Reviewed By: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Bryce Morton works for a small consulting firm in Sioux Falls, run by his boss, Jerry, and Jerry’s life partner, John, who is a Native American. If you read the first book in this series, then you are familiar with Jerry, John, and John’s niece and nephew, whom they adopted. I can honestly say that since I did not read the first book, Mr. Grey did an amazing job of bringing me up to date on what happened before so I did not feel that I missed anything.
Bryce is now two days away from marrying the man he loves, Percy, and thankfully with John and Jerry’s help, things are moving along smoothly. Of course, that does not mean that Bryce is not a nervous wreck and fretting over every little thing. But all the little things mean nothing when Bryce gets news that Percy has been killed in an accident. This was an accident that should never have happened. While on the tarmac a loaded baggage cart headed for the plane went out of control and crushed Percy and at the same time destroyed the man he left behind, Bryce.
For a year, the only thing Bryce does is go to work and stay home, rarely leaving his house. John and Jerry have had enough and want him to start living again, so they pressure him into accompanying them to the reservation where they will be giving computer lessons to those who want to learn. Although Bryce was reluctant to go, he soon realizes that it was the best thing for him. Not only does he feel ready to let go of Percy, but he finds himself drawn to the owner of the Trading Post, Paytah. Paytah is a very difficult man to get to know, but little by little Bryce begins to get him to open up.
Paytah is hiding a secret, one that began when he was fourteen years old and has tortured him every since. What happened to him? What made him shut down from people? Paytah’s brother is also running from something and uses alcohol as his drug of choice. What happened to these men?
This is a very touching story that addresses subjects that are very difficult to deal with. It is a story about people coming to terms with their pasts and doing something about it. It also gives the reader a view of what reservation life is like. Poverty, children starving, no jobs, and little hope. These conditions upset Bryce so much that he comes up with ideas no one on the reservation thought of. What were his ideas? Did the tribe follow through on them? Did they work? Do Paytah and Bryce find a life with each other?
I have read many of Andrew Grey’s books and have yet to be disappointed. He writes about real life and real people and the bigotry that gays face daily. I can’t recommend these books enough. There is of course, M/M sex, but beautifully written between men who love each other.