“How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly!” ~ Elizabeth Gaskell
Sonny Good of 'Sonny's Salvation' runs a successful ranch in Summerville, Nebraska. which he took over when his father died. Sonny is openly gay, but there aren't many prospects in the small town and Sonny is lonely. He is past wanting one-night stands. He wants to build a life with someone. Just as he's about to give up and resign himself to being alone forever, he meets Garron, the new bartender in town, and things begin to look better.
Garron and Sonny's lust for each other burns bright from the beginning, but soon grows into something much stronger. The only real flaw is Sonny's dislike for Garron's brother, Jeb, who owns the ranch next to Sonny's. Sonny always thought the previous owner would sell it to him, not some stranger who doesn't know what he's doing. Garron is very loyal to his brother and won't tolerate Sonny badmouthing him, so they try to work around it. When things start to heat up between them, Garron insists that Sonny and his brother, Rawley, come to dinner to meet Jeb, and attempt to come to some kind of truce. Being blunt, Sonny comes right out and asks Jeb about why Jack, the former owner, sold the ranch to Jeb instead of him. When Jeb tells him the story of why it happened, Sonny “felt like a Grade A bastard.” After this revelation, and clearing the air, Sonny offers his help and advice in the future.
This is a short story introducing the characters to a new series and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. I'm pretty sure they will be dealt with in the upcoming stories to follow. Even though I didn't get to learn much about Sonny and Garron, I liked that they could be so open with their passion and their emotions. They are men who know what they want, and go after it. Thanks, Carol, for what looks like a promising new series.