AUTHOR: J.L. Langley
SERIES: Yes, this is book 2 in the Ranch series
Book 1: The Tin Star
REASON FOR READING: I had just finished My Fair Captain (OMG!) and didn’t have another book with me…but I had my ereader that had this book on it so I dove in.
SUMMARY: (From J. L. Langley’s site)
Sheriff Grayson Hunter hasn’t felt like he belonged for a long time. Once he loved The Broken H, his ancestral home and Shane Cortez with all that he was. Now he tries to stay as far away from the ranch and the man as possible until an accident brings them together.
Shane Cortez has been the Broken H’s foreman for going on twenty years, he’s lived on the ranch for even longer. Because of a rocky past that sent him fleeing his home and seeking refuge on The Broken H, he’s kept himself from the one thing that has always been dear to him…Grayson.
Now Shane has let go of the demons that haunted him for so long. And he wants Gray. They'll have to mend what's broken to make a life together.
I really liked Grayson. Gray was confident of who he was. He had left home and become a bull rider and made a name for himself. He had taken the money from his winnings and put himself through college even though his parents would have paid for it. He became a SWAT team member but eventually went back to his small town and was elected Sheriff. He was gay, but once he got together with Shane totally didn’t care who knew. His parents were very understanding people and had raised him to be a great man. I liked that his love for Shane hadn’t lessened over the years even though he believed that Shane wasn’t gay, and I liked that he didn’t care about the 13 year age difference between them
Shane was the Foreman of the Broken H. He had always loved Grayson, whose parents owned the Broken H, but more in a brotherly way until Gray started getting older. He had feelings for Gray when Gray was 17 but was afraid that he was influencing Gray’s sexual preferences with his own. Shane had a few confidence issues that were completely understandable based on his past. We eventually find out what his past entailed some emotional stress that he felt would influence Gray’s feelings for him. But Gray loved him despite his past. Oh, and Shane had great hair! Think Apache with hair down to his butt….mmmm!
Though I like the characters in the book I was a little eh about the story. There just wasn’t enough of it. The story line was good I just felt that there wasn’t enough of it put in. There was a ton of sex...which not always a bad thing, but I think the story suffered for it. Now, I was quite possilby influenced by the fact that I had just finished My Fair Captain which was so awesome and was expecting The Broken H to be just as good. It just wasn't as good.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again?
As I've said, right before The Broken H I had read My Fair Captain which was incredibly wonderful so yes, I will definitely be reading more of Langley’s work. I can hardly wait for November and the The Englor Affair.
Are you keeping it or passing it on?
I’ll keep it.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes
Would you recommend this book to others? I don’t know. I’m torn on that one.
SCORE: 2.75 out of 5
Anything else? Nope