Blair Montague is sent to Newton, Montana, to purchase a ranch and some land for his father. It’s a trip he doesn’t want to make. But his father paid for his college education in exchange for Blair working for him in his casinos, so Blair has no choice. When he finds out he’ll be dealing with Royal Masters, the man who bullied him in high school, he is shocked. Then Blair is surprised when he finds that Royal’s time in the Marines has changed him to the point where Blair could be attracted to him… if he’s willing to take that chance.
Royal’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses. He saw combat in the military that left him scarred, and not just on the outside. When he inherits his father’s ranch, he discovers his father wasn’t a good manager and the ranch is in trouble. The sale of land would put them back on good footing, but he is suspicious of Blair’s father’s motives, and with good reason. The attraction between them is hard for either to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal is sealed.
Not that I’ve read a ton of Mr. Grey’s books, but to me this one was very different from the two normally series I’ve been involved in. More adult, if you will.
All Blair wants its a relationship with his father, but as he gets older he’s starting to realize that it’s impossible. The man himself, for many reasons makes it that way. But one last ditch effort, to prove himself and possible to get away with a promise from the father he heads to an area he thought he never would visit again.
Royal, also had a difficult childhood, young adulthood but for different reasons, and after becoming the school and town bully was told to straighten up. After servicing in the Marines he comes back home with personal issues and regrets.
Blair and Royal make a good team, both have baggage from their youth that they want to heal from and with each others help, will. Both understand the sacrifices that will have to be made in insure a future. But they know what they feel, know its forever and are willing. The secondary people really help this along The best friend, both mothers, even the father. Because without him we would not have a story.
As the story unfolds, you can pretty much guess what’s happening but the writing is good and keeps you engaged. Even if your not surprised by anything.