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Fancy a cowboy story or two?

 

  • New York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall
  • Cowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane

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New York CowboyNew York Cowboy by Lisa Worrall

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The blurb…

NB: 20% of each copy sold will be donated to the Friends of Roxburghe House hospice in memory of my friend Keith Donald who lost his brave fight with cancer on the 7 September 2013.

It’s been six months since Vance Wolf buried his father. Driven to an early grave by the constant harassment of the new owner of the neighboring property, Andrew Blackwell. Now Vance’s cattle are disappearing faster than he can replace them and their cash flow has been wiped out by the new barn they had to build after the other one mysteriously caught fire. The local sheriff’s pockets are being lined by Blackwell, so Vance knows they’re on their own and is at his wits end. Then his mother suggests they open up the ranch to business types as a cowboy camp.

Adam Prentiss arrives at Wolf Creek Ranch on a team-building exercise with the four colleagues in his department. He is not the cowboy type, but has no choice as his boss, and father, has sent him to Wolf Creek with instructions to delve into the financial status of the ranch and report back to him. Falling for Vance Wolf had not been part of the plan, but the connection between them had been instant. But what was he more afraid of? Disobeying his boss or Vance finding out Adam’s father was in fact Andrew Blackwell and he’d been sent to help him appropriate Vance’s land by any means necessary?

So what did I think?

“Who are you, City-boy?”
“I’m the Lone Ranger to your Tonto,” Adam replied, kissing him again. “The Rawhide to your Bonanza. The Curly to your Mo. The _”

Vance and Adam are beautiful together and they hit it off from the very beginning. Adam is part of a corporate client group attending a program on Vance’s ranch. But all is not as it seems and Adam’s father is the arch enemy.

This is a story of gorgeous cowboys, insta-love, miscommunication, corporate foul-play and ultimate happy endings!

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Cowboy WaltzCowboy Waltz by Cameron Dane

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

A horse stock manager on the rodeo tour, gruff cowboy Jed Hastings is in a bind. He needs a new assistant yesterday. Enter green-as-hell Booker West. Booker spent his childhood dreaming about being a part of the rodeo. He doesn’t have any experience working with horses, but Jed doesn’t have options, and gives the newbie a chance.

Innocent about the world and secretly gay, Booker works like the devil to hide his attraction to Jed. He doesn’t just want to be a wannabe-cowboy with a crush; he wants to learn from Jed. Booker craves Jed’s respect, friendship, and trust. For Jed, he knows an eager young colt like Booker should work his last nerve, yet he finds he has endless patience with the guy. He’s possessive about Booker too. And while bunking together does create intimacy, that doesn’t explain away straight Jed’s explicit sexual fantasies and growing desire for another man.

When a life altering event sends Jed and Booker reeling, a night of raw passion between the men finally explodes. But in the light of day, can Booker help Jed accept their love? Or will this unearthed attraction send Jed to a dark place from which he can’t recover?

So what did I think?

I needed a dose of cowboy and this book delivered in spades – two hot, but very different men, on the rodeo circuit. Oh, but the tension, too much and too drawn out! I enjoyed the story, I just wanted them to work things out and maybe talk and get things moving. But once they did – smoking!

Poor Booker, whom Jed calls “Colt”, started working for Jed when he was nineteen, both of them looking after horses for their boss on the rodeo circuit. Booker knows he is gay and falls immediately in love/lust with Jed. Jed shows Booker the ropes and they build a strong friendship over the years but eventually living together in a small trailer becomes too much. Booker with his longing for Jed and Jed because he comes to have feelings for Booker that he didn’t expect and can’t deal with.

There is drama and tension and bad decisions and it took these guys a long time to work things out. But when they did, they did it properly with lots of emotion and romance.

The title is correct – this is a waltz – slowly, round-and-round – I liked it but think I would have loved it if it had been more of a jig!

3.5 stars

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To find out more about Lisa Worrall and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Cameron Dane and her books visit her website.

Buy New York Cowboy and Cowboy Waltz from Amazon.

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★★★★ Devlin and Garrick by Cameron Dane ★★★★

The Seeking Redemption series:

  • Aidan and Ethan (book #1) – click here for review
  • Devlin and Garrick (book #2) – in this review

Devlin and Garrick (Seeking Redemption, #2)Devlin and Garrick by Cameron Dane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Devlin Morgan and Gradyn Connell have one thing on their minds when they meet in a bar one Friday night in San Francisco. One good, hard fuck.

After the hell he’s been through, Gradyn knows the young man sitting at the end of the bar–with his sweet nervousness and beautiful face–is just what he needs. And Gradyn has absolutely no problem getting up to say hello.

Devlin knows inviting muscle-bound, tattooed Gradyn to his motel room is the riskiest thing he’s ever done, but there’s something in the man’s warm green eyes that tells Devlin everything will be all right.

One explosive encounter in Devlin’s motel room is the plan. Only, it turns out one hot fuck isn’t enough for either man. Dinner afterward leads to another round in bed, and what follows is a weekend together that stirs more emotions than either Devlin or Gradyn ever expected to feel.

Fast forward five years. Devlin has never forgotten Gradyn but he has moved on with his life. That is, until he walks into his sister’s workplace and comes face to face with the man from his wild weekend in San Francisco.

Except, this man is calling himself Garrick Langley. This man is a shell of the man Devlin remembers and hardly looks like the same person. And the biggest kick in Devlin’s gut? This Garrick Langley pretends he doesn’t know Devlin at all.

No. Fucking. Way.

Devlin doesn’t care what this man looks like or that he has a new name. Garrick Langley is Gradyn Connell, and they both know it. Devlin is a lot more secure in his own skin now, and he wants answers. This Garrick had better look out because Devlin won’t stop until he uncovers every one of Gradyn’s secrets.

Note: This title contains male/male acts of loving, including oral, anal and rimming. Also includes scene with mild bondage and spanking.

So what did I think?

I REALLY liked this story – the plot, the mystery, the characters, the emotions, the sex…

It is the story of two men who meet and share one passionate weekend together which turns into six months of exchanging emails before the contact between them ends abruptly. Five years later they meet again to find each man has not forgotten the other.

I loved that the short time that Devlin and Garrick spent together made such an impact. I loved the emotional connection between them. I loved that they had never felt able to move on and give themselves fully to another. I loved that time had not diminished what they felt.

Devlin is the little brother of Aiden (from book 1 Aiden and Ethan) and lives in the town of Redemption. Garrick subconsiously headed there, and towards Devlin, when his life exploded. There is some mystery as to why he has shown up in town, why his looks and name are different and why he pretends to not know Devlin. I must admit to being slightly confused at the beginning but it all eventually becomes clear.

The story alternates between the present (the gradual reconnection of Devlin and Garrick filled with high emotion as the secrets from the past and true feelings are aired) to the past (their first meeting, the passionate weekend and emotional parting).

The secondary characters in the book are great, particularly Devlin’s sister Maddie and also Wyn and Grace. I liked the brief glimpse of how happy Ethan and Aiden are “Disgustingly happy as a couple for three years now, they made forever look attainable and inviting.”

The inclusion of the kids was really well done. I particularly liked the scene where Garrick is playing ball with the kids when Devlin appears and joins in. The scene was so natural and reinforced how nice each man is by their simple interactions with the kids. Little Chloe was gorgeous and such a wise little girl. Plus I loved her explanations of ‘transvesite’ and ‘transgender’. We need more mum’s to give their kids such honest and simple explanations!

I found the whole story really engaging with a perfect balance of the emotional and the physical love. I loved the way the sex scenes were written, so full of raw and honest passion and truly reflecting ‘making love’. I also loved Garrick’s use of the endearment ‘beautiful’ – so sweet.

To find out more about Cameron Dane and her books visit her website.

Buy Devlin and Garrick from Amazon.

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Aidan and Ethan by Cameron Dane

The Seeking Redemption series:

  • Aidan and Ethan (book #1) – in this review
  • Devlin and Garrick (book #2)

Aidan and Ethan (Seeking Redemption, #1)Aidan and Ethan by Cameron Dane

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Redemption, Maine. Never had the name of a town been more apt or mocked a person more.

Aidan Morgan made many mistakes in his young life, but moving to Redemption gave him a chance to wash away his poor choices and repair his relationship with his siblings.

Ethan Ashworth had the blond good looks of a hometown football star, but the picture didn’t match the heart and mind of the young man living inside.

The new kid in town with a history of getting into trouble and an unlikely geek don’t often make a match, but a unique friendship forms. With one searing kiss on graduation day, promises of a future are made. One day later Aidan is gone, and Ethan’s heart is left broken.

Redemption, Maine. Never had the name of a town been more apt or mocked a person more … twice.

Thirteen years ago Aidan disappeared in the dead of night, but he is home now. Aidan has come home to take the job of chief of the fire department and to reconnect with his brother and sister. He wants Ethan back too. Unable to forget their kiss, Aidan wants to explain why he went away, and he wants a second chance to win Ethan’s heart.

Too bad for Aidan, Ethan isn’t so quick to forgive and forget. He dealt with a life-changing crisis after Aidan went away. His hurt and anger at how Aidan left him alone has resurfaced, bringing the controlled man back to life. Ethan will listen to Aidan’s reasons for leaving when he’s damn good and ready … and not a minute before.

Redemption, Maine. A place for second chances. Will the town–and Ethan Ashworth–give Aidan Morgan another shot to get it right?

So what did I think?

True friends can find their way to each other through anything, and forgive anything, even very big mistakes. Do you see what I am saying?”

Ethan was abandoned by Aiden, the young man he had just kissed and admitted his love for. Aiden had disappeared the very next day without a word.

Ethan is not prepared for Aiden’s return thirteen years later when he comes back to the town of Redemption to take up the role of chief of the Fire Department.

Aiden wants to explain why he left and rekindle their love but Ethan is not prepared to be hurt again and I don’t blame him given the way Aiden treated him!

I found it difficult to feel sympathetic towards Aiden as I didn’t fully support the reasons he left.

However, even though I don’t understand his reasons and certainly don’t understand why he never made contact in all those years, I still couldn’t help liking him. He obviously loved Ethan and was prepared to put his himself out there to win him back.

The chemistry between the men was obvious and the sex was spectacular but what I really liked was the emotional pull.

I liked the secondary characters, particularly Aidan’s little brother Devlin. Devlin spluttered, “B-but I’m not just supporting my brother; I really am gay.” “Hell son,” Pete gave Devlin a noogie, “sure you are. We all are. I’m as gay as the day is long.” I am looking forward to reading Devlin’s story in book 2, Devlin and Garrick.

3.5 stars

To find out more about Cameron Dane and her books visit her website.

Buy Aidan and Ethan from Amazon.