Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.
When Colin’s father and the tribal council wage a war against Will in the form of a lawsuit with some nasty allegations from a troubled teenager, Colin and Will must face the reality that they have no future. But after running into each other in a more neutral environment, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get each other out of their systems. What was supposed to be one night turns into an affair that neither sees having a happy outcome.
Will’s been hurt by falling for the wrong man before. Can he and Colin put aside the tribe’s prejudices and make a stand for love?
I’ve tried out a few other Kade Boehme books & enjoyed them mainly for the heartfelt characters he creates with this story being no exception. It’s a case of opposites attract between the new deputy in town, Will Cooper and local Native American youth worker, Colin Sharpe. But before anything can even happen between the two, there’s lots of obstacles thrown their way including having to deal with the racist attitude of the community in general and Colin’s father in particular. While I ended up liking the romance between Will & Colin, I wasn’t as satisfied with how the other plots tied together in the story.
Maybe it’s because racism is such a huge topic that it’s hard to do it justice. It’s especially cumbersome when you’re trying to tie that together with a tidy little romantic storyline. The racism was also too one sided with several of the Native Americans really hating white people, especially those that worked in the sheriff’s department, with no real reason given for their hostility, while the whites in town were portrayed as mainly innocent victims. That hardly meshed with reality when you consider who actually had the power in this small town and it wasn’t the Native Americans. I’d love to have read the back story on this and get a better explanation than just Will happened to end up in a village filled with ornery and mean spirited people.
There was also a subplot involving some youths in town that I thought Will was too passive about as it would have had far reaching consequences to him and his reputation. With all that was going on for him I did find myself wondering how he found the time to moon over some guy, even if he was a hot guy. His priorities were a little off.
While technically all the loose ends eventually gets tied up, I was still left with a feeling a ball was dropped somewhere. We needed more resolution. This is not to say I didn’t like the romance between the two guys. I was especially happy that we didn’t get some slapped on at the end HEA even if this story did succumb to the dreaded let’s separate the two guys in order to get to that place. I liked other things as well like how Will wasn’t your typical macho, tough guy cop. Despite some missed opportunities, that tipped the scale to the positive side for me and I’d recommend to those interested in reading a slightly angsty romance story.