Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Trace is down on his luck, out of his teaching job, and on the road with his young daughter Susannah. Just as he’s contemplating tucking his proverbial tail between his luck and heading back to his ex or his parents to ask for help, a job opportunity falls into his lap. What he’s not sure about is working for a handsome cowboy. On a ranch. In the middle of nowhere.
Cowboy Brent has a ranch to run. three kids he inherited when his cousin passed away, and an elderly ranch hand with Alzheimer’s to care for. He needs help, stat, and when Trace falls into his lap, he doesn’t hesitate, even though he knows people might question Trace’s rainbow dreads and piercings.
As Trace struggles to fit in and do his ranch manny job and Brent tries to make time to breathe, the two of them find common ground and gradually a burning heat for each other. But will they be able to make a real home together, or will everything fall apart as they both try to keep up with all their responsibilities, and maybe a life or death situation for all of them?
I loved Trent and Brent’s story and couldn’t put it down. I was drawn into their lives immediately. This story has all the feels, and so many lovely moments, as well as tension and drama.
The characters are vividly described and I wanted to find out more about them as soon as I started reading. I felt for Trace being put in a situation to have to be ‘less gay’ or risk losing his job. His relationship with his daughter is sweet, and it’s immediately obvious he’s a great father to her. I love Brent’s interactions with his adoptive kids, and I thought the author captured the feel of what it’s like to be a parent with small children perfectly. I loved how Trace stepped into the breach, and stepped up to the task immediately. I enjoyed his and Brent’s friendship which soon turns into much more, and how protecting their children is forefront to everything else. I also liked that although Trace has everything under control, he has times when everything gets too much, too. The story was not only heartfelt, but realistic.
The supporting cast are wonderful, and this story had a wonderful small town vibe with its close knit community and found family on the ranch. I loved Curly’s friendship with the children, like a surrogate grandfather, and his role in raising Brent. I really felt for him being aware that he was slipping. Alzheimers is a horrible disease. I liked Trace’s parents too and how they quickly became grandparents to all the children.
The tension ramps up with the tornado, and I had to keep turning pages to making sure everyone would be okay. I got the sniffles at one part of it. Loved the ending – it was perfect! This is a story I’ll definitely be rereading.
5 out of 5 stars.