Title: Someone Worth Saving
Author: Ruthie Luhnow
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 26, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 365
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Wyoming? Kill me now.
Reed: I’ve spent my whole life causing trouble for my parents, but this time I went too far. After the scandal I caused nearly ruined my mom’s political career, they decided to do something drastic—and that’s how I ended up in on a ranch in Ely, Wyoming, a zillion miles from civilization. But it’s not like I care that I have no friends, my family despises me, and I totally ruined my life in a really public way. And I definitely don’t cry myself to sleep every night.
The good news? The ranch hand, Brady, is super hot. I mean, I only want to get him in bed to prove I can. So what if he’s the first person who’s ever been really kind to me? So what if, behind his stoic cowboy act, he’s unbelievably considerate and thoughtful and so totally wonderful. I just want to sleep with him—it’s not like I have a crush on him or anything. The bad news? I think he hates me.
Brady: Life on the ranch is quiet and simple, and that’s the way I like it. But then Reed comes along—blond and bratty and completely out of control—and suddenly I can’t get a moment’s peace. When he’s not busy accidentally destroying something, he’s hitting on me or throwing a tantrum. Good thing he’s only here for a year.
When Reed’s not being a diva, he’s insightful and clever and shockingly sweet—and, yes, I suppose I think he’s gorgeous. But after all the loss and heartache in my life, I’m afraid to risk loving someone, only to lose them all over again. Something about Reed’s vulnerability, though, is making me open up. Reed’s someone worth saving… and maybe I am, too.
Someone Worth Saving is an m/m slow burn contemporary romance with enemies-to-lovers and hurt/comfort themes, plenty of heat, and a happy ending.
Slooooooooooooooooow burn, oh how I love thee.
This was just amazing! Amazing characters, amazing writing, amazing story.
Reed is 20 years old and not particularly loved by his family. His mother had him because it would make her look like a better person instead a a cold politician. Reed is used to acting out to get attention. But this time he went to far, he might have actually hurt his mother’s political career. And that’s why Reed’s mother ships him off to a ranch in Wyoming to stay with a distant relative.
Reed doesn’t want to be away from his life as a party boy and overall fuckup. He doesn’t want to stay with his mother’s cousin’s wife, Mona and Brady, the 30 year old ranch hand. He will just stay away from everyone and try to be as surly as possible to everyone leaves him alone. But he didn’t really count him actually enjoy the quiet life on a far away ranch without any internet. And he especially didn’t count on people caring about him for once in his life…
God, how I loved this. One of my main pet peeves is always the dialogue in my books. I’ve read so many weird, stilted and awkward conversations that I’m so tired of it. But not here! This really had such a nice flow to it. It all felt so natural the way these guys talked to each other, got to know one another, built a friendship and eventually fell in love.
My favorite character in this was most definitely Reed.
“As far as gays go, I was pretty, well… gay. I left a metaphorical trail of glitter behind me everywhere I went, and sometimes a literal trail, too, depending on where I’d gone out the night before.”
I loved how he tried to be as difficult as possible. And how he eventually showed his real sweet and caring self. (I mean, he named all the chicken, how adorable is that!)
I still hated the ranch. I hated Brady, and I hated Mona, and I definitely hated Hector, the old, fat wiener dog that wouldn’t leave me alone, trying to get me to scratch his butt.
Hell no, little dude—he smelled bad, and if I was gonna touch anyone’s ass, it was gonna be Brady’s.
Yes, Reed and Brady were attracted to each other from the start, but Reed fell back to his old ways and just tried to seduce Brady. But Brady didn’t want Reed like that. So they just became friends instead. There was so much love before anything even happened between them, it was awesome.
It occurred to me, in some distant part of my mind, that even if Brady was into some seriously weird shit and wanted us to wear silly hats and roleplay as the founding fathers or something, I’d be totally into it, just because I was so totally into him.
There wasn’t a lot of relationship angst, although the bit that was there felt natural and not OTT dramatic. I cannot compliment the writing enough.
I’m definitely checking out more of Ruthie Luhnow’s books, because she is apparently an awesome writer!