Review: ‘Daniel’ by R. J. Scott

Published June 20th 2018
210 pages

Daniel worked hard at college, using coping strategies to shut himself off from any situation that might hurt. But, persistent nightmares and fears for his future drive him to revisit the past. Now Legacy might be the only place to give him a chance at peace.

After the tragic loss of his parents, Corey is head of the family now, and the welfare of his three younger sisters are what matters the most. Corey is desperate to find Daniel, tell him the truth and somehow convince him to keep secrets. Even if this leads to heartbreak. 

When the world crumbles around Corey, and Daniel is running scared, Legacy ranch is their only hope.

I read the whole Legacy Ranch trilogy in the lead up to this release, but I have yet to read R.J. Scott’s Texas series. It’s been on my TBR list for so long! And although the extra details on characters and events from that series may have given this trilogy a little more depth for me, it certainly stands alone quite comfortably as a series.

The subject matter of this book and its predecessors is a delicate one, definitely one to avoid if you’re triggered by talk of rape and abuse, but R.J. Scott handles everything with such care. It’s very much painful to read at times, every character has a journey to go on, but the rewards will warm you to your core.

What struck me the most about this book, and this series as a whole, is how the romance almost takes a back seat. The most important element of the story is how the man at the centre of it manages to move past their awful history and grow to open up and trust and love. It’s a powerful tale of healing, and the romance these characters find is a demonstration of that. R.J. Scott gives these men a really lovely depth, and unique as they are, the bond between them all is tightly woven.

Daniel’s history is perhaps the most painful of them all. Picked up on the street and forced into a world of disgusting abuse at only 14 years old, and having to live with the vivid memory of that torture years after it ended, he’s a young man in a bad place. He may be at college and trying to make a life for himself, but he’s alone and trapped in the terror of the past, being held back by its power. And when Corey first enters his life, he only makes things more difficult. Both of these men are dealing with trauma, Corey is battling devastating grief, and it takes a lot of time for them to begin to find comfort in each other. But when they do, the gentle passion between them is really quite special.

It follows the pattern of the previous two books, the prospect of love helping Daniel to heal and find a sense of peace. He’s able to put what happened to him to bed, and allow himself to find and accept the joy he deserves. A real heart-wrenching and heart-warming story, and a wonderful end to the series. I think everyone could do with a visit to Legacy Ranch.

4/5 stars

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