A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas

A Hard Ride Home Disclaimer MaleTAGIt’s hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon.

But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett’s troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett’s father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Crystal Marie_s RamblingsTAG

This was a hard book for me to rate – I wavered between a 3 star and 4 star rating.  But in the end, I did end up giving it a 4 star.  And here is why.

I loved how different this story was than what is really out there right now.  The town that Vargas created was just amazing, you could tell the writing skill that the author has.  I was drawn in right away, and I couldn’t stop reading once I started it.  The characters were also easy to connect with as well. Which is a big thing for me as a reader.

There was a lot of drama and suspense that was going on that I also enjoyed greatly.  It really added to the story and I feel like it is what made the story so great for me personally.  I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next, and there were a few times that I was so close to throwing my kindle because the pages wouldn’t turn fast enough.

What I didn’t like about it?  There were some parts that didn’t make sense to me personally.  Why Emmett was afraid to let others know about his sexuality when in reality there was already an openly gay man who was in the same town.  I was left scratching my head at wondering about that.

I also had to re-read the ending of the book 3-4 times before I could fully grasp what was going on.

However, even though I did have those points that I didn’t like about the story, I did love the authors writing style.  And I can see me reading more from them in the future.  And that is why it got a 4 star rating from me.


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