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REVIEW: “Riding Tall” by Kate Sherwood


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.



RidingTallTitle: Riding Tall (The Fall #2)
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Release Date: February 3, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press, ARe

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

4 comments on “REVIEW: “Riding Tall” by Kate Sherwood

  1. Sophia Rose
    February 3, 2014

    Frustrating when a character just won’t grow past a hang up. Still sounds like it was good. Thanks for sharing!


    • Ami
      February 4, 2014

      But I couldn’t get angry with Joe because that was his nature — and he was doing a good cause! Which was why Mackenzie is good for him :)


  2. Kaje Harper
    February 3, 2014

    Looking forward to this one – that first book got me hooked on Mackenzie.


    • Ami
      February 4, 2014

      Mackenzie won more points here, for me, Kaje. He was definitely able to stop Joe’s martyrdom without being too demanding and annoying. I loved him.


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