Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Leah Kaye Suttle
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Sequel to The Fall
Joe Sutton and Scott Mackenzie have ridden off into the sunset, but they wake to the cruel light of reality. Joe loves his family, even with the addition of three neighbors orphaned by a house fire. He loves the land that has supported them for generations. While there’s plenty of room left in his heart for Mackenzie, Joe must make room for him in his life.
Tired of taking and determined not to depend on another sugar daddy, Mackenzie returns to modeling in the city, but the wild clubs he once loved aren’t home anymore. Yet things aren’t right back at the ranch either. Joe is no longer the man he knew. Before the love of his life reaches his breaking point, Mackenzie must convince Joe he’s not lazy if he takes a break and not weak if he needs a little help. Finding the balance between give and take might leave them time for happily ever after.
Talk about making the reader uncomfortable. I am not sure if I loved or loathed Riding Tall by Kate Sherwood. For 75% of the book, I swore we were on our way to a not so happily ever after. My heart repeatedly tugged for Mackenzie. I don’t think Sherwood could have written the scenario any better. Joe spent most of the book so concerned that Mack would leave him that he did everything he could to push him away. I, honestly, wanted Mack to leave him. Sherwood had me convinced Joe didn’t deserve Mack. I am still not positive, in the end, they will make it, but I have hope.
As much as the love story was important, the meat of this story was the Sutton family, which expanded by three with the addition of the Walton girls from the fire in book one. Add in the good for nothing little brother and Mackenzie’s less than supportive family, and I thought the book was a bit crowded. We couldn’t focus well enough on any one problem to come to a satisfactory conclusion. Ultimately leaving me unsatisfied with the conclusion of the story as a whole.
I am not sure if this emotion was what the author was going for, but I got the impression it just might have been. If you enjoyed The Fall, Riding Tall is a good chance to catch up with the gang and see that not all Happily Ever Afters mean riding off into a perfect sunset.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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