Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-07-10
Reviewed by Lisa
Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle's ranch. Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project. Joshua's plan seems to work-maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work. forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.
The bright future of a shining career within the FBI came crashing to a bloody, broken end for Joshua Chastain after two years of deep undercover work as ‘Jose’ in Chicago. He’d managed to break the back of the local cartel controlled gang, but the price was heavy. Joshua walked away a heroin addict with horrific nightmares based on reality.
In an attempt to give Joshua some semblance of peace his family sends him to Uncle Tucker’s horse ranch outside of Albuquerque. The Triple C trains wild mustangs, horse trainers, and heals abused horses. Maybe at the ranch Joshua can soothe his soul.
Foreman at the Triple C, Elian Kelly enjoys the hard work, the people, and the open skies. Eli’s first glimpse of Joshua is a real eye opener when the skin and bones man arrives. There doesn’t seem to be any life inside, no spark or spirit. Like a severely abused horse Joshua will need everything Eli can give to breathe life back into the ex-agent. But as Eli soon discovers, Josh is worth the risk and more.
Love, Like Water blossoms and grows into a sensuous, satisfying tale of love. This poignant romance doesn’t pull any punches with flawed characters looking for redemption, deserving of romance. Joshua is truly a haunted, broken soul who’s given up on life. Luckily, Eli has the skill and strength to save his man. The secondary characters, including Uncle Tucker also add to the layered plotline. Thoughtful and insightful Love, Like Water builds from the first page to the last to offer readers an incredible story. I Joyfully recommend Love, Like Water. A deeply satisfying tale.