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The Tin Star (Ranch #1)

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When James Killian comes out to his father, he finds himself banished from his home and fired from his job. His savior comes in the unlikely form of Ethan Whitehall, his older brother's best friend. Ethan has always had a soft spot where Jamie Killian was concerned, and he will do whatever it takes to keep his new lover safe. PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This book contains explicit h...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 6th 2006 by Loose Id, LLC (first published 2006)
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Mahyar
May 24, 2010 Mahyar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mahyar by: UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~*
You would never believe how people(In real life, of course.) reacted when I told them about the concept of this book. They were all like "That's disgusting," "How can you read something like that?" and more horrible comments that are not worth mentioning. Close-minded much? I didn't expect them to be 'understanding' but trash-talking is just mean. Will prejudice against homosexuals ever end? It's sad. (In case you were wondering, I live in Iran.)

*Possible Spoilers*

People's nasty comments aside,...more
DarienMoya
Jul 27, 2011 DarienMoya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Langley, and hot man loving in a cowboy setting
^^ PLOWING FEILDS ISN'T THE ONLY THING THESE GUYS DO!^^

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So you know I am a huge fan of J.L Langley, her books are all kinds of awesome. While this one not being my fave, it still manages to give me butterflies in the tummy. Its deeply sexual and emotionally rich and I enjoyed it.

Jamie Killian decides he is going to be bold and come out to his father and brother, he never expected it to go down the way it did. With his dad throwing him o...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I can't read this book any longer. I don't know if it would improve, but after reading 90 pages and just wanting to put it down the entire time, I'm tapping out.

I don't know what my problem is because so many of my GR friends love this story. Something about the author's style just didn't work for me. It was all too tell-y and not show-y enough, there were too many exclamation marks for my liking, and the writing style just felt too young for the subject matter. I didn't like the characters (th...more
Dina
Apr 25, 2011 Dina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dina by: UniquelyMoi *~*Dhestiny*~*
This was a sweet read, with the right amount of angst (not too much, thankfully) to prevent it from being completely unrealistic.

Dark-haired, blue-eyed, 21-year-old cowboy Jamie Killian is tired of hiding his sexuality and decides to tell his father he's gay. Unexpectedly (to Jamie), his father not only gets the shock of his life but throws him out of the house. Confused and hurt, Jamie is pondering what to do next when Ethan Whitehall, his older brother John's best friend, offers him a place to...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
Story summary:

When James Killian comes out to his father, he finds himself banished from his home and fired from his job. His savior comes in the unlikely form of Ethan Whitehall, his older brother's best friend. Ethan has always had a soft spot where Jamie Killian was concerned, and he will do whatever it takes to keep his new lover safe.

My review:

This was my first J.L. Langley read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She does a great job of creating compelling characters that we can’t help but want t...more
MK (Food actvist)
Dec 24, 2008 MK (Food actvist) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of cowboy themed m/m romance
Ethan is a rancher at the Tin Star takes in Jamie (his friend John's younger brother) when he is kicked out of his house after
he tells his father is he gay. Jamie has had a crush on Ethan all his life but never acted on it because Ethan is straight. Right?

Ok of course the romantic connection between Ethan and Jamie becomes intense. You keep turning the page to find out the next scene.
JL Langley uses every emotion to keep you engaged in the story. Humor, sadness, heated passion, love, and all ar...more
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
Unlike this book i will keep my words short. This book had way too much pointless information. it just went on and on about nothing. If you cut out half the descriptive details and pointless shopping trips this would have been a great read.

I hope i never read the words "daddy," "Blue eyes" and "My Cowboy" again

Overall I did like it but i feel no connection to the M/C's i didn't even care when Ethan got shot. I didn't care when "Blue Eyes" got poisoned and I didn't care about there city council...more
Heather
Nov 17, 2008 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Cameron Dane m/m romance
Recommended to Heather by: Eyre and Daisiemae
Shelves: e-book, erotica, m-erotica
This was a very sweet cowboy story about a young man named Jamie who has had a crush on his older brothers best friend Ethan since he was a kid.

When Jamie finally admits to his father that he's gay, his father kicks him out! Ethan agrees to take Jamie in, so he's not on his own. Jamie finds out after moving in that Ethan is gay too, although he isn't out of the closet.

Ethan and Jamie are just starting to develop their romance when someone starts threatening Jamie's life!! The two of them have t...more
Keith
Jul 29, 2009 Keith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gay cowboys and m/m fans.
This was a bitter sweet story of a cowboy that comes out to his family. He gets kicked out of the ranch, the Quad J, and shunned by his father. He finds a new home on the ranch The Tin Star and finds out that one of the workers there is gay as well.

This story had a bit of everything, a little laughter, some saddness, some romance and some hot sex scenes. I hope to read more of Jamie and Ethan.
Shelley
This is a sad, sad day. It's the first time I have ever shelved cowboys with boring and No. But this was worse than boring it was, just bad.

I managed to get to the 35% mark and that was enough. You can see status updates, but what I didn't mention was all times their cocks tented, twitched, hardened, ached, went rigid and leaked when they so much as blinked at each other. The dialog is almost non-existent and when it isn't? These two may as well be 15!

I'm horrified that listopia rates this as...more
Kay
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Liz Blue
I'll admit it...I don't get it. This book has outstanding reviews, and it so didn't do it for me.

Let me start out with what I liked--

the names.
the beginning.
the first kiss.

OK. Hm. Not much there. Now, the things that bothered me:

1. Too! Many! Exclamation! Points!
2. The internal dialogue sounded identical for Ethan and Jamie. I couldn't tell who was thinking.
3. Also, the internal dialogue didn't sound very authentic. Too many "Oh man!"s and "Ah jeez!"es. They sounded like 14-year-old boys. And wh...more
Elisa Ramblings
one day suddenly John, his best friend and son of the neighbouring ranch's owner, arrives half drunk to his house and discloses that Jamie, his 21 years old little brother has told their father that he’s gay, and the only answer he got was being thrown out of his home, with no money, cloths or horse (and for a Texan cowboy this is the real problem). Jamie, the child who followed them in adoration during their young hood rides; blue-eyed, happy-go-lucky Jamie whom Ethan always has seen as his you...more
Adrienne
Found at UBS 06/11/10

Okay this book was really difficult for me to rate, I know many of my GRs friends gave this 5 stars,but for me the story just wasn't emotional enough, there was no angst, no 'passsion' between these two, no steam, Jamie jumped Ethans bones within the first 2 chapters and that was it. The story that followed was peppered with hot in between the sheets action but not much else. As most of my GRs friends know I like sometimes dark, sometimes emotional reads, this was fun and th...more
Karla

I ADORED this book, these men, and their love story! So profound and beautiful!

Jamie’s tired of hiding the fact that he’s gay, tells his father, only to be told he no longer has a home-Jacob tells him to “get out.” Ethan Whitehall, his older brother’s best friend, offers him a job and a place to stay at his ranch, the Tin Star. Ethan is also gay, but very few people know his sexual preference and although he doesn’t deny it, he doesn’t live an open lifestyle. They were perfect together. Ethan is...more
Gina
This was a wonderful story with Cowboys, plenty of steam and two really sweet guys! What more could I ask for!! YAY!!

James Killian is a sweet young man who comes out to his dad and then gets thrown off his family ranch. With nowhere to go, he ends up at the Tin Star, the ranch of his brother’s best friend Ethan Whitehall. My heart broke for Jamie, but the courage and strength he displayed kept me cheering him on! I loved Ethan, older then Jamie, caring, supportive and loyal. What I loved about...more
Beck
Sep 16, 2013 Beck rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beck by: Breann
Shelves: cowboy, mm, series
This ticks all the boxes. Sexy cowboys; friends to lovers; coming out; David verses Goliath battles to be accepted as gay in a small community ... James & Ethan were a cute couple who, despite their insta-love plot line, leave the reader satisfied with their HEA ... the angst is a bit melodramatic but enjoyable to read despite that ... the secondary characters were fun to read about too ... this is a fun, easy to read, sexy romp ... there are some laughs in the mix too ... highly recommended...more
Kathleen
Story Rating 4 Stars
Character Rating 5 Stars
Romance Rating 4 stars
Heat Level 5 Stars
Overall Rating 4.5 Star

I really liked this story and loved the main characters. I really loved reading about these two men as a couple and how much they really cared and loved each other. The sex scenes were really hot too.
Megan
Man oh Man, or should I say Man on Man. This book was freaking scorchingly hot. There are no words strong enough to do this book justice. LOVED IT!

This was my first M/M erotica book and I am hooked on the genre now. This book is an erotica, but the romance was so strong in it that it became my focus. The general love these two shared was so profound and heart-warming that it had me praying for a happy ending for them the whole way through. The romance is beautiful and did I mention the sex scene...more
Tara
The Tin Star has been sitting on my tbr shelf for months. I bought a while ago too and I just never read it. I don't know why. It was sweet. Ethan runs The Tin Star. His lifelong best friend John, also runs a ranch with the help of his little brother Jamie. When John comes to Ethan and tells him that that Jamie came out to their father and their father kicked him off the ranch, Ethan does what you do for friends. He offers Jamie a new job, a new home, a new life and a chance at love.

Like I said...more
Jucilene
Love my cowboys!

Jamie octopus and Ethan, sweet cowboy!



The most fair appeal of this book is the plausible factor. It was good read a book with simple persons, not connected with gangsters or barely being owners of the world... or yet with super powers and spaceships. Just people with their feet on the ground and lots of sweet!



But I prefer bitter chocolat. =P What a bitch, I know!

I mean, it was sweet, sweet, sweet! I love sweetness and of course is highly recommended! But rewording the Bard of Avo...more
Molli B.
This book was fairly awful. A quick read, but all of the guys talked with exclamation points all the time, and it was far too sappy for my tastes.

The development of the relationship between the protagonists is severely underdeveloped and goes from, "I never really thought of him that way," to "Wow, he's The One!" in barely the span of a heartbeat. And the family relationships (the supportive ones) all felt a bit too unrealistic, too. I can handle romancey stuff, but it really has to be at least...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I want to read the second book in the series right away, because as far as m/m romance goes, this probably defines the genre. If I had read it a year ago, I would have probably rated it 4*, but I guess I am in a slightly different place now.

I liked the characters, they were good together and even if there was an age gap, Jamie wasn't too childish or puppish, but I never liked the fact he was called "Blue Eyes" by Ethan. It immediately conjured Elton John and that song and it went on for too long...more
Julie C
My first read from J.L. Langley and boy was I impressed. I love sexy cowboys and I also love M/M romances. What do you get when you combine the two? A super hot story is what.

I immediately found Jamie so brave when he came out to his family. His dad is a total dick by the way; I couldn't find any redeeming qualities in him at all. Jamie is sweet, innocent and a hard worker and he's had a crush on Ethan forever. So when Ethan steps up and offers him a job and home after his dad kick's him out...I...more
Brenda (b)
I read this one after The Broken H , but that made no difference, there was nothing that was spoiled from either story. Ethan and Jamie were such a great couple and I loved watching their relationship grow and solidify. Jamie was so sweet, but his father was such a rotten son of a... and I was so glad that his attitude wasn't shared by John & Julia. I enjoyed the antics of Spot and Fred and thought they added just the right touch of humor to the story.
Norah
This is one of my all time favourite books,,, James Killian knows all about bigots his father is at the top of the list. James is kicked out of him home, his ranch when he tells his dad he is gay. He leaves with little but his truck and a broken heart.
In steps Ethan whitehall , who has known jamie all his life. Always had a torch for jamie but he was off limits.
when jamie has no where to go ethan learning his plight takes him in to his ranch and home, the tin star.Someone is out to get jamie an...more
L-D
About 3.5 stars. Jamie Killian just came out to his family and his father, Jacob, kicked him off the ranch. His brother, John, upset about the events between his brother and father, reaches out to his best friend Ethan. Ethan and John have been best friends for 26 years and he has always looked out for John's brother Jamie. Ethan, the owner of the Tin Ranch, offers Jamie a job and a place to stay. Ethan did not know that Jamie was gay, but he's not going to look the other way when Jamie is in ne...more
DaisyGirl
4.0 Stars

Jamie is Ethan’s best friend’s younger brother. Jamie’s dad disowns him and kicks him off the Quad J ranch when Jamie tells him he’s gay. Ethan owns the Tin Star ranch and takes Jamie in. Ethan – who is closeted – disagrees with Jamie’s decision to come out. Ethan believes that it only brings heartache and invites problems. Seemingly, he’s right as Jamie and the Tin Star ranch soon come under the attack of vandals and other bigots. Meanwhile, Jamie and Ethan are inexplicably drawn to on...more
Roxane
I couldn't finish this one. I thought the writing felt... childish, to be honest, and I don't think I'll buy another book from this author. :/

At the beginning John being dead-drunk after drinking for like 2 minutes, going from perfectly fine speech to so slurred that one word out of two is incomprehensible and then a page later he's passed out on the couch...

I don't want to start analyzing everything, but from what I've read I wasn't a fan of the writing because of things like that. The charact...more
ayanami
I know J.L. Langley is well-loved but this book is just awful. Nothing rings true in this book. The characters are flat and underdeveloped, the dialogue is stilted, and the plot feels like an afterthought to pad the book between (really bland and repetitive) sex scenes. The two leads get together super fast without any sort of indication of why they fell for each other. It's explained that Jamie had a crush on Ethan for all his life but I never got a sense of what exactly he likes about Ethan, o...more
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- Jamie Killian”
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