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  1. Daisiemae Daisiemae says:

    I love Cameron Dane's books. I had actually read Knowing Caleb when it first came out. Since I try to read most books twice before I rate them, I put it on the backburner until I got around reading it again.

    I have to be honest and say that out of the Hawkins brothers and of course, ReneCade, this was my least favorite book. I have no good explanation why because I really liked Jake and Caleb both as characters. Both are men who are noble, strong, and loyal and have way too many skeletons in their closets.

    I don't know if I just got tired of Jake wallowing over Krista's death and refusing any kind of happiness with Caleb, or Caleb thinking he wasn't good enough for Jake because of his sordid past. Maybe I just got tired of them doing too much worrying and refusing to accept each other instead of allowing it to happen until the very end.

    I still liked this book. I love the Hawkins series. ReneCade and Fallen are books I read over and over again. This might be one reason why I was disappointed in it, because I loved the other two so much. I know that most people loved Jake and Caleb as much as the other brothers, so my opinion will not be a popular one.

    It was still a great series and I'm glad it ended with a happy ending. All of the Hawkins brother's deserved that.

  2. DarienMoya DarienMoya says:


    I am sending my hospital bills to Cameron Dane, for the amount of heart attacks suffered. This series, gawd this series the words won’t even come. Knowing Caleb might just be my favourite and only because of the sexiest theme out there (GFY) gay for you. Let me tell you, these guys were gay for each other.

    Caleb Hawkins is another one of the Demon bros, and currently the only one who is still a demon, since both his brothers have already gone through the change to become human, and fallen in love. Caleb knows he does not deserve the same, his past he feels is so unforgivable that he should never find happiness. When a chance meeting with Jake Chase leads him to offer the man a job as his foreman on the ranch, who knew that this would lead to some “Groovy kinda Love”.

    Jake Chase has lost his wife 6 years ago, and each year that goes by the pain seems to be the same. Jake is hell bent on destroying his life, until in walks Caleb and he is hell bent on saving him. A night together leads to a job opportunity and an attraction he never expected.

    Well talk about needing my bucket and mop, these two are lava hot. One man hell bent on never loving again, and one who feels he doesn’t deserve love and you have the hottest sex on the planet. All the angst and emotion make this book I winner, my heart was literally bleeding for these two. Had to get Kleenex to clean-up the spillage.

    Throw in some attempts on Caleb’s life, and Jake’s denial about loving a another man and you have yourself a wonderful read. The Dane never disappoints. From my first book A to Knowing my latest read by the author, I am a fan for lifeo!!

  3. DaisyGirl DaisyGirl says:

    2.5 Stars

    This one frustrated me. I liked Caleb but I got tired of him feeling so undeserving when in fact he was far from it. His self-destructive behavior grated after a while and the last straw was Jake. It irritated me to no end that Caleb ultimately sold himself short by accepting outright that the love of his life (i.e., Jake) will always love another. I get that Jake absolutely adored his wife and her death was a tragedy beyond words. I get that he misses her like all get out and that no one will ever compare to her. I get that the love he felt and continues to feel for her has no equal. I get all that. What I don't get is how I'm expected to then buy a love story with Jake and ... well, frankly anyone. I'm all for cherishing the love of your first spouse and honoring her memory. I don't believe that means that your dead spouse remains front and center in your new relationship. Menage with a ghost? Um no. Needless to say, I draw the line waaaaaay before wearing double wedding rings so this one was a no-go for me.

  4. Wyckedone Wyckedone says:

    Let me start out by saying that for some pompous asses with a Siskel & Ebert Complex reviewers, a 3-star rating is a good rating; a good book the reviewer enjoyed. For me, a 3-star rating means the book had both good and bad elements and the bad elements took away from what would have been a good read.

    Good Stuff First:
    * The author definitely has a Gift for smooth writing that flows well. I was hooked into the story from the beginning and didn't even realize how far I'd read until I reached a part that bugged me (see bad stuff below).
    * The plot, while not ground-breaking, was interesting and kept my interest. I tend to enjoy GFY stories because Love Is Love, as I believe it should be. Meaning: you fall for the heart of a person--gay, straight, bi, or somewhere in between--rather than who society tells you to love with all it's labels and bullshit.
    * I noticed some reviewers had a problem with Jake going on and on about his wife (who is deceased). The way the author wrote about Jake's mental/emotional hang up (about his wife), this was not a problem for me and actually turned into a plus in the story. If not for Dane's gifted writing Jake could have come across as a whiny bitch. Instead, Dane showed that when Jake loves, it's to the bone and his vows and love do not end with death.
    * Sometimes serial novels are promoted as being able to be read as a standalone but that is not always the case. I was happy to see thatKnowing Caleb really does work as a standalone novel even though it is the fifth book in this series. This is the first book I've read from the series and Cameron Danedid an excellent job of providing enough filler information from the previous books that I did not feel lost.

    Okay, Bad Stuff Time:
    #1. Love scenes. The loves scenes were detailed enough and there were plenty of them, if those two things are important to you as a reader. However, the descriptive wording for the love scenes...bothered me.
    It was here that I began profiling the author (who I knew nothing about--not even if s/he was male or female--prior to beginning the novel).
    From the way the love scenes were written, it felt like Dane was an over-forty female who either isn't really comfortable with visualizing anal sex or, who does not like anal sex but still had to write it into the story. The love scenes felt uncomfortable to read; like anal sex between men is dirty, shameful. Even the prep for sex only included lubing the outer bud--no lubed finger penetration. Which, I guess, kind of explains why: Penetration was painful--not only to read but, apparently, to experience every time! The wording was extremely repetitive and...weird. Examples: hot channel, chute, screaming tunnel, quivering with anticipation, bud, penis (at weird times), burning length, wet heat (mouth), and on, and on! Same words. Same weirdness. Every love scene.
    I felt like I was back in high school, reading a Johanna Lindsey historical: The Gay Version.

    #2. The whole, And I'm not even GAY thing. Okay. Say it once when the whole holy-shit-I'm-attracted-to-a-man realization hits. Hell, go ahead and have either or both characters talk about it a second time. But, not through the entire. Fucking. NOVEL!
    I mean, if you're a dude and you're going down on another guy on the regular, you're pretty much something more than just hetero. If you're a dude who not only hits your knees but likes pitching and catching--even if it's only with one other dude--on a regular basis, not only is your ass gay, but, all of the rest of you is, TOO!
    Jay-sus! Dane had the characters telling themselves, each other, and other people We're not even gay so many damned times, I almost did a way-past-acceptable-time-unless-someone's-dead call to my brother and his husband to see if there was some other definition for gay that I wasn't aware of!

    #3. This Bad Stuff item is a spoiler so all I'll say is: The speech / announcement Jake made toward the end of the book. Eye-rolling, lip-curling, and a this-is-stupid mumbling under my breath happened.

    Since this was the first novel I've read by Dane and I liked Dane's writing style (other than sex scenes between men), I'm going to read another of her books in hopes that the aforementioned negatives were a fluke.
    And that's all, my brothers and sisters! Happy reading!


  5. Nichole (DirrtyH) Nichole (DirrtyH) says:

    So this was the second book by Cameron Dane and from this series that I tried to read. The first one, Falling, really bugged me. I pretty much hated it.
    This one did not elicit such strong feelings. Aside from the fact that I still think Cameron Dane has the subtlety of a sledgehammer, this book was okay. There was nothing really wrong with it but it just could not hold my interest. I kept wanting to read other things and thinking Damn, I really need to finish Knowing Caleb... And then I thought, Wait - why do I need to finish that? I decided I don't.

  6. Unapologetic_Bookaholic Unapologetic_Bookaholic says:

    This series gets better with each story I read. This is Caleb's story and he meets Jake. A man that has lost his wife six year previous and still feels obligated to keep thier marriage vows.

    After Caleb rescues Jake from a bar brawl and offers him a job at his ranch, things get pretty complicated.

    Jake and Caleb have never had feelings for men as individuals. But something develops between them that can be denied. That won't be denied.

    That first encounter was all raw physical and mental emotion. What Caleb kept thinking had me wondering when he'd want more from Jake.

    I truly loved seeing these two progress from trying to keep it causal sex to lovers to partners. Cameron Dane does such an awesome job with the sensual and emotional connection in the love scenes that you really get a sense of how much the characters struggle with their feelings for one another. Goodness. Caleb's story was great and I would love to re-read it. I want to recapture that feeling of when he first saw Jake (in so much pain) and then the end when they are together.

  7. Miriam Miriam says:

    I love cowboy romances. This was an awesome read. Loved both Jake and Caleb. My only issue with this book was it was a little drawn out, the author could've cut back on the sex scenes and the constant references to Jake's dead wife was over the top and annoying.

  8. Coco Coco says:

    1/2 a star!
    Hated Jake.
    If i'll read one more time about his wife and his fucking love for her i'll have to kill myself.

    Can't believe this book got so many 5 stars.

  9. Khaoula Khaoula says:

    OH my god i stoped here & LAUGHED my *** off :p (view spoiler)[With the sharp claws from the cat headed right for his family jewels, Caleb had come amazingly close to losing his favorite organ. (hide spoiler)]

  10. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    I read till the second sexscene and well, by then I knew how the story would go so ... it couldn’t really hold my interest.
    It’s not a badly written story! I think if you’re into the demon/shapeshifter shit, it’s extra interesting. And yeah, the sex was kinda hot. But the story where I can already guess how it will end, or not really the stories I always wanna read. So ... just try it if you like a bit different, a bit gay-for-you, etc.

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Knowing Caleb (Hawkins Brothers/Quinten, Montana, #5) [Read] ➬ Knowing Caleb (Hawkins Brothers/Quinten, Montana, #5) Author Cameron Dane – Thomashillier.co.uk Caleb Hawkins has watched his brothers fall in love, all the while knowing that for him, it can never be Caleb has terrible secrets locked in his soul, events in his past for which he can never atone Caleb Hawkins has watched his brothers fall in love, all the while knowing that for him, it can never be Caleb has terrible secrets locked in his soul, events in his past for which he can never atone or be forgiven Someone discovering that he is a demon is the least of what leaves Caleb trembling with nightmaresJake Chase lost his wife six years ago and has never recovered He doesn't want to fall in love again and has shunned even a simple date, let alone something with a womanCaleb needs a foreman, and Jake needs a job that will get him off the rodeo circuit Caleb hires Jake Problem solved Only Caleb starts noticing little things about Jake he never has in a man befores like hard lips and a honed, muscular body For Jake, six years of celibacy have pushed him to a place of sexual need and he finds his gaze straying Caleb's way…and watching, hungrilyCan two straight men overcome their pasts to find love with each other? Even if they can, Caleb will be risking his soul for a chance at their foreverPublisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal playintercourse, malemale sexual practices, violence.