Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.
Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.
Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it.
When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.
When I read the first book in the Red Dirt Heart series earlier this year, I found it to be an enjoyable read, that I would have likely given four pieces of eye candy as a blog review. We learned a lot about Charlie, since the story is told from his POV, but I did feel like I would have liked to know Travis a little more. After reading Read Dirt Heart 2, I think perhaps that was Ms. Walker’s intent.
In book 2, you really get to understand that part of the issue is that Charlie just doesn’t know how to communicate, so learning about Travis previously is difficult because Charlie just doesn’t ask. However, as book 2 opens, these two cowboys have been in a relationship for six months, and are just starting to get to know each other. Travis really develops as a character you learn to love and appreciate in this book. He becomes more engaging, teasing and downright fun. The reader really gets to know Travis in this sequel.
Watching the relationship between Travis and Charlie grow was indicative of real life relationships, where you really begin to learn more about each other after the initial honeymoon phase has begun to wear off. The fun that these two character had with each other really brought their relationship to a whole new level in this book.
I found that this book had so many laugh out loud moments, Mathilda in their bed is just classic, and there were some very sad moments, Travis trying to deal with the idea of leaving Sutton Station for good. In the end, I really enjoyed how their relationship grew closer through their challenges, rather than what many books would use as angst, and allow them to drift apart. It was great of the author to take this in another direction and have the MC’s appreciate and enjoy their time, and try to solve the issue together.
In addition, kudos to the author for research. There was a lot of information in the book that honestly was beyond my comprehension as a US city girl. However, it was quite obvious that the author has either lived or been to that location or researched like crazy to ensure that the descriptions in the book were correct. Very well done.
And some very good news! When I got to the end of the book, I found that there is a Red Dirt Heart 3 planned by the author. I love the idea of seeing more of these two sexy men working on their relationship in the midst of the Australian desert.
One last note, love both covers. Just beautiful.
My final determination on Red Dirt Heart 2 is 4.5 pieces of eye candy. Eagerly awaiting book 3. 🙂
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