Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Wyoming Territory, 1870.
Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.
Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is—and for all the ungodly things he wants. But Crane isn’t the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane, he refuses to push the kid.
When violence shatters Elijah’s world, he is caught between two very different men and two devastating urges: revenge, and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end his life . . . or truly begin it for the very first time.
I haven’t read many books set in this time period so I was eager to give this a try. I felt the setting was done really well and I could totally picture this western town as if I was there. There were a host of characters all of which were felt realistic and added to the overall world building. The majority of the story was told by Elijah who was a really different type of character but I struggled with him a bit. He had a hard life and was very much a victim. It was totally realistic and believable but as a result I don’t think I ever really warmed to him. He annoyed me each time he did not stand up for himself. I felt sorry for him but it was hard for me to find him a believable romance partner. I didn’t see what Grady saw in him. Even though parts of the story were told through Grady’s point of view I still didn’t feel the connection. Elijah felt more like a child who needed a caregiver not a man who needed a romance partner. So, I liked it as a fiction story but not so much as a romance. The writing was really well done and this author is generally one of my favorites. This was just not the book for me.
The book was narrated by Dorian Bane who I had never listened to before. I thought he did an excellent job on all of the characters. This was a big cast and I thought he did each of them equally well. This is an audio that I would definitely recommend.
Cover by L.C. Chase: I love the cover. I think it fits the story perfectly.
Audible Audio, 8 pages, Listening Length: 7 hours and 39 minutes
Published August 5th 2016 by Riptide Publishing (first published September 29th 2014)