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Sequel to The Fall
Joe Sutton and Scott Mackenzie have ridden off into the sunset, but they wake to the cruel light of reality. Joe loves his family, even with the addition of three neighbors orphaned by a house fire. He loves the land that has supported them for generations. While there’s plenty of room left in his heart for Mackenzie, Joe must make room for him in his life.
Tired of taking and determined not to depend on another sugar daddy, Mackenzie returns to modeling in the city, but the wild clubs he once loved aren’t home anymore. Yet things aren’t right back at the ranch either. Joe is no longer the man he knew. Before the love of his life reaches his breaking point, Mackenzie must convince Joe he’s not lazy if he takes a break and not weak if he needs a little help. Finding the balance between give and take might leave them time for happily ever after.
I loved the first book, The Fall, so much because of the family oriented story that I jumped into reading this sequel – even if I thought the ending of The Fall was enough closure. I just can’t help it. I want to be with these men again, and the kids, and the community. Riding Tall is basically the story about how to make a relationship work, especially if your boyfriend is someone like Joe.
Joe had martyr syndrome, he felt responsible for everything and he felt guilty if things went wrong, especially for people he cared about. Sometimes he just frustrated the hell out of me. Especially when he excluded Mackenzie when it came to important decisions in regards to them and the family. It was like Joe still assumed that Mackenzie would love the city better and that he couldn’t provide what Mackenzie needed. I mean, SERIOUSLY, Joe!! Although I couldn’t get mad at Joe because he clearly was a family man. He loved his siblings. He loved Austin. He truly was a great guy.
So again, just like in book 1, Mackenzie became the endearing character, simply because he was willing to FIGHT for the chance of them becoming a family. Mackenzie realized that city didn’t give him happiness. Mackenzie refused to let Joe push him out of the door. The solution that Mackenzie provided which **SPOILER ALERT** brought the whole community to help ** was proof of how I thought Mackenzie’s character development was slightly better than Joe’s. Oh, and that part, actually brought tears to my eyes. It touched me how the community was willing to help this kind rancher, who took strays and willing to open his house for abandoned kids.
This was the kind of story that worked REALLY well for me. The guys did talk about their issues; they tried to make things work (even if Joe could be stubborn). The foundation of it all was love and trust with each of the family members as the pillars to make this house a home.
It was beautiful and I was completely satisfied.