Title: Red Dirt Heart 2
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 17, 2014
Page Count: 250
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.
Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.
Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it.
When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.
A wonderful addition to the story of Charlie and Travis. And like the first book, this one is told in Charlie’s POV. That’s a good thing, IMO, because Charlie spends so much time inside his head, we’d never know what he’s thinking otherwise!
Red Dirt Heart 2 pinged pretty much all my emotions. It made me happy and sad and sometimes a bit angry. Charlie has a tendency to make a person want to smack him up side his head, but he eventually gets to where he needs to be and when he does, he’s damn impressive. He truly takes the hero’s journey here.
- Such a beautiful story of gay rancher who not only comes to terms with the fact that he is not who his father wanted him to be, but finally embraces who he is and stands proud. It only took nearly losing Travis to get him there.
And I’ve got to say, Travis’ tendency to help baby animals is so heartwarming, it just made me love him more than I already did. Charlie, too, though I doubt he’d ever admit it.