Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Clay Kartwell began his day as he usually did going to work only this day would be anything but usual. He is told as soon as he arrives that he is fired and on his way home gets a call from his father who he has barely spoken to since he left the farm in Wisconsin five years ago. His father needs him to come home and tend the farm for a while since he has injured his foot and so Clay returns to the place he couldn’t run from fast enough.
Clay left behind the man he loved since high school Dell Warrington and unfortunately he was the first person he bumped into when he went to pick something up for his dad. He thought he put his feelings behind him but seeing Dell just brought those feelings right back. Then seeing him with his four and a half year old little boy Archie brought the truth of the fact that Dell was not gay like he always hoped.
Archie’s mom wanted no part of motherhood and signed all her parental rights over to Clay so as of this moment there does not seem to be a woman in his life. Clay and Dell have a chance for a do over but Clay is afraid of being hurt and can’t imagine living with a father who hates him.
I loved this story because it is the perfect example of what it means to communicate and just how a life can change when we open our hearts and mouths and talk it out. Clay needs to open up with his father and with Dell but will he. I rarely laugh out loud when I read but Mr. Grey introduced Clay’s friend Alan who has no filter and who just constantly made me laugh and who doesn’t need a good laugh nowadays. I also got a good idea of how difficult farming is and how many times during a year a farmer finds himself down on his knees praying, rain, don’t rain and it goes on and on.