Reviewed by Susan65
Title: A Cowboy’s Home
Author: R.J. Scott
Series: Montana #3
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 218 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: July 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: One burned and broken man finds his way home. Can he find peace in the arms of a man easy to love?
Justin made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, battling domestic terrorism, never the man he really was, using hate to avenge the death of his best friend. The friend he’d killed.
What he doesn’t count on is getting shot, and if he’s going to die he wants it to be on Crooked Tree soil. Home.
Sam is as much a part of Crooked Tree as any of the families, and the offer to buy into the ranch is a dream come true. But falling for a hidden, secretive, injured man isn’t the way to keep his head in the game.
Review: This story was easily my favorite in the Montana series. The little cliffy at the end of the last book is completely settled here, thankfully, and it took almost the whole book to get there, but it was way worth it. Unlike the other books in this series, the romance is budding but very slow burn and almost incidental to the family and friends trying to save and protect Justin, the prodigal son who has been missing since he was 16 years old, and presumed dead for the last 12 years.
Sam, our resident Crooked Tree ranch chef, is our unsung hero in this episode of gay love, cowboy style. He is dealing with his own past demons, but can’t help but take care of the unknown and very dangerous man who is hiding out in one of the ranch’s unused cabins. Sam didn’t know it was Justin, he didn’t even know Justin, so when he brings in Gabe to help save the dying man, he is shocked by the fallout. I think my favorite part of this book was the reconciliation between Justin and Ethan. Ethan deserved his brother back.
This is more a story of family and friends coming together after a miracle than a romance novel. The miracle being the return of the long lost son, brother, friend who had his life brutally ripped away from him. Once the truth is revealed, you are so relieved. And once Justin and Sam finally get together, it is like the icing on the cake. I didn’t miss the fact that it took eighty percent of the book for the romance to really take off. They did have a few romantic times, and I especially loved the hair thing; some of the alone moments between our guys were totally awe-worthy. It would not have made sense had the full out romance occurred earlier. And I really loved the whole drama surrounding the resurfacing of Justin and the unveiling of his horrid secrets, which sadly included Adam. Now I want a book about Rob. He had such a small, but very critical part in this story and he deserves a happy ending, too.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*