Friday, 5 February 2010

Review – Seeing You – Dakota Flint

 

Title:  Seeing You

Author: Dakota Flint

Publisher: Samhain Publishing 

Love can be found among the pieces of a broken heart.

The night his brother, Simon, was killed in an accident, Dylan took on a double load of guilt. Guilt for walking away unscathed…and for secretly loving Simon’s partner, Wade. Unable to bear the pain, Dylan left the Lazy G ranch to rebuild his life elsewhere.

A year later he reluctantly responds to his sister’s plea to come home, where he finds the Lazy G falling apart. And so is Wade. Wade has stopped caring about the ranch, about everything that should matter most to him.

Though there’s more ranch work than one man can possibly handle, Dylan throws himself into the task. Wondering how he’s going to find the strength to pull Wade out of the fog of grief when his own is still as raw as a fresh wound. Wondering when Wade will finally see that his second chance for happiness is standing right in front of him.

 

 The Review

I found this little gem at Janna from Erotic Romance Reader blog. I am not sure why I have never read Dakota Flint work before but this is a matter that I going to rectify real quick.

I was attracted to this book because of the blurb – nothing makes me flash out the credit card like tortured cowboys or broken man having to find themselves. I really liked this book – it is a one sit down read, so don't expect to put this one down and then come back.

The book open up as expected with a call from Dylan’s sister asking him to come home because there were things that needed sorting and he had run away from home long enough. Home for Dylan is the Lazy G ranch that he loves and has lived on with his brother Simon who just happen to be partnered to his best friend Wade.

The one thing that will definately not be at home when he got there is his brother Simon.  But it’s time to go home and face the music. What he finds when he gets there is a shell, a literal shell of a ranch and a shell of a man that he had thought to be strong enough to face any weather.

Wade the man, the friend, the ranch owner and the one who loves with is all is broken. Wade has more or less given up on life after losing his partner of seven years. Nothing mattered anymore and barely hanging on by a thread he comes home one evening to the last person he expects to find standing in his living room.

Wade has sunk himself in self denial for the past year, but Dylan is not about to baby him and let the Lazy G or Wade for that matter fall apart. Thing moves at it’s own pace but Dylan's long held attraction for Wade is still there and Wade is about to find out that life does go on even after a loss.

 

My smile faded as I pulled my beat-up blue Chevy to the front of the bunkhouse. I hopped out of the truck and stood still as I tried to figure out why this place felt so…off. Not even the day after Simon’s funeral had felt like this.


I walked around a pick-up truck, its mouth gaping open and the intestines abandoned on a blanket on the ground, and made my way over to the corral, hooking my boot on the bottom rung of the fence. And then it hit me.


Where was all the life?


I did a three-sixty, scouring the meadow and the foothills, the ranch house, the bunkhouse, the pond, the road winding out of sight leading back to civilization, the stables and the barn, the clumps of trees lining Sweet Grass creek, the trails leading into the mountains. Nothing.


Where the hell was everyone? The hands? Mack? Wade? More puzzling, where the hell were the animals?
A breeze brushed past my neck and rustled the leaves on the aspen trees, which until that moment had stood silently at attention around the outbuildings. I stood still and listened, but I didn’t hear anything other than the occasional songbird and the gurgle of creek water.

Seeing You© Dakota Flint

 

What a rush this book was – Wade and Dylan are perfect heroes in SEEING YOU. With no alpha male posturing or any of the other chest beating scenario – I sat back and enjoyed a love story.

 

Highlights.

I thought Ms. Flint took a well trodden product, added some quality time, slowed it down and put some tightly pack scenes and  came up with a terrific read.

Wade and Dylan were wonderful heroes, not only did I see them at what would amount to their worst, but she actually grew them and I saw the men come into their own and it wasn’t any hardship at all to watch it all coming together.

I personally preferred Dylan over Wade. Dylan, because as much as he secretly loved Wade since forever he was a honourable man and wanted it all for himself. He was not willing to settle as a fill in and I was liking how determined he was to be his own person and have what he knew he could have rather than settle for second best.

I thought the mix bag of support cast was wonderful. From the old fatherly ranch hand, to the supportive family that is just on the sidelines waiting for two silly men to come to their senses and the cute kids who say the sweetest things.

There was a nice balance of push and pull. Dylan push when he needed to and pulled just enough when he had to. Wade was all push until he realised that push and pull are half of the same coin. 

This was not a “see me, hump me” tale – Wade and Dylan dealt with some real issues. Death, life, acceptance, awareness and hope. I thought all the points were suitable addressed in a timely manner and by both men. Whether it was a sign of maturity or just the fact that there was a line that both knew was there but dare not cross without consequences – they both faced it and came out the winners.

There was a bit of wooing or understanding each other – what ever you want to call it when you read it – but it was sweet, really sweet  and some of the better scenes of the story.      

There was a flash back moment there for fans or foe of the flashback scenes. They were essential and not overdone in my opinion, but needed to give the fuller picture of some of the angst in the book.

I thought there was a pretty good balance between the lighter moments and the rather emotional scenes. I must also mention that Ms. Flint does bring a sense of being there to some of the rather emotional scenes, and she was not afraid to let her guys show their emotional sides.

 

Wade seemed to think about this, his head bowed and his eyes hidden by the brim of his hat. So I continued.

“The important part is to face forward. You can glance back all you want. In fact, it’s important to hold onto the times that you laughed with him, that you smiled with him, that you loved him. At least it’s been important for me. But you’ve got to face forward.” I felt like a fraud preaching advice I wasn’t even sure I could take myself. But I wanted to believe. “What do you want, Wade?”


“Huh?” Wade glanced at me, looking confused.


“What do you want? You must want something out of life.”


He seemed to think about that, and I kept quiet, content to wait for as long as he needed. “I… I want to smile. Want to laugh again and really mean it.” He paused, turned toward me until he was looking straight into my eyes. “Not sure how, but I want to be happy again.”

Seeing You© Dakota Flint

 

Niggles

Wade’s character could have been developed more – As other than the immediate and his life with Simon -  I actually didn’t know any more about him at the end of the book than what I knew at the start.

The obligatory man on the make was probably not necessary, but it served it’s purpose of making Wade realise what was in front of him. 

While I am all about the senses – and I respect an author who highlights all the sensual traits of a protag in a book – there can just be too much..   If I had to smell Wade one more time before the end of this book- I would have screamed… too much…

As much as I really, really enjoyed this book -  I was quite annoyed at the end. I lost about 10 pages of reading page to promo. I was at that point where I had that self satisfied grin and looking forward to a sweet epilogue only to find the book over, done, finished and ten pages to spare… I was right cheesed off… 

 

Bottom Line

 SEEING YOU is an absolutely endearing story. My first Dakota Flint book and if this is any indication of her work, I am going hunting.

I was thrilled to meet two men who knew that there comes a time when you just have to stop running and face the music. Not only did I enjoy Ms. Flint style in writing about them but she gave the guys a chance to find out about each and not use sex as an issue,  and as Dylan said – he wanted Wade to “See him” and see him he did in his own way.

I would never use the word cute to describe this book, but it does have the no tension, nothing to rock the boat feel to it. I was pleased at leaving the lads, and the few minor storylines introduce were all suitably tied up and I thought well played all round.   

 

Cover

Nope this is one cover that is Ok to look at, but is nothing like how I imagined Wade and Dylan to be…

 

  

15 Speak To Me:

Jenre on 5 February 2010 at 12:24 said...

Great review EH with lots of lovely detail about your thoughts. I really liked this book too.

Lily on 5 February 2010 at 12:45 said...

Wonderful review, EH :)
I've heard good things about this one and have it on my Reader to read soon. Have a great day!

Chris on 5 February 2010 at 14:55 said...

I'll have to pick this one up some time. :)

Blodeuedd on 5 February 2010 at 15:22 said...

Hi EH
Wishing you a lovely weekend :D
This does sound like an interesting story, and good t o heard you want more

Erotic Horizon on 6 February 2010 at 12:00 said...

@Jenre..

Thanks my dear - this was a good read for me as well..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 February 2010 at 12:01 said...

@Lily...

I know you will love it - I am looking forward to your take on this one...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 February 2010 at 12:02 said...

@Cris...

In your own time love.. in your own time..

Add it to the list...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 6 February 2010 at 12:03 said...

@Blodeuedd...

you too my dear... yup, I kinda like where this one ended...

No fuss...

E.H>

Dakota Flint on 7 February 2010 at 16:27 said...

I just wanted to say thank you for such a thoughtful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed SY. :)

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 7 February 2010 at 16:33 said...

Really good review, hon! You said it so much better and with more detail than I did/could. I agree with you on this story, it was a great read. And I like your phrase "not a see-me-hump-me tale", that perfectly describes it :) And I loved that about this novella!

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:41 said...

@Dakota..

I most certainly did - Love those guys you introduced me to...

Thank you....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 7 February 2010 at 18:43 said...

@Janna

"not a see-me-hump-me tale"

That was the best bit for me - I just love the fact that this veered away from the five minute hop into bed that we see in so many novella...

I will be checking out more of her work...

E.H>

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 7 February 2010 at 21:19 said...

LOL! I haven't looked for other books or stories yet, I don't know if there are (m)any... But if there are, I def want to read them as well!

Smokinhotbooks on 8 February 2010 at 01:54 said...

I'm reading this one right now, lol. Janna (EroticRomanceReader) suggested I read it and I'm lovin' it so far.

Erotic Horizon on 9 February 2010 at 16:12 said...

@Hey Ms. Smokin Hot

Hope you liked it - it was a good read for quite alot of us...


@Janna..

I know what you mean - I liked this first book alot...

E.H>