Blurb: Asa Montgomery is a hard man to figure out. He’s got millions of dollars in the bank, a host of men vying for his bed and he’s still miserable.
When a tragedy leaves him broken and battered, Asa quickly finds out who his real friends are. Left alone with only his household staff to nurse him back to health, Asa realizes he wants more than just a pretty man to adorn his bedroom.
Mario Benta was fooled by a rich man in the past. They may say you’re the only one for them, but what they really mean is, you’re the only one until something younger and sexier comes along.
Despite Mario’s growing attraction to Asa, he’ll be damned if he’ll allow himself to be another man’s arm candy.
When Asa sets out to change Mario’s mind, he’ll discover it takes more than money to gain the heart of the ex-Army Ranger.
My thoughts: I’m a total newbie to the Cattle Valley series by Carol Lynne. Against my usual reading habits I started this series with book 14. I liked the blurb and reading 13 books before just to read in order seemed a bit silly. As it turned out it was no problem to read this as a stand alone even though it would have helped to know what had happened previously.
The story starts after the accident / tragedy (I have no clue as to what that was exactly) and after Asa’s release from the hospital, so it goes medias in res. Obviously the two men had some sort of connection before which was interrupted by a misunderstanding (as so often) that also happened before the book started.
A lot of the characters seem to be recurring ones and even though I enjoyed reading about them I now know that I should have read the books in order. All that aside, I liked the story and how the relationship between Asa and Mario developed. It was pretty straightforward without any issues to resolve (at least none that immediately affected the relationship), which was quite relaxing. Nothing to worry about here.
The story definitely made me want to know more about Cattle Valley and all its characters, so I think I’ll go back and start at book 1, which I should have done a long time ago.
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