Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Jeff Gelder
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/07/2013
Length: 05 hours 55 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Western
Stories from the Range: Book Two
The neighboring Holden and Jessup ranches are anything but neighborly—Jefferson Holden and Kent Jessup loathe each other. But despite his father’s long-held grudge, Haven Jessup just can’t bring himself to hate, especially after Dakota Holden takes him in during a violent storm and Haven meets Dakota’s friend, Phillip Reardon.
Phillip accepts Haven for who he is, seeing through the mask Haven uses to hide his attraction to men, but their tentative and secret relationship will be under a huge amount of stress. Sabotaged fences, injured animals, unsavory plans, and Jessup family secrets will threaten Haven’s newfound happiness and his hopes of a future with Phillip.
I enjoyed this story. While it touched on some serious topics, it still read light and easily and left me feeling happy and satisfied.
We met Phillip in book 1 and this was his story. In book 2 he met Haven Jessup and it was instant attraction. But things weren’t as easy as Phillip was used to.
I connected to Haven instantly. I was simpathetic to his plight and instantly wanted to reach into the book and hug him hard. He was in the closet as his father was full of all shades of hate. His father was racist and homophobic and just plain intolerant. So Havan had been hiding himself to the point that he was a complete innocent in the ways of love of any kind. Since he was naive, Phillip had to be gentle and take things slowly. But I liked that because it gave the men time to get to know one another and develop a relationship based on more than just sexual attraction. It made this story more real and slowly paced, but it was a good, solid love story.
There was more than just the love story here though. There was a bit of plot with Haven’s father’s and Dakota’s father’s rivalry. In the course of this portion of the story, the author touched on sensitive subjects such as intolerance and infidelity. He touched on hate crimes and theft. It gave this light story a bit of depth and a bit of mystery to keep it moving forward. This bit of angst helped me appreciate the happy ending even more.
Overall, this was a steady and solid story. I enjoyed the overall light feel even though there were some heavier undertones. I enjoyed seeing Wally and Dakota again and was happy to see Phillip grow up a bit and find his happy with Haven.
Jeff gelder did a good job with this narration. There were some editing issues and some awkward pauses, but overall, this was an easy listen.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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