Dana reviews Red Dirt Heart 4 by N.R. Walker (self published, January 9, 2014, 308 pages)
Why I read this: I am a big fan of N.R. Walker and when we were given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I was most happy to volunteer to read it.
Moving from a Texas ranch to an Australian Outback station was a life changing decision for Travis Craig. Though it wasn’t really a decision at all. Something in his bones told him to go, though he had no clue as to why.
Until he met Sutton Station’s owner, Charlie.
Loving Charlie shouldn’t have been easy. The man was stubborn, and riddled with crippling self-doubt. No, it shouldn’t have been easy at all. Yet somehow, falling in love with Charlie was the easiest thing in the world.
Loving him was easy. Living with him, teaching him how to love in return and, more importantly, how to love himself, was not.
But Travis knew all along it’d be worth it. He knew the man with the red dirt heart was destined to be his. Just like he knew the red dirt that surrounded him was where he was supposed to be.
In the final instalment of the Red Dirt Series, we see Charlie through Travis’ eyes. We see how much he’s grown and how much he loves. We go back to Texas with them, and we see Charlie get everything he truly thought he never deserved.
Red Dirt Heart 4 is Travis’ story.
And this is the story of not just one red dirt heart, but two.
This cover like the previous ones are great pictures of the setting for the book, a little image to keep in mind while reading.
I already said this, but it bears repeating. I am a big fan of N.R. Walker. I had Red Dirt Heart 1 in my library waiting for me to find the time to read it. After getting book 4, I bought the remaining books and sank in to the series. First, I have to say the series is amazing. Travis and Charlie burrowed into my heart quicker than their pet wombat worked it’s way into theirs. The previous books I read from this author were set in countries that were not the author’s. I enjoyed them, but I can feel the difference in the writing that the author loves the scenery she is sharing with the characters.
Where the previous three books were told from Charlie’s point of view, this book is told from Travis’s. I noticed that the steamy intimate scenes between them were missing in this book. There was a prelude each time, but the sex took place off screen. Part of me wonders if that is because being the southern gentleman he is, Travis doesn’t kiss and tell, or if the author wanted to concentrate on the sweetness between the two characters. The sweetness was beautiful either way, and there was passion, it was just understated.
Normally characters have flaws, I usually prefer it that way because it’s more realistic. However, I’d be hard pressed to find any negative traits in Travis. He is a hard worker, a true lover, and his patience, love, and encouragement have helped bring fulfillment to Charlie’s character. Charlie is a man of many flaws, most listed in the blurb. He was always worthy of love, his heart was huge even if he didn’t know how to trust it. He took forever to take baby steps, but when Travis’s hard work paid off, Charlie shined bright and everyone could see why Travis pushed and stuck through the hard times.
Besides the beauty of the two main characters relationships, there were many secondary characters that were amazing. I loved each and every member at Sutton Station. The author painted a vivid picture of the harshness and beauty of the Australian outback. I laughed at the differences of lingo and the activities the two men enjoyed. This was one of the most complete and full stories I’ve enjoyed over the series of four books. I have to admit that it was hard to read the last few chapters and epilogue of Red Dirt Heart 4. I struggled with each page, knowing that after I was done there would be no more Charlie, Travis, or Sutton Station to enjoy. I am sure I will re-read one day to experience the journey Charlie made in his heart, the strength Travis had in loving Charlie, and the happiness they found together.
10/10 pots of gold