Reviewed by Louisa
TITLE: Braving the Rapids
SERIES: Rocky Mountain Boys #2
AUTHOR: Brandon Witt
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 256 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 13th 2017
Estes Park native Todd Fleece works hard to honor his obligations to family and the businesses he inherited, but only his friends and the horses at his ranch brighten Todd’s life. In fighting his attraction to his best friend’s ex-boyfriend, Todd has focused solely on his work, leaving little room in his life for finding love.
Matt Abel’s reckless youth put him on a path to a self-destructive life—his most painful failure was being a horrible father. He excels at extreme sports and living on the edge. Now back in Estes Park and teaching white-water rafting, Matt tries to reconnect with his mother and his grown daughter. When he runs into his ex’s friend Todd, Matt longs for more than a fling.
But achieving happiness isn’t simple, not with Todd’s family conflicts and Matt struggling not to slide back into alcoholism. With hurdles threatening to drive them apart, Todd and Matt try to find the courage to brave the rapids and face a future together….
I have loved everything of Brandon Witt’s that I have read. And Braving the Rapids has lived up to my expectations. From the moment I opened the book I was pulled into a world full of summertime tourists in a small Colorado town. While this is the second book in the Rocky Mountain Boys series, you don’t need to have read the first one to enjoy this story.
Todd Fleece has businesses in town that use to belong to his father and has a host of family issues. His lust for his best friend’s ex boyfriend, Matt Abel causes him distress as well. Matt is a bit of a mess. He has an adult kid who hates him, his mother doesn’t really seem to understand him and he goes from one crazy job to the next. His summer job is as a white water rafting guide. Both Matt and Todd want a relationship but neither of them think they can have one. The sex between the two is HOT!
The secondary characters in this book are really well rounded and interesting. Steve, Todd’s best friend is an interesting man who I really enjoyed seeing every time he was on the page. Jordan is Matt’s daughter and she is a very good dose of reality. And Todd’s mother has dementia and while she is very problematic for Todd and his sister, she is very well portrayed and you really feel the emotion around her.
The Colorado scenery jumps off the page and really helps you feel the emotions of the book. And there is many emotions to enjoy. Brandon Witt has a real style to his writing, it is emotive and easy to read while still bringing you into the story. I really enjoyed everything about this book. And I highly recommend it.