Of Dark and Bright is the last book in the Dark Horse Series. As always, I loved being with Dan, Jeff, and Evan. I wish this one was a bit lo...more3.5 Stars
Of Dark and Bright is the last book in the Dark Horse Series. As always, I loved being with Dan, Jeff, and Evan. I wish this one was a bit longer so we could have seen more of them working on their problems. I felt like the issue with Jeff and the crisis with Tat only served to cover everything up. What happened with Tat went overboard and it seems a bit contrived.
I still feel like Evan's on the sidelines, even though I know he brings on a lot of the trouble himself. It's the little things between Jeff and Dan (the hand holding or how they always look to each other for comfort) that I don't feel between Evan and Dan or even Evan and Jeff. There is a lack of intimacy. This was easier to accept in the first two books because those were about Dan's journey in finding Jeff and Evan and finding his place in the relationship. In this one I expected to feel as if all three men were a complete unit, especially since it included Evan and Jeff's POV's, and the fact that this was supposed to be 2 years later. Unfortunately, it wasn't the case for me. I think this book strayed from the format of the first two books. There were too many extraneous events happening all at once and it felt forced.
Regardless of these shortcomings, I enjoyed this series very much. I'll just have to accept that they all love each other equally even though they have very different bonds with one another. (less)
Out of the Darkness takes place immediately after Dark Horse. While Dan is trying to find his place with Jeff and Evan, he's still constantly over-thi...more Out of the Darkness takes place immediately after Dark Horse. While Dan is trying to find his place with Jeff and Evan, he's still constantly over-thinking every step of the way. This book further highlights the imbalance in their relationship. I love the connection between Dan and Jeff. Jeff is the calming force in the relationship. He's strong, self-assured, and has an ability to bring everyone together. Although, we find that this isn't always the case, even Jeff has his doubts and fears. As far as Dan and Evan go, I don't get the same feeling with them. There's always a complication or problem that comes between them. Evan is jealous and insecure and this does nothing but cause a rift between them. Dan is the odd man out in the relationship but I find myself feeling that Evan is really the one on the outside.
We still don't find out anything about Jeff and Evan's relationship. I need more!!!! They had issues before Dan came around, but how deep did they go? I know they love each other but I don't feel it. This is becoming increasingly frustrating.
My biggest gripe with this book was the epilogue. I would have been much happier with Dan acknowledging his feelings and end at that. I'd rather wait and see them work out their issues before any of this happened. I can see how Dan would want to move forward but after all the ups and downs, this was quite a leap at this point in the story. It really threw me, so I may be dropping this to a 3.5 after some further thoughts on the matter.
I am so glad I read this little gem. Dark Horse is about Dan, a horse trainer who's struggling with love, loss, loneliness, and uncertainty. What a gr...moreI am so glad I read this little gem. Dark Horse is about Dan, a horse trainer who's struggling with love, loss, loneliness, and uncertainty. What a great character and the perfect setting for this story. The details of the horse training were just enough to set the tone of the story and draw you into Dan's world without being overwhelming. By the end, I wanted to spend a day with Dan and his horses.
The first half of this story tore me up. You can feel how deep Dan's pain goes. The push and pull with his emotions and the decisions he had to make, made everything seem so realistic. Nothing came easy for him, even his feelings for Jeff and Evan. I loved how he didn't instantly fall for both men. He had a stronger connection to Jeff and had legitimate concerns about both. Even though his attraction towards Jeff made me feel bad for Evan at times, it still made complete sense.
There weren't any quick rolls in the sack that made everything ok. Even up to the very end, Dan struggles with how he feels. I absolutely loved how the ending wasn't all roses and chocolates. The seeds of doubt are what make Dan who he is. Albeit, there were a few times that his anxiety was getting to me and I was yelling at him to stop with all the "what if's" and second guessing every last detail, but the over-thinking is part of what made me fall for him. Although I still loved it when Evan called him melodramatic and a drama queen. Spot on buddy!
I also enjoyed all the side characters. Tat, Chris, and Ryan, were all great too. However, I thought some of the character's voices blurred. Dan, Chris, and Ryan, all had the same verbal expressions. And the "Hey man's" really got over-used.
The issues that bothered me a bit were:
1. The book had a lot of irrelevant detail, especially in the second half of the book. I think if it was a bit shorter, it would have been perfect.
2. I wanted to know more about Evan and Jeff's relationship. They are great characters. Jeff was calm and gentle while Evan was passionate and impulsive. Great combo. I know this is Dan's book but this made it feel incomplete to me. There were references to them having problems and at the end there were some hints but nothing concrete. I really like these two guys and I wanted more.
3. (view spoiler)[ IMO, the sex didn't live up to the sexual tension these guys had. There was so much heat and chemistry between them, I expected something more explosive than what actually happened. (hide spoiler)]
This was a great book and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
I really enjoyed this story. What I loved most was following Sam on his journey from one of self-doubt and shame to one of acceptance and love. With s...more
I really enjoyed this story. What I loved most was following Sam on his journey from one of self-doubt and shame to one of acceptance and love. With some help from Mitch, Sam was finally able to embrace his sexual desires and stand up for what he wants.
However, there were a few things that bugged me. At times, Sam tended to whine a bit much for my liking but it didn't take away from the story. For the most part I loved his character. Then there was the lack of closeness between Mitch and Sam during the threesome. I figured there would be more of an emotional connection but I didn't feel it. Mitch was obviously considerate to Sam’s feelings and protective of him but I wanted to see more while they were with Randy. It was as if once Mitch and Sam agreed on their boundaries with Randy, it was all sex and more sex and that's about it.
Other than that, Sam and Mitch are great together. They brought out the best in one another. I even liked Randy and all his smartass comments. (less)