Todd is too flakey. Richard is too stubborn. Together, they're perfect. A May-December couple get a second chance at love.
Retired soldier Richard Davis wants a stable life in a quiet town with a forever man. Becoming the sheriff of Hope, Arizona, accomplishes two of his three goals, but instead of finding a serious partner, he falls for too-young-to-be-committed and too-flakey-to-be-serious, Todd Smitty. Richard won't find the right man if he's obsessed with the wrong one, so he walks away from Todd.
It's lust at first sight when Todd meets his sister's army friend. He sets his sights on the worldly, strong, stable older man, and the more time he spends with Richard, the harder he falls. But after three years together, Richard cuts off all contact, with no explanation.
When a mutual obligation requires Todd to move into Richard's house, he's thrilled at the opportunity to earn a second chance. Ignoring Todd from across town was hard enough. Can Richard resist temptation under his own roof?
It’s no secret I love a Cardeno C. book, but Smitty’s Sheriff did not do it for me. Richard and Todd were not only the most unlikely couple, I almost found them toxic.
One-time lovers, Richard dropped Todd like a hot potato- no explanation- and walked out of his life. According to Richard, it was him, not Todd, that caused him to walk away. Much older than Todd, Richard apparently wanted Todd to sow his oats, yet didn’t want him to have any other sexual relationships. Confused? Yes, I was just as confused by Richard’s characterization.
If the wonderful and talented Ms. C. was going for narcissistic and egomaniac then she hit the nail on the head delivering Richard’s personality. I hated Richard. He was condescending and treated Todd as a simpleton. Who tells a grown man to use the bathroom before they go out so he doesn’t fidget? IF Todd didn’t go to the bathroom that was his problem! At least men can go on the side of the road easier than women.
Unable to make decisions for himself, Todd, on the other hand was flighty and at times, I wondered if he played the “dumb and helpless” card on purpose and just a tad bit too much. He wasn’t submissive, he was a doormat- and that rubbed me the wrong way.
Everything about their relationship was a secretive fiasco, until the end when Richard miraculously decided he wanted a permanent relationship with Todd and Todd permitted him to control every aspect of his life. The two men even discussed the fine line between psychological domestic violence and how (according to Todd), their relationship was no such thing. I’d look again, Todd.
Regardless of my feelings for Smitty’s Sheriff, the next Cardeno C. book will be at the forefront of my e-reader- one of my favorite authors.
Narrator Ezekiel Robison always does a nice job narrating many of the books I listen to, but for some reason his rendition of Jared McFarland did not fit the image in this reader’s head. I found his voice contrite and a tad bit fake. The other characters were well-done, thought.
Frisky but Nothing too Kinky
A three handcuff review
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