In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down. Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves. But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
This didn’t work for me, probably because of the way Casey’s past abuse was handled. I couldn’t work my brain around the hurt/comfort parts.
Not a book for me, but your mileage may vary. Everybody else seems to love this.
And it still comes in at a solid 3 stars, as the language is amazing; this is a seriously skilled author who can build images with words, so vivid that you can almost feel the breeze in your face and hear the ocean at a distance. It did feel a bit rushed at the end, however, and there was so much drama I could hardly keep all the threads together.
Australia as a backdrop is amazing. More of that. Will most certainly read more of this author, I adored The Shearing Gun.
I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher, Dreamspinner Press, and a positive review wasn’t promised in return.
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