This friends-to-enemies-to-lovers tale starts out with an act of unprovoked violence and proceeds through a series of alternating POV chapters that are slow in revealing how Brooks and Xavier could have come to hate and distrust each other a decade ago and maintain that hatred when their paths cross once again in Eden, Wyoming.
When the action started to turn following a plot twist that is basically duplicated in reverse toward the ending, author Kennedy begins to unfold what really is the problem between these two. Between the lines we have a very transparent exploration of the sadness in ranch owner Uncle Curtis which culminates in a wonderful but heartbreaking revelation near the end.
There is also a smashing plot twist which is initiated by the appearance of Xavier's mother, a twist that begins to unravel the never explored reasons behind the estrangement that came about between Xavier and Dylan, who used to be teenage mentor and puppy-love follower respectively.
The heated love scenes betwen these two men are something else--I was not really prepared for how they might develop but when they did they were brilliantly handled and very long, and very realistic and credible. (Caveat: I thought the cover is misleading, hinting that they were in their mid-30s when neither had reached 30 as yet).
Yes, this is the beginning of a series, and the next two protagonists are introduced in a serendipitous way in this one. Even though they seem to be as compatible as the North Pole and Equator, their story looks like it might be a good one--though it will have to be really good to equal this one.