Blake has worked at many ranches, but none have been as accepting of Blake being gay as the White ranch where Blake feels comfortable for the first time in forever. Youngest son Jared is a temptation but Blake refuses to acknowledge the attraction. It would be dangerous and unprofessional to get involved with the boss’ son. Blake also has a secret, and as a bobcat shifter, he is always on guard.
When Randy, a hand from a neighboring ranch, discovers Blake’s secret, he admits that he too is a shifter and takes Blake under his wing. Blake needs a shifter mentor but doesn’t trust Randy, and Jared’s jealousy starts to come to the forefront.
Randy offers Blake a supervisory job at the Chester ranch, which is quickly countered by Jared and his brother Hank. The men come to blows and decisions need to be made. Blake’s decision is a no-brainer and as his relationship with Jared becomes more established, Blake is slowly assimilated into the White family. The return of Blake’s mother, the mother who abandoned him at age 12 in favor of drugs, may be the wrench that throws all of Blake and Jared’s plans for the future out the door.
I know, I know, every time we open a book, we must suspend our disbelief to a certain extent, but in Blake’s Home, I had to push the disbelief just that much further out there. Here we have four ranches, all independently owned and operated, that have an incredibly high percentage of gay men working on them, to the point that the four ranchers finance the Love Shack, a bar and gathering place complete with glory holes, private rooms, and an orgy room. Now I’m not saying that this was necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the premise of the Love Shack was so unusual, and the era ambiguous, that I figured “anything could happen” and it did. Dragon did a great job setting up Blake’s motivation to keep his shifter heritage a secret. She also set up the jealousy, angst, and inter-ranch conflicts beautifully.
Jared and his family were the ideal family, perhaps a little too much so and I am including Hank, Jared’s brother who was not the warmest guy on the ranch. Considering what we hear of Blake’s past experiences, it was like he died and went to gay ranch hand heaven.
I will say that at times, the conversations felt stiff, stilted, and lacking flow, but these instances were few and far between and did not really pull me out of the story. I can see the potential for more books in the series as Dragon has sown the seeds of future relationships, but not in an overt way, leaving us guessing who will be next to fall for each other at the Love Shack.
I can easily say that this was a fun, fast-paced book that I have no problem recommending, I mean ranch hand bobcat shifter and the rich ranch owner’s son? Sounds heavenly to me and I anxiously await the next installment…Hank and Frankie, perhaps?