Rating: 5 stars out of 5
James Callahan is the only son of Nicholas Callahan, owner of the Willow Hollow mine in West Virginia—but he’s never considered himself any better than the miners. He’s best friends with Owain Rees, one of the miners’ kids, and he’s been attracted to Cai, Owain’s older brother, for years. James gets the feeling he might not be the only one sensing the tension between them, but Cai avoids him religiously.
Cai has been working the mine since he was sixteen. He acknowledges James is cute, but he’s grown up privileged while Cai’s family has always been working class, and Cai fears that chasm is too wide to cross. When family drama pushes them together, will Cai and James see they’re more alike than they realized?
Take a leap of faith as two men from different worlds, employer and employee, rich and poor, discover that love transcends social barriers.
This was a wonderful feel good story. James has worked hard to not be like his father and appreciates the people who work for him. He has always been attracted to Cai, but knows that Cai doesn’t like him, no matter how he acts.
Cai acknowledges that James is making things better for the miners, but figures he is still like his father deep down. When he actually gets to see him away from the mine and “in real life” he can see that everything Owain has said about James is true. Seeing James care for his family and the community make Cai doubt what he has always believed.
This story gives us both characters’ views which goes a long way to help know them better. James is fighting what feels like a losing battle with the board to make things better for the miners, I could just feel how passionate and caring he is in his actions and words. I could see Cai’s stubbornness and also how much he cares for this family, he becomes conflicted with what he has always known and James helps him to understand his feelings. I loved seeing them stand up together for their love to grow.
Cover art by Jennifer Vance is great works well for that characters in this story.
ebook, 107 pages
Published: January 4, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: A States of Love Story