Author: K-Lee Klein
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his little world of grief and pain for the past three years—thank you very much. Losing someone special is life changing, and Brett doesn’t understand why everyone and their damn dog thinks they can get all up in his business about moving on. He’s accepted his job going from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else’s opinion, and he doesn’t need some city kid coming into his life to break the habits he’s been practicing—grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.
JT Campbell was on a quest to escape his old life, and to figure out who he is and where he belonged as he moved from one meaningless job to the next. He wasn’t looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wore his heart on his sleeve. He likes working for Brett, but it’s been made perfectly clear that any relationship other than professional will never see the light of day.
But when JT’s lust turns to love, and he gives in to his desire to find out what makes Brett tick, will his patience and support result in Brett lowering the walls he’s built-up enough so JT can unbreak his heart?
I just finished this amazing story and I loved it! Over ten hours of pure enjoyment! I loved the narration by Nick J. Russo, the story itself, the main characters, the beautiful and distinctive vocalizations Nick J. Russo gave the characters, the emotion displayed by Brett, the sweet kindness displayed by JT, the poems and song lyrics written by K-Lee and read so heartbreakingly to his dead lover. Gah. There’s nothing about this I didn’t like, and I want to find these guys and hug them and never let go.
It’s JT Campbell’s lucky day when he’s picked up by Millie Taylor as he hitchhikes through Texas. Millie drops him off at her son Brett’s ranch and informs Brett that the younger man is there to stay so he might as well put him to work cleaning the barn—the barn that Brett doesn’t allow anyone to enter, never mind clean. Unknown to JT, the barn is where Brett’s former lover passed away three years before. Walt was much older than Brett, but Brett loved him with all his heart and won’t forgive himself for not being present when Walt died.
Brett was once a famous country western singer who spent a lot of time on the road doing concerts, though he always came back to Walt. He refuses to look at the cute and sexy JT as anything other than a ranch hand. At least that’s what he tells himself. In reality, over time, JT grows on him and its obvious that even though there’s a nearly twenty-year age gap between the two, they have a lot in common and that includes a mutual attraction. Brett struggles with letting go of Walt and giving in to his attraction to JT. He documents his feelings in letters to Walt—something he’s done every day since Walt died. Every letter starts with “Hello, Darlin’” and each time I heard it, I melted. He makes sure that every night before he falls asleep, no matter how drunk he is, or what else he’s doing, he walks out to the barn and puts the letters in an old guitar case in the loft.
Unknown to Brett, early on in his stay, JT discovered the notes and through them got quite a bit of insight to Brett’s character and his pain of loss. What happens when Brett finds out that JT invaded his private conversations with Walt just might break the two apart for good, causing Brett’s healing heart to break all over again.
It’s obvious by my opening paragraph that I highly recommend this story, and I must say I want more, more, more of these guys. I see that the author released other books in the series, most of them short, and all when the book was published by a now out of business company so I hope Dreamspinner Press picks those up and/or the author condenses them into a new sequel because these guys are just perfect together and I never want to see them go. And by all means, do not miss Nick J. Russo’s amazing vocalizations of these characters. Definitely a must buy!