Author ~ Edie Danford
Published ~ 14th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
In the final chapter of the Ember Peak series, Tru and Jones face an unexpected challenge on their road to happy ever after.
Tru and Jones never expected riding off into the sunset to be easy. Their relationship’s script has never been silver-screen smooth or shiny. But dealing with life’s boulders, washouts, and irksome little details is no problem now…because they’re facing each bump in the road together.
But when Tru’s sister announces she wants—and desperately needs—him and Jones to adopt her baby, the new couple’s notions of family, home, their upcoming marriage, and even living at Ember Peak are flung into chaos.
They’ve defined themselves as lovers, partners, and future husbands—but are they ready, and do they even want to be, fathers? If they are to form a forever family, Tru and Jones will have to help each other navigate a new path they never expected to travel.
Ember Peak book 3 sees us pick up where we left off at the end of Tru Burn. Jones and Tru are in Costa Rica supporting Sandra having her baby. The opening practically had me melting just like Jones, as he describes gazing upon Tru, unashamedly and unabashedly, which he can do now knowing Tru is his and he is Tru’s. He no longer has to content himself with sly, surreptitious looks, they are engaged to be married and planning a summer wedding at Ember Peak. He lovingly looks at Tru cradling his three day old nephew, little knowing what was coming.
We know in the past that Sandra has suffered with depression and other issues and here we see her take decisive action and literally leave Tru and Jones holding the baby. She checks herself into rehab and asks Tru and Jones to adopt him. Jones, as Sandra’s best friend, thinks they should just look after the baby and see where they, and Sandra, are in six months time. Tru goes full on into logistical and practical CEO mode. He determines the best way to move forward, to protect the baby from a possible custody battle or further blackmail of their family from the father, is to both get married immediately and then formally adopt him. So already we see that difference in their approach to things resurface. Jones is always about the heart and Tru tends to be lead by his head and adopt a more businesslike approach to things. The way Tru broaches their wedding had my heart breaking a bit for the romantic in Jones. He’d been planning a beautiful wedding at their spot on Ember Peak ranch surrounded by family and friends. Tru is insistent on a quick trip to the court house to legalise things and then possibly a party at a later date.
Caught up in the practicalities and legalities of everything they have to sort for fatherhood and their marriage, the bulk of the childcare falls to Jones. He can see Tru withdraw from the child, their son, and he is determined to get Tru to bond again, like he had done initially in Costa Rica. The practicality of where they should live, again, rears its ugly head. It’s the small cabin versus the big lodge. I have to say I usually find myself on Jones’s side in these arguments, however Tru is just being Tru. He’s having a hard time reconciling himself with parenthood as he never wanted to be a father, having had a tough childhood with his own parents. However, both men learn to compromise on the issues of parenting, living arrangements and all of the other issues that go along with these major life changes. As always they have the love and support of Jones’s mother and stepfather and all of the other staff at the ranch and ultimately their love for each other. Whilst they do argue and bicker and disagree a bit in this book, their love for each other still shines out from every page. The sex is still hot and steamy and we are up front and personal for the most perfect ending.
The ending was all I had dreamed for Jones and Tru since I started this journey back with them in Tru Smoke. I was starry eyed and sighing dreamily with a very happy heart. A trilogy I will return to time and again for that comfort read that wraps you up with all the feels. *sighs dreamily*
Ember Peak Series Reading Order
Tru Smoke (Ember Peak #1)
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… Whenever Jones touches him, flames flicker in Truitt Larkin's smoky-gray eyes.
Growing up in Ember Peak, Colorado, Jones nurtured dreams as big as the Rockies. Why else would a flat-broke college student believe he has a shot with Truitt Larkin, the billionaire CEO of Larkin Corp? And, sure, Tru might own the fab, five-thousand-acre Ember Peak Ranch, where Jones is just the son of a ranch employee, but that doesn’t mean a future with Tru is doomed, does it? When he finally, finally convinces Tru to break his chiseled-in-rock no-sex-ever policy, Jones is sure smoke will never shroud Tru’s silver-flame eyes again.
But fire burns and dreams crash. And when Tru shuts down Jones’s hopes, Jones leaves Ember Peak—and a big chunk of his heart—for good.
Tru knows he’s responsible for fracturing his valued friendship with Jones. Indulging his attraction to the younger man was selfish and destructive—something he’ll always regret. When Jones returns to Ember Peak for a family wedding, Tru wants a chance to heal their friendship and give back to Jones the comfort of coming home. But sparks fly the moment they reunite, and they scramble to douse the passion that’s burned them both before. Yet a flicker of hope glows brightly, and soon they need all their courage to see their way to a future together.
As snow flies across Ember Peak, Jones and Tru are making their own kind of warmth, but a family secret could send a chill over their future plans.
Jones Hudson is ending the year the right way. He’s taking his sexy fiancé and his sweet dog on a fun road-trip to visit his mom’s new family. He’s found a groove with new friends at Ember Peak Ranch and his job at a local diner. And, best of all, he’s regularly basking in the flame-hot love of Tru Larkin.
But things go unexpectedly wrong when Jones uncovers news that may change life at Ember Peak forever. And when the secret detonates, the after-burn is more painful than he or Tru could have imagined.
Tru knows it might be too late to save the season, but he’s determined to move forward with his planned surprise for Jones. When a blizzard knocks out power at Ember Peak, he’s forced to rethink his ideas on giving and forgiving. Maybe it’s the gift of a simple vow that will burn brightest on a dark, starless night.