Title: My Only Sunshine
Author: Rowan McAllister
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.
But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.
My Only Sunshine is a recent release by author Rowan McAllister. If you have read anything by this author than you know she pulls you in from the first page, and this western romance is no different. This is not a lighthearted read, but one full of angst, yet you will find yourself anxious to see how things turn out.
Both main characters are intensely written, with issues that would drive any lesser person crazy. Tanner is a young man who barely survived a gay bashing. After being abandon by his ex he has reason to be leery of what he begins to fell for Mason. Yet he is drawn to Mason, which means he can’t help being pulled into his world and all the problems it holds.
When Mason left home he never expected to return, however, after his father becomes sick he finds himself heading home to run the family ranch. The ranch is not the profit maker it once was and the stress Mason is carrying on his shoulders at times becomes too much. It is when Mason looks for a chance to get away that the author brings the two men together. There is a strong and instant attraction between Mason and Tanner yet the author does not throw them together right away which of course means that once they do get together, they really burn the pages. The problem is that their relationship is not an easy one. Although sick Mason’s father still has a controlling hand on his son, and Mason’s sister is far from helpful. More than once I wanted to strangle Mason’s sister for her lack of understanding.
Regardless of all the angst that is peppered throughout this story the connection between Mason and Tanner continues. This is one of the things I enjoyed about My Only Sunshine. Some may see these moments in the story as overly saccharine but I liked the moments of fresh air that the men were able to find with each other admits all the angst.
I am a fan of Ms. McAllister’s work and have no problems recommending My Only Sunshine, or any other book in her backlist.
Reviewed by: Lydia