Title: Tru Smoke (Ember Peak #1)
Author: Edie Danford
Release Date: November 3rd 2016
Page Count: 258
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… Whenever Jones touches him, flames flicker in Truitt Larkin’s smoky-gray eyes.
Growing up in Ember Peak, Colorado, Jones Hudson nurtured dreams as big as the Rockies. Why else would a flat-broke college student believe he has a shot with Truitt Larkin, the billionaire CEO of Larkin Corp? And, sure, Tru might own the fab, five-thousand-acre Ember Peak Ranch, where Jones is just the son of a ranch employee, but that doesn’t mean a future with Tru is doomed, does it? When he finally, finally convinces Tru to break his chiseled-in-rock no-sex-ever policy, Jones is sure smoke will never shroud Tru’s silver-flame eyes again.
But fire burns and dreams crash. And Jones leaves Ember Peak—and a big chunk of his heart—behind.
Tru knows he’s responsible for fracturing his valued friendship with Jones. Indulging his attraction to the younger man was selfish and destructive—something he’ll always regret. When Jones returns to Ember Peak for a family wedding, Tru wants a chance to heal their friendship and give back to Jones the comfort of coming home. But sparks fly the moment they reunite, and they scramble to douse the passion that’s burned them both before. Yet a flicker of hope glows brightly, and soon they need all their courage to see their way to a future together.
Very hard review to write, this one. I loved the book with all my heart, and I highly recommend it. No, really, I can’t find a single thing I didn’t like. Until the end. Don’t worry, there’s no cliffhanger, and it ends on a happy note. It just…felt anti-climatic? Like I missed something? Something like…a whole chapter? I want to give it 5 stars but this niggle is holding me back. Anyway, do not let this stop you from picking this up. There’s a very strong possibility that what didn’t make sense to me, will not even bother you. Ok, now that we got this out of the way…
“Your skin,” he said, “is the exact color of my favorite kind of sunset…
Jones Hudson grew up in Ember Peak Ranch, Colorado, where his mother used to work as a housekeeper. When he was fourteen years old he fell in love with Truitt, the ranch owner’s son, and never recovered. Now Jones is 20 years old and Tru is the billionaire CEO of Larkin Corp. And for the first time ever, Tru doesn’t resist Jones’s advances. This is where the story picks up, which worked great for me. Same goes for the three year time jump that followed; it was very well done. There were a lot of things I loved about this story:
Very consistent characterization. Tru’s character resonated a lot with me. There is this 15 year age gap between him and Jones. He carries so many baggage from his relationship with his father, and he has a serious protective streak where Jones is concern. But above all else, Tru is afraid that this love will hold Jones back. So yes, his bahaviour might be frustrating sometimes, but I understood where he was coming from.
“Being scorched by Jones Hudson and his amazing fire was like a ride to hell I never wanted to end.”
Jones, on the other hand, might be young but he’s pretty mature and knows what he wants. He wants Tru, and isn’t afraid to pursue him with everything he has. And he’s doing so, without becoming a doormat. I loved him hard for his insistence on not becoming another houseboy for Tru.
“You conquer me just by breathing. Been putting your marks on me all damn night. Making me so damn crazy.”
Amazing chemistry between the characters.The steam level is pretty high, and the sex scenes are scorching hot. At the same time, they ‘re very intimate and emotional; it is obvious that it was never just sex. It’s not all there is, though. There is crazy hot slow burn, lingering touches and stolen glances all.the.time! I loved it! And affection. There’s a lot of that too.
The writing is stellar. Very evocative and heartfelt. I really click with Edie Danford’s writing.
“Happiness was a real thing. I woke up holding it in my arms. I ate breakfast with it warm at my side. I spent the morning riding behind it.”
The setting is amazing. I could practically see the Colorado sunset, and smell the dusty air.
Like I said, I absolutely loved that book, but this niggle is holding me back. But I trust the author to explain things better in the next installment, which I’m dying to read! I’ll definitely be there for Jones and Tru’s next book!
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