Title: The Coal Miners Son (States of Love)
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 4, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance
Page Count: 123 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
James Callahan is the only son of Nicholas Callahan, owner of the Willow Hollow mine in West Virginia—but he’s never considered himself any better than the miners. He’s best friends with Owain Rees, one of the miners’ kids, and he’s been attracted to Cai, Owain’s older brother, for years. James gets the feeling he might not be the only one sensing the tension between them, but Cai avoids him religiously.
Cai has been working the mine since he was sixteen. He acknowledges James is cute, but he’s grown up privileged while Cai’s family has always been working class, and Cai fears that chasm is too wide to cross. When family drama pushes them together, will Cai and James see they’re more alike than they realized?
Take a leap of faith as two men from different worlds, employer and employee, rich and poor, discover that love transcends social barriers.
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This was a wonderful, sweet romance between two men who was complete opposites in life. T.A. Chase did a magnificent job on this book. I read it and it really touched my heart how these two men came together and did not let their different walks of life come in between them.
Cai comes from a hard working family that mainly consists of coal miners. Each of the boys for as far back as they could remember followed in their fathers foot steps before them by working in the mine. Though they did not have much as far as money goes, this family has so much more because they are extremely close as a family. They have each other’s backs as well as their neighbors in their communities backs. They may not have a lot but hey do not let anyone else go without if they can help it and part of that reason is because Cai’s mom was smart enough to accept the help that is offered to them and does it with grace and pride. She is also smart enough not to say how she gets what they need and what everyone else in their community needs because that would just be asking for an uproar considering who it is that has been helping her.
James’s father is the one that owns the company that Cai and his family works for. Even though James grew up around the mines, his father tried to keep him from interacting with the workers and their children because in his fathers eyes everyone else was beneath them but James never felt that way. As a matter of fact he felt more at home with Cai and Owain then he does anywhere else. Owain has been James’s best friend since they was little and Cai being Owain’s older brother and the secret crush James has had forever makes him feel even more comfortable with them. James is also the one that has been helping everyone in the community that he loves so much but he does not want anyone to know because he knows it would be hard for anyone to accept it because of his family’s money and him being the bosses son.
Finally after all these years Cai sees the opportunity to finally have with James the things he only dreamed of and James is more then willing. The question is will they let their differences in social standing come in between them or will they both get over their positions to realize that love is more important then money or the lack there of it.
As I said this was a great romance story. T.A. Chase really did do a wonderful job on this book. It is nice to read a sweet romance sometimes and this was one that will touch your heart.
I look forward to more by T.A. Chase in the future.