Wednesday, October 23, 2013

After the Fall by L.A. Witt

Title: After the Fall
Author: L.A. Witt
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 

Series: Tucker Springs #6
Main Characters: Nathan and Ryan
Release Date: September 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?

My Review:
Like all the other books in this series, this book was simply a nice, feel-good book. I've found all of the stories in this series perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon read. They are fun and romantic and completely entertaining. This particular book had the added benefit of horses and all the details that entails. I have a friend who's into dressage so it was fun to read the book and think about all that she does with her horses. 

The heroes of this book are very different. Nathan is the horseman. After 10 years of scrimping and saving, he finally has his dream, his horse, Tsarina. He grew up in Tucker Springs and is a bit of a player. He regularly hooks up with a lot of guys, but after two bad breakups, he isn't interested in anything more. 

Ryan is new in town when he spooks Nathan's horse. He's riding his motorcycle on the wrong trail....something he did accidentally since he's new to the trails. Ryan is a drifter...he doesn't stay anywhere very long and has very little experience with guys. He just doesn't connect to people that easily, but after he is responsible for Nathan getting hurt, they come up to an agreement. Since Nathan can't work with Tsarina for the summer, he will instruct Ryan to do it and a friendship is born from there. 

It was a cool story line. From the very beginning, Nathan knows Ryan is leaving in November, so he knows there is no danger of a relationship developing. Ryan is safe to sleep with more than least that's what he thinks. The story is told entirely from Nathan's pov and there were so many times when I really wished I knew what Ryan was thinking. He's very good at not reacting, especially toward the end of the book. I was dying to know what was going on in his head. I liked that Nathan is hurt in the story. With a broken leg and arm, he has to rely heavily on everyone around him and I think that really helped the evolution of his character. He's not a guy who accepts help easily, but he lives on the 7th floor of an apt. bldg. with no elevator...he needs help and I think that opens his character up to other options he would never normally consider.

Overall, I found this to be another great installment to this series. There were a few minor medical details which didn't quite sit right, but overall I could overlook them.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

1 comment:

Sue Sattler said...

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