his lover in a tragic accident left Hearn Sutherland sad,
alone and dealing with a tremendous amounts of guilt.
Hearnís relationship with Mitch was souring long before the
accident, and Hearnís heart belonged to someone else, his
best friend Tyler Manning. Since Mitchís death Hearn doenít
feel he deserves to move on and be with someone as wonderful
as Tyler, but when secrets are revealed about Mitch things
just may change.
has loved Hearn for as long as heís known him, and he was
heartbroken that ever since Mitch died it seemed as if Hearn
was avoiding him. Tyler knew he couldnít compete with a dead
man for Hearnís affection, but he would be happy with
Hearnís friendship even though his heart yearned for more.
In an attempt to get Hearn to start living again Tyler
convinces him to run for mayor of Cattle Valley and Hearn
agrees, but neither knew Hearnís competition would be the
most popular guy in town, Nate Gills.
popular and loved seemed to come easy to Nate. In a happy
relationship with his two lovers Rio and Ryan, Nateís life
appears perfect, but when he decides to run for mayor Nateís
afraid that secrets from his past may change how his lovers
think of him.
The Last Bouquet takes us deeper into the
relationship between Hearn and Mitch. Followers of the
serious will remember Mitch from previous books, Mitch was
mentioned in book seven of the series as one of the
obstacles coming between Jax and Loganísí romance. Dead and
buried Mitchís memory lives on and stands in the way of yet
another couple that truly belong together. The Last
Bouquet was okay but not as good some of the past
stories in the series. I did like getting more back story
about Nateís past and having Nate, Rio, and Ryan somewhat in
the forefront again. Hearn and Tyler were sweet characters
as with most of the guys in Cattle Valley and they were a
likable part of the story. Even though I liked some parts
of this story, I did not find it overly engaging and as I
read I couldnít shake the feeling that the Cattle Valley
series would soon be coming to an end. Truthfully I thought
The Last Bouquet might have been the finale,
but with the introduction of new characters I think Carol
Lynne may have much more to write about. Although The
Last Bouquet was not a very exciting story there
were parts that were quite moving and followers of the
series will be compelled to keep reading.