Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/07/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
Jimmy Brink and Eric Halter grew up together in a small country town. While Eric has always been content with life as a rancher, Jimmy wanted more and moved to Chicago early on to pursue a medical career.
Life has a way of coming back around. When Jimmy’s parents decide to retire in Florida, Jimmy returns to his hometown to finish his residency at a local hospital. Flamboyant boyfriend Oliver in tow, Jimmy bumps into his old friend. Eric quickly takes a disliking to Oliver though, and for good reason. Oliver proves he’s not only self-centered but also a cheater.
When Jimmy finds out, he sends Oliver packing, not knowing Oliver is vengeful and maybe even teetering toward insane. Soon Jimmy and Eric are fighting to take back their hometown, while Eric finds it more and more difficult to hide his attraction to his best friend.
This book wasn’t quite what I expected after reading the blurb. I imagined Oliver running around causing all sorts of mayhem and destruction but that didn’t happen. There wasn’t a boiled bunny in sight!
The story is about Jimmy returning to his hometown, a small town centred on ranching, after being away in the big smoke realising his dream of becoming a doctor. He arrives back with his current boyfriend Oliver who is about as far removed from being a cowboy as can be to complete his residency at the local hospital and to look after the family ranch allowing his parents to retire.
It is soon obvious that Oliver is a cheating ass concerned only with himself and Jimmy kicks him to the curb. The real story is about Jimmy and Eric who grew up together and have been best friends since childhood.
There is a definite strained feeling between Jimmy and Eric and after a heart to heart they set about repairing their friendship that has been neglected over the years. Most of the blame for this lies with Jimmy who has been in love with his straight best friend for years and has done anything he can to forget about it and get on with his life.
There is very little romance for most of the book but more of a trip down memory lane as Jimmy settles back to a way of life he hadn’t realised he had missed so much. He also spends time catching up with old friends and remembering his childhood antics with Eric. There is something subtle and not easily defined between Jimmy and Eric but it’s something that neither of them are willing to face in fear of ruining their friendship. Only when Eric is faced with the most stressful time of his life does he let loose and confess his feelings openly and then it’s like the floodgates open and there is no stopping him.
This is a sweet and poignant story of a deep love between two friends that becomes something more and surprisingly has very little angst.
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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