Ty Hard

Ty Hard
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Hot Corner Press
Release Date
August 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Western Romance

After six long months in rehab, Navy Veteran Tyler Hardin received his medical discharge and heads west to visit with his mentor and surrogate father, only to arrive minutes after his old friend passes. Ranch owner Cass Cartwright takes one look at the handsome stranger and knows he's in danger of doing the one thing he swore never to do: fall in love. Cass works to convince Tyler to overcome his past and give a relationship with another man a chance, even while someone is working to sabotage his ranch and his one true chance at love.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 20, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
168 people found the following review helpful
Every time I read a blurb and see that the book has a wounded hero in it, my interest spikes up. I can't help it, I like a bit of difficulty in a story. In this case, cowboys didn't hurt either and extra conflict made it about more than a simple romance.

Ty is a Navy veteran recovering from a head injury. He comes to the ranch to visit his good friend only to arrive there when the medics are taking away his dead body. He passes out from the shock, injury induced headache and pure exhaustion.

Cass is the owner of the ranch and only one look at Ty stirs emotions in him he's never felt before. But getting Ty to stay on the ranch and come out of the closet will need a bit of work and Cass needs to decide how exactly ready he is for a relationship.

That, of course, is not all there is to the story as more conflict arises with some enemies causing trouble, but it is enough to give you an idea of how this story progressed. It's instant lust, attraction and love with too much of everything squeezed into a box that's just too small.

Some things that were mentioned were never clarified and for me, the main conflict was unconvincing. Especially because we get to see the bad guy altercation though the eyes of a veteran who isn't even sure that he's not back at the battlefield under attack.

The characters needed more page space and more personality, a few lines where the main focus weren't just the facts from their past. In addition, I thought Ty jumped too fast from a closeted virgin to a man ready for action without a doubt in his mind. I am okay with instant attraction and love, but when reading a book, I want explanations on how something came to happen.

I want to say that the whole ranch setting was detailed and explained, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. Only a few facts were mentioned to give us bit of a setting and that was it. But even with all that, I kind of liked this story. It could have been much better, don't get me wrong, but a certain charm was there and with a bit of work this author could make a great sequel. I would like to read that.
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