Prejudice is the symptom, wrong assumptions are the cause.
‘Prejudice is the daughter of assumption.”
― Idries Shah
Author: Kade Boehme
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages/Word Count: 162 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.
When Colin’s father and the tribal council wage a war against Will in the form of a lawsuit with some nasty allegations from a troubled teenager, Colin and Will must face the reality that they have no future. But after running into each other in a more neutral environment, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get each other out of their systems. What was supposed to be one night turns into an affair that neither sees having a happy outcome.
Will’s been hurt by falling for the wrong man before. Can he and Colin put aside the tribe’s prejudices and make a stand for love?
Review: Will Cooper is one of those rare men who you don’t get the chance to meet very often. He is not extraordinary at all, he is just a good man, and a fair man. When he put his trust in the wrong man, he lost the home he loved and ended up relocating to Gray’s Harbor County to be a Deputy Sheriff. He isn’t quite in the closet, but he isn’t advertising either.
Colin Sharpe, on the other hand, was born and raised on the reservation. The only time he spent away was while he was at college. He returned to Gray’s Harbor so he could help the kids who needed him. He has been out and proud for what seems like forever; he just hasn’t had a real relationship up to this point.
The first time Will and Colin meet, the attraction is palpable between them. It’s too bad they both think the other is straight. The second time they meet up, it’s in a court room and there is a different kind of tension between them since Will had to arrest one of the young men in Colin’s tribe.
This arrest sets in motion something akin to a perfect storm. It turns out Colin’s father is one of the leaders of the local tribe, and he has no love for the white men in town, especially the Sheriff’s office. When two young men from the tribe make some pretty serious accusations against Will, it sets Colin’s father on a path of destruction, with Will firmly in his sights. Colin does not share his father’s views, he doesn’t, for one second, believe Will capable of these accusations, but to keep the peace at home he decides to keep his distance from Will.
This works right up until their third meeting, which just happens to be at the closest club to their small town. This time neither man is able to control their attraction, and they end up turning a one night stand into a full blown relationship. They try to keep things between them quiet, but in a small town that isn’t always possible.
When Colin’s father makes a move that cuts Will off at the knees and threatens not only his job but his freedom, it has dire consequences for their fledgling relationship, and it will take some monumental work on Colin’s part to get things back on track with Will and to get his father to see the truth about him.
Going into this book, I didn’t know what to expect. I have read pretty much everything Kade Boehme has written. I love his writing style, and there is usually a great balance between the angst and the romance in his books. This story came right out of left field and surprised me in a fabulously good way. Over his last three books, I have noticed that the author’s voice has matured dramatically. This book covered much more mature territory, and it was handled wonderfully. I feel the relationship between Will and Colin was one built on not only love but respect. They made some decisions that some people a decade older may not have been able to make, but the open communication they shared made it possible to overcome their issues.
Colin inspired Will to trust again. Not only to trust Colin but to trust himself. Will, on the other hand, convinced Colin to give up some of his control both in and out of the bedroom. I believe for any of this to happen these two had to share a deep connection, and that came through clearly in the writing.
If you are a Kade Boehme fan, you won’t want to miss this, and if you haven’t tried one of his books before, this one is a great starting point. Can’t recommend this one enough.