Sunday, January 4, 2015

ARC Review: Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker


Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.

Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.

Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.

Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.

But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be. In the final installment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.

Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.

And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.

Dani's rating:

Told from Travis's point of view and beginning a year after RDH3 ends, the fourth and last book in one of the best M/M series of all time follows Charlie and Trav as they cheer and cry, play and work.

I couldn't get enough of him. Not close enough, not deep enough, it was never going to be enough. The more Charlie I had, the more I wanted.

*nods* I know what you mean Travis. I know exactly what you mean.

Charlie grows ever closer to his newfound brother Sam and learns to relax and trust in himself.  Be it a confident Charlie standing up to a bully, a gentle Charlie training a horse, or a horny, drunk Charlie grinding against Trav on the dance floor, Charlie is a sight to behold.

Charlie and Trav run the station the same way they breathe air. They are the red dirt. They're there to stay.

"You know the best thing about going away? he asked, nuzzling into my neck . . .
"What's that?" I whispered . . .
"Coming home to you."

Includes: a visit to Texas, an ever naughtier wombat, a mean game of cricket, a teenager with hope in his eyes, whispered words of forever at the lagoon, and a VERY big surprise.

There's joy and family, sweetness and romance, but also heartbreak and tears.

Finally, Charlie has someone to lean on; finally, he doesn't push Travis away.

And there's LAUGHTER, so much laughter.

Every few pages I would just giggle, sometimes because the passage was funny but also because I was just so happy reading this.

Charlie and Trav get their HEA one hundred times over.

While I would have liked more steam (it was all fade to black) and could have done without the extended epilogue (don't worry: it's all good, but it moves us in increments 20 years into the future and I prefer to leave something to the imagination), I can only give this book, and this series, FIVE MY-HEART-IS-SINGING STARS. I will never forget Charlie and Travis.

There is a reason I voted the first three books of this series as one of my top five picks for 2014. Red Dirt Heart is everything a story should be, everything it wants to be but doesn't know how.

"No regrets?"
"About what?"
"Leaving your folks . . . Going back to Australia. . ."

I gave him a smile and slid my hand over his. "Home, Charlie," I corrected him. "I'm going home."

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