Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Brynn Paulinn
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/22/2010
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Western
When Tyson Moore meets Caleb Sterling, he has an uneasy feeling about Caleb and his partner, Jeff. Although he can’t prove it, Tyson believes Caleb is being abused. Without overstepping his boundaries as an employee at Justice River, Tyson offers Caleb his help. He’ll do everything in his power to make sure Caleb is safe. Falling in love with Caleb isn’t been part of the plan, but Tyson soon finds himself swept away by the scared man.
Caleb came to Justice River Ranch hoping to mend his troubled relationship with his longtime partner. Little did he know that a change of scenery would bring even more problems. Eventually, Caleb reaches out to Tyson, but though he’s attracted to Tyson, Caleb has scars that need time to heal. He begins to wonder if he’ll ever get his life back on track enough to love Tyson or if the damages caused by Jeff will be permanent.
Ok I will admit that I avoided reading this one for a while. My main issues with books 1 and 2 were that the word count was not sufficient to support the content of the stories. When I saw that this book was the same relative length but was tackling such a deep topic, I was very worried that I would be saddened with the results. In the end I was disappointed a bit, but not in the way the abuse was handled. I was disappointed in the romance as it was very rushed and lacked the development I needed to understand why it ever became love in the first place.
Overall I enjoyed this short novella. Just as I said in the previous reviews, there was so much good and still so much potential for more. Caleb grabbed my heart right away and I loved his journey from victim to self sufficient. I loved how the author handled his healing, even if it was all done off page. I loved that she did not force this into a perfect pretty picture and that Caleb needed to find himself outside of Tyson and that he still had setbacks.
I liked Tyson and his protective nature even if I did not understand the instant connection he formed with a stranger. I loved that Tyson allowed Caleb the time he needed to find himself. Together these men were great for each other. If this story would have been longer, their love and healing could have been amazing.
I think the author did a great job with this tough subject and handled it with care. What made it onto the page was well done and with a bit of expansion, this story has the potential to be fantastic. Ms. Lynne, are there any plans to revisit this series in the future? I would read these all again and would love more stories from the boys at the Justice River Ranch.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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