Let me explain a little the points that in a way I both like and let me perplexed: Jake is a recently widower with two teenager kids; he had the perfect 2.5 family, a soccer mom wife and a high-paid job in finance; he was happy and thought nothing could go wrong; but economy and cancer took away from him both job than wife and now he is relocating in Texas, where a distant relative left him a ranch. All right, how nice and convenient that at the same time he is losing his Californian mansion, he inherited a full-paid ranch-style home in Texas. Not only that but he is able to work from home, so that he can take care of his two kids. Well, Jake is a very lucky man.
As soon as he steps into town, he meets wet-dream hot-biker Native-American Cade, the dad of one of his daughter’s schoolmates. Now Jake was never gay, aside from some experimenting in college with his roommate (and that is another thing I’d like to understand: Jake married at 19 years old and had the first son at 22; but he said he has never cheated on his wife… so when the experimenting happened? Between 17 and 19 years old I suppose), but as soon as he sees Cade, he falls over heels for the hot-man and it’s not long that the two are speaking of love and using tender nick-names. If I want to find a logical reason for this sudden turn of Jake from mourning widower to starry-eyed lover, I can only think that he was so much in love with his wife that he cannot bear the thought to have another woman in his life, and so he is able to truly love again only someone who is completely different from his wife. And sincerely as second best option Cade is a hell-hot of choice.
But for the two lovers things are not easy with the townsfolk. This is the last point that rang a bit strange on my ears, Cade was living in the small-town apparently without much trouble, he has good friends, a thriving business, and even temporary boyfriends (never lasting long truth be told). But as soon as he got serious with a man, people in the town cry scandal. Again what I can think is that, as far as Cade was more or less adopting a Don’t tell Don’t ask philosophy, and his partners were passing strangers, or closeted men, then the townsfolk was happy to ignore him. An open relationship with another single, and male, parent was not acceptable.
As my reference to the love at first sight point and the similarity to the Hauser’s novel could let you think, there is plenty of sex in the novel, and also very “vocal”: the two men like to talk and like to get messy, always of course remembering that they have teenager kids around, and so late morning sex, while the children are at school, is a must. Indeed their being parents, and having a family, is another strong point of the story, and another lucky point for them: I would bet every parent would like to have such wonderful kids like Grace, Thad and Sparrow, maybe they seem a little too old for their age, but that is probably due to the drama they have witnessed at such young age.
Amazon Kindle: Leather Nights
Publisher: Screwdriver (August 25, 2010)