Love, love, love a good cowboy story… Combine that with a hot soldier? Sigh…
Author: Lisa M. Owens
Narrator: Jon Solo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
For Josh Brooks, it’s a summer of wishes come true. First he gets his dream horse from a rival trainer. Then his brother’s Army Ranger buddy, Dane Keller, comes to work on the ranch and Josh meets his dream lover too. Dane is hot, competent, and fresh out of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Everything would be perfect—except nobody knows Josh and Dane are gay.
All Dane wants is a quiet life in a less claustrophobic closet and a ranch job where he can earn a living. But when his best friend’s little brother, the one who wrote the letters that kept their spirits up in Afghanistan, turns out to have grown up in all the right ways, Dane can’t help wanting more despite his fear of commitment.
While Dane and Josh are busy trying—and failing—to keep their hands to themselves, someone else is watching, biding his time. Then he strikes, first at Josh and then at the prized horse. When all of their secrets and fears are exposed, Dane is determined to protect Josh, even if it means leaving him behind.
Worth the Coming Home is my first introduction to Lisa M. Owens’ work. I’ve always had a thing for cowboys (my non-cowboy husband just humored me and rolled his eyes as I ogled and giggled my way across Wyoming and South Dakota during a family trip this past October), so I’m always game for a good cowboy romance. Add a hot soldier and a unique and interesting story line, and you have the makings of hours of reading (or listening) enjoyment.
Josh is a cowboy who is also horse trainer. His brother’s hunky Army Ranger buddy, Dane, comes to the family ranch to recuperate from a serious case of PTSD, and he is immediately drawn to sweet and caring Josh. Soon Josh and Dane are having super hot sex on the down low, since both are still deeply in their respective closets. However, Josh faces rejection of some friends and family when he is publicly outed by a rival horse trainer. Rather than stand by Josh and admit that he is the man with whom Josh is involved, Dane flees for a dangerous mission rescuing hostages in a war zone. Dane then must come to grips with his love and need for Josh, and Josh must forgive Dane.
I really like Worth the Coming Home. Josh and Dane have amazing chemistry, and their sex has a bit of dom/sub vibe that is just melt in your mouth hot. The storyline involving Dane’s serious PTSD is timely and well written, while Josh and Dane’s fears about being outed as gay are a reminder that even today when there is seemingly more acceptance than ever before, many people still cannot live free from bias.
However, one aspect about the story does bother me (frankly, it seems to bother me more than it did Dane!). I honestly do not enjoy cheating as a story element, and when Dane panics and flees Josh’s bed the morning after they first have sex, Josh’s feelings are incredibly hurt, so he goes to see an old friend with benefits and has sex with him – and he totally enjoys it. This is the day after he and Dane are together. First, let me say … ick. Even though Josh and Dane are together secretly, it just seems wrong for one of them to have a great time sexing it up with someone else so soon after first being together.
Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed and recommend Worth the Coming Home – it has an interesting and unique story line, manly and hot main characters, and an emotionally satisfying happily ever after ending.
Worth the Coming Home is the first audiobook narrated by Jon Solo that I have heard, and he truly does an excellent job. His voice is smooth and masculine – absolutely perfect for narration. His characterizations are unique and easily discernible, and his narration of the story itself contributes to the story without being a distraction. I honestly think that I likely enjoy the story of Worth the Coming Home quite a bit more listening to Solo’s narration than I would reading it. I will not hesitate to listen to other audiobooks that are narrated by John Solo.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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