Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/08/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Fiction
One burned and broken man finds his way home. Can he find peace in the arms of a man easy to love?
Justin made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, battling domestic terrorism, never the man he really was, using hate to avenge the death of his best friend. The friend he’d killed.
What he doesn’t count on is getting shot, and if he’s going to die he wants it to be on Crooked Tree soil. Home.
Sam is as much a part of Crooked Tree as any of the families, and the offer to buy into the ranch is a dream come true. But falling for a hidden, secretive, injured man isn’t the way to keep his head in the game.
After such an epic ending in book 2 there will be a lot of readers out there glad the author pushed this forward and delivered it ahead of schedule – I am one such person!
Justin and Adam had both been missing for over a decade and presumed dead by most of their family. They weren’t in fact dead but both boys went on to very different lives and wouldn’t return home for many years. In The Rancher’s Son we saw Adam find his way back to the ranch albeit without any memories of who he was. A Cowboy’s Home sees Justin finally coming back to Crooked Tree Ranch but his homecoming is very different – he remembers it all, every single minute and he is layered down in grief, guilt and thoughts of revenge.
Sam, the chef from the ranch restaurant, is the person that finds Justin who is hiding and close to death. Sam knows the history of Justin and Adam but didn’t know either of the men “before” so he doesn’t have the same sort of feelings that the family has when they learn the missing son is home. Instead Sam feels protective of the man he found at death’s door and he becomes a sort of buffer between Justin and the rest of the world.
Justin was lied to and I guess forced into the life he has led for over a decade. Ultimately it may have been for a good cause but he was just a child, he was injured, scared and thought his best friend was dead and the man who claimed to care abused him in the worst way. By returning home the way he does he has placed everyone around him in danger. He’s pulled in so many ways – he knows he needs to leave to keep his loved ones safe, he still hasn’t finished getting his revenge but being around his family for the first time in years is soothing. Sam is an added bonus – his knight in shining armour and someone he would have in an instant in a different life.
I wouldn’t call this a romance story – there is a little bit towards the end but this is definitely more about healing Justin both from the past and the present. It’s also about Sam healing and leaving behind the ghosts of his childhood, he has finally found a family and a place he belongs.
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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