Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Winter Cowboy
Author: R.J. Scott
Series: Whisper Ridge, Wyoming #1
Heroes: Micah Lennox/Daniel Sheridan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Micah Lennox left Whisper Ridge after promising the man he loved that he would never return. But the only way he knows to keep his pregnant sister and nephew safe is to go home. Spending winter in Wyoming opens too many old wounds, but he’s on the run from justice which can’t be far behind, and this is his last chance at redemption.
After a hostage situation leaves Doctor Daniel Sheridan struggling with PTSD, he returns to Whisper Ridge. Joining his dad in family practice is a balm to soothe his exhausted soul, and somehow, he finds a peace he can live with. That is until he meets Micah in a frozen graveyard, and the years of anger and feelings of betrayal boiling inside him, erupt.
Two broken men fight and scratch for their lives and that of their families, and somehow, in the middle of it all, they find each other.
Is it possible that love can be rekindled and become a forever to believe in?
Review: I had no idea what to expect going into this but it really knocked my socks off. This is not an easy romance, nor a simple boy meets boy, falls in love, has a little rocky moment, and then lives happily ever after. As a matter of fact, it could not be much further from that, and I loved it. What we do have is two very damaged men who struggle mightily to get their feet back on solid ground. It was as much about two men learning to live in their own skin again as it was about them attempting to reconnect, especially after life kicked them both so solidly in the ass.
Micah and Daniel were just starting to fall in love and learn the ways of life, when a stupid mistake, made by stupid boys, ruined so many lives. This story is so not an easy read, and for a while I was hesitant to think it would even end on a happy note. It was that harsh and that heartbreaking. Considering it was book one in the new Whispering Ridge, Wyoming series, it was not too difficult to imagine the author would put us right up to the edge and make us wait for the conclusion in book two. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. It may have taken most of the book for both Micah and Daniel to get back on the same page, but once they did, it was as if the stars realigned and their future was back on track.
There are many aspects touched in this first book, and most of them are hard subjects. We are dealing with grief, violence, heartbreak, death of a best friend, family drama, jail time, domestic abuse, PTSD, etc… There is a lot that the reader has to wade through before that elusive happy ending even has a chance. It is not an easy read, but it is well worth it and I promise, by the end, you will be glad you stuck it out.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*