Title: Return to the Mountain (The Mountains #5)
Author: P.D. Singer
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Links: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by jeayci
Review Summary: A difficult-to-like hero makes a lot of poor choices but redeems himself at the end, making this a good book for those who love imperfect heroes and redemption stories.
Blurb: The Mountains: Book Five
Caddy Gary Richardson hungers for the lush life of the wealthy golfers he escorts around the course at Wapiti Creek. The contrast between his tiny trailer at the edge of a mountain town and the luxurious ski and golf resort is something he’s learned to live with but not like. Gary wants the fancy condo and late-model car not just for himself but for his childhood friend turned lover, Seth Morgan. He’d settle for security for the two of them, but even that seems out of reach.
Seth is content with Gary and enough spare cash for greens fees at municipal golf courses. Going pro is beyond his means, even if he plays well enough to win on the championship resort courses. Gary would do anything to fulfill Seth’s dreams, even things he’d rather keep to himself. When an unheard of opportunity knocks, Gary can answer or resign himself to living on tips from affluent tourists.
But Seth can’t live with that answer when it means his trust has been betrayed. He has to let go and hope the man he loves will find his way home.
Review: This was my least favorite book in the series, but considering how much I loved the others, this is still a darn good book. Right up until the end, I wasn’t sure if I liked Gary at all. But thanks to P.D. Singer’s writing talent, I stayed engaged and eagerly turning pages, almost despite myself. Certainly despite Gary.
Some of his actions were pretty horrible, no matter what excuses he gave for them. For most of the book I was wondering how this could be a romance novel when we were in Gary’s POV and I was rooting for Seth to find someone else. Seth was consistently a fascinating and sympathetic character, and I wanted better for him.
Thankfully, Gary redeemed himself at the end and I could truly root for and appreciate his HEA with Seth. I love a character who can learn from his mistakes and become a better person. So the story was ultimately satisfying.
A couple of intriguing characters put in an appearance and then disappeared, which seemed odd because I kept having the impression they would return any time. I’m wondering if the intention is a sequel focusing on them. I hope so, as I’d love to read it.
I happily recommend this book for readers who like imperfect heroes and redemption stories. However, I’d advise staying away if you prefer heroes who don’t cheat or make other idiotic mistakes.