Book Reviews

Jess's Journey (Whispering Pines Ranch 5) by SJD Peterson at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Disability / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 23-August-2017

Book Blurb

At an early age, Jess Jenkins learned to take care of his family and friends and put their needs before his own. He dreamed of finding the same simple happiness his parents had and followed their example. Then Lorcan James broke his heart and an automobile accident broke his independent spirit. Now that’s all Jess is: a broken shadow of the man he used to be, still confined to a wheelchair after six months.

Jess is finally forced to put himself first and accept the help he needs on his journey toward recovery. Though pain, frustration, and depression leave him bitter and eager to push people away, his friends refuse to allow him to wallow in self-pity. Jack has only glimpsed the man beneath Jess’s angry shell, but he takes it upon himself to prove Jess isn’t broken. And Collin is determined to bring back the sweet man he once knew. The simple, happy life Jess has always wanted is there for the taking—all he has to do is open his eyes and see it.


Book Review

I'm so glad that the author chose Jess, Jack, and Collin’s story as the final full-length novel in the ‘Whispering Pines Ranch’ series. Jess has been through a lot, what with loving and losing Lorcan, and then the car accident that left him in a wheelchair. But Jack, his physical therapist, and Collin, a ranch hand, are not about to let him give up, so it'll be up to Jess to reach for the happiness he so deserves.

Jess doesn't believe Jack is really interested in him and Jess sees Collin as a younger brother who still has a crush on him. Collin irritates Jack and vice versa, while trying to let Jess know how he feels. Jack wants Jess but views Collin as an annoying little sh*t (although secretly he likes the kid, just not as competition). I felt so bad for Collin. It's hard to love someone for so long and then finally realize they're never going to look at you in the same light. It was hard for Jess to have that talk with Collin since he didn't want to lose him as a friend, and Jess certainly can empathize with how Collin is feeling.

I loved seeing Jess come to the realization of his feelings for Jack, but even more, it was watching him accept the changes within himself and learn to love the new Jess the accident created, that had my heart overflowing. ‘Jess’s Journey’ really is the best ending to the series and I'm so happy I got this chance to relive it all. Thank you, Jo.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 204 pages/63442 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 08-October-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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