Title: Saving Faithless Creek
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2015 – 220 pgs
Blair Montague is sent to Newton, Montana, to purchase a ranch and some land for his father. It’s a trip he doesn’t want to make. But his father paid for his college education in exchange for Blair working for him in his casinos, so Blair has no choice. When he finds out he’ll be dealing with Royal Masters, the man who bullied him in high school, he is shocked. Then Blair is surprised when he finds that Royal’s time in the Marines has changed him to the point where Blair could be attracted to him… if he’s willing to take that chance.
Royal’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses. He saw combat in the military that left him scarred, and not just on the outside. When he inherits his father’s ranch, he discovers his father wasn’t a good manager and the ranch is in trouble. The sale of land would put them back on good footing, but he is suspicious of Blair’s father’s motives, and with good reason. The attraction between them is hard for either to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal is sealed.
Blair and Royal are such great characters. Blair is a Vegas businessman, firmly under his casino-owner father’s thumb. Royal is a marine-turned cowboy who used to bully the smaller Blair in high school. Montana clashes with Vegas just as well as the out and proud Blair clashes with the closeted Royal. And the more we learn about Royal, the hotter the cowboy gets.
Grey explores Blair’s return to Montana and his unhappy memories carefully. How much can people really change? What makes a family? How do we measure success? The way Grey tugged at such big themes in a small town romance was really beautiful. And this is a romance. The men are hot, the sex is steamy and readers will be rooting for the HEA from the moment the two men meet.
Andrew Grey’s books can be a little hit and miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. With the exception of Blair’s father, the characters are three dimensional – interesting and well developed. We still have Grey’s obvious villains and fairly cliched bad-guys, but this book packs an emotional punch that I really didn’t expect.