Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Sara York
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Life for Charlie Sutton has never been better, or busier. With Travis now a permanent fixture of Sutton Station, a permanent fixture at Charlie’s side, Charlie’s convinced he couldn’t do anything on his ever-growing to-do list without him.
He can run a multimillion dollar cattle business, finish his degree, try and further the local beef industry, deal with staff issues, Ma’s failing health, and an attention-demanding wombat. He can even deal with an unexpected visitor and some shattering news.
He can deal with it all, as long as he has Travis.
But what happens when he doesn’t?
Red Dirt Heart 3 is the story of Charlie Sutton finally realising he can be the man Travis Craig deserves, even if he doesn’t have Travis. It’s a story of love, family, holding on, letting go and coming home.
So I am not really one for series that have the same MC pair in each story. I am usually bored after book 2 or the series just does not have enough in it to hold my attention and I give up. You may shoot me for saying this, but Red Dirt Heart 3 almost got me to that point. The beginning just read very slowly for me and I was not seeing why this was a unique book in its own right. But then, the emotions started and the story picked up, and I was glad I gave this series a go.
N.R. Walker has shown that emotions are key to this series. Book 1 gutted me and book 2 almost did the same. Book 3 still played on my emotions, but in a different way. While I was not emotionally gutted, I was emotionally uplifted. This story is all about self esteem and self worth. This is something that hits home for me. Once the story started moving forward, the author did a fantastic job of showing Charlie’s growth and his realizations about himself. His growth into an individual of worth outside of his relationship with Travis. There were some struggles and those times I wanted to reach into the page and smack Charlie. I wanted to beat some sense into him and show him what Travis and every reader can see.
I also wanted to reach into the page and hug Travis. Going through such tough times and dealing with a partner constantly second guessing himself is hard and I hurt for him. I wanted to tell him he could do so much better than a partner who is still waiting for him to leave him at the drop of a hat. This is book 3 where Charlie insists Travis can do better, well I am almost about to agree with him. However, I do think these men are great together and can have a great future now that Charlie is learning to trust in what they have. The relationship is really a role model for most other than Charlie’s constant insecurities.
RDH3 is a good edition to this series. I enjoyed it greatly and want a nugget of my own, in fact I dare say he is part of the reason I did not give up on this story when I got bored. However, I see that there is a 4th being written. I sincerely hope that the author does not give us another iteration of the “Charlie beats himself up and Travis shows him how awesome he is” saga. While it has been done fairly well three times, I am reluctant to say that I will give it another go.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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