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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In the boomtown of Eden Springs, someone is spilling the blood of children. Desperate, the sheriff calls in ex-Union scout Aaron Byrne to stop them. For the lawman for hire, it's just another job-until he meets Jonah Mann, the town's Oxford-trained astronomer-cum-schoolteacher. Aaron never stays in one place for long, but a few stolen glances from the eccentric professor b ...more
ebook, 76 pages
Published May 23rd 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 22nd 2012)
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3.5 stars
I am in two minds about this story. First off I loved the writing the characters and the western setting plus that interesting twist on astronomy was great. I felt that Aaron and Jonah had much more to share and give and that's where I had some issues. Things were solved too quickly the bad guys were found and eliminated almost immediately, it felt a little rushed. Like another reviewer mentioned it seemed like a lot of back story was missing it definitely needed to be a longer book to
3.5 stars
While I like the characters, and the quiet intensity that I get to read when Aaron and Jonah are talking about stars, the part with Aaron's job -- tracking and catching the villains -- ends a bit too fast. There's no real threat, or enough action, and I don't even get to feel the 'evilness' of those men. They are just being told to me as a reader. For that part, this story is a let down.

However, for the other part, namely the characters and how they connect, I love those! There's this p
Loved the chars, the setting, the style, but it felt like a whole lot of story was missing.
Edina Rose
I like a good Far-West romance. The plot is nice: Aaron, a lawman for hire is called by an old army friend, now sheriff of a little town called Eden Springs, to catch a group of killers-rapists. First day in the town Aaron meets Jonah, a posh, wealthy and oxford educated man everybody calls "Professor" (lol). Jonah is an intriguing character, an enigma. What is a sophisticated man like him doing in the middle of nowhere teaching kids, boys AND girls, to speak French and Latin and dream about "fa ...more
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Reviewed by: Aggie
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: M/M Historical
Rated: 4.5 Hearts
Apr 05, 2013 Prentice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Magnificent 7 slash fans
This was a nice little afternoon distraction for me. Well developed with interesting characters, Eden Springs was a very quick read, whose plot deserved to be put into a novel length story rather than this too-short novella. Even so, I was surprised how much I liked it and how much more I wanted to get to know the characters.

Jonah was a complex character that deserved more air time than he got and I was disappointed that the author played down Aaron's wandering ways since the war. Additionally,
This is really well developed, to short, story in small old western town. I enjoyed what the author created here. The small town was pulling and the main storyline, too. I really liked Aaron and Jonah as a main couple, each of them had his own story, own past. I'm just sad that it ended too soon, because I simply loved the atmosphere and settings of this story. I hope we will get a new story when Aaron returns back to Jonah in Eden Springs.
Pamela Craft Jenewein
A smooth, active western that is authentic to the historical period. The characters, Aaron and Jonah are appealing and credible. The background information and personal record into these gentlemen lingers well after the short story closes (80 PDF pages); sprinkled with period astronomy, the Civil War aftermath, and tangible personal losses and hardships. An enjoyable read and one I will enjoy picking up again.
Short story with not enough time to learn much about the MC's so I really didn't connect with them. It ended way to soon. Hardly any angst making it a light read. Though I did like the setting and the Professors protective, caring attitude toward his students. If there is more to the story I might consider reading it.
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