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End of the Trail (End Of The Trail)

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Will Connors is struggling to hold together a failing farm; his wife has died, his son has gone, he's not without enemies and he's dealing with the after-effects of a debilitating accident. It's a life of toil which doesn't allow for very much pleasure, and he's in danger of becoming embittered until a chance acquaintance wanders back into his life and everything begins to...more
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Published May 1st 2010 by Manifold Press
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Manifold Press is off to a pretty impressive start with a few intelligent, exciting offerings. The press has just published four gay romance stories and one of those is End of the Trail by Jane Elliot. This undemanding cowboy story set in the historical west offers an authentic atmosphere, great characters, natural companionship, and an ease to the story telling that lets the pages fly by. There is a good progression and happy ending, but the slight possibility for more. Hopefully this is just t...more
I do love westerns and this is damn good one.

This is a very slow burn friends to lovers story. It starts out with a prologue. Will is a rancher with a wife and son and he takes in John, a man who has been shot and is wandering on the trail. John heals up and leaves the ranch after he saves the family from some bandits.

Fast forward a few years. Will has a permanently injured leg, his wife Molly is dead and his son is living with relatives back east. John reenters his life and they work the ranc...more
3.75 stars. Enjoyable Western m/m romance. I say 'Western' instead of 'Cowboy' deliberately. This book seems to be the same vintage as Little House On The Prairie and has a realistic feel in the way it describes the conditions and people of the time. It's still a nice light story though. Good romance, easy to read and reminds me a little of those dime-store western paperbacks you can still pick up from the newsagent even today. (view spoiler)...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This was, as I expected, a very lovely read. A beautiful, slow burn, western romance with some surprisingly hot scenes (including some M/M/F, for those curious). I don't have too much to say about this one because it was a fairly plot-less story. I mean, the guys did a few things here or there, but the main focus was on their gradual transition from companions to lovers.

That being said, I didn't know that this was the first in a series. The ending is pretty complete feeling so I guess their sto...more
Why I bought the book: I bought this as part of a huge order with Manifold Press on the strength of several good reviews of their books.

Plot: Will owns an isolated cattle ranch and is eeking out a living on the land with his wife and son. They rescue a stranger, John, who has been shot and nurse him back to health. After John leaves Will discovers that John is a wanted man with a high price on his head. When John returns a few years later he finds Will alone and crippled. Will takes him in again...more
4.5 stars

AA male/male romance set in the old west with tons of character development along with the building of a very satisfying relationship between Will and John.

Will is an earnest hardworking down to earth rancher trying to do it all on his own with no idea how lonely he has become since the death of his wife. John is a good man gone wrong several times over but with enough soul left to know how a life is supposed to be lived. Both men are drowning and have no idea that is so. By teaming up...more
Heather C
I really loved Will and John...a widowed rancher falling for an outlaw. Sweet friends-to-lovers and GFY story that really didn't have much conflict, but I couldn't put it down.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
What's wrong with me? This is an enjoyable read, with charming protagonists, with a setting I love because of my dad-made-me-watch-cowboys-on-tv upbringing and I am glad I read it, but I feel there's something missing.

The beginning is great: John is an outlaw and he's rescued by Will and his family, who discover John is wanted after he leaves. Three years later, John returns to Will's farm: Will is a widower, his son is East with his wife's family and Will's leg is pretty bad because of an acci...more
Gerry Burnie
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4.0 bees

A brief overview of the books I’ve reviewed will reveal that I like westerns, especially those written in the classic style, and here’s another one: End of the Trail by Jane Elliot [Manifold Press, February 23, 2013].

I was first attracted to it by Robert Plotz’s cover image—two men riding hard with unfurled lariats in their hands. It is evocative of the old ‘penny westerns,’ with lots of action portrayed; however, the only problem being that it has little to do wi...more
Elizabeth H.
4.5 rounding down to 4.0 just because I was driven batty by the parenthetical expressions. (See note at end of this review; I'm rounding up to 5 stars as of December 2010)

Thirty pages into this novel I thought it wasn't very good, but it really got going shortly thereafter. And I really enjoyed finishing it, turning pages in a rush.

There is a sort of delightful naivete about the story. There's almost no introspection, but that's appropriate from the third person narrator, Will. The course of th...more
ARe Cafe
This unusual Old West-era love story between an outlaw and a homesteader takes risks in the name of realism with the accepted romance formula. It includes male-female-male sex scenes in which the two buddies hire a prostitute together in the same businesslike way that modern guys might go get their oil changed and tires rotated before a fishing trip. I thought it showed a very realistic transition for how two men of the time could gradually evolve into a sexual and romantic relationship with eac...more
Blue Bayou .
What a great read! 4.5 stars rounded up. I loved John and Will. I usually like a little angst however this story doesn't really have any and that was just fine. The story was great and the MC's were not overly described but enough that you could feel their attraction and love. Sometimes authors are so involved with getting the attraction fleshed out, as it were, that they miss the liking each other.
John obviously had a colorful and illegal back ground however Will did what I believe is wonderfu...more
This was well written old western story, more or less I would say it was romantic adventure about two exceptional well developed characters. Will and John path crosses accidentally one day, when John runs for his life, with a shot wound he gotten by a members of his old gang. Will, being a good man, helps John out. He doesn't know how intervened his life will become with Johns, after saving his life. And their adventure starts. The story was interestingly plotted and for my piece of mind realist...more
Edina Rose
The love story between a famous - and "wanted" outlaw and a lonely widow rancher. I loved the period, the setting and the tough, hard men. The love story is believable, and the author takes the time to get the reader to know and care about the characters before they start falling in love. It's not instant love, they become friends first. They are very different but they fit together. I like this author's style.
This is one of the few books published by Manifold press that I have not read till now. I enjoyed it - love her writing a lot. Just beware the book has the hints of more conflict than it delivers. It did not annoy me or anything, I liked the character development and liked that it was low key (I love high conflict drama too, just was in the appropriate mood), but beware if you care.
Jordan Lombard
This was a cute, relaxing, and sweet romance novel.

My only issue was the fact that the "gun" that gets mentioned in Act I of a play is supposed to be used by the end, wasn't in the case of this book. There were a few things they did to prepare for a bad ending, and a few bad guys who didn't actually show up to cause more harm.

Otherwise, it was a good read.
I loved this book. It is the first MM historical *wild west* writing I have read and I couldn't put it down. I just can't wait for a sequel, I so want more of Will and John and their story as they move East...
Elisa Ramblings
Months ago a friend of mine complained that he doesn’t find enough western gay romance to read, and I thought, my friend, your research is an hard one; of all the hundreds and hundreds books I read, very few are truly western romance, a gender that was popular in the ’80 and ’90, but not so much now, and if you add the gay themed research, it becomes even more difficult.

End of the Trail is a perfect example of western romance, even in the reason why Will and John embark in a same-sex relationsh...more
Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
4 1/2 stars.

This is a character-driven novel with a solid, unique plot. I loved Will, with his good heart and love for everyone. I also loved John with all of his flaws. The secondary characters were mostly well developed, although the despicable neighbor was known only through inferences and speculation. The ending was wrapped up a little too quickly and I am hoping for many sequels that tell more of Will and John’s story, as well as expanding on the previous and future lives of the secondary c...more
High on promise, low on delivery. Everything goes just a bit too smooth. Will takes everything in stride. Everything gets wrapped up neatly with a bow on top. Lots of telling ,little showing. The closest Will comes to communicating the feelings of being in relationship to the reader is his missing John when he's gone for a few weeks. That he is in a relationship with a guy doesn't seem to faze him, even though he's been happily married and this was not a time and place where homosexuality was ac...more

Brilliant, intelligent and well written western story, romantic and full of adventure with two outstanding characters.

I loved how the author gives the time to the story to unfold ... everything is so believable and rings simply so true!
Yuri Aoi
Great read, gay cowboys and a long slow build up of tension.
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