I started Sorting Will with a little skepticism, wondering how Ash and Oak would now fit into the story, but I was happy to realize that they still have important roles to play.
In Sorting Will, in particular, there is an intensity to Nya Rawlyns’ writing, which not only filters into the plot, but also her characterization of these men. Her portrayal of Ash, Oak, Sam, Ben and Will is careful and Nya Rawlyns not only reveals their strengths, but also their vulnerabilities. We come to understand their sometimes reckless behavior and I think that seeing the men in their weakest moments only makes them sexier to us!
This novel is really Sam and Will’s story but as we know, love is a complicated emotion on Crow Creek Ranch and whilst these two men have feelings for one another, Will also has a romantic past with Ben, and so Nya Rawlyns brings us the series’ first ménage sex scenes.
Love is a word used more by the Crow Creek men than any teenage girl, which could make us doubt how genuine each relationship is. However, I think Nya Rawlyns works hard to define the difference between the forever love between Ash and Oak, and the possessive ‘love’ Ben feels for Oak.
Ben’s development is interesting in this story. We begin to see past his facade and despite the fact that he seems intent on interfering in Ash and Oak’s marriage, I did end up feeling sorry for him. I think Flankman will be interesting!
I really enjoyed Sorting Will and how easy it is to become involved in the lives of Nya Rawlyns’ men. Sorting Will has become one of my favorite books in the series so far!
Will Halliday is determined to stake his claim on furthering his career and developing a specialized veterinary practice out west. With help from Ben Kincaid, a friend with benefits, he sees the move as going to a better life, not running from narrow-minded colleagues and past disappointments. The problem with that new life is that it’s looking more like self-imposed exile than liberation.
Sam Turner is settled in his profession, fast-tracked for the ultimate advancement. To get there he has to bury his secrets so deeply that only Ash MacBryde knows the truth. Living a lie is never easy, but the rewards, for a time, seem worth it, until Sam meets Will in the rodeo arena and everything changes.
Drawn together, Will, Sam and Ben tangle with their explosive emotions and the ties that bind them to secrets, lies and promises made in the heat of the night.