Title: Only You
Author: Kay Doherty
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: December 18th, 2017
Genre(s): Gay Romance
Page Count: 180
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Case Holden hates his life. Made rich at a young age, he slipped into a lifestyle of partying with multiple boyfriends who only wanted to be with him for what he could give them. After confiding to his aunt that he’s miserable, she extends an invitation for a visit. Case plans to spend the time in small town Clover City to reprioritize and plant his feet on the road to happiness. He does not expect the Clover City sheriff to step into his world and wreak havoc on his emotions.
Two years ago, after the death of his partner, Rawley Kane moved to Clover City, trading the painful memories and big city madness for a less stressful existence. Even as sheriff, his life is uncomplicated and quiet. That is until Case Holden rolls into town and reminds Rawley just how lonely he is, and of everything he’s been missing.
Case is everything Rawley shouldn’t want. The man has six boyfriends and a life back in Denver, not to mention he’s quite a bit younger than Rawley. No matter what he tells himself, he can’t get enough of the young man. And Case has made it clear Rawley is the only one he wants. Now if they could just get past Rawley’s guilt and Case’s insistent boyfriends, they just might stand a chance.
This book was about leaving the past behind and fighting for a second chance.
It had everything I was looking for: angst, a well done age gap, a past to overcome, two MC’s who are very different but perfect together.
The story begins with Casey moving from Denver to his grandmother’s ranch in a small town. He’s basically independently wealthy and living the lifestyle of a 25 year old without a care in the world. He’s left behind six boyfriends and packed a bag in his gold Mustang, searching for something else.
When his car breaks down, 44 year old Sheriff Rawley Kane comes to his rescue. Lust is in the air when they can’t take their eyes off of each other and a week later, Rawley pretty much attacks him in the best way possible. From there they have to make amends with their pasts before they can think of a future together.
Things that I loved:
-Kay Doherty is brilliant with her writing.
-Rawley knows what he wants and goes after it, even if it goes against the grain.
-Casey is fun and funny and spoiled and smart and keeps Rawley on his toes.
-The characters in town were all awesome. I loved the support and the friendships that were made
as well as the support from the sheriff’s office.
-The age gap was done very well and wasn’t a main focus in any part of the book.
It hit all of the right spots, but I think it was a little lacking in follow through. The foreward leads the reader into the aspect of PTSD, but the book barely touched on it, which surprised me. I think I would have appreciated some more insight into that part of Rawley’s hangups.
There was definite insta-love going on here, but honestly, I was okay with it. I felt like it didn’t really detract from the MC’s personalities and so it worked for me.