Top positive review
YOU ARE MY HOME
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2021
A wonderful story to this new series and can read well as a stand-alone. The story takes place in the small town of Winter Park, Colorado, which is also the location for Silver Springs Ranch—a working dude ranch for tourists. What starts with men carrying in an injured man to Dr. O’Neal’s practice will come with the revelation that Dr. Joseph O’Neal has passed away and his granddaughter, Dr. Grace O’Neal, has taken over his practice.
Emmett Benson has been trampled by a horse, causing a dislocated shoulder and bruised ribs. Grace, a former ER physician from Denver, is used to all kinds of trauma, relocates the shoulder, bandages the ribs, and starts him on medicine for his long recovery. She will agree to come to check him out at the ranch.
The story will have Emmett and Colt making a silly bet about who can have their way with the good doctor first. Most cowboys at Silver Springs are Doms, and sharing females have just been part of the territory. But, Emmett is taken with Grace and determined that this time, things are different.
The story includes Emmett and Grace becoming intimate almost immediately—and even what could be considered unprofessionally, with him being her patient—and what they do in the office. (I will be honest, I struggled with this part of the story—but I did feel that they redeemed their relationship by the end.)
“This was not the way to begin life in a new town—by having sex with one of her first patients—no matter how much she might enjoy it. Because after that one taste, she already knew without a doubt that he walked on the sensual dark side, and sex with Emmett would be wild, decadently naughty, and passionately dirty.”
“They might be compatible in the bedroom, with a combustible chemistry that was off the charts, but outside it, his overbearing attitude drover her crazy. And therein lay the problem. She wanted him more than she had ever wanted another man. Grace relied on logic, reason, and science. Her attraction to Emmett was none of those things, it defied all logic and reason.”
The story includes a strong, independent female doctor, who has made her way in the world, has an excellent reputation among her collages, and had her life and career planned out. But, she has been hurt by men, has very little time for anything social, and doesn’t even have friends. She is so busy, she can’t even get away to visit her only relative, her grandfather, and now, he is even gone. She must decide what to do—take over the practice, as he wanted, or sell and stay in Denver. The one thing she never expected was Emmett and the feelings she develops for him. Where he has introduced her to dominance and submission and showed her the passion within a D/s relationship. As quickly as she consents to him, that scares her too, yet her body, mind, and soul crave him and his domination.
“Pleasure unlike anything Grace had ever known infused her being. It was the most instinctive thing in the world, like a key had finally been fitted in a lock and the lock opened. Now that the proverbial Pandora’s box was open, she wanted to sample the entire cornucopia.”
Emmett is a man who has held himself back from getting too close to any woman. He has trust issues. He enjoys the power exchange and control within a dominant-submissive relationship, but it has always been playing, never serious. The feelings with Grace are unlike anything he has ever felt for another woman, and it scares him—the way he craves and needs her.
“It was like she was the woman, the submissive, he had been waiting for his entire life, and the moment they met, it was as if his soul recognized her as his and declared her mine.”
Like in all good stories, something will happen, and feelings will be hurt. Grace will feel cheap and used and start questioning her life, her plans, and her future. When a call comes from Denver with an offer for a lucrative position, it may be just what she needs. Maybe staying in Winter Park isn’t her future—but will the townsfolk change her mind at the Life Celebration of Dr. Joseph O’Neal?
“Sometimes, it’s not the family we’re given but the one we create that matters.”
The story is an erotic, emotional roller-coaster ride. It has plenty of angst, secrets, omissions, dominance/submission, heavy on sex, and some power exchange.