Series: Legacy Ranch #1
Author: RJ Scott
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: September 2 2016
Two men destroyed by the past learn to live—and love—again.
Kyle Braden has nowhere else to go. With no money, no prospects, and no drive to be something else, he turns to the only man who promises him help. Jack Campbell-Hayes wants to show Kyle that he can be more than he ever thought.
Kyle gets to realize just how far he’s come from being the scarred man who shut everyone out, when the first person through the doors of Legacy Ranch carries a gun and threatens to kill anyone who comes near him. Kyle wants to be the man that someone turns to for help and it scares him.
Thrown out of his house and with three years on the streets marking every inch of his body, Jason Smith is scared. His life is an evil mess of hate and despair, and even the offer of a fresh start and a clean bed isn’t enough for him to hand over his gun. He’s cheated death twice, and he’s not letting there be a third time—he might not be so lucky.
For these broken men, Legacy Ranch offers more than a place to live and work.
It offers hope.
A new story set in the world of Jack and Riley Campbell-Hayes and the Double D Ranch, Texas.
A spinoff from the Texas series, Kyle is the first in the new Legacy series. I must admit I have not read the Texas series but I didn’t find any difficulty getting up to speed with what had happened.
Kyle is a broken man suffering from the after effects of abuse from his previous employer. He came under the protection of Jack who has now given him ownership for overseeing the new Legacy Centre on the Double D Ranch take fruition. He at first welcomes the solitude but worries how he can cope with such a responsibility. To add to all his stresses and his flashbacks of his dark past, a new guest arrives and it seems Jason is just as broke as he is.
The story unfolds of two young men searching for a better and safer life and through their close contact they are thrown into, it becomes the first steps in them both finding how to trust again and finally let the darkness of the past stay firmly in the past.
As with all RJ Scott’s characters, these two are quite complex individuals and all their hidden emotions are slowly but surely revealed to the reader. It is always a pleasure to unravel the depths of these multifaceted characters. Although the romance was slow to start it gave the reader a chance to fully understand how they were separately and then find the reward when they finally found trust and love.
There is an element of the dark subject matter of abuse, anxiety and depression that is cleverly touched upon but could be a trigger for some. Overall though this was a gritty and emotional read and a great start to a new series. Might go back and read the Texas series though as Jack and Riley sound hot! Four stars.
*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.