Book Reviews

Taction (Taction 1) by J. Rocci at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Cowboys/Cowgirls / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 15-September-2013

Book Blurb

After Evan Miller is severely wounded in combat he finds himself with a medical retirement from the Army and no idea as to what he’s going to do with his life. Fortunately, Evan’s grandparents offer him a temporary job at their horse farm and the chance to rehabilitate a rescued Thoroughbred seems like just what he needs.

Cam Jackson, their stable manager, takes exception to the grandson who hasn’t visited his folks in over eight years. Only once Evan arrives and Cam gets to know him better, the two find they have more in common than they thought and their friendship morphs into something deeper. Evan just needs to decide if the new direction his life is taking is what he really wants.


Book Review

This is a great story about a man who was wounded in war and needs to figure out what to do with his life. It's a true challenge, and he doesn't even know where to start - not beyond the physical therapy he needs so he can learn how to deal with an amputated leg and walking on a prosthetic.

Evan is a planner, doer, and organizer, and the fact that everything has changed now that he is missing one leg hits him hard. None of the plans he had previously made will work, and he's trying to deal with it all in the absence of support from his parents or any other relatives. Until he figures out that he needs to return to the only place that has ever been a home to him (even when he was younger his parents never really accepted him): his grandparents' horse ranch.

Evan's road back to really living is long and hard. Meeting Cam, his grandparents' stable manager, doesn't seem to help at first - the man is gruff, never talks, and seems to reject Evan. Turns out, there are reasons for that, and they've got nothing to do with Evan. The slow romance that develops from there is beautifully done, as is Evan's road back to himself and what he's good at.

If you like stories about wounded men who need to learn how to live with what is perceived as a disability by most people, if you like cowboys and horses, and if you're looking for a read that is as sweet as it is touching, then you will probably like this short story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 29 pages/11400 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-February-2010
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