Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Fight for Identity

Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-612-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

For some reason, Will Martin’s father hates all Native Americans.  Since the death of Will’s grandfather when his father gained control of the family ranch, he’s refused the local Sioux access to the land they consider sacred. When Will returns home from college, he goes against his father and grants the tribe admittance for their ceremony because it’s the right thing to do. 

Takoda Red Bird is upset at being kept from the tribe’s sacred ground and when Will offers, he jumps at the chance to use it again. Except it doesn’t go as expected and Will’s father is so furious, he puts the property up for sale. The only way to keep the land out of developer’s hands is to buy it themselves.  It’s a fight that brings Will and Takoda closer, but in the process Will learns more about his family than he ever imagined—secrets that change everything.

The Fight for Identity is the third release in Andrew Grey’s The Good Fight series and it’s another entertaining addition to the family of books. While reading them in order would be beneficial, it can be read as a standalone.

I like this book for a number of reasons. It has a well constructed plot that moves forward at a steady pace, has characters with nicely developed personalities, a wonderful locale and plenty of twists and turns that kept my interest. Another thing I enjoyed is the vivid descriptions into the Sioux beliefs and cultures. It really brought this aspect of the story to the forefront and helped me to understand a way of life far removed from my own. Thank you, Mr. Grey, for your wonderful research. And I can’t forget the racism issue either. It’s a difficult one to deal with but the author handles it tastefully.

Now to Will and Takoda. I like these two guys. They both have unique backgrounds and their own share of emotional unrest to handle. That makes for some interesting moments of angst as they learn to deal with their own issues, what’s going on around them and each other. Their physical attraction is strong, the sex is steamy and their desires to be together outweigh the problems of being apart.   

My only real niggle is the quick change in attitude of Will’s father. I would have found it more believable if it had taken more time for him to come around after so many years of acting like a jerk. Still, the ending is wrapped up in a manner I found satisfying. I can’t wait for the next one.

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