Down and Out: Down Home Series Book #3 by Parker

Carrying on in the Down Home Series, Down and Out is a slow burn, found friends, overcoming heartache story that just pulls you in and holds you from chapter one until the end of the epilogue...

From the Blurb:

His dark secret drove away the only boy he ever loved.


Healer. Savior. Cynic.

The one person Nate could never ignore was Tucker Grace. He’s as cruel as he is gorgeous, with a devastating loneliness in his cold blue eyes.

Nate ditched his hell-raising childhood for the big city and a string of disastrous relationships. He’s a man people rely on, but he’s tired of fixing other people’s problems. So when a family crisis brings him home for the first time in years, the last thing Nate wants is to be drawn to the cruel cowboy he left in the dust.

Tucker is smoke and shadows, fury and calm, and as wild as the horses he tames. He looks at Nate like he craves him.

But Nate knows better than anyone that Tucker isn’t capable of love.

And even if he was…he’s straight.

Heather's Review:

This book is a study in how to love someone who thinks they are unlovable... and a journey to return to a place where both men are comfortable being each other's everything... and Parker St. John took us on that journey masterfully.

In an incredibly well written story, you fell everything from elation to heartbreak for Nate and Tucker, mirrored by the journey of a special horse, Traveller...  I love that there are as many stops as starts and as many pushes as pulls, all set beautifully in the Down Home universe that has been unfolding since book 1.  

I have to say, I'm also looking forward to Whit and West's story in book 4 as much as I was in watching Parker St. John weave Tucker and Nate's happily ever after into their hearts...

Miki J.'s Review:

"Don't you get it?  I was trying to tell you that last night.  Its always been about you."  

This is actually the first book I've read from this author and I'm blown away! Based in a small country town, Nate comes back home to take over the local vet practice. And of course, he comes across his best friend (from childhood) turned enemy - Tucker. There's alot of raw emotion that spills from this book, from laughs to anger, from hate to hope and from friendship to something more.....and it all just swept me away. I couldn't put the book down. This isn't a sweet fluffy romance - working men trying to live their lives doing what they love and trying to work through the angst/ghosts of the past. 

I'm now going to get books 1 & 2 to see what I've missed !!! Side note - characters from book 1 do appear in this book. And I can't forget Traveller....just as ornery as the other 2 characters !!