Erryn reviews ‘Worth Dying For (Worth It, Book 8)’ by Peter Styles. The book was self published on April 11, 2019 and is 173 pages. The audiobook was published August 14, 2019 and is 4 hours and 56 minutes. The audiobook is narrated by Nikola Muckajev. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
“I’ll admit it. He makes my blood sing. But a man like me? I’m not supposed to be with other men.”
Oliver Suarez just wants the simple life. He’s finally free from prison, having been convicted for a crime he didn’t commit, and he could spend the rest of his life working hard in the sunshine for a little pay and the feeling of fresh air on his skin. When he’s given the chance to work on Dyer Ranch, he grabs the opportunity with both hands. And when he’s given the chance to be with Quinn Dyer, he’s forced to come to terms with a lifetime of holding himself back from love.
“I don’t make excuses for the ways that I enjoy myself. But maybe…with him…it can be more than a quick roll in the hay.”
Quinn might not have wanted to be a rancher, but he can’t deny that his family has poured blood, sweat, and tears into their land for six generations, and he’s not about to be the one to lose it. It feels like he’s fighting on all fronts – which is why Oliver is such a great distraction. But when real feelings grow out of a bit of fun, Quinn has to decide: he’s already taking a gamble with the ranch. Can he also take a gamble with his heart
Welcome to Worthington, Texas, where the heat doesn’t just rise in the summer – you’ll feel it all year long in these stories of older men and their younger lovers. Every audiobook in the Worth It series can be listened to on its own, but with so many familiar characters to love, why stop with just one? This audiobook features a hardworking ranch family, the courage to be yourself, and one big idea that might just save the day.
There are things I enjoyed about this book. I liked that Oliver was newly out of jail, exonerated, and free to move on with his life. What I really liked was that it wasn’t easy for him. Those who have been wrongly convicted face an uncertain future when released. And they aren’t the men they were when they went up for a crime they didn’t commit. (And there are women in the same position – not a great place to be.)
That Quinn is willing to give Oliver a chance speaks to the young man’s character. He’s carrying a heavy burden – the sixth-generation legacy of the ranch and a mother who is unwell but unwilling to admit something might be wrong. I think we all have a stubborn person in our lives, so I related to that as well. Oliver and Quinn coming together wasn’t inevitable – Oliver didn’t even see himself as gay. Or not that he’d been willing to admit. That the younger Quinn is so affable and persuasive speaks to his strong character.
Where things fell a little flat for me was that in the beginning it was introduced that Quinn was looking for a ‘daddy’. Now, I’m all for Daddy Kink. One of my favorite tropes. But this book never hit that mark. Quinn calls Oliver ‘Uncle Ollie’ but that’s pretty much as far as it goes. Near the end Oliver is able to solve Quinn’s problems, but it felt forced. Other than this minor quibble, it was a good book. Although it’s the eight in the series, it was the first one I’ve read. I wasn’t lost but I may go back to previous ones to meet all those characters
Nikola Muckajev is a new narrator to me and I enjoyed his narration. He has narrated other books in this series and I will definitely consider picking them up. This audio was enjoyable.
8.5/10 pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars