Peter Skinner has worked as the accountant for Les Hardin and Randy Hersch’s ranch for several years. The men and their housekeeper have become his family but he wants a partner—a man to start a family of his own with. The prospect of finding a man is slim in Wyoming, and he didn’t expect to find one drugged, in an alley. Taking the stranger home might not be safe, but Peter can’t leave him alone either. He doesn’t have a clue about how much their chance encounter will change both their lives forever.
It’s been almost three years since I read the last book in the HOME series, so I was thrilled to find that T.A. Chase has released this new one, LEAVING HOME. I’ve enjoyed the ranching world and the characters created by this author, and I’m glad Peter finally got his story. He’s been hanging around in the background and I’ve been looking forward to learning more about him.
I was surprised that this romance is so heavily slanted towards Chaz’s drug abuse. I guess I didn’t expect it to be so intense and realistic either, but it is, and the author handles it nicely, putting in details that make this part of the story come alive. It also shows how good Chaz is at hiding his addiction—even from himself. He’s strong-willed and determined, but totally in denial. But that’s just part of Chaz’s well developed personality. Sigh—I hate to admit it, but I found him unlikeable, at times. He definitely took awhile to grow on me.
I’ve been fond of Peter from the start. His chance encounter with Chaz in an alley is interesting but an odd way to meet someone to get involved with. Chaz isn’t someone I expected Peter to take home, but Ms. Chase makes it work. The pacing is fast, the descriptions are good, I loved getting to see Peter’s returning friends and there’s even some action and danger. So, it might have seemed impossible, at times, but these two manage to believably get past all the problems in their relationship, and get the happily-ever-after they both deserve. Good job, Ms. Chase!