Series: Range #3
Author: Andrew Grey
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 9th, 2012)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: The last thing Liam Southard expects when he flees his abusive father is to be taken in by a couple of gay ranchers. Soon he has a new job and a new perspective on his sexuality, and his life starts to turn around. Then someone pulls a gun on him.
In Troy Gardener’s defense, the gun thing was a mistake. Between his marriage falling apart and living in his uncle’s isolated hunting cabin, he’s been a little edgy. He wants to make it up to Liam, and once he discovers how much they have in common, he wants even more. But with Liam’s father popping in unexpectedly and a mining company threatening the ranch’s water supply, the only guarantee is that life is never going to be boring.
Review: Troy Gardner has fled his former life after coming out to his family. Leaving his wife, young daughter and brother behind; he takes solace at his uncle’s cabin wallowing in a self-imposed sentence of isolation.
Liam Southard has suffered extreme abuse from his father. Sent away to a facility to “fix” his sexuality, he escapes and is quickly welcomed to the Holden ranch with open arms and acceptance.
Thrown together by life, coincidence and circumstance; this unlikely pair turn out to be just what each of them need to heal the physical and mental scars each one carries. Liam’s past is not quite so easily washed away though, and a selfish land developer is causing trouble for the Ranch, trouble that only Troy can help solve.
I was instantly captivated by Liam’s character, the struggles he’s had to face and the abuse he’s endured broke my heart. To see him loved and nurtured by Kota, Wally, Phillip and Haven, accepted as is no questions asked was endearing. Troy was a hard sell at the start. He obviously blames himself for the collapse of his marriage and, in his opinion, letting down his family. But his self loathing wore me thin quick. Grey seemed to know exactly when to turn the switch on him though, just at the right moment it all clicked as he and Liam succumbed to their mutual attraction. The steamy scenes weren’t quite as steamy as previous books in this series, but the passion between these two is evident and jumps off the pages!
If you are a fan of the Assassin/Shifter series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion, you will LOVE this series. Grey, as well, has a knack for concentrating on a particular coupling in each book, but keeping a running monologue of your favorite characters in the background. I absolutely love this series and this author. I would probably read a book just because he wrote it, without even knowing what it was about.