Erryn reviews ‘Love Him Steady (On the Market Book 4)’ by E.M. Lindsey. The ebook was published August 3, 2020 and was 312 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick Hudson, released March 24, 2021, and is 8 hrs and 34 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m really enjoying this series.
“Whatever happens in the future, whatever we become in life, know you’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Taking up shop in the former kosher bakery, Wilder Torres breathes new life into old traditions, but there’s a darkness about him most of the residents in Cherry Creek don’t want to touch. He’s a kind and quiet man, but Wilder hides scars under long sleeves from a vicious attack that nearly took his life, and he’s determined never to let anyone close enough to hurt him ever again.
And then he meets Lorenzo Moretti, a stranger sitting on a park bench, looking like the world had just kicked him in the gut.
Wilder has seen that look before, for years whenever he looked in the mirror. He knows the disaster that lies ahead, but he can’t deny wanting, even if he knows it’ll be hard work. And Wilder also Lorenzo deserves someone to remain steady and love him through it all. Even if he can’t find the ability to love himself.
Wilder & Lorenzo & Robert the Goat
Okay, so I have to explain my title without giving too much away. Love Him Steady is the fourth book in the On the Market series and this goat is quite notorious. His greeting of Lorenzo is funny/painful and I’m sure the male readers cringed. But Lorenzo is set on fitting in with Cherry Creek, and that means going back and facing the creature. The second time goes well. But Lorenzo almost didn’t stay. He’s Rocco’s older brother (from the first book) and he’s come to Cherry Creek to make something of his life. He’s been living off his brother’s money, and although it’s rankled, he’s done it anyway. Now he’s nearing midlife with little to show.
Wilder has been a Cherry Creek resident for a while. He’s settled in and runs a gluten-free bakery (that made me cringe as much as Robert the goat’s antics but I’ve never tried it so I guess I should add it to my adventures in food…) Wilder’s story isn’t easy. Born to deaf parents, he was ostracized because he could hear, and it wasn’t until he went to university that he realized how abused emotionally he’d been. Then he fell into a bad relationship (bad is an understatement) and his life went downhill. But eventually he got out – barely – and he found he loved baking.
Rocco is deaf, so Lorenzo learned to sign at an early age, and was always protective of his little brother. Wilder, of course, learned to sign early as well since he was surrounded by deaf people. Now he needs that skill increasingly.
The attraction isn’t instantaneous, but grows over time. Lorenzo also starts making a few friends in town after a disastrous start. Cherry Creek residents have chosen that location for the simplicity, and a big shot from the city rarely goes over well. But Wilder sees Lorenzo for who he is, and the bond deepens. Then Wilder faces a tragedy and is thrown back into the world where he was never accepted but is now needed. I admired him for being the better man and doing what needed to be done. I don’t think I would have been so forgiving.
There are more books to come and I can say I’m thrilled for it. I’ll also mention Nick Hudson who is doing a great job narrating this series. I’m waiting impatiently for the next audio.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E.M. Lindsey is currently living in the United States. In the very little free time they have, they read, Netflix binges, and writes– in that order. E.M. Lindsey’s works can be found exclusively published on amazon.