Title: Tru Flame
Author: Edie Danford
Series: Ember Peak #3
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 02-14-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Western/Cowboys
Page Count: 218
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
In the final chapter of the Ember Peak series, Tru and Jones face an unexpected challenge on their road to happy ever after.
Tru and Jones never expected riding off into the sunset to be easy. Their relationship’s script has never been silver-screen smooth or shiny. But dealing with life’s boulders, washouts, and irksome little details seems downright easy now…because they’re facing each bump in the road together.
But when Tru’s sister announces she wants—and desperately needs—him and Jones to adopt her baby, the new couple’s notions of family, home, their upcoming marriage, and even living at Ember Peak are flung into chaos.
They’ve defined themselves as lovers, partners, and future husbands—but are they ready, and do they even want to be, fathers? If they are to form a forever family, Tru and Jones will have to help each other navigate a new path they never expected to travel.
A thousand feelings and a favorite couple
You know how you have those crazy soft, worn in sweaters that you can bundle up in and the outside world melts away? That’s how I felt when I opened this book. I wasn’t sure I was ready to say goodbye to this couple because I adore them so much, but reading about their love warms my soul. It’s powerful and epic, and can beat any odds. And wow did they face a big one in the third and final book of the series.
I’m typically not a huge fan of series that involve the same couple over multiple books. Often the conflicts start to feel forced, and I lose interest in the couple over time. Tru and Jones happen to be one couple that never hits that point with me. Each new stumbling block their relationship encounters feels natural and just a part of the unexpected aspects of real life and love. Their characters and personalities were well developed over the past two books, so when the bombshell of San’s baby is dropped in the first chapter I immediately felt for them and their reactions felt authentic. I will say I didn’t love the way the adoption announcement happened, but it fit with San’s character from the first two books, so I didn’t dwell on it.
Once again, I’m floored by this author’s ability to describe everything about a scene. The way she weaves words together to convey the sights, sounds, textures while capturing the emotion for a character is magic for me. The pacing and narration never gets bogged down with these details, but rather they elevate the book and characters. The descriptions are so intense and sincere that it feels as though Danford’s pulling emotions from you and the reader understands precisely what the characters experience. I really loved how she developed Tru’s reaction to being a father and developing the bond with the baby. It was honest, at times heartbreaking, but made the scenes beautiful and memorable. The contrast between Tru’s and Jones’s reaction to unexpected fatherhood was perfect and reflected their personalities developed over the past two books. The challenge for them to come together and find their new normal was a perfect capping to their journey together. Tru and Jones have a romance to rival fairy tales in many ways and I have loved seeing them succeed in life and love.