Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/10/2015
Genre: M/M Romance
A Morning Report Story
Simon Wood arrives at Tamar Ranch looking for a job after being fired from his last position for seducing the boss’s son. It doesn’t take much for him to prove his skills with horses, so he’s taken on, but soon he clashes hard with Chip Henson.
The animosity between them hides something very different, but not for long. No matter how hard they try to resist their attraction, eventually they give in to their need. They start leaving notes for each other, and others notice and warn them to be more careful.
Fearful of discovery, Simon leaves Tamar Ranch to save Chip’s job. When he learns that his departure sent Chip off the rails, he knows he needs to risk everything and go back for him.
I have loved the Morning Report series ever since I read the first book and Letters from a Cowboy is just as good as the previous books even though it has a very different feel to it and isn’t set on the Lost Cow Ranch.
If you have read the series you will remember Luke and Simon finding a bunch of heart breaking letters from lovers Chip and Simon but not having a clue who the two men were. Well, swing back to 1954 where there is the drought of all droughts and ranching is a harder job than ever. Finding a job isn’t easy, if you aren’t Anglo your opinion isn’t valued and if you are gay or people even suspect you might be then turning up dead is a very real option.
Simon had to leave his last job when things with the owner’s son got out of hand. He arrives at the Tamar Ranch, the place has a good feel to it and the people seem fair. The only problem that arises is that another rancher named Chip quickly gets under his skin and as much as both men try to keep to themselves it proves impossible. Their moments are snatched and few between but even with the inherent danger the two men become tied to each other when their feelings for each other grow. Secrets prove hard to keep and Simon and Chip are not as good at hiding things as they think. Gradually one person, then two, then three realise there is more to their relationship but none of the people that find out prove to be any danger.
Simon believes he is acting for the best when he leaves the ranch, and Chip, to prevent any trouble. This proves devastating for Chip, a man that has never had a relationship before and has fallen deeply in love. His despair knows no end and he finds solace in a bottle and very quickly his life is turned upside down when he walks away from his job and friends on a seemingly endless binge. The concern from one of his friends is the thing that saves him when he gets word to Simon of how bad things are and Simon is left with no choice but to find the man he loves.
This is quite a sombre story laced with real fear. I worried that I would miss the usual characters of the series and it wouldn’t feel the same but from the start Chip and Simon’s story drew me and kept me captivated. The harsh reality of fifties America were just that…harsh! With Luke and Simon finding the letters I ended this story coming full circle and with a smile on my face.
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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