Title: Red Dirt Heart 4
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 9, 2015
Page Count: 266
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.9 stars out of 5
Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.
Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.
Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.
Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.
But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be.
In the final instalment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.
Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.
And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.
This is, without doubt, one of my very favorite M/M series ever. I love Charlie and Travis and Sutton Station and I’m both very happy to see them so happy and sad that this is the last RDH book. It feels more than complete, though, and I look forward to rereading them all. It’s nice to know I can visit them anytime I want. This book is told from the POV of Travis, so we really get to see Charlie and the station through his eyes and it is just so beautiful.
In Red Dirt Heart 4 Charlie finally gets that Travis is really his. It’s been a year since Travis asked Charlie to marry him and things are going really well. Ma is doing great, the station is running smoothly and Charlie and Travis are solid. And the wombat has sharp teeth. In this last book of the series, we have both Charlie and Travis really settling into their lives with each other and Charlie has been getting to know his mother and brother and seeing that he does have family (both blood and chosen) that really love him. And they go to Texas! I think one of my favorite scenes during their Texas trip was watching Charlie interact with the customs official. That was a hysterical moment.
I do wish the sex scenes would have been on page, rather than fade to black (we get one that wasn’t), but the story and the devotion and love that Charlie and Trav clearly have for each other more than made up for the lack of steamy bits. With the exception of a couple spots that had me tearing up, I had a stupid grin on my face for this whole book.
The epilogue was about the only thing I’d change in the book. It goes too far into the future for me. While a part of me did enjoy seeing Travis and Charlie over the next 20 years, that kind of epilogue always leaves me feeling a bit sad, rather than the sheer euphoria I felt at the end of the last chapter before the epilogue. I prefer the future be left open, I guess, rather than actually spelled out. It was beautiful, though.