Underdog by L.A. Witt (In Vino Veritas #4)

L.A. Witt delivers the next installment of the In Vino Veritas series with an emotional story of love and redemption with Underdog.

From the blurb:

Life in foster care wasn’t easy. Life after prison? Unforgiving. But I’m determined to stay out of trouble, and I’m gaining a foothold on the closest I’ve ever known to normal. 

Then, thanks to a pair of escape artist dogs from the sanctuary where I’ve found work, I cross paths with my boss’s neighbor, Ty Adams. He’s a horse trainer, and winter is his quiet season. It’s also the season when he gets restless and lonely—two things I know all about. He’s not interested in love or romance. I’m just happy someone’s interested in me at all, even if emotions are strictly forbidden.

When we’re not together, I’m thinking about him. When we are together… Well, I’m definitely thinking about what he does to me and what I want to do with him.

As we keep each other warm through the Vermont winter, this feels a lot more than physical. Somehow he soothes my pain, and I wonder if I’m touching something deep inside him too. But Ty won’t let himself love anyone. I never had a chance. And now, with my past closing in, I could lose the one man I hoped I could count on. The one I thought might be different. 

When his present and my history collide, is it too much to hope he’ll choose me?

CW: Sick horse and a minor accident involving a horse—no animal deaths or serious injuries/illnesses.

Laora's Review:

This contemporary mm romance,  told from both main characters POV., was all I expected and even more.

I was totally immersed in this longer read. The author did an outstanding job in drawing me into the story. I was sorry to get to the end. I went on a rollercoaster of emotions empathizing with these wonderfully realistic men.

Both Landon and Tyson  their characters are well fleshed out in characters, emotions and backstory. I so felt for  Landon, his past and fighting to get a better life and hold on to that in the places he is most at peace; the shelter and the horse farm.. Tyson standing up for himself and also fighting for Landon and their hea.

The 'baddy' who would create the drama, was very clear, but that did not bother me.

I also liked all the information and fun details about the horses and dogs and their own personalities. 

And lastly I really enjoyed getting glimpses of Jon and Brent  their son and their rescue dogs who found each other in 'Aftermath'  also by L.A. Witt which was published last year in the previous Vino & Veritas multi author series.

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

L.A. Witt brings back two of my favourite characters from the original V&V series last year, Jon and Brent and their rescue shelter, while introducing us to Landon and Tyson, both of whom have some trauma and history to deal with on their road to romance...

Instant attraction, a few lingering insecurities and doubts, some beautiful animals and someone with cruel intentions all play roles in this story and I was there for it!  The pacing was a little slow in a couple of places, but the story overall kept me interested and it flowed really well with the story it was released with, Unmanageable!  

Underdog was a story that really blended patience, trust and new beginnings to create a beautiful story and I highly recommend picking it up, along with the rest of the In Vino Veritas series.

4.5 Stars

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