Monday, September 28, 2015

Hay and Heartbreak

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78430-747-9
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Series          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Daniel has every right to be bitter after the way he was framed for murder.  Instead he is just trying to stay clean and make some sense of his life.  When he finds out his brother has been injured, he decides to go to Montana to help care for his brother.  He hopes that this will help bring him and his brother closer together, but Daniel is afraid to hope too much for fear of once again being hurt. 

Hay and Heartbreak is the seventh book in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.  This story brings back Daniel, Duke’s brother who we met briefly in Broncos and Bullies.  It also centers on Hector, one of the ranch hands who has shown up in previous stories.  This story is one that pulled me in from the beginning.  Daniel is a bit of a gentle soul who has had a rough time of it growing up.  As a result, he turned to drugs and found himself in prison.  After ten years he’s out and trying to cope with life on the outside.  I worried about Daniel through the whole story, afraid that he would once again turn to drugs as a way of coping. 

Hector has a bit of history on the ranch, known as a love them and leave them type.  What the other hands don’t seem to understand, however, is that Hector is starting to look for something more.  When these two men meet, the attraction is instant and noticeable by everyone around them.  But both men have issues to overcome and neither is really sure a long term relationship is something they are ready for.  The author did a terrific job bringing these two men together however.  Not only are the men given time to know one another, but each is also given the chance to get to know themselves better as well.  There are times when it looks like the two men may not find their happily ever after, but the problems are soon overcome and the men do find their place in life. 

There is more going on in Hay and Heartbreak besides the romance of Daniel and Hector.  There are some unusual events going on at the ranch that leaves everyone wondering about Duke’s accident.  While the events surrounding Duke are cleared up, the mystery of what occurred at the line cabins has an open feeling about it, even though the men think that has been solved as well. 

As with the other books in this series, Hay and Heartbreak is full of previous characters who show up in the role of secondary characters.  I love seeing all these guys popping in, as it carries the family feeling the ranch has over to each new book.  I am curious to see where the author plans to take the next story and if Sebastian will be one of the characters involved.  

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