Review: Taking Chances in Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

He found his freedom…in Cedarwood.

Cover Design: Erin Dameron-Hill


Cain Ables is the “it” actor in Hollywood. Everyone wants to work with him, his movies make money and he’s handsome—but all that glitters isn’t gold. He’s lonely. Growing up in the glare of the spotlight with the stage parents from hell and being protected from any scandal—and real life—has left him empty. Cain wants freedom and experience. He also wants to come out. The man who plays by the rules is about to break them all.

Andrew Meadows isn’t looking for love. He’s at the farmers’ market to sell the fruit and vegetables he’s grown. When Cain shows up at his stall, he’s captivated. The more they talk, the more he likes Cain, but Cain’s got baggage—and he’s not out yet. Yet something about Cain makes Andrew want to take a chance on romance…and forever.

Will the farmer and actor find the love they both deserve, or will the glare of the spotlight ruin their future?

Reader advisory: This book contains mentions of homophobia, and controlling, emotionally and financially abusive parenting.13

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If it was me, I would have either a farmer’s market or a farm picture for the cover. The cover, by Erin Dameron-Hill, is nice, but much of the romance between Cain and Andrew takes place on the farm.

Taking Chances in Cedarwood is a straight-up romance. Cain, who is over 30-years-old, runs away from home and straight to Cedarwood. He meets Andrew quickly and latches onto him. He says he wants friendship all the while wiping drool from his chin. (Laugh)

Photo by Mathias P.R. Reding on

Andrew and Cain dance around each other due to miscommunication, misconceptions, and Andrew’s job as a farmer. Once Cain gets a free pass to visit the ranch,it is game over for these two lovestruck men.

Then the drama starts with Cain’s overbearing family, agent, and Cain’s “in the closet” status. Cain is not losing Andrew! He then proceeds to shed his baggage and image.

I really like this story. It is funny, cute, and earnest. I think I have to pick Andrew as my favorite character due to the patience he exudes.

Taking Chances is a quick read for a coming-out-later in life romance. Megan Slayer makes me want to go to Cedarwood so I can take my chances and get lucky.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Pride Publishing, 9781839431357, June 2021

Cover Design: Erin Dameron-Hill; Interior Design: Claire Siemazkiewicz

Series: Cedarwood Pride #14; Settings: Cedardwood, OH, and C.A.

Pages: 172

POV: 3rd; No inclusiveness

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A An edited version was previously posted on Amazon on 26 June 2021.


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