    2019-03-27 21:19

    This is the first in a four book series about a lifelong friendship and love between Nash and Sidney. In this book we are introduced to 10 year old Sidney right after his mother has passed away. Grady Nash, an eighteen year old ranch hand who recently lost his father, is the only person to reach out and comfort Sidney. Sidney’s father is cold and abusive to Sidney and their relationship continues to deteriorate as Sidney gets older. The only spot of sunshine in Sidney’s lonely, young life is Nash. What starts as someone to depend on becomes a crush and then love as Sidney reaches young adulthood. When Nash returns Sidney’s affections, Sidney thinks everything is settled but that is far from true. Nash’s world is the ranch and Sidney hates the ranch and plans to be an architect in the city after college. While Nash loves Sidney, he doesn’t see a long-term future for them and tries to let Sidney go. After a tragic event, Nash is by Sidney’s side and committed to finding some way, even if it is only for a little while, to make a relationship with Sidney work.This was a good start to the series. I enjoyed getting to know these characters and the background that will be the foundation of their relationship in the books to come.

  • Anna
    2019-04-11 18:09

    I really enjoyed this book on some levels but on others it was not what I'd expected. I liked that we got to follow Nash and Sidney during several years but still I got the feeling sometimes that they didn't really know each other. What did Nash look like? I never got a picture of him, all I know is that he is bigger than Sidney but everybody seemed to be. I also think that everyone took a little lighly on the abuse really and while I'm beeing negative I didn't like the end, no one should have to sacrifice that much in a relationship. But, you know what you get when you read a Lynne story and I keep coming back to them. I think this one had more dept than many of the others I've read.

  • Tamela
    2019-04-07 19:38

    Great story from the start. Sydney has a rough life but for most of it he has been in love with Grady Nash. Nash is there for the lonely boy who has just lost his mother and only has his hard uncaring father. Nash is someone Sydney grows to depend on to make his life at home bareable.Loved the characters, as individuals and as a couple, but they both needed more confidence in themselves. Neither of them thought that they were good enough for the other.Recommended and can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Snowtulip
    2019-04-05 17:31

    This story was truly about the trials and tribulations associated with building relationships and developing love. Nash and Sidney gave you insight into so much with this story, you had moments of tenderness, tragedy, and personal growth. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this story and how much more I want of Nash and Sidney. I also loved the development of the secondary characters; they easily nestled into your heart, or in one case put the fire of disgust in your emotional range. The ending left me with nervous anticipation, so I can't wait to read the next installment.

  • Shaz
    2019-04-22 17:33

    In two minds actually how to rate this one. I enjoyed it, but I wasn't the keenest on the way it ran. I found it very jumpy to go from time period to time period. I was constantly trying to work out how many months/years or whatever had passed between each section. This really pulled me out of the story.I did like the relationship building of the two MC's, that was great. But at the same time there were elements that didn't appeal to me at all. So, it's a real up and down affair for me unfortunately...

  • Tj
    2019-04-09 18:19

    This was a wonderful read. Carol Lynne's stories are usually full of some major emotional issues. (At all of course but there are many that have some heavy stuff.) This is no different with abuse/neglect by Sidney's father. Sidney is young in this book. He grows up a lot but maturity wise you can tell the difference in the two men even at the end. I am so glad there is more than the one book. The ending for this one just left too many unanswered questions and a troublesome feeling in the air with the move. I look forward to reading the next:)

  • Morticia Knight
    2019-04-05 22:33

    This is an excellent series that chronicles the lives of two men from their early innocent beginnings, and throughout their lives - spanning over 30 years together. In Spring, you read about Sidney and Nash's initial interaction, and the beginnings of their love. Summer, Fall and Winter tell their complete story. It was funny, sexy - and a tearjerker. It was nice to read beyond the initial HEA for a change, and watch true love go through the expected ups and downs over the years. I highly recommend this one, and the whole series.

  • Kukko
    2019-04-01 17:29

    MM romance between a cowboy who did not finish high school (Nash) and the college educated son (Sidney) of a rancher. This is also a coming-of-age story for Sidney, who is 8 years younger than Nash, although the emotional gap between the two seems greater. The characters felt distant to me and I just could not connect or empathize with either one of them. Despite that, I am going to give the next book in the series a go.

  • Peggy
    2019-04-04 23:31

    This is a story of young Sidney from the time he was ten until he is all grown up and making his way in life. Nash, a ranch hand, is the one positive constant in his life. I loved this book and am looking forward to more. I hope this is the start of a new series, but if is not, it is a fine novel as it stands and I will be reading it again with pleasure. (Note to author: Please please please write more...)

  • Brenda (b)
    2019-04-17 16:20

    I enjoyed this story. Sidney and Nash just seemed to be destined for each other. I'm looking forward to seeing how their relationship is depicted in the rest of the series.This book details the start of their friendship and the beginning of their romantic relationship. It starts in the spring of 1974 when Sidney is ten and Nash is about eighteen. It ends in the summer of 1990 (view spoiler)[ with their move to Illinois (hide spoiler)].

  • Morgana
    2019-04-17 21:34

    I rarely read m/m books featuring cowboy characters. Just not my cuppa. This time, however, I decided to give it a shot. Why? Probably because of the great summary and this gorgeous cover. Now, having read this book, all I can say is 'WOW'. Truly, I didn't expect it to be so good. "Spring" by Carol Lynne is definitely worth its price. I loved this book and recommend it to all those who enjoy a well-written m/m romance. You won't be disappointed.