Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Derrick McClain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/09/2015
Length: 07 hours 08 minutes
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Brighton McKenzie inherited one of the last pieces of farmland in suburban Baltimore. It has been in his family since Maryland was a colony, though it has lain fallow for years. Selling it for development would be easy, but Brighton wants to honor his grandfather’s wishes and work it again. Unfortunately, an accident left him relying on a cane, so he’ll need help. Tanner Houghton used to work on a ranch in Montana until a vengeful ex got him fired because of his sexuality. He comes to Maryland at the invitation of his cousin and is thrilled to have a chance to get back to the kind of work he loves.
Brighton is instantly drawn to the intensely handsome and huge Tanner—he’s everything Brighton likes in a man, though he holds back because Tanner is an employee, and because he can’t understand why a man as virile as Tanner would be interested in him. But that isn’t the worst of their problems. They have to face the machinations of Brighton’s aunt, Tanner’s ex suddenly wanting him back, and the need to find a way to make the farm financially viable before they lose Brighton’s family legacy.
Andrew Grey is my go to author when I am looking for a sure thing in the happiness department. I always know what to expect from his books and this one was no exception. There were solid characters in need of healing and redemption. There was a solid relationship where the two MCs accepted the other as they were and helped to make each other whole and happy. There was of course angst in the annoying family members and issues stemming from being gay, as is normal for Andrew Grey titles. There was a fun farm setting and the requisite happy ending that left me feeling warm and fuzzy.
I liked both Tanner and Brighton because they were inherently good men who just needed to be shown what they were worth. I loved watching them get together and how each man saw the best in the other. I loved the chemistry between them and the way they were not 1D but grew as the story moved forward.
Most of all, I loved the message in this story. That love only sees the best in others. That no matter our mental, emotional, or physical disabilities, love is love and we are all worthy of it. This was a slow, comfortable read and I will revisit this one in the future.
Derrick McClain has a smooth and rich voice that is easy on the ears. I will definitely listen to him again. That said, there were times I felt he was just reading the story and the overall emotion often did not come through. But overall I enjoyed listening.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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