Tru Smoke (Natosha’s Review)

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Title: Tru Smoke (Ember Peak #1)
Author: Edie Danford
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, unrequited love, cowboys, CEO, billionaire
Page Count: 258 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 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.

Oh my Edie Danford blew me away with this book. It was such an incredible read that I sat down and read the whole book in 2 1/2 hours. I just could not put it down.

Jones is such an amazing person. He knows what he wants and he goes for it. He throws all of him into it and even if he does not get the results he wants he first time around, he does not give up. He is not one of those people that thinks only of money and is happy being a server at a diner instead of going to law school. He is respectful of others around him and he treats everyone with so much respect and care that everyone who meets him, loves him. Jones is strong minded and he has known since he was young that he he was in love with Tru. Even though Tru has tried to rebuff those feelings from Jobes, he still never gave up hope hat one day Tru may wake up and realize how good they are together and for each other. Even after Tru broke his heart completely he still never fell out of love with him and he gave him another chance regardless of knowing that Tru would probably break his heart again.

I believe that Tru thought that he was doing right by Jones each time he walked away from him. I also believe that Tru is so used to having to be in charge, the decision maker for the family and business, and also the fact that he thinks he is too old for Jones and that Jones needs to sow his wild oats, that Tru does not actually take the time to truly listen to Jones. This is where I believe that Tru keeps making mistake after mistake with Jones.

It is going to take a miracle I believe for Tru to finally admit his feelings to Himself and an even bigger one to admit it to Jones.

This book was full of ups and downs. It is definitely a book that has unrequited love in it. It is also a book that made me want to pop Tru upside the head and tell him to get off his high horse and grab what it is you both want but you are to scared to grab ahold of and hang on too. I cannot wait till the next book in this series comes out. I have a feeling it is going to be just as incredible.

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Galley copy of Tru Smoke (Ember Peak #1) provided by Edie Danford in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.