Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Reggie Barnett is the new sheriff in the small town of Sierra Pines, California. He does not have to answer to the council or the mayor since he was appointed to his position by the State Justice Department. Although gay and definitely out of the closet Reggie never puts his sexual preference on display where he lives and works but we all know that we should never say never and it is something Reggie will learn.
While hanging with his college friends at a gay bar in Sacramento Reggie sees a young man who he can immediately see is lost and who is definitely in a gay bar for the first time. When the man is being bothered by a pair of bullies Reggie steps in to save the day and as much as the young man, who he finds out is Willy wants to pursue something with him Reggie knows that his first time should be with someone special.
At work Reggie is surprised to discover that the Willy he saved is the twenty-two year old son of Reverend Gabriel Thomas who has more power then the council or mayor all of whom defer to his judgement. There is no doubt that Willy is not a happy young man and is being bullied by his father to be and do what his father wants and although he has a strict rule about having a relationship where he lives and works he can’t seem to stay away from Willy who has been living the life his father wants for him.
Willy and Reggie begin a relationship, a relationship that Reggie knows could bring nothing but trouble. Noone in town knows he is gay and if it is discovered that Willy is also gay he would no doubt become the subject of abuse and ridicule by the towns people and could lose his family. In spite of all that the heart wants what the heart wants and no matter what Reggie’s mind tells him his heart tells him something different.
I don’t want to go into detail as to what occurs between Reggie and Willy but I will say that it is a wonderful story of a young man having to make a decision in his life a decision so many young men have to make, be who he is or be who his father wants him to be. In addition to romance and sex there is a mystery surrounding the rest area in town and it is up to Reggie to bring law and order back to a town whose last sheriff was totally lax.
What can I say, I know, the same thing I say every time I write an Andrew Grey review, the book was great and Andrew Grey always comes up with something new and enlightening.