Erryn reviews ‘Rescue (Men of Hidden Creek Season 4, Book 3)’ by Alison Hendricks. The ebook was published August 30, 2019 and 284 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo, released on August 31, 2019, and is 8 hrs and 1 mins long. A copy was provided for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I enjoyed another Hidden Creek book so was eager for this one.
“I don’t need you to rescue me.”
Tiberius “The Beast” Caulville is the bad boy of the NFL: an arrogant PR nightmare who doesn’t care about his public image. But when an off-season fight lands him in hot water, he’s forced to hide out in Hidden Creek and clean up his act with the help of the one person who doesn’t buy it.
Caleb Brower has lived in the shadow of his manipulative ex-boyfriend for years. One breakout client will give him the freedom he needs, if he can withstand that client’s outrageously inappropriate behavior. But Caleb is used to entitled athletes, and can tell there’s more to Ty than the mask he wears.
Volunteering at his uncle’s dog rescue could save Ty – or bury him under the fears he thought he’d left behind. Caleb can’t help being drawn to the broken man beneath the bluster, and soon business gets personal. Can he show the rest of the world the sweetheart Ty really is?
Welcome to Hidden Creek, Texas, where the heart knows what it wants, and where true love lives happily ever after. Every Men of Hidden Creek novel can be enjoyed on its own, but keep an eye out for familiar faces around town! This audiobook contains a pair of irresistible rescue dogs, a Beast who’s really a softie, and plenty of healing for two lost souls.
This is the third book in Season Four of Hidden Creek, a series set in a fictional town in Texas where people come to heal. Tiberius “The Beast” Caulville is such a man. He’s an enforcer in the NFL and known on and off field as a beast. He takes his role seriously but all is not as it appears. His latest fight has landed him in some hot water with both the league and the law – if he doesn’t rehabilitate his image quickly and effectively then his career might be over.
Enter Caleb Brower, Public Relations guy, looking to make a name for himself. He’s been working with a manipulative man for a number of years who also happens to be his ex-boyfriend. He wants to put distance from that relationship and surely chasing a potential client from Atlanta to Hidden Creek Texas counts as an effective way to make his way out from the shadow. He has to prove himself and landing Tiberius as a client would go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
Both men have a lot to lose if this working relationship doesn’t work out which means both of them need to keep it professional – right? But the chemistry is immediate because each man has what the other seems to want. Ty likes it a little rough and enjoys being the dominant partner. Caleb likes it when his partner takes the lead even though that sometimes makes him feel weak. Both men are also going to have to learn to communicate effectively if they’re going to make this relationship work – both professionally and personally.
To rehabilitate Ty’s image, Caleb looks to find the softer side. And, for Ty’s part, after initially fighting, he comes to see the benefits. As he ruminates: He could do this. He could show the world the softer side of the beast and in doing so prove he had a place.
Enter the dogs.
I was able immediately to tie the second book into this third one and was thrilled to see Bolt the dog’s origin story. There are other dogs who play a good sidekicks including Copper the digger. All puppies are curious, to be sure, but this little guy won my heart but not just his antics but by his stubborn unwillingness to go ‘down’ on command. My little one is the same way – great with ALL other commands except ‘down’. Stubborn dog.
But I digress. The dogs bring out something in Ty and even Caleb is surprised as Ty shares more and more of his personal history. All is not as it seems and Caleb is determined to get to the truth, no matter the cost. Ty believes the price is too high and that others might get hurt and that’s something he can’t allow – he’s a protector through and through.
There are some tough moments to take in the book related to the dogs but everything works out in the end. Warmed my animal lover’s heart. And the epilogue? Really well done.
Nick J. Russo is the narrator for this series and I think he was a great choice. He carries the characters and stories bringing consistency and great quality. Another great read and as a dog lover, it has a special place in my heart.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Alison Hendricks is devoted to creating contemporary M/M romances that are sexy and emotionally satisfying. She loves making her boys work for their Happily Ever After and believes love stories are better with just a little angst thrown in.
Born and raised in Florida, Alison has always had a passion for writing, and romance novels of all kinds are her number one escape when life gets a little too hectic.