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Josiah Foxglove is given a second chance when he takes over his family’s spread in the shadow of the Snowy Range. A veteran of the Gulf War, he came back broken in body and spirit.
Marcus Colton buried his long-time lover and best friend three years ago. Lonely and still grieving, Marcus finds solace in protecting Petilune, a pretty girl with learning difficulties, who will surely become a victim of abuse and neglect without his help. But that doesn’t help him get through the long, dark nights.
When violence wracks the small community of Centurion, WY, it’s easy to place blame on Petilune's mysterious new boyfriend, Ojibwe teen Kit Golden Eagle. It looks open and shut, but for Josiah and Marcus the facts simply don’t add up.
Something’s rotten in Centurion, something that smacks of a hate crime…
This book was a hidden gem, one I will gladly re-read again and again. This is not your ordinary M/M book, it will hold your heart and keep you wanting more!
The narration was superb, Nick J. Russo did an amazing job capturing all the accents, characters and emotions in the book. His performance drew me in and had me hanging on his every word.
Marcus is a lonely shop owner that after losing his longtime partner a few years ago has been living a kind of suspended life in the second story of his shop. taking Petilune, a young and a bit slow in the head teenage girl, as an employee to help her escape her harsh living conditions with a drug addict mother and no good brothers is one of the few bright spots in his life. Her and Josiah Foxglove, a younger man scarred in an explosion while he was in the army. Josiah and Marcus have been dancing around their attraction to each other for two years, and when trouble brews and Petilune is in danger Marcus needs Josiah's help figuring out was is going on.
The beginning was a bit slow and confusing but I later realized it was all part of the unfolding mystery of Petilune and the vandalism going on in the area. I loved how the story built and became a sort of epic western story set in modern times, it was very delicately put together. Marcus is a sensitive man, with hidden depth and I loved watching him peel away the layers as he got closer to Josiah. Their relationship seemed nonexistent at first but once they caught fire there was no turning back! The heat was turned way up, and I loved it! They complement each other, are both family oriented and not cliché in any way. The mystery and investigation they performed to find out was I going on and help Petilune was interesting and not obvious, I still have my suspicions about some of the main players.
I think a good book stays with you after you read, and does not blend into all the others, this was definitely one of those.
~Neta_BER, Audible review