Authors: Jon Keys
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Genre(s): Western Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.13 stars out of 5
Nash Gallo and Luke Meyers seem like complete opposites on the surface. Nash is a city boy from Atlanta, while Luke is a rancher from rural Oklahoma. Nash is covered in tattoos and piercings, while Luke is self-conscious about his muscular, hairy body. Luke doesn’t have much sexual experience with other men, while Nash has plenty to go around.
But both men are lonely, and neither of them has ever been in love.
They also both have secrets. For Luke, it’s his shame over an affair with a local closeted and married man, something Nash accepts. Will Luke be as tolerant of what Nash is hiding—his job as a prostitute back in Georgia?
A week-long vacation on Luke’s ranch and the idyllic landscapes surrounding it gives both men the chance to relax and explore the attraction growing between them. But can the budding relationship survive secrets and small-town prejudices? As they search for the place where their lives might intersect, Nash and Luke risk far worse than broken hearts.
Eh, I wasn’t too much of a fan of this story. It started off pretty decently but as I kept reading the story lost its pull. After a while, I swore the only thing that kept jumping out at me while reading was all the food they were eating. I seriously felt like Nash and Luke would complete a task and eat; over and over. I felt like this until around the 63% mark.
Then there is the chemistry between Luke and Nash, or shall I say the lack thereof. It seemed like it’s based more on sexual attraction and lust than anything else. It wasn’t until the last chapter before the epilogue when Luke finally declares that he loves Nash. However, the thought doesn’t even come to Nash until the last page of the epilogue, which is six months later. I got the impression that Luke was more of a way out of the life more than anything; especially when he says:
“Now I look too old for the tricks like Bobby. They might be gross, but at least they don’t get off on beating you. The last one didn’t have great control, he broke my nose. He likes it rough, and I’ll give him what he wants. The last time I was hired, it was him. I didn’t know until it was too late, and I ended up in the hospital. With that to go back to, would you be on the first plane to Atlanta?”
Do I dare mention the flow of the story? Well, let’s just say that time felt longer than it should have. In fact, the pace didn’t pick-up for me until around the 77th% mark. Then suddenly it was raining problem after problem. Between the brushfire, Bobby and the crazy neighbor, it was like whoa! In fact, maybe it was a bit too much and would have been better all around if it would’ve been spaced out.
Now you’re asking, “What about Nash’s life in Atlanta that he left?” In the beginning of the story we’re introduced to Jimmy a very concerned friend, and possible co-worker. Yet, never once did he check up on Nash when he was in Oklahoma with Luke. In addition, weren’t Nash’s clients wanting to schedule time with him; therefore why were there no voicemails (spotty service)? I guess one could assume he just worked off a corner, but unfortunately we will never know since the author did not specify.
Last but not least, I was left wanting more. More chemistry, more story and a better ending. Don’t get me wrong, both Luke and Nash get their HEA; however, the story didn’t have the pull I wish it had. I guess what I’m trying to say is the author gave me just enough to keep reading; hoping it would get better. Alas, it was a dud for me and I cannot recommend this book.