Book Reviews

Navarro (Rebel Sky Ranch 3) by Kelly Fox

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Cowboys / Age Gap / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 26-January-2022

Book Blurb

My late wife made a bet with me: if I marry her brother, I have to take his last name.


“That's the rule. You marry two Navarros, you become one of us.”


Renée always did have a sense of humor—even as she was dying—but I’ll never love anyone the way I loved her. Falling for my brother-in-law? Psh. Desi’s almost twenty years younger than me and far too pretty.

 

Besides, my son would never forgive me.

 

Still, it's getting harder and harder to deny our chemistry with every encounter. I just want to pretend that none of this is happening.

 

God, what if I can’t keep pretending?


The worst kept secret at Rebel Sky Ranch is that I’m deeply, tragically in love with Wyatt Goodnight.


Not only is he my late sister’s husband, but he may have changed my diapers once upon a time. And his son, my best friend, hates the fact that I’m in love with his father.

 

Complicated doesn’t even begin to cover it.

 

There are times when I think I’m the only person who sees the real Wyatt. The man who sacrificed everything for my sister, who moved heaven and earth to try to save her. The man who wants a life beyond the ranch.

 

But he denies us, ignores his own feelings, and pretends that his hands don’t know the exact weight and measure of me.

 

What if he never sees how good we could be together?


Book Review

“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” ~ Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma

 

Desi has been in love with his brother-in-law, Wyatt, since he first met him as a young boy. Over the years, Desi’s boyhood crush morphed into a deep, abiding love. Yet, because of Desi’s familial relationship with Wyatt and his son, Tripp, Desi has suffered in silence, hiding how he felt – at least that’s what he thought. But almost everyone knew the truth except Wyatt and his son, Tripp, who chose to be oblivious. 

 

For years, Wyatt has lived his life for others. Even the ranch he has worked so hard on was his deceased wife’s dream. Wyatt loved her so much that he did anything he could to please her. When she died, he was lost. Wyatt would love to get away from ranching, but he doesn’t know how to do so without hurting his son. Then, there is his brother-in-law. Even though Wyatt and his wife, Desi’s sister, discussed how much Desi loved him and that should the opportunity present itself, Wyatt should give Desi a chance to love him and be loved by him. Wyatt unequivocally rejects this idea under the premise that it would cause more harm than good for Desi, Tripp, and himself. The problem is, he has conflicted feelings about Desi. He keeps trying to convince himself that he imagines the signals Desi is trying hard to hide.

 

Desi throws out hints all the time, but Wyatt seems oblivious to his advances until one night, after a pool party where they both had too much to drink, Wyatt responds. It’s even better than Desi has ever imagined, but the euphoria is short-lived. The next day, Wyatt wants to pretend that it never happened.

 

While I’ve enjoyed the first two stories in the ‘Rebel Sky Ranch’ series, this one didn't resonate with me the way I’d hoped. Seeing the other couples again was satisfying, but Desi and Wyatt’s story felt too long and unnecessarily complicated. I got very attached to Desi but had a difficult time liking Wyatt. He must have known how much Desi loved him but chose to ignore it on ‘principle’ and let him suffer needlessly. In the end, all worked out for them, but it didn’t convince me it was for the best. Desi was more forgiving than I would be. Thanks, Kelly, for giving them a happy ending.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 295 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-December-2021
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Navarro-Romance-Rebel-Ranch-Book-ebook/dp/B09G9CSLB9