From an Olympic Gold Medalist to jail inmate, one man’s journey to rebuild his life after hitting rock bottom.
Once a celebrated athlete, Guy Hoisington fell from grace and into a bottle. For years, the citizens of Cattle Valley went out of their way to avoid the drunk lecher, but one man, Shane Rendell, not only dated Guy during a brief period of relative sobriety but fell in love with him before he was hastily cast aside.
Living within the thick haze of liquor and sex, Guy rarely made good decisions, but on one particular dark night, he makes the worst decision of his life when he decides to drive down the mountain after a long evening of drinking. He wakes from a coma to discover he’s run an innocent man off the road and has a life-changing injury. For the first time in a very long time, Guy is able to look at himself through sober eyes, and he hates the man in the mirror. In one stupid move, he’s lost everything.
Shane has tried for two years to move on with his life after falling for the town alcoholic, but when he learns of Guy’s accident, he rushes to the hospital. Although the entire town may hate Guy, Shane is determined to prove Guy hasn’t lost everything.
If the Cattle Valley series is your favorite and you go back to read them over and over, then you should pick up this book. While I enjoyed the books in this series that I read, I feel like my reading tastes may have changed more than I realized. This book fell a bit flat for me in some places. There was more telling versus showing than I would have liked. Some of the events that get skipped in the book were kind of big and I felt like they should have been included to get me more engaged into the story. I really liked how Guy worked through his problems and worked to redeem himself. He fought hard to regain the trust of the community. Shane was very focused on helping Guy regain the trust of the townspeople. He was a total champion for Guy turning himself around. But Shane felt kind of one dimension to me. He never really showed much outside of Guy. It’s like all he did was for or about Guy. The emotions never really rang true for me either. It felt like they were just going through the motions. I never got that sense they were deeply in love and committed to each other.
Three and a half
An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.