Lone Star #1
Publisher: Tygerseye Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Series
Bartender, Tyler McKeehan, feels like his whole life is on hold. All he does is work and sleep, because he just doesn’t know how to move on with his day to day after the shocking loss of his best friend. When he meets Matt at Les’s Bar where he works in New York, though, he thinks he might have found someone who can nudge him out of his rut. The cowboy seems to live on fast forward, but at the same time, this kind, generous man makes Tyler feel wanted and safe.
Ranch owner, Matthew Whitehead, is just in New York for a visit. But when he runs into Tyler at Les’s Bar, he can tell right away that Tyler is special. Matt’s family thinks he makes snap decisions, and they worry about him, but he knows what he wants, and even after just a few days, he’s willing to fight to keep Tyler in his life. When Matt has to head back to Texas, he tells Tyler to come visit him and meet his kids. Soon.
Tyler doesn’t know if he can just pick up and go to Texas, but he misses Matt’s affection and calming presence, so when life gets too overwhelming, he makes the call. Between Matt’s huge, boisterous family, his children, his busy ranch, and the vast differences between New York City and Texas, Tyler wonders if he should go back to his old life every day. Matt is determined to keep Tyler right where he is, but can they overcome the odds against them and make a new life together?
This story has all the feels, and I loved it. I was drawn into Tyler and Matt’s story immediately and couldn’t put it down. It’s a lovely mix of romance, family, with a touch of drama, action, and angst. My first thought when I finished reading was “wow, that was such a good story,” and I’m very happy this is the first of a new series, as I’m looking forward to more.
Matthew and Tyler were already sweet together by the time they had their first lunch date. Their connection feels very real, and I liked that although their relationship moved very fast, they still took the time to connect on an emotional and conversational level. Seeing how Matt’s life is, I could understand why he moved so fast as it’s how he lives, and with losing his wife, that brings home how important it is to grab what you want and go for it. I loved how different he and Tyler are, yet how Tyler fits into Matt’s life on the ranch so quickly, despite his fear that Matt’s family will think he can do better. I loved how, after all the angst, Tyler and Matt are honest with each other, and talk through their fears, rather than giving into letting it drive them apart.
This is very much a story about family, and found family. I loved the scenes with Matt’s daughters, and the way they accept Tyler is very sweet and heartfelt. The supporting cast are an interesting bunch, and I loved how they are all look out for each other. The banter is great.
The action drama part of the story is well written, and had me turning pages to make sure everyone would be okay. I loved the epilogue, and hope to catch up with these guys again in the rest of the series.
5 out of 5 stars.