Series: Cattle Valley, #17
Published: June 14, 2010
Source: Personal Library
Characters: Neil Peters, Ben Waters
Heat Level: 2/5
Neil Peters has done a lot of soul searching since the death of his boyfriend, Gavin. He knows he’s not the only one affected by the collapse at the rodeo arena, the previous summer, so why is it taking him so long to deal with it? Death is nothing new to him. He witnessed his own mother’s murder four-years earlier, but then, he’d had the support of his neighbour and guardian, Ben Waters. Needing the support of the one person who ever truly cared for him, Neil takes a trip back to Seattle and the man who kicked him out of his life two years earlier.
Ben is surprised to find Neil on his doorstep. His inappropriate feelings towards his ward once forced him to send Neil away. Now, back and older, Neil once again threatens Ben’s control. Ben tries to push aside his desires as he helps Neil but they won’t be shoved away this time. And soon he learns, reaching out to the man he still loves is the only way for both of them to come to terms with their pasts and their future.
Ben Waters finished the rest of his cardboard flavored sandwich and sipped at yet another cup of coffee.
Ben has come to Cattle Valley to care for Neil after he was thrown from his horse. Neil doesn't remember Ben or anything before moving to Cattle Valley.
Ben has pushed Neil away instead of acting on his feelings for him due to Neil's background. But after the accident Ben tries to make a go at a relationship with Neil but decides to hold back his true self. Ben is into D/s and with Neil being abused in his past, he feels it will be to painful a lifestyle for Neil.
This was not one of my favorites of the series, but it was okay. Ben and Neil said they were in love but I just didn't feel it.