Sometimes curves in the road take you right where you belong.
Luther Almond’s life working the Bakken oil field is perfect—short-lived jobs, temporary housing, and easy hookups. That’s one reason he won’t move home when he inherits the lake house. When Erik Heat bends over to fix Luther’s pipes, his tattoos hint he might be up for more than working on the drain. The last thing Luther expects is to want more from this guy than one night.
Every time they’re together, Luther is more grounded and Erik more confident. When the lake house demands attention, Luther asks for Erik’s help. There he imagines a more permanent life, one where he stops running. But he wants Erik by his side. Can he find the courage—and the words—to ask?
Luther ran away from his small town living when he realized that being gay and living in rural North Dakota weren’t really compatible.
He’s led a nomadic life, following the jobs and the money until time and opportunity have led him back to his home state and the oil fields. While there he meets Erik, a quiet plumber, also from rural North Dakota.
The tattoo of an arrow leads Luther to ask pointed questions and Erik’s blush lets him know that an approach of the sexy kind might be appreciated.
The two start off slow. Luther works 70-100 hours a week and Erik’s need for keeping things quiet is mirrored by Luther’s own life in the closet. But… as time marches on… Luther finds that he misses Erik when he can’t be around him – and not just because it’s the best sex he’s ever had.
Another ripple on the water is the fact that Luther’s grandmother has left him a house in his home town – a place Luther isn’t ready to settle into. It’s full of problems and Erik is more than willing to spend time up there with Luther fixing things.
When Luther gets let go suddenly, he has to face some hard truths. He might be ready to finally settle down, he definitely doesn’t want to lose Erik, but is he ready to tell the world his secrets?
This is a pretty short novella, but it is amazingly sweet and full of details. Through texting and a few meetings Erik and Luther grow ever closer and though we don’t have a lot of on page interaction, Posy Roberts handles the passing of time effortlessly. Her writing is crisp, clean and lovely.
It never felt rushed and the love really did seem to grow and blossom organically, over time.
I loved where the story led us and enjoyed these two guys as MCs. They were stoic and simple but sweet and romantic. And… let’s face it… the smexy times were hot, too!
I highly recommend this story to fans of quiet, stoic men with poetic hearts and lovers of stories with happy endings.
(And YOWZA isn’t the cover awesome!)
5 of 5 stars
(Copy provider by the publisher for review)
Labyrinth bound press presents:
Available September 3 from Amazon