‘Bethany reviews Red Dirt’ Heart by NR Walker. Self-published on February 20th, 2014. 218 pgs.
Why I read this book: This one has been on my TBR list for a while now. So when readers voted this as a readers choice review I jumped at the chance to review it.
Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might. ~~
Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.
American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely.
It’s the man with the red dirt heart.
I am a huge NR Walker fan, the Turning Point series, Blind Faith series, Sixty Five Hours, Three’s Company and my personal favorite the Cronin’s Key series. Then there are the NR Walker books that are on my TBR list, the Spencer Cohen series, the Thomas Elkin series and the Red Dirt Heart series. So when the readers voted Red Dirt Heart as readers choice to review, I jumped at the chance. Man I sure wasn’t prepared for what I was getting myself into.
I instantly fell in love with Charlie even though he seemed so broken, just getting by. The more I got to know Charlie though the more I hated his dad, this man who should have loved him unconditionally, broke him. Lead him to believe that as a gay man there would be no way he could run a successful cattle ranch. As a parent it pissed me off in so many ways. I wanted so badly to fix him, take that pain away and make him realize he is a better man than his father said he was. But I didn’t need to, cause Travis took that on.
Travis is the classic all american boy. He is on a work study when he meets Charlie at Sutton Station. I loved how this book took place in Australia, though it did take me a while to figure out the lingo but once I got the hang of it, well it was smooth sailing for me. So here is where the book dug its hook in me and made me a believer. I believe that even the most broken man can heal when he finds the only man who can make him see his true worth.
I struggled with the last few books I read, so I was looking for something that would give me a book hangover. You know the kind where when you finish it you just can’t start something else cause that one just won’t let you go. Well this was just that book, but instead of not knowing what to read next, cause nothing could compare, I just started book two. But this review is about book one so let me tell you why I am giving it a 10.
Pure and simple, really it had everything I needed at the moment. It was a slow burn between Charlie and Travis, even though you could see the sparks between them from the moment they meet. But man oh man when they finally did give in, well let just say I needed some ice water. HOT. The angst is very minimal, mostly Charlie afraid of what would happen if his staff found out about them, proving just how much damage his dad did. The secondary characters are amazing, proving that family isn’t always blood.
NR Walker knows how to write a brilliant book, and this is just that, brilliance. I can’t recommend this book enough, I am so glad this was a the readers choice list cause it gave me the kick in the pants to finally read it. But be warned when you finish this one you will want to dive head first into book 2 even though you have a million things you need to be doing. Thank you NR for another fabulous read.
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