Cool story set in the old west with some intriguing paranormal elements. Homosexuals will get a man lynched, if he's found out, and the ability to par...moreCool story set in the old west with some intriguing paranormal elements. Homosexuals will get a man lynched, if he's found out, and the ability to partially/occasionally see the future is just as dangerous.
Lucas has been saddled with both. He is the narrator, and boy, does he know how to get in trouble! His plan of getting Ambrose's attention may work, but it also puts him in mortal danger.
Ambrose is the strong, brooding type, silent but utterly dangerous when upset. Still, he seems to have a soft spot for Lucas - though I doubt he'd ever admit it! And he might be a cowboy, but there is something about his past hinting at more.
If you like adventures set in the old West with a touch of paranormal, if the strong man coming to the rescue of the reckless, slightly stupid guy sounds like fun, and if you're looking for a slightly mysterious read with a few twists,then you will probably like this short story.(less)
This was an amazing read. I enjoyed the sequel to Blood Pond so much, I’m beginning to wonder if DJ is trying to turn me into a horror fan?!? Nah – no...moreThis was an amazing read. I enjoyed the sequel to Blood Pond so much, I’m beginning to wonder if DJ is trying to turn me into a horror fan?!? Nah – not going to happen. But – as long as the blood-curdling 'horrificness' is balanced with the kind of psychological angle, romantic relationship and quality writing to be found here, I have found that I can definitely appreciate a mystery.
I really loved that all the unanswered questions from the first book were answered here. It was great to see how August and Bruce have managed to build a life for themselves, and I liked that they managed to survive this newest test of their love. Because, for me, as much as the story was about solving the mystery and finally figuring out who was the murderer behind it all then catching him – it was just as much about two lovers trying to deal with horrific events in their pasts. Yes, they had started to deal with it in the first book, and had continued to do so in the intervening 5 years. But, in the end, they couldn’t truly come to terms with any of it until the riddle was solved.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if you're a horror fan: you will love this book as much as the first volume. And if you're not: like me, this sort of story has enough psychological depth to be attractive. Just - read it during daylight hours. It helps!
Cute little story involving a lost young man, the cowboy who finds him and some hot insta-lust. Neither Ricky nor Bryce may have expected to meet and...moreCute little story involving a lost young man, the cowboy who finds him and some hot insta-lust. Neither Ricky nor Bryce may have expected to meet and almost immediately fall for each other, but when they do, they certainly don't hold back.
Ricky is on the run from his old life. Kicked out by his parents, he'd hitch-hike across country and only his last ride turned into something he wasn't ready to accept when the truck driver wanted more than Ricky was willing to give. Now he's at loose ends - except for the hot cowboy he runs into when he is too drunk to watch where he is going.
Bryce has turned into a loner, but when a kid runs into him, and he realizes the guy needs help, he offers him a job on his ranch as well as a room and food. His resolve to see this as a business arrangement lasts less than twenty-four hours, but he does the decent thing and leaves everything up to Bryce.
If you like hot cowboys who are nice on top of attractive, if you're interested in reading about two men who both are a little lost and lonely until they meet, and if you're looking for a light, fun read then you will probably like this short story.(less)
Finally I got to find out more about Roman and Kendrick’s story – only it is way more complicated than that. While it was a relief to see both Roman a...moreFinally I got to find out more about Roman and Kendrick’s story – only it is way more complicated than that. While it was a relief to see both Roman and Kendrick, who were secondary characters from book one, get their own story, there is the additional complication of Clatcher, who came to my attention as another secondary character in the previous book. These three men are in an awful situation, and I wouldn’t want to be any of them! “Indecision” is exactly the right title and what an amazing story this turned out to be!
With Roman loving Kendrick, only to see him die at the hand of evil shape shifter Ailiwen, and moving on when Clatcher comforts him, Roman has to now decide between Kendrick and Clatcher. Kendrick has come back from the dead (since his special dragon power turned out to be much like that of a phoenix) only to find he has turned into a fox shifter and the love of his life seems to be in love with another dragon – Clatcher. And Clatcher has loved Roman from afar for so long, finally has the man’s attention, only to see him turn back toward Kendrick… What a mess!
Roman is an easy guy to love. He used to be the dragon clan’s second in command (until he eloped with Kendrick and was replaced), is Aris’s best friend, and has loved Kendrick from afar while Kendrick was still hung up on Aris. When Kendrick finally gets over that (since Aris is now mated) and turns to Roman, he couldn’t be happier. But thanks to evil Ailiwen that happiness doesn’t last long, Kendrick dies, and all Roma feels is the need for revenge. Clatcher is the only one who keeps him sane. And then Kendrick returns – and Roman is in trouble. He does the honorable thing and returns to Kendrick, after all, they are mated. But Roman is truly torn, finding out that his feelings for Clatcher won’t just go away, no mater how much he wants them to vanish.
Kendrick, for me, was a difficult character to get to like. He’s had an on-again-off-again relationship with Aris for years, but doesn’t seem to respect the fact that Aris has found his true mate in Conner. As he suffers through “losing” Aris (even though he never really “had” him), he begins to see Roman and ends up falling in love and finally finds some happiness. But when Kendrick dies, and suffers through everything that follows, I began to feel for him. And now? He finally has Roman back only to realize the man may love Clatcher. His biggest problem is his lack of self-confidence, and that definitely gets in the way. Kendrick keeps thinking in terms of “whom does Roman love more”, and it takes him a while to figure out a solution that will make all three men happy. Oh boy!
Clatcher was a bit if a stranger for me, since he hasn’t previously played a major role. All I knew about him was what learned in book seven, and his support of Roman, even though a little selfish since he loves the man, made me sympathize with him. He also immediately withdraws when Roman choses Kendrick, since he knew from the start that Roman loved Kendrick and not him. What an awful situation to be in! He is ready to leave, despite both Roman and Kendrick telling him they want him to stay. But really, what is he going to get out of seeing the man he loves mated to someone else?
If you like slightly complicated three-way relationships with lots of angst and emotional drama, if you want to know how Roman manages to reconcile the fact he loves two men, and if you’re looking for a tension-filled read with lots of hot shifter-on-shifter action, then you will probably like this novella.
This was one of those books that gripped me from the first page. Why? Basically, the conflicts Erik faces are tough (both as an athlete on a professio...moreThis was one of those books that gripped me from the first page. Why? Basically, the conflicts Erik faces are tough (both as an athlete on a professional level and as a man in his personal life), he clearly has no idea how to deal with his emotions, and he suffers before the story really starts. There is also something about his voice, the way he thinks and avoids dealing with life that struck me as realistic and kept me wanting to know what's next. Of course, by the time Tyce is introduced, I was already hooked!
Erik is a hockey player with a very defined image of what he should be like, and whom he should be attracted to. From the very beginning it is clear that, deep down, he has a different opinion, but it is equally obvious that "he cannot give in" to what he most wants. As the story develops, the full extent of the disaster that is his life as a college senior and future hockey professional unfolds: his father terrorizes him, he has a fiancée he doesn’t love, and the one person who was his best friend and secret lover is unreachable for him. The self-recrimination is terrible, and the emotional mess he is in made me cringe.
His initial lack of ability to change this was quite embarrassing, I mean, for a guy of 22 or 23, he had not really grown up to form his own opinions, always falling in with what his father wanted. Now, he is finally paying for it. The rest of the book is about the process of digging himself out of this hole, the new terror that awaits him once he frees himself, and the emotional growing up that follows. Spellbinding, as well as highly frustrating, when he has a relapse – or two.
Tyce doesn't have it easy either, buy mainly because he loves Erik deeply and the man walking away from him almost killed him. I totally sympathized with Tyce, and the way he deals with the situation is admirable. He is also very giving and has some great friends, all of which helps him to deal with Erik's emotional growth spurts.
If you like stories that make you squirm and push you to the edge of your seat, if you enjoy reading about men who have a lot of emotional growing up to do, and if you're looking for a great love story, you will probably like this book.
And the adventure continues! In the third installment of this exciting series (that definitely needs to be read in order), Elijah is now a firmly esta...moreAnd the adventure continues! In the third installment of this exciting series (that definitely needs to be read in order), Elijah is now a firmly established character in the world of DungeonCrawl. He knew it as a computer-based adventure game here on Earth, but he has somehow managed to enter the world he used to play in, and is participating in a “game” that is now his increasingly complicated new reality. The plot has deepened, a throne is at stake, and with Elijah and his lover Sarin having chosen sides, they are off on a mission of reconnaissance. Everything ends on another mini-cliffhanger, so I guess there will beat least one more installment.
Elijah has a clever plan: get as close to the king as possible, pretending to be at his service, so they can figure out how much he knows and what he plans to do about it. The reality of actually having to kill people if they want to be convincing hits Elijah hard, and while he had no problem doing this while sitting at his computer, it was all pretend, after all, when he is confronted with the actual situations, it is a different matter. Only his determination to prevent huge injustice and possible war keeps him going.
Sarin plays Elijah’s wolf companion, but he has a few aces up his sleeve both in wolf and in human form. Whether it is to perform all kinds of interesting magic, or making passionate love to Elijah, Sarin is totally motivated. His hare-brained idea at the end had me screaming “now way”, and Elijah isn’t happy either, but it seems to be the only way forward. Sarin is determined, and I’ll have to wait for the next story to find out what happens. Hmph!
If you’re into action/adventures of the slightly fantastical kind, if you’d like to see an increasingly loving couple band together and fight overpowering odds, and if you’re looking for a read that gets more tension-filled and action-packed by the moment, then you will probably enjoy this third volume of the “what happens when a computer game comes to life” series.
As hot as cowboys and the stories about them can be, especially when rodeos are involved, there is always the underlying threat of serious injury. Yes...moreAs hot as cowboys and the stories about them can be, especially when rodeos are involved, there is always the underlying threat of serious injury. Yes, there is danger in ranch work as well, but it’s a whole different dimension when you’re talking bull riding and bucking horses. Tragically, as this story shows, deadly injury doesn’t even have to strike during work. One of the main characters’ friends, James, falls off his horse when they are just goofing off, and breaks his spine. He is not expected to recover.
Alan was there when it happened, and he is about as shaken up as can be. Not just because he is going to lose a friend, but because seeing the effect of a fall like that makes him think about his own choices. He thought the rodeo was the most important thing in his life, more important than living with his lover Colby. He left in anger, the man hasn’t responded to his last few calls, and Alan realizes he has been an idiot. He can only hope it’s not too late!
When Colby hears about James, and how hard Alan has taken it, he hopes the man will make it home to him. Yes, he’s been a little pissy about the fact the guy left him behind, but he still loves Alan with all he is. The relief when Alan makes it home is tremendous, and their reunion turns very hot, very quickly. Colby doesn’t even hesitate when Alan asks if he can stay – for Colby, his ranch had already become Alan’s home a long time ago.
If you like stories with a touch of tragedy that makes men rethink their priorities, if hot cowboys are your thing, and if you’re looking for a short story about two men who are passionate enough about each other to admit they were wrong, then you will probably lie this short story.(less)
Short and sweet, this story features two very hot cowboys, a herd of alpacas, and some hot summer loving “up on the mountain”. With the age difference...moreShort and sweet, this story features two very hot cowboys, a herd of alpacas, and some hot summer loving “up on the mountain”. With the age difference between Skeet and Dan bothering Dan, and the fear of being thought of as stupid worrying Skeet, there is just enough tension for a short story like this to make things a little interesting. That and the increasing heat between the two men was definitely enough to make me smile – and keep me amused as I read about their antics.
Skeet is pretty young and has made some stupid mistakes, always looking for trouble, or so it seems. Dan is older and is trying to help Skeet from making things worse for himself, so much so that he’s even come out to Skeet to make sure the young cowboy knows he’s not alone. Skeet is so attracted to Dan he can hardly control himself, and when Dan catches him jacking off (out in the open!) during one of their breaks, the game is up. And from the moment Dan opens up, there is no going back.
If you like hot cowboys, or if you’re looking for your first story about two rugged men making a living out in the open all summer, if two men who both think they are unacceptable to the man they really want sound like an interesting pair, and if you’re looking for short, hot, and fun, then you will probably like this short story.(less)
High school is a crucial time for many people, a time when they decide who they want to be, or at least what sort of a person they will become once th...moreHigh school is a crucial time for many people, a time when they decide who they want to be, or at least what sort of a person they will become once they grow up. While reading stories set in that time are interesting, I find the ones that look at people thirty or forty years later even more fascinating. They offer the opportunity to look at what really happened, and in the case of “King”, who used to be a hero and feel like a hero when he made his school bully-free, there was bound to be a grand story. Right? Wrong. The way King sees it he is a total failure. For me, the real story unfolds in this book and it is all about how he got to that point, and how an unexpected turn of events helps him see the truth of the effect he has had on so many lives – which does make him a hero. Just of a different kind than he expected.
King’s last good deed of his high school years was, as far as he was concerned, no different than any of the others he performed. Keeping the bullies powerless and giving the kids who need it the courage to stand up for themselves was what he and his merry band of helpers was all about. His great dreams crashed though, and now he lives a boring, closeted life, never having left town like he intended. He may still work small “miracles”, but he doesn’t see them as really important. Boy, does he have it wrong!
On his fifty-seventh birthday, a new chapter of his life begins. Not that he realizes it at first, nor does he expect anything to change. He is too old. Right? Wrong again! His friends have organized not just a party, but an encounter with King’s own hero, Rex Rodman. Their encounter sets in motion a chain of discoveries, discussions, and events that reveal a lot of unexpected truths and teach King some valuable lessons. I loved the road the author took me on as King and Rex maneuver their way around obstacles, preconceptions, and accepted “truths” that turn out to be not so true after all.
If you like stories about second chances, if two men who seem destined for very different things end up discovering there are many more options than they thought sound like an interesting couple, and if you’re looking for a slightly different kind of romance that revolves around self-discovery and learning to be honest with yourself, then you will probably enjoy this novel.(less)