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Eli's had a rough life. He's spent all of it not knowing love and when he finally thinks he's found it, through a hook-up app, he couldn't be more wrong. Now he's a bit jaded and has rules to keep himself from getting clingy and into another misunderstanding. Those rules though might be the undoing of something greater.
Grayson is a patient and compassionate man. He's one of Eli's regular hook-ups when he's in town and desperately wants more. Getting through the fortress that Eli has erected is proving a bit more difficult than he suspected. It was rather upsetting watching Grayson stumble and fall around Eli in his attempt to start something more. It took Eli showing up with bruises for Grayson to up his play.
These two characters are head strong that I swear they sometimes fought just to fight. I know that feeling all too well. There were some hilarious moments in this book when Eli finally let his guard down and there were some gasp worthy cringing moments.
The reason for the downgrade is that in my opinion there was an over extension of man bashing. I get that there needed to be some to a point, but I think we crossed that point.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
This is the third book in the Thornwood series. Each book is a standalone novel that connects back to a small town in Colorado, Thornwood. I did not read the first book, but I did read the second one. Although this story has characters that were in the first story, there was no issue following the story. To tell you the truth I read book two over a year ago and did not make the connection until I started writing this review. Recognizing the author as one that I enjoyed reading in the past, I jumped at the chance to read this book. My hunch was 100% correct. This book was as good if not better than any of the books that I have read by this author. Plot: Eli Walker has not felt loved in his life. He uses a hookup app to meet men for sex. Usually, he doesn’t have any repeat hookups except for Grayson. Grayson is an older black man who never makes Eli feel dirty. When Grayson starts pushing for more, Eli breaks all contact. Knowing how clingy he will become, he would rather end things before he is rejected. The chemistry between Eli and Grayson is a beautiful, caring May to December romance filled with wanting and need. This story moves along very quickly. When Grayson comes to the rescue horse ranch for a meeting with the owner he is surprised to find Eli there. Eli helps run the ranch and he loves the horses in his care. Finding Grayson in his safe space, Eli becomes worried, but not as worried as Grayson does when he sees the abuse that Eli is receiving at someone’s hands and Eli doesn’t have the willpower to keep Grayson at a distance any longer. This story had a great ending with a promise of good things to come for both characters. The only thing that I missed in this story was strong character development. We learn more about Eli than Grayson, but what we did learn only took a few sentences. I really would have liked to have an opportunity to read more about Grayson’s past.
PLOT: 5 Stars
CHEMISTRY: 5 Stars
PACING: 5 Stars
ENDING: 5 Stars
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
Eli has only known guys from the hook-up app. He’s never had a relationship or even a date. But he’s found that the more needy and clingy he is, the faster his hook-ups stop responding to him and start ignoring him. So he’s learned over the years to go in and get what he’s there for and leave and wait for them to contact him again. He has learned to close off his emotions and not to want more to keep from getting hurt. During his days he works as a full-time assistant to a horse rescue. He gets to do home evaluations and evaluate all of the new horses that come in and decide what kind of training they have had, which results in him being thrown or kicked on a daily basis. And all I have to say to that he must have one high threshold for pain because it definitely doesn’t slow him down or keep him from hooking up.
Grayson’s always wanted more from Eli since they first started hooking up through the app but he can sense from Eli that if he pushes too hard too fast for more then he will lose him forever. But he can’t help wanting more. Eli is everything that he’s ever wanted. He is just his type, and they have awesome chemistry together. So he will just have to slowly chip away at the wall that Eli has up between them. He’s impressed with Eli’s work ethic and his passion for his job, and it inspires him to want to do something that will also matter instead of his consultant job. He isn’t perfect by any means but he is quick to learn from his mistakes, and that’s all that Eli asks for. I loved how protective Grayson is toward Eli and how he wants to help him.
My only problem with this story is a couple of things that only a person who lives, works, and trains horses would question. The part about Eli not wearing glasses because they get broken when he gets thrown is believable and a good reason to wear contact lenses. However, he wouldn’t wear contacts because the arena was too dusty and his glasses would get dusty. If anything, he would have to wear sunglasses while riding in the dusty arena with contact lenses. Dirt in the eye with contact lenses would be murder on the eyes and also dangerous while evaluating a new horse. The other part that bugged me would be that Eli went commando under his riding jeans. I have had enough boyfriends that have tried to ride in boxers while trotting a horse to understand how painful that is and have to wear briefs while riding even if they normally prefer to wear different underwear or no underwear.
So I have a hard time believing that he would willing go commando. He could get away with wearing a jock strap but not going commando, he would need some form of support. The same would be true for a woman to ride without wearing a bra or sports bra, it just wouldn’t happen. So yeah for those little things that I am sure only a rider would notice or be bothered by I gave this book 4*s.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***
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