Review by Charlayne Denney
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Will Martin returns from college to the horse ranch in South Dakota where he grew up. His beloved grandfather has passed away and his racist father, Kevin, now owns and runs the ranch. Unfortunately, that leaves Kevin in charge of a Lakota Sioux sacred place located on the ranch. Kevin hates Native Americans and has forbidden them from coming onto the land for their celebrations.
Takoda Red Bird sneaks onto the ranch to pray, knowing that there is a good chance Will could catch him. Will does catch him, and they talk. Will grants the tribe access. He then attends the ceremony, which his father finds and, in retaliation and spite, Kevin puts the land up for auction.
Will and Takoda start to work together to try to find a way to save the land for the tribe, and they become more than friends. One of the elders of the tribe tells Will and Takoda a story about the past that changes everything for Will, and for Takoda.
After reading a newspaper story about a piece of sacred land that was being auctioned off, author Andrew Grey set out to tell the story. He has, once again, given the reader a rich world for his characters. Takoda lives on the reservation and Grey gets the desolation and poverty of the place correct, but doesn’t try to make a political statement. His treatment of the racism Kevin displays is also well done, not over the top, and makes the point about what someone might do if, like Kevin, he was put into that situation.
I really enjoyed The Fight for Identity, the love between Takoda and Will is very real, and the surrounding storyline touched me.