The reappearance of Ash MacBryde’s old lover has sent Oak flying back to Vermont and into the employ of a man determined to win a chance to race at the World Endurance Cup in Dubai. To Oak’s delight and dismay, Ben Kincaid, the man who brought him out of the padlocked closet is there too. They will be partners on horseback and, if Oak’s former lover has any say in it, in real life as well.
Someone holds a grudge against Oak’s new employer and, as the race approaches, the dirty tricks escalate until no one is safe. Oak and Ben are in danger, and when Ash shows up to bring his man back home, there’s more at stake than just a shot at a million dollar purse. MacBryde’s got his work cut out for him because keeping Oak safe might mean shattering all chances at mending their broken marriage.
Three men set out on a perilous journey through traps set not just by their enemies but by their own tangled emotions. And the only way the domineering possessive man and the gentle reclusive soul can find their way back to Crow Creek Ranch means learning that…
Sometimes it takes two wrongs to make it right.
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Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 26-35
Word Count: 58000
Setting: Vermont, Wyoming
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Strapping Ash is the third book in the Crow Creek series and it is effectively the end of Ash and Oak’s story. Pulling Leather saw the couple face their demons and we begin this novel unsure of how the couple will move past their issues. Nya Rawlyns also uses Strapping Ash to introduce the often insufferable Ben Kincaid, who features in the next three Crow Creek stories.
Strapping Ash also differs from the previous installments in that the plot is not simply focused upon the relationships between the characters. Nya Rawlyns allows Ash to become the White Knight on a dirt-bike as he sets out to uncover the mystery of who has a vendetta against Sugar Ranch, and particularly Ben and Oak.
Strapping Ash is a satisfying addition to the Crow Creek series and I think that Nya Rawlyns ties the stories of the MacBryde couple and Ben Kincaid together in an intriguing way, leaving us with an urge to begin Sorting Will.