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Book two in the Cattle Valley Series The Reverend Casey Sharp loves his church, his congregation and his community. He just wishes they loved him in return. Paying for the sins of his predecessor has left him feeling like an outcast. Contractor Halden Kuckleman, loves his quiet life. After a childhood trauma, Hal gave up on love and God. When hired by the church to finishBook two in the Cattle Valley Series The Reverend Casey Sharp loves his church, his congregation and his community. He just wishes they loved him in return. Paying for the sins of his predecessor has left him feeling like an outcast. Contractor Halden Kuckleman, loves his quiet life. After a childhood trauma, Hal gave up on love and God. When hired by the church to finish work on a new meeting room, he tells himself it’s just a job like any other. He’s fine working on the addition as long as Reverend Sharp doesn’t try to save him. With a tight deadline for getting the room finished, Hal begins to wonder how he’s going to get the work done before the annual Christmas Eve party. When Casey offers to lend a hand however, he begins to wonder if the willowy minister will help or lead him straight into temptation....

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  • Barbara➰
    2019-12-13 18:00

    A little cheesier than the first. But I liked the different take on the religious views of sexuality and homosexuality especially with preachers. It was a nice change. Still sort of B movie porn in book form though lol.

  • Lillie
    2019-11-30 19:12

    I must be in the mood for easy, sweet love stories. I liked this book! I liked the Reverend Casey. He was genuinely a good man. I thought that he and Holden's story was enjoyable, very sexy and easy to read. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Ami
    2019-11-18 01:00

    2.5 starsAfter second book in Cattle Valley series that I read (I first read #3), I should be prepared that this is sort of the happy-all-around soap opera kind of story. Again, it's too sugary sweet for my taste and the fact that the two of them fall in love with minimum interaction just makes me roll my eyes

  • Donna
    2019-12-12 22:52

    What can I say, I love Carol Lynne's laid back writing style and sometimes I just need a happy all around feel good story... which Ms. Lynne always provides! :D

  • Sarina
    2019-11-17 01:15

    Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.Casey Sharp was full of enthusiasm and hope when he accepted the job of Reverend for the Cattle Valley community but with a large to-do list and much to plan for before Christmas, its an exhausting one, as well. When the contractor he hired to build an expansion onto the back of the church has to bow out of the job unexpectedly, Casey’s desperate to hire a replacement and that desperation leads him to calling Halden Kuckleman. Halden hasn’t been in touch with God in a very long time so taking a job at the church isn’t really something he wants to do; one look at the new Reverend, however, and Hal can’t turn away. With his feelings about religion and his determination to keep Casey at arms length, however, it may take a lot more than the holiday spirit to make Hal give love a chance. It’ll take a large dose of forgiveness, too.This book…hit a little closer to home than I expected it to and while my situation and Hal’s weren’t the same, they were similar enough that I completely understood where Hal was coming from in his feelings about religion and God. I tend to stay away from books dealing with religion for that very reason as I don’t enjoy them and oftentimes find them uncomfortable to read. That being said, I’m really glad I decided to give this book a try. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and, not one to read books out of order if I can help it, I picked this one up to continue that trend but to also, hopefully, enjoy it as much as the previous installment.While the description of the book made me think the religious aspect would be pretty stand out throughout the story, I found it less prevalent than I anticipated. It is there, with a main character who’s a Reverend that’s a given, but religion wasn’t really the focus of the story, healing and forgiveness were; not only for the main characters but for the Cattle Valley community as a whole. Even though Hal didn’t want anything to do with God, it was nice seeing him want Casey enough to give being together a try. I also just adored how Hal went about trying to make things right for Casey and how, even though he didn’t really understand the religious side of him, Hal wanted to bring the church congregation together to help the man he cared for in time for Christmas.Overall, I really enjoyed this one and I’m glad I decided to read it. I loved the healing and forgiveness that took place amongst the entire community and how religion and the church was more a way to kick start that process rather than the focus itself. The characters were enjoyable and it was nice catching up with some of my favorites from the last book. There were some sexy times included in the story, as well, but it wasn’t right away and with all Hal and Casey were dealing with, I felt that was completely appropriate and appreciated. This was a nice story to add to my holiday collection as I was left with a smile and some good feels when I’d finished. While not absolutely necessary to read the first book before this one, I’d recommend it not only for the context it gives to the situation Casey finds himself in, but because it was a good read, too. If you enjoy a nice holiday read that’s low on angst but not over the top with in your face Christmas items and activities, this could be something you’ll enjoy.

  • 78sunny
    2019-12-14 19:55

    Band 1 und 5 der Reihe haben mir wirklich gut gefallen, auch wenn der Schreibstil wirklich nicht hervorsticht. Alles ist sehr einfach und geradlinig und die Handlung bzw. die Beziehungen werden sehr schnell entwickelt.Dieser 2. Band hat mir aber so gar nicht gefallen. Einer der Hauptprotagonisten (Hal) gefiel mir zwar gut, aber viele seiner Reaktionen fand ich nicht passend. Er ist eigentlich ein 'harter' Kerl und dann lässt die Autorin ihn viel zu schnell von Liebe reden und sogar weinen. Das passte nicht.Casey, der andere Hauptprotagonist, ist Revenernt und auch sein Verhalten wollte für mich einfach nicht passen. Irgendwie verbindet man doch etwas anderes als einen mit seinem Geschlechtsteil redenden notgeilen Typen. Vielleicht gibts das tatsächlich im realen Leben, aber ich will nichts darüber lesen. Positiv waren wieder die erotischen Szenen. Die kann die Autorin wirklich sehr gut schreiben. Alles andere war aber zu kitschig, übertrieben und zu schnell entwickelt.

  • Beck
    2019-11-16 18:52

    This was typical for Cattle Valley...insta love morphing into HEA within days...contrived angst... sophomoric communication break downs and soppy make up sex...add in a dash of mistletoe and you have the Christmas chapter of the Cattle Valley soap easy undemanding read if you don't mind two dimensional characters and a weak plot.

  • Mandy*reads obsessively*
    2019-12-15 18:05

    Sweet, maybe just a bit too much insta-love, but a nice enjoyable story.

  • BubblesHunty Honest & Direct Opinions
    2019-12-10 21:19

    Cute and sweet and just what i wanted to read

  • Pamela Su
    2019-12-13 01:53

    I liked this book more than the first because there's a sense of a beginning. The rate in which the characters fall in love is slightly less than the speed of light, but more than a blink of an eye.Still, this was enjoyable.

  • Lynn
    2019-12-12 22:59

    Good idea but way too short to be successful, resulting in an unrealistic timeline for the amount of issues in the book.

  • Penumbra
    2019-11-23 02:01

    Cattle Valley Mistletoe is the second book in the ‘Cattle Valley’ series. It’s told in third person from the povs of Reverend Casey Sharp, and Contractor Halden ‘Hal’ Kuckleman.(view spoiler)[This story takes up where the first left off, covering the time period from slightly before Thanksgiving, until Christmas. Casey is the replacement for the previous reverend in book one. You’ll have to read that book to find out what happens to that reverend. Casey is upset because the townspeople don’t seem to be taking well to him. He’s also upset that none of the available men seem to be interested in him as a sexual partner. I wondered since Casey is a reverend, why he didn’t go and visit people or strike up conversations with them and try to get to know them? There was no indication in the story that he did that. Casey is a friendly guy but it was like he expected everyone to come to him.Hal is asked by Casey to help with finishing the church meeting hall. He reluctantly agrees because he needs the work. Hal hides a secret about his relationship to the church, one of anger that he hasn’t resolved. This interferes with his lust for Casey. Both men have a strong attraction to each other. Casey is all for getting it on with Hal, but Hal resists, which leads to complications. But despite that, they very quickly, and I mean very quickly, fall in love even though they hardly know each other. Other than them lusting after each other, I couldn’t see a reason for them to fall for each other so quickly other than as a plot device. It was too unreal for me.The plot moved along at a steady pace with the introduction of new characters for future books and the return of characters from the first book. The plot did feel formulaic, however. I could pretty much guess how the story was going to progress, there were no surprises. I enjoyed the ending, it finished with a nice HEA and resolution to Hal’s issue with God. Religion is a factor in this book, but not in an ‘in your face’ type of way. It’s mostly toward the end of the story with the Christmas church service. There is sex in this book that fits better into the plot. It's not too much if compared to the tremendous amount there was in the first book. I had trouble with the writing because it was passive and telling. There was the frequent use of words like: he knew, he realized, he felt, etc. Rather than showing us the characters’ emotions or physical feelings, we were told. This kept me distanced from the story looking from the outside in and not relating to Casey or Hal. There was also some odd pov shifts that made it unclear whose pov I was looking from.Cattle Valley Mistletoe was a quick holiday book to read, with little angst. There’s a lot of telling and I didn’t feel much connection to the characters. But the ending was satisfying with a HEA. If you’re looking for an easy read after something angsty, this could be for you. However, I doubt I’ll reread it. I give this book, 3 Stars. (hide spoiler)]

  • Sassafrass
    2019-11-20 21:52

    The review was originally done for the Romance Reviews and can be found here: Casey Sharp loves his town and the members of his church in Cattle Valley, but he's sure that they don't feel they same way. He's currently paying for the sins committed by the previous minister, and he's not sure how to make it better. It certainly won't help if he doesn't get the church's addition built in time for the annual Christmas Eve party. He's enlisted the help of sexy contractor Halden Kuckleman to get the building finished, but Hal has made it clear: he's there only for the work. He doesn't do church and he definitely doesn't do God. However, with the two men working side by side in efforts to get the work done, Hal discovers that the man he told not to convert him may be his biggest temptation yet.This is the second book in the Cattle Valley series, and I really enjoyed it. It was much different in the first as it was sweeter and more romantic then erotic. Don't get me wrong, there were steamy love scenes but the relationship between the characters seems to be more the focus in this one. It's not often that you read a book about an openly gay minister, but I felt that it was done extremely well. The relationship between Casey and Hal seemed to be a bit underdeveloped as far as getting to the love stage, but I loved them as a couple nonetheless. Hal's trouble with church, religion and God was well-written and realistic, and I thought was handled perfectly by the author. This is a part of a series, and I did read the first book, but I don't think that you have to do that in order to enjoy this story. I also really liked that we got to revisit the main characters of the first story to get a glimpse into their life after their story had ended.It is a short book so the relationship moves very quickly, as stated before, and that is really my only complaint about the book. I wish there could have been even a mention of them having more time together without having to describe it over several pages; I feel it would have made the relationship more realistic. Other than that, I loved it. I can't wait to read more of the series.

  • Meep
    2019-11-25 19:49

    It's a simple fluffy read. Small man meets big man and insta-insta connection, then they live HEA. Nothing here to get a strong reaction to either way. Its not awful, fills an hour or two if you've been reading something heavy, but it is disposable.My problem is the generic-ness of the story, there's a feel about it of filling in a template adding the names and occupations its so low impact. No true connection to any character.I actually felt rather annoyed by Rev. Casey. He runs pouting to God in one scene but otherwise there's no connection to his vocation, except maybe giving it up. We're told people in the village have trouble accepting him due to broken trust with his predecessor but there's no examples of this, no show of him ever making an effort. He never acts like a Reverend; never speaks to practitioners, visits anyone... In fact there's very few people he interacts with. You wouldn't need to be a heavy religious element just enough to show him doing his job, of there being a community, instead of him wandering around his house naked and the only other characters cameos by previous/future book couples. (view spoiler)[He moves from the vicarage in the end to live with Hal, that desire to walk around naked seems all consuming, far more so than any belief in God, community... (hide spoiler)] But he's better than the last guy because he'd never even considered beating up a lover um ok, so people generally sit and debate the pros and cons of beating a lover up?Hal makes no impression. Big gruff builder type, I don't actually remember anything about him. Apparently he's 'yummy' and has religious issues, but I sneezed and they were dealt with.Its all too simplified. Easy resolutions to problems that never get off the ground, minimum development. Next few characters all introduced, very evident this is a series and the format is set, no surprises. If you've read and liked one then you're going to enjoy the endless sequels, personally I find they fall flat. I like sweet fluffy reads but I'm too cynical for soap operas.

  • Christy
    2019-11-23 19:50

    This is the second book in the Cattle Valley series and I loved it just as much as the first one. First Read August 12 to 13, 20152nd Read August 29th 2016 - August 29th 2016Casey Sharp is the new Reverend in Cattle Valley after the former one, Dole came under scandal and arrest in book one. He was a bad man for abusing his boyfriend who became his ex and still was abusing him. Casey had the construction worker he had hired pull out with only the shell of the new community center finished.Hal is the construction worker that gets called for the job, but he isn't looking forward to the job. He has a past that made him skeptic when it comes to religion after his mom died when he was eight. Casey and Hal are great together even though it seems like they are polar opposites. Casey makes his self sick worrying about the church, his congregation not liking him and Hal as well. Hal refused to let him go to bed knowing that taking him to the hospital would be the only thing to save him. It was what Hal's mom wouldn't do when he was little, but he made Casey go. In doing so it saved Casey's life and brought them closer together.Hal opens up to Casey about his childhood and his mom's death during the book. I wanted to hug him so much for what he revealed. The two people that took him in and raised him did a great job with what they had. Hal realized this during the book as well, which gave him peace by the end.Casey finally gets to see what the community can and will do after two events in the book. Hal, who at the beginning had his own problems with believing in what Casey did came around and got the community to help as well. It shows just what is inside of people when you give them a chance.I can't wait to read the next one. The characters from the first book were also in this one. Carol Lynne did a awesome job and the series is a must read.

  • Kay
    2019-11-29 19:12

    In the first book of this series, Nate had helped a local with his stalking ex-lover who turned out to be the local Minister. Taking over his congregation is Casey Sharp, and unfortunately the community is still reeling from their betrayal and finding it hard to accept Casey. Casey takes his job very seriously and he’s good at it but he’s finding the stress is starting to affect his health. Hal fights his attraction to Casey fearing the man will want to convert him, but instead he finds that Casey is accepting and willing to wait for Hal to realize his anger isn’t really with God but on the grownups who had manipulated him as a child. Helping Casey with the church renovations, Hal begins to find some understanding. When Casey’s health takes a serious turn, Hal goes to the root of his stress, the congregation and makes them realize they are shunning a good man for the deeds of an evil one. I loved the way the Cattle Valley community comes together to finish the renovations in time for Christmas. Though the sex is very explicit and definite male / male, there is much more to this story. Reading about prior characters and meeting new ones for the stories to come, is also a treat.

  • Amber
    2019-12-02 19:52

    I kind of think its funny that I am a straight female and yet I am reading gay romance I have never read gay romance before the reason I read this book originally is because I have a friend who is gay that is simply in love with this book series because he has told me all about this series (a lot) I figured I would give it a go well all I can is is my friend has fabulous taste (not that he would ever let me forget that for even a second)I may be a straight female but I simply love the guys in the series I could not stop reading at one book I just had to know what was happening in Cattle Valley ... so far I have read the first 10 books in the series and the more I read the more I fall in love with this series I think its just wonderful I hope all people gay lesbian bi straight whatever find such a happy wonderful place to live in peace and joy I am going to read this full series once I get a chance to as I simply have to know who winds up with who this is better than watching the soaps I just love it .. :)

  • Danae
    2019-11-19 17:50

    A delightful story between Hal and Casey. Okay...delightful doesn't really convey my appreciation of this story, but I'm trying different words. Casey sure had his job cut out for him, coming in to replace the previous Reverend, and he luckily had help from Hal, and of course Nate and the others. This is one of those stories that make me sigh happily. I'm normally all for angst, but in this story (and in all the Cattle Valley books) I really don't mind when it's absent. I might kind of think "oh I'd have stretched that part out for longer" but it's more from habit. :)Love the end by choice rather than blood. So true, even if the family by blood is good, others are important too, and sometimes feel more like family than friends or neighbors.***As you'll have noticed, I don't really write "reviews", just my own rambling thoughts and impressions. (I've decided to include this on all "reviews" just so people know. Maybe I should put it at the top?)***

  • Jenny Wood
    2019-11-25 21:08

    Yep, I've gotta re-read the whole series, it's been a whole year since I'd first read these!I loved Hal and Casey, I love that religion was a main focus but it wasn't what you thought it would be. Not how normal people view religious belief's. Casey, not only a leader of a church but also a gay man, I loved how they knew there was nothing wrong with it and it wasn't even in question. I thought for sure it'd be a huge problem and it wasn't one at all.I loved that. Hal had problems with his faith from a childhood trama and the miscommunication of a church leader and I can't say I blame him for the way he felt. I'm so so glad that meeting Casey and loving Casey changed him in that though. I love Cattle Valley and all it's residents and I'm excited to be re-reading them!

  • Melissa
    2019-11-28 19:07

    There's a sense of the whole insta-love in each of these books which isn't my favorite but I suppose with books this short it's something that can't be helped. I'm not much of a believer when it comes to God and all that either anymore but it wasn't shoved down my throat too much in this book so that was okay too. I really enjoyed Casey and Hal and how much they were willing to give up for the other person and even during their misunderstanding, they still cared enough about each other to risk themselves for the other. I'm enjoying these books enough to keep going and I'm super excited for Kyle and Gill's book!

  • Arlyn
    2019-12-10 01:54

    This is the second book in this series and I enjoyed it. It wasn't nearly as generous with hot man on man action as the first book, but the story had a lot of heart. I had some minor issues with the pacing of Hal and Casey's relationship as well as Hal's reason for turning his back on God (though I understood fully why he would be adverse to organized religion or men of the pulpit). But, they were minor issues. The characters in the first 2 books were great and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the hot & sexy residents of Cattle Valley.

  • Karen K
    2019-11-17 23:50

    **3.5**A sweet second story in the Cattle Valley series. Hal and Casey are interesting, emotional men that I felt a good connection with. I enjoyed the plot but the rate at which they fell so hopelessly in love was a little quick for me, along with the odd small thing like the couple having sex so soon after Casey had been ill. Nonetheless, they make a lovely couple and I look forward to seeing a little more of them in upcoming stories. PS I loved that Nate had such a strong role in this - he, Rio and Ryan are characters that remain faves of mine.

  • Wendy Ann
    2019-11-22 02:03

    It’s interesting seeing the diversity of characters and relationships in a series such as this. Everyone is tied together through community, and characters from a previous installment have a way of showing up to remind you of their presence. This book is fairly short like the rest of the series, so everything has to happen pretty quickly and without a ton of angst in order to work based on the length. I enjoyed Hal and Casey!

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-12-08 23:13

    This was just a feel good story. Casey is the new minister in town and is paying for the sins of the previous abusive preacher. The church rec hall needs a lot of work and Casey hires a reluctent Hal to finish the building up for Christmas. There's a definite attraction between the two men but Hal has God issues and tries to push Casey away. This is Cattle Valley though so the entire town comes through for a HEA ending.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-12-06 23:59

    More of a 2.5 star read. Between Hal's hang-ups, falling in love instantly (even though I've never been in love and don't really know how it feels, said Hal), Casey's illness, and getting tested; this book bounced around non-stop. I couldn't really connect with the MC's although I felt I could have with a more in depth story. So yeah, it was just okay. (I did like the little hints of possible matches for future books)

  • Ari
    2019-11-24 18:10

    My boyfriend thought I was reading a comedy thanks to my snorting laughter; nope, just my first foray into Carol Lynne's Cattle Valley series. Do you like bad dialogue, poor grammar, unrealistic sex scenes and insta-love? Then you are in for a treat-- or, well, at least an amusing read. Seriously, do not spend money on this.

  • Shelby P
    2019-11-22 21:57

    I liked this second book much more than the first book in the series. This is my first read about a sexually active gay priest/reverend/minister/pastor and it was a surprising change of pace. I liked Hal and Casey together. I wish someone would meet me and fall in love with me right away but that shit only happens in books. Looking forward to Gill's story.

  • Allybaba
    2019-11-26 18:52

    Maybe more like 2.5 starsSyrupy sweet...short...thin of the MCs (Hal) seems to have some major hangups that seem resolved pretty quickly given the length of the already short book. Does contain good teasers for the other books.

  • MaddieM1RiH
    2019-12-15 19:50

    really enjoyed this one, lots of emotion between them.casey was the reverend who was having the function room build in time for xmas he needed help and asked halden who he has a crush on but with him a man of the cloth it makes hal shy away.good story 4 stars

  • Tana
    2019-12-11 23:51

    Cattle Valley Mistletoe (Cattle Valley, #2) by Carol LynneThis is the second book in the Cattle Valley series, I loved Casey and Hal.Great read, and can't wait to continue reading the rest of the books in this series.