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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?
I thought this was a sure thing:
#1- I love Posy Roberts
#2- The cover is all sorts of smexy
#3- The blurb sounds like one hot ticket.
Well, for me, this was not a sure thing. Why? What happened? Well….Luther happened. You know what ruffled my feathers from the get-go? How he treated him mom. I hold high regard with how children treat their parents. I think if you study how a person treats their mom and dad, you can learn a great deal about them. Luther was plain mean to his momma. And….she didn’t deserve it. Okay, so maybe she was nipshitting a little bit, but that’s what mom’s do. I’m a mom, I know this. I believe it’s a motherly right.
So, Luther and I didn’t start out on the right foot. Then he continued to push me further away with his attitude towards Erik. Now Erik, I liked Erik. Actually, I liked Erik a lot. I’m going to give this book some extra love because of Erik. What Erik sees in Luther, I’ll never know but that’s not important.
Luther is running around sowing his wild oats. He has no plans to settle down and plant any roots, but when he inherits his grandmother’s house he is forced to make a decision. He has no interest in moving to the old money pit lake cottage….alone. He might change his tune if he finds someone that wants to share this new path with him.
Erik is called to fix a plumbing problem in Luther’s trailer. Luther’s interest is piqued when he sees something not meant for his eyes. He propositions Erik and finds himself challenged with a rebuttal. Erik is not looking for a quick screw but he might agree to a date. He makes Luther work for it. Which is a different sort of ‘working it’ than Luther is used to. I enjoyed how Erik threw Luther out of his element. Erik was good for Luther. Luther is scared of the probability of the R word. He does fast and furious, not long and frequently.
A lot of steam is packed into this novella with a little bit of angst. I’m not big on crack but I do like ink and I love how Luther wanted to help restore the beauty of Erik’s ink.
All in all, I do enjoy Posy’s stories, and I liked this one….enough. Even though I didn’t click with Luther, I did click with Erik and that bumped the story up a notch for me. I’ll let my grudge go with Luther and say, yeah…I think you should check out the story behind this Bent Arrow. I’m thankful Luther helped him restore the gorgeous and significant art and I’m thankful that Erik helped to restore Luther.