Review: Kris T. Bethke – One in Vermilion

Author: Kris T. Bethke
Reviewer: Diane
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★½ 


Wyatt Janson needed a change of scenery in the worst way, so he packed up his dog and moved to a small tourist town. When he spots a man in a vermilion beanie, he’s intrigued. Why would someone would wear such a hat in the middle of summer? Their paths keep crossing, and Wyatt soon learns that Truitt Rackley owns a dog grooming and training service. It’s the perfect opportunity for Wyatt to meet Tru.

What begins as friendship quickly blossoms into more. But Tru’s happy demeanor hides a sad past. The hat he wears is only one part of it. Tru needs Wyatt’s support as he deals with the fallout, and Wyatt is glad to be able to provide it. Now that he’s found Tru, he knows he’ll do whatever he must to keep him. Can two broken men find the happily ever after they’ve been searching for?


Wyatt Janson moved with his beloved dog, Aldo, to a tourist town from his childhood for a change of scenery after a bad break up. He sees a handsome man in a vermilion beanie, in the middle of summer, and he’s intrigued. Finding out the man is a dog groomer, trainer, walker and such, provides him an opportunity to meet him. Truitt Rackley, who goes by Tru, like Wyatt, has some pain in his recent past, but the two quickly connect over their love of dogs with a friendship that could maybe be more.

The story is told from Wyatt’s point of view.

I loved this story! I read it in one afternoon and while loving the dogs, the author also managed to make me cry, which naturally, gives them points to get me that invested in the story!

I liked both Wyatt and Tru immediately, the fact that both Wyatt’s dog Aldo, and Tru’s dog, Fawkes (named after the phoenix in Harry Potter, not Guy Fawkes!), are basically supporting characters to the story and the plot, I liked them too! They also get featured on the cover – Fawkes is the Corgi, Aldo is the poodle!

This story had a great pace, you got background on both men, they managed to share their pain and then help each other as well, particularly when Tru’s mother is still not dealing with the pain that Tru has been trying to work through. It was very well done, and for a shorter story, nothing felt rushed or incomplete and I really enjoyed it!

If you like contemporary MM romance with some love scenes, but especially character driven ones, especially if some of those characters are dogs, you will likely enjoy this book. This was the first by this author for me, but I don’t expect it will be the last.


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