Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
We are once again reunited with all the characters from book one but this is Alan and Haley’s story. Unfortunately, Alan’s story begins with him leaving a club and facing violence in the form of three men with baseball bats who took exception to his being gay. When he finally opened his eyes in the hospital it was to see his best friend Clay sitting next to his bed. Clay knows that Alan faces both physical and mental recuperation and where better than Clay and Dell’s farm.
Haley has been assigned as Alan’s nurse-therapist and he is determined to get him back on his feet. Alan was fortunate not to have suffered any brain damage but he is physically weak and suffers dizzy spells and that is not even taking into account the nightmares. Alan hates being a problem for his friends but Dell and Clay are very unique men, they never turn their backs on friends.
It was a year ago, a happier time when Alan visited the farm and met Haley and he still finds him attractive but Haley is so far in the closet that it would take something drastic to make him come out and risk losing his family. He also is very well aware that his father is so filled with hate that he wouldn’t hesitate to carry out his threat of tying Haley up and beating the gay out of him if he actually discovered he was gay.
While healing Alan and Haley get close but that something drastic has not happened and he is still keeping his true self a secret. Alan a city boy, is beginning to enjoy the quiet life but knows he has to return to Chicago to work. Even if things were different Haley and him would have no future because Haley doesn’t belong in a big city. Haley’s father is on a mission to destroy any hope Haley has of finding a place to live and finding work and his anger and violent nature may be the catalyst that pushes Haley out of his safe zone and into facing who he is.
Like with book one I loved all the characters but my heart belonged to five year old Archie whose cuteness was off the charts. Everytime someone seemed sad he would immediately give them his stuffed turtle T.T. for comfort and he loved everyone that he considered family. Can the comfort of the farm give Haley and Alan the HEA they deserve just like it did for Dell and Clay well you just have to read this book to get the answer.