For Tommy Bradley, a hand working on the Lost Cow Ranch in rural Texas, admitting his sexuality is impossible, even if his bosses, Luke and Simon, are gay—Tommy has spent his entire life hiding the truth from his homophobic parents. Then Tommy meets pastor Noah Taylor in Luke’s father’s hospital room, and his difficult secret becomes that much harder to keep.
Noah is unlike any man of God—or any man—Tommy’s ever met. For one thing, his congregation is made up primarily of GLBT individuals and their families. For another, he isn’t afraid of the attraction he feels toward Tommy, and he makes his intentions very clear. But Noah won’t hide his sexuality or his love from the world, and he won’t start a relationship with Tommy while Tommy hides his, either. Faced with the choice of losing Noah or coming out to his parents, Tommy takes his first steps out of the closet.
But Tommy isn’t the only one facing challenges. Thanks to an outpouring of hatred from Pastor Jackson and a group of ranch owners, Noah must cope with the possible loss of his church and his livelihood
When I first read the description for Complete Faith by Sue Brown, I didn’t realize that it was the second book of a series. I really think that in order to truly enjoy this book you should read the first book, Morning Report. In Morning Report learn about the Lost Cow ranch and the fact that the working boss and the foreman are in a committed 10 year relationship. We also meet one of the ranch hands, Tommy, who is one of the main characters in Complete Faith.
Tommy has lived in the closet because it was just easier than dealing with the fallout from coming out to his super-religious parents in small-town Texas. However, Tommy’s “cover” is blown when he meets Pastor Noah who is an out, black pastor. Tommy is instantly attracted to Noah and vice versa. Noah’s not afraid to be himself, but he won’t go beyond a few kisses until Tommy comes out. Eventually Tommy finds the courage, but old foes reemerge and cause some drama for good Pastor Noah and Tommy as they struggle to build a relationship.
In many ways this book is spot on and I really enjoyed reading about Tommy and Noah. However, as a liberal pastor living in small-town, rural Oklahoma there are some things that don’t quite gel and I think the main reason I kept getting drawn out of the story was because Ms. Brown is from England and while we all speak English it is a whole different culture. All in all that did not detract from my enjoyment of the characters or wanting to hear more about all the major and minor people involved in life on the Lost Cow.
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