Ray grew up without a father, thinking he’d died when he was a child. Finding out he was alive his entire life, but is now dead and has left him property is a bit of a shock. Reconciling that his mother lied to him his entire life is no picnic either.
Alfred Deacon was a good friend with Ray Justice Sr. for 15 years. But it wasn’t until recently he found out his friend had a son. And now that Ray Sr. has died, he gets to deal with Ray Jr. A city boy through and through, Deacon is still drawn irresistibly to Ray. And once he finds out he’s also gay, he doesn’t resist very hard. Torn between loyalty to his old friend and his newfound feelings, Deacon has a struggle he never expected on his hands.
While the story was ripe for silly misunderstandings the author spared us those. Deacon was straightforward as was Ray and I enjoyed their interaction immensely. The fresh eyes and perspective that Ray brings to the ranch was exciting and his enthusiasm for embracing the men of the ranch and further encouraging their lifestyles refreshing. A good read with some steam and the promise of more in the future.