This is book 5 in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Totally Bound
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Jody Bates just wanted to fit in and forget his past, but you can’t escape everything.
Jody Bates had a hard life as a kid, but he’s moved past that and is making a home for himself at the Mossy Glenn. Sometimes he smarts off, but he’s young, and he’s learning.
What he hasn’t learned yet is that you can never completely escape your past.
Jody has a few blank spots, things he can’t quite remember. Like a lot of kids, he did some stupid things and figures he’s lucky to have come out relatively unscathed. Sure there’s a scar here and there, but on the whole, he’s doing just fine.
But something that happened brings about an enormous change in his life. Jody finds himself with a kid he didn’t know he’d fathered, and memories trying to surface about the drug-filled night the child had to have been conceived. Jody, at twenty, is overwhelmed and more scared than he’s ever been in his life.
Noel Cuthbert needed a change. He was tired of the bar scene, tired of getting dumped. He seemed to have a six-month expiration date per relationship. The last guy almost broke him in more ways than one, and moving across the country had sounded like a brilliant idea when he’d first thought of it.
Now he’s in Ashville, Montana, and his Aunt Gertie is doing everything she can to talk him into staying. She needs his help, and Noel needs to be needed.
And he’s never seen anyone who needs him more than the young man who walks into Gertie’s day care with a screaming baby on his hip.
Reader Advisory: This book contains reference to rape.
Jody went to a party when he was 16. He can’t remember everything that happened that night but he knows it wasn’t all good. By the end of the evening his family was shattered, he had been beaten by his father, and he left home for the last time. Three years later he has mostly settle into life at the Mossy Glenn Ranch when out of the blue his sister stops by and hands over his young daughter. Obviously more happened that night than he thought.
Growing up, family life for Noel was far from perfect. His parents didn’t give a damn and the only adult that loved and cared for him was his aunt Gertie. When things turn abusive in his current relationship he runs away in fear for his life, the only safe place he can think to go is back to his aunt who now lives in Montana.
If you haven’t read the previous 4 books in this series I would advise you to do so. The group of men that live at the ranch play a part in this story with the help and support they give Jody. His blood relatives may be hopeless and removed from his life but the group of friends he has made on the ranch prove they are his real family when it counts.
This is a sweet love story that starts out with two men looking for a bit of comfort from each other but develops into so much more. The road they take isn’t always smooth but they are good for each other and have a great support network.
When Noels past catches up with him I think it finally lays to rest once and for all that he really is better off without his parents. This book really brings home that you can pick your friends but not your family, but sometimes your friends are the best family you could have! Another great addition to the series.
I would like to thank Totally Bound for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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