A decade on from their first kiss, Luke Murray is more in love with Simon every day. Running the Lost Cow ranch for Luke's parents, they keep their heads down and get along with the locals, even if Luke is known for being a hothead. Then one day they discover the local store owners refuse to serve them.
They're bewildered until Luke's mom tells them the new pastor has targeted the couple in his sermons. Suddenly Luke and Simon find themselves alienated from people they called friends, and their ranch comes under a series of attacks. As the town's hatred and homophobia turns on them, Luke and Simon will face a critical choice: give in to the town's demands and disappear, or stand and fight for themselves and their love.
©2011 Sue Brown (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I have read this book and really enjoyed the audio version. The narrator did a great job at bringing these characters to life. This is the first book of a series and the story is really sweet. This is about an established couple who really love each other. The conflict comes in when a new pastor comes to their small town and starts anti gay crap talk. The plot is a little weak but still enjoyable. Worth a credit.
This story is a large part PWP. Which is fine, I quite like PWP, but in an audiobook it gets a bit boring. You could almost predict - conflict scene, sex scene. Conflict scene, sex scene. And so on.
The main confrontation in the book, which is built up and built up, never actually happens, which leaves things unresolved and the reader (listener) unsatisfied.
The narrator's voice was great for about 90% of the book, then there was a few voices that pulled me totally out of the story. The characterisation - by both the writer and the narrator - was good.
There's also an underlying Christian message that rears its head at the end and just squicked me the fuck out. It has its place, but it's not what I want in my gay romance.
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