Always look forward to Renae Kaye’s new releases…
Author: Renae Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.
Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.
But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
As ever Renae’s strength in this book is the characterisation. Lon the hairy, muscle bound miner is up front, straight talking and looks intimidating, all of which hides a heart of gold. Casey is a young damaged young man who has had the worst start in life, but does not want to be seen as a victim. He is first attracted to Lon as a hookup, then somewhere safe to sleep, then much more. Again the Australian outlook and location is a great attraction for me, I find the directness and wide range of Renae Kaye’s characters a wonderful refreshing change.
The story is good and believable, in the most part, but something is stopping me giving this higher than 4*. Now the author knows I love her work, and I never rate any book lightly or without great thought, this I suspect applies even more when it is someone I talk to, and whose work I like. The abuse elements of the story are done well without any explicit descriptions, which I appreciated, as I believe our imaginations can provide what the author only needs to elude to. I don’t think I appreciated the amount of sex in the story especially as this was the type of abuse suffered by one of the characters. I also didn’t like the pressing need for the relationship to only appear formalised or long term once the couple had anal penetration. The author does have one character explain that they had a relationship for 14 months with no anal sex, but the relationship has obviously broken down.
There is so much about this book I really liked that I feel almost guilty for bringing in negatives. The humour is wonderful, the characters well rounded even when only minor, secondary ones. This just was not my favourite book by Renae Kaye. Having said that I know many will absolutely love this story and it has a lot to recommend it. I shall continue to read Renae’s books, and indeed will always look forward to the next one.
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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