According To Hoyle
If there’s one word to describe this novel, it’s complex. It starts with the basic plot, the tale of two US marshals responsible for transporting three criminals for their judgments. Flynn and Wash are a little bit older, a little more world-weary, each fascinating in his own right. Their prisoners are a trio of diversity – the mute Cage, the thug Hudson, and the dandy gunslinger Dusty Rose. Men are out to...more
The novel hints at a stor...more
Until the heroes were in the boat, I wanted to give the book 5 stars. The first part of the book was peeeerrfect: excellent timing for all the actions, great introduction of characters, great description of characters. They are all very interesting men, very different from each other, and the interaction between them is amazing.
But in the second part of the book, I felt like the "harmony" was gone. It was a bit boring (when it should have...more
I enjoyed the way Flynn and Wash interacted - and I appreciated Flynn not breaking character. He maintained his own internal consistency (which we get a look in on)....more
I don’t know what I’d call this. I think it’s just a regular western with the all-male leads just happening to end up together. When I started reading and it turned out to be multiple MCs, I thought it was going to be as sexually graphic as The Archer, but it was really just a few chaste kisses throughout and one sex scene at the end...more
1. I like the four main characters. They're interesting and complex. Wash and Cage are probably the most developed and Flynn the weakest.
2. The bones of the plot are interesting. I like historical fiction. I love a good road book/movie. There's a villain, a treasure, action.
3. Who doesn't love US Marshalls, gun fighters and dapper outlaws?
All that said, something doesn't work...more
But it was mainly a complex action story set in the wild west of the late 19th century. I found the setup of the story for the first quarter of the book to be somewhat confusing - there was so much going on and so many characters to keep straight. The main problem with that being that no one was who they seem...more
This is one of the few M/M fictions that I've read with very little actual on-screen sex (only one scene, actually). Honestly, I didn't even notice until there actually was a sex scene towards the end. And that's high praise. The story caught my interest so much that I got drawn in. I felt there we...more
I think Ms. Roux hit a home run with According to Hoyle and I give it four stars.
FTR, it's even better the second time :)
By the close of 1882, the inhabitants of the American West had earned their reputation as untamed and dangerous. The line between heroes and villains is narrow and indistinct. The concept that a man may only kill if backed into a corner is antiquated. Lives are worth less than horses. Treasures are worth killing for. And the law is written in the blood of those who came before. The only men staving off total chaos are the few who take the letter of the law at its word and risk their lives to uph...more
Excellent MM western with not one but two great romances and a stellar action plot. BUT, and it’s a big but, the sex scenes were beyond miserly. I ended up so disappointed I deducted half a frog for the smut-free romance.
I love that I got two romances for the price of one. Flynn and Wash are stuck in their friendship but they know and are comfortable with each other. Theirs is a slower romance but the emotional payoff is delightful. Gabriel and Cag...more