I know what you’re thinking… 4.5 stars for some cowboy(s) in Wyoming? Cray-Cray!! What can I say? I love cowboys. I love the damaged/broken souls. I love when their path to happiness is believable and transformative. I love when they have to claw their way out of the muck and mire and work their asses off to be an improved version of who they were. With Someone Worth Saving, I got all of that and more. I’ve read a few books by this author and she really stepped it up for this one.
Here is the premise in a nutshell… or in the words of Reed, one of the MCs.
“Too much money, not enough love—I disappointed them, they cracked down on me, I acted out, they cracked down on me harder. Again and again, so on and so forth, blah blah blah.”
“This last time, though, I went too far. And so here I was. In Ely fucking Wyoming.”
It’s in Wyoming that Reed meets Brady, a ranch hand. To say that they disliked each other would be an understatement. Well, Reed didn’t dislike Brady… he was very imaginative and descriptive in how he could show his appreciation for the fine male specimen. Brady thought Reed was a spoiled little brat; which he was. At first. Having been failed by the people who were supposed to love him, he hid behind an asshat shield and projected it on those around him. He wanted attention and he was going to get it whether good or bad.
I loved Reed. Even with all his spoiled-moody-brat antics in the beginning he was so likable.
“as far as gays go, I was pretty, well… gay. I left a metaphorical trail of glitter behind me everywhere I went, and sometimes a literal trail, too, depending on where I’d gone out the night before.”
He was also like a little boy crying out for even a small tiny piece of love and understanding. He was self-aware but couldn’t get past the hurt and baggage he’d been carrying around his whole life.
Brady was a quiet, rugged, and hardened cowboy that had seen his share of heartache. He was abandoned by his birth mother, spent time in foster care until he ran away and settled in Ely at the ranch. He had walls that couldn’t be scaled until Reed came along.
“Wanting him felt like falling and flying all at once.”
Reed and Brady were complete opposites and complimentary to each other. Brady needed Reed’s zest for life and Reed needed Brady’s acceptance and strength. Although they began as “enemies,” they built a strong foundation of friendship that became their anchor. This book was a whole new level of slow burn. There was a fine line between the perfect build-up and it being too much build-up. With the issues both MCs had to overcome, the slowwwwwwwwwww-burn worked. Mostly. They journey to intimacy was realistic. But, 80% for a kiss…I was dyin’ for SOMETHING and when it finally came, I felt day-drinking would have been acceptable.
Mona. Ohhhhhh Mona. Everyone needs a Mona in their lives. She was the ranch owner/“mother” to Brady and then Reed. She had so much love, acceptance, patience and forgiveness to give. She was able to slowly bring Reed to life with her quiet, unassuming way. She brought him back from the chaos and showed him what it meant to be loved and worthy.
This was an angstyish read. There were deep issues to get through and rock bottom needed to be hit. I gave this 4.5 stars because of how it made me feel. I felt their growth. I rooted for them individually and together. I appreciate the message that with love as a foundation, there is room for forgiveness and redemption. I was invested in each little milestone that was achieved and loved watching both Reed and Brady come back to life, together.
Kinda bummed I didn’t get hate sex though. With their chemistry, that would have been hawt. Just. Sayin’.
Copy provided by author for honest review.