Title: Saving Faithless Creek
Author: Andrew Grey
Genre: Contemporary Western
Length: Novel (220 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 15th 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts
Blurb: Blair Montague is sent to Newton, Montana, to purchase a ranch and some land for his father. It’s a trip he doesn’t want to make. But his father paid for his college education in exchange for Blair working for him in his casinos, so Blair has no choice. When he finds out he’ll be dealing with Royal Masters, the man who bullied him in high school, he is shocked. Then Blair is surprised when he finds that Royal’s time in the Marines has changed him to the point where Blair could be attracted to him… if he’s willing to take that chance.
Royal’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses. He saw combat in the military that left him scarred, and not just on the outside. When he inherits his father’s ranch, he discovers his father wasn’t a good manager and the ranch is in trouble. The sale of land would put them back on good footing, but he is suspicious of Blair’s father’s motives, and with good reason. The attraction between them is hard for either to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal is sealed.
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Review: Blair Montague was a severely bullied teenager, to the point that his mother packed them up and moved away so that her son could feel happy and safe. Now an adult and a college graduate, his verbally and emotionally abusive father keeps a tight hold on Blair using the fact that he paid for Blair’s college to twist the knife. Now dear old dad has decided he wants to buy some land back in their hometown of Newton, Montana, and guess who daddy dearest decides needs to close the deal.
Royal Masters was the star in the ‘let’s make Blair’s life a living hell’ play back in high school. When his father noticed that Blair was walking down the wrong path in life, he told his son to shape up or get out, so Royal joined the marines. War and watching your friends die can change a man, and Royal is not the person he was in high school anymore, but Blair isn’t buying it.
The two wind up spending a lot of time together when Blair shows up on Royal’s doorstep to buy a portion of the ranch land that Royal is having to sell in order to save the ranch. You know those old sayings… opposites attract… the heart wants what the heart wants… well both apply to Blair and Royal.
Attraction is an evil emotion at times, and these two cannot deny the emotion for very long. The more time Blair spends with Royal, the more he can see the change, the more attached he becomes. But what happens once the deal is sealed? Royal will never leave his families ranch or Montana, but Blair’s life is somewhere else. He has a job and commitments and a demon for a father that is hell-bent on making Blair’s life a living hell. What to do.
So while it took me a little while to warm up to Royal, I really liked how complicated his character was. You learn more and more about him and the life he’s led as the story unfolds, why he lashed out at Blair as a youth and how making the conscious decision to turn his life around made him a better man.
And Blair didn’t make it easy for Royal to earn forgiveness for the mistakes of his past. Even after they succumb to the magnetic pull they have to one another, Blair still struggles with separating the past Royal with the current Royal.
This book definitely showed the sexier side of Grey’s imagination. These two were oh so steamy and sexy and passionate, a couple of rabbits! There were these quirky little descriptives throughout the story as well that I quite liked. The photo booth pictures, that brought a tear to my eye.
And then Blair’s best friend talking about what he saw when he looked at the image of Royal on Blair’s phone. The sometimes odd but always understanding conversations Blair had with his mother. She was wonderful and so right about her ex-husband, the man was evil incarnate.
Grey took the two worlds he’s best at and merged them for this story, cowboys and contemporary. His fascinating imagination is in overdrive, very detailed and descriptive, and oh so sexy! Definitely a must read.
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