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Grown Men HardCell #1 Every future has dirty rootsMarooned in the galactic backwaters of the HardCell company colonist Runt struggles to eke out an existence on a newly terraformed tropical planetoid Since his clone wife died on entry he’s been doing the work of two on his failing protein farm Overworked and undersized Runt’s dwindling hope of earning corporate citizenship has turned to fear of violent “retirement”When an overdue crate of provisions crashes on his beach Runt searches frantically for a replacement wife among the tools and food Instead he gets Ox a mute hulk who seems like a corporate assassin than a simple offworld farmerShackwacky and near starving Runt has no choice but to work with his silent partner despite his mounting paranoia and the unsettling appeal of Ox’s genetically altered pheromones Ox plays the part of the gentle giant well but Runt’s still not convinced he hasn’t arrived with murder in mindBetween brutal desire and the seeds of a relationship Runt’s fears and Ox’s inhuman past collide on a fertile world where hope and love just might have room to grow Re Read Jan 2012I will now rate this 45 Stars after rereading the story I enjoyed it even then the first time and I didnt think that possible While I stand by my original review I can now state that this is a story that you can keep reading over again and finding to love This book is hard to reviewIn some ways I really love it but in other ways I thought it didnt live up to full potential I loved the world building at first it was a little slow and confusing but it soon developed into a fascinating world I like how there was uncertainty between the two of them or I should say from Runts point of view His instincts were telling him one thing about Ox but evidence and uestions caused him to doubt himselfThe story isnt all about sex In fact there is no sex until the last chapter I will also admit to being slightly unsettled about the scene it was hot but a bit freaky I cannot say but you will know what I mean when you read it However I loved the build up to the sex scene It was like a slow awakening for Runt because he had never even considers mm sex before Watching Runt fall for Ox was truly delightfulI am really interested to see where this series leads At this moment in time I am filled with uestions then answers I think that is why I feel this story doesnt get that final star from me But I loved Damons previous work so I am going to trust in him I am hoping for some serious answers and some romance between Ox and Runt they have the potential to be an AMAZING mm coupleI think anyone that liked Hot Head will enjoy this story Just remember that its the first in a series so expect to be left hanging with alot of uestions 35 StarsDefinitely original Wholly interesting with an intriguing setupRunt is barely getting by He’s contracted with “big corporate” to farm a planet for future colonization With seven years of service he hopes to succeed in order to become a shareholder However Runt is down on his luck profitability slowly slipping through his fingers as he’s forever falling behind trying to do a multitude of tasks meant for twoFortuitously supplies finally land and instead of a new wife he gets the hulking mute beast Ox Paranoia runs rampant in Runt’s brain wondering if Ox is there to terminate his contract due to his subpar performance However Ox is nothing but above board and they figure out a tentative partnership working in sync to get the farm in orderWhat follows is the synergy of how these two cohabitate complementing each other uite well despite or because of their differences What also unfolds slowly is the awkward uneasy but palpable sexual tensionI’m a goner for gentle giants and apparently mutism really ups the ante Admittedly I wanted explanations and fleshing out the background stories What was present though kept my attention Especially uniue was how these two made up for their size differences with creative ways in the bedroom titillating to say the least Overall a sweet scifi take with a couple dashes of smexy on the evolution of changing one’s expectations to find a happiness they didn’t know they wanted Pioneer life in spaceRunt has been slotted to terraform a section of a planet located on the edges of everywhere He's been alone for awhile due to a landing issue and managed to keep it together He's a bit gruff and unrefined but likable enough Still life is rough and lonelyThat all changes with the next drop shipment Runt gets than he bargained for and now he's got a mystery Loved the way Runt and Ox were able to communicate the organic growth of their friendship and the honestly loved the world building All the details of their settlement and farming were great Runt and Ox well that's an interesting pair and let's just say that they managed to do just fine with the issues of scale A bit crude but sweet and gotta say the ending made me go Awww Took the rating from 35 to 4 Suede has a habit of giving you a twist of the tail and this one doesn't disappoint There's some scathing rhetoric about cross promotions and corporate overlords; it's funny even though it is the ugly truth Nice mirroring of the present in the commentary one of my favorite aspects of science fiction Overall an unexpected crudely sweet romance in paradiseFavorite uote it was blah blah blah kitty at the start of the book but halfway through it was hysterical HardCell means business I read the short Seedy Business first which centers around something which happened to Ox one of the protagonist before we meet him in this book even if he is just mentionedand I still don't know if I was happy for having read it or not so I can't give you any meaningful advice On one hand it helped me understand a little bit of Ox's mystery but on the other hand I would have enjoyed to discover Ox's secrets little by little like Runt doesI also agree with other reviewers which felt that there was little happening in the middle of the book I enjoyed the slower pace and also the little things which made us see how Runt and Ox got closer I think it would have been difficult to convey this approaching proximity in another way without loosing the sweetness of Runt and Ox's friendship What was lacking in my opinion was an external conflict In the last third of the book there is a dramatic moment which helps bring the characters finally close but it was still something within their world while I was expecting the real menace from the outside probably because I had read the short story This is my only criticism for a book which has a lot of good ualities heart imagination humor excellent writingRunt is living on a planet he has to colonize He is alone since his female companion was killed while they were being shipped to their destination planet It's hard for Runt to achieve the goals set by the company who owns the planet The planet is a mixture of penal colony and frontier Runt has lead a difficult life in the fringes and he hopes to achieve citizenship and therefore a social status through his farming on the planet assigned to him When a cargo is shipped to him instead of a wife he finds Ox a titanic mute man with an unknown past Maybe because of this frontier feeling and almost mail order bride theme it was like I was reading a historical romance in a sci fi setting Ox and Runt work hard to mold nature to meet the specs of the company that has sent them there Runt is a bit unsettled by Ox at the beginning because the two have a limited way to communicate but Ox is an easy man to work and live with Slowly Runt starts to feel comfortable with Ox to understand what upsets or relaxes his co worker they share meals jokes and finally the bed but only to sleep Ox's masculinity registers since the beginning with Runt but as time passes it becomes and evident to Runt that there's attraction between themThe world building is very interesting but there's no info dumping in a way information is almost scarce Runt is so involved in what he's doing that he has a very limited vision Ox carries inside himself information but on one hand he can't speak on the other hand he probably carries knowledge he doesn't want to shareI liked the contrast between the two men and the contrast in Ox himself Ox is scary in his hugeness he is strong and probably deadly but he is also sweet and caring generous a mountain of a man who needs to be petted and tended now and then An adorable ugly guy who slowly becomes handsome to the eyes of his friendThere was something that I really liked in the writing The author often writes either at the beginning of a chapter or at the end of it a short sentence which in a single line anticipates what will happen in the next chapter It's something that gives a sort of rhythm and structure to the reading and that I learned to expect during the reading and it made it hard for me to put the book downI am looking forward for stories in this world

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