Author: Laura Harner
Publisher: Hot Corner Press
Cover Artist: Laura Harner
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desire for another man even while he fights to keep the PTSD from pulling him under.
Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?
Ty Hard is the first book in the Willow Spring Ranch Series. This story was a good setup for the rest of the series. The reader was introduced to the ranch, its purpose and principles. The reader got a feel for the daily lifestyle and some of the future plot possibilities. The author also introduced a cast of characters that are memorable enough to bring forward as MCs in future series installments. She also gave some hints as to future couples.
As for the relationship between Cass and Ty, the author gave great details and executes things with care. I was concerned at first when Cass admitted to love at first sight right at the start of the story, but this was not completely an insta-love tale. It may have been a bit faster than I personally care for, but there was a learning curve and development that took place before the love was established. Ty was dealing with a lot of grief and PTSD, so love was not obvious to him. Cass had to learn to deal with this and had to learn patience with Ty. I wish there was a bit more time spent on understanding why Ty all of a sudden decided to let go of the past, but I still enjoyed this very eventful love story. It is just the beginning and I am looking forward to getting to know more about these two men and the rest of the WSR cast.
I have to commend the author on her treatment of Tyler’s PTSD. From the realistic flashbacks that integrated themselves with present actions to Ty’s need for and reluctance to take medications, the author handled the subject with care and concern. It was never forced or used lightly just to make things more meaty. It was vital to Ty’s character and was shown to the reader in the vein of what should happen for PTSD victims in a perfect world, without being preachy. It fit in with the mystery and worked well for this story.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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