Now don’t fall over in shock, but I had no choice but to give this book a 5 heart rating. Yes, I know, I’m more of a 4 heart rating kinda girl, but what can I say, this book is brilliant and the author is evil for the way we have been left hanging and panting for the next book.
I am not giving anything away about this book because you have to experience it for yourself but this I will tell you; we get to know the characters well, we end up loving and hating them and wishing they were real so we can shout at them and tell them to pull their heads out of their butt’s. And I mean the three main characters here; the supporting characters are lovable and sweet.
You end up nodding your head in understanding, shaking your head in bewilderment and muttering to yourself about stupid men who just don’t talk. The sex scenes are hot, the frustration and disappointment feel real and the heartbreak is touching, this book does not end how you want it to (no matter how you beg and plead it to), which is why I am waiting with hope for the sequel. I actually want to do a Kathy Bates (for those of you who haven’t heard of her read Misery by Stephen King) and make this author write at least 5,000 pages more, but I suppose I will have to wait just like everyone else for books 2 & 3. Just don’t make me wait too long… Bwahaha Mwahaha. (Sorry that just slipped out. Lol)
So what would I recommend…? Get the book, read it, and then hang there for ages waiting for the next one. (Yeah ‘cuz I have to (boo hoo)) Buy the book and wait for the other books to be released. (Wish I had that option) but whichever one you decide to do I will always recommend that you buy this book ‘cuz it is BRILLIANT.
I don’t know what to say… I am speechless… How on earth has SJD done it again? Quinn is still struggling with his devastation of Lorcan’s leaving him. He manages to cope day to day, but only with the help of the subs, at the club. He somehow doesn’t fall back into despair. Lorcan is still with Jess, but although he loves Jess he still has to fight his desire for Quinn.
Oh My God… this is… I just… I am freaking gobsmacked. When Quinn learns that Lorcan and Jess are coming back he goes to The Push and his favorite sub Ty. And he does something he has never done before; stayed the night with someone and maybe it’s the start of something more meaningful.
Okay, this one is going to tear you apart and make you wish that you could change everything. You will love and hate Quinn, Lorcan and Jess, but you will just love Ty who has a heart-breaking story in his past. This is again not going to end how you want it to (well how I wanted it to anyway), and your heart will break for what the mean author put Jess through. It was devastating and I just sat there thinking “Oh My God” why, why, why did you do that to him.” I did also feel sorry for Lorcan with what he had to go through, as well, but I was also really pleased that he seemed to have grown up a lot since the last book. Quinn is just clueless as to how Ty feels about him. I mean Ty helps him a lot and they get along great so I got my hopes up but then they were dashed. God. Quinn, I know you love Lorcan and all but geeze man where’s your balls, he stomped all over your heart for Christ’s sake.
This book is brilliant, the story-line is fantastic, the characters are incredible and they have developed and become better people since the last book. The sex is hot, erotic and kinky and there was enough to keep you humming along nicely. The emotions that you feel during this book makes your head spin as you just don’t know who you want to come out on top, Ty or Lorcan. Which one should get Quinn? Jess or Quinn? Which one should get Lorcan? It’s just so hard to choose.
So, boys and girls, this book will frustrate you, wring your heart out, make you stomp your feet and grind your teeth. Will make you wish that you could grab these characters and shake some sense into them. Will make you wish that it was inter-active so you can say ‘No don’t, he’ll break your heart’ and ‘No Ty’s better for you’. So I have to recommend you go out and get this book… it is just fantastic.
Well, Hell… I have to wait ‘til February FEBRUARY for the next book… I don’t think I can do it… I can’t wait that long… I think I have to go author hunting… Bwahaha Mwahaha… you were warned....more
Weber has just retired from bull riding and on his way to the promise of a job. He stops off in San Francisco to visit his sometime lover Cyrus. Cyrus, the neurosurgeon, who is so far out of his league that Weber wonders what he is doing. Cyrus is madly in love with Weber and he doesn’t see Weber the way that Weber sees himself. Now, with the help of his family, he sets about to convince Weber that they are a match made in heaven.
Mary Calmes has done it again, giving us a wonderful heart-warming story that is a treat to read. Weber won’t acknowledge the love between him and Cyrus, because he truly believes that Cyrus could do so much better than a washed out homeless bull-rider. He won’t be some kept man and there is nothing in the way of work for him in San Francisco. But, that all changes during his latest visit. Cyrus is desperate to keep Weber and to convince him that he has always been the prince for him and not the frog that he thinks he is, and this visit with his family around him they just might break through Weber’s walls.
*Sigh* A truly wonderful heart-warming story that I read with a slight smile on my face all the way through; as slowly the realization dawns on Weber that to Cyrus he has always been a prince. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one, as Weber stuck to his guns about not being a kept man and he really didn’t seem to notice the effect he had on people around him. Cyrus really had his hands full trying to convince Weber that just because he didn’t have any worldly possessions didn’t mean he had nothing to offer and that what Weber did have to offer was all that he had ever wanted.
This is a story of true love, pride and perspectives. about how love can do away the social barriers and how some people can gain respect just by their innate goodness and natural respect for those around him. These characters are perfect and the secondary characters are incredible, but didn’t try to steal the show. The story is melded together perfectly and the love, want and need shines through the pages leaving you in no doubt how much these men really mean to each other. Cyrus and Weber have a passion that exploded from the first time they saw each other and has carried through the last three years and we can enjoy many passionate sex scenes, embraces and clinches that will make you a little hot under the collar.
I have to recommend this to all Mary Calmes lovers, lovers of heart-warming stories, those who enjoy passionate sex, letting go of pride, happy-ever-afters and stories that leaving you with a smile on your face. (I still say witchcraft.)...more
Deacon owns a furniture store selling his own creations, but he is also the head of a secretive government agency. Asked by a friend to help Aaron deal with his problems, he decides that he will. But, when he meets the young man he is drawn to him in ways he thought were long dead. Adam was given a general discharge from the army, but the guilt he feels over the deaths of his comrades affects him greatly. When he meets Deacon, he feels safe and attracted to him, so he decides to see if Deacon returns his feelings.
This story is well written. Deacon has secrets that he doesn’t want getting out. Adam doesn’t want anyone to know the real reason that he left the army and Deacon has done an in-depth background check on Adam as a way to know everything, so that he can help him. These two men end up together and help each other in some small way, but Deacon has a confession to make to Adam and Adam finds it hard to accept that a man like Deacon would be interested in him.
Okay, I liked this story as it delves into the territory of survivors’ guilt and we get a good feel for both Aaron and Deacon. But, what we don’t get is a full understanding of what either of them went though. We get given hints, i.e. Deacon’s car was purposely driven off the road injuring him and killing his lover. We get told that it had to do with Deacon’s job, but that’s it… It’s mentioned that Adam has scars on his chest and that he was held at gunpoint for three days, but not much more. Seriously, it’s as though all the really good bits were cut out.
Deacon and Adam’s relationship does move fast, but the burning down of the store forced that and the sex between them is hot. Now, some of you might be put off, but there is a twenty-one year age gap. But, to be honest with you, the only time that I remembered that was when the author brought it up, which was a few times. But, neither character ever really worried about it and there was no angst or arguments about it so to me the age between them was negligible.
So, I will recommend this to those who love damaged heroes, May – December relationships, hot sex, a good story-line and a happy ever after....more
Wilson needs a break. He needs to find the real him and what he truly wants. But, he can’t do that in L.A. because he feels a fake, so he buys a ranch in Wyoming. Steve is in a desperate situation, he has turned up at a ranch for a job only to find the ranch has been sold, and the new owner doesn’t know what they are going to do with it. But, lucky for him, Wilson is a kind hearted man and takes him on as a caretaker. They become close, but Wilson is a star and Steve is hiding from his past. Can these two men sort through their problems before it is too late?
This is a wonderful written novel from Andrew Grey that has made me want to re-read all the series again. Wilson is fed up in L.A. he is sick of the parties and the hangers-on and he is also getting fed up with his best friend and manager, Howard. He just needs to be somewhere that will give him inspiration for his song writing and if he happens to find something more from his surroundings, then that’s his business. Steve is looking for some security. Somewhere he can work and feel safe, but that falls through and now he is desperate and he falls hard for his rescuer. But, they both have to face their own demons, Steve, his father and Wilson, his coming out.
Wilson and Steve are great characters. Wilson is fighting to find his music again, but finds so much more. And Steve is fighting to keep his freedom and who he is and when they come together they find what they really need in each other. Neither is perfect and they both struggle with their choices, especially Wilson, as he thinks he has so much to lose, but he has started to break the chains that have held him for so long. There is some angst, some danger and a lot of love. A romance of breaking through boundaries, even when they are your own, and grabbing love when it is shown to you and not letting it slip through your fingers, because it might be a difficult choice. But, also facing up to the past and facing demons and accepting that sometimes you do need help.
So, I will recommend this to those who love cowboys, hot men, soul-searching, accepting the truth, a touch of angst, a slight touch of danger, a visit from previous characters and a happy ever after....more
Cole is a half-breed werewolf and a cowboy who owns a horse farm. When horse shifter Jonah approaches him for a job he declines, his wolf instincts driving him hard. Jonah is desperate to get away from his brother, Nathan, who thinks shifting, is a sin and Jonah being gay pushes him over the edge. Cole and Jonah have to find the strength to fight Nathan in the human world.
This is a very good shifter story, showing us how these people deal with their shifter instincts and their love, while fighting a bigot who is against shifting and gays. Cole struggles with his wolf instincts and urges, fighting for dominance over the wolf. But, when Jonah comes into his life, it’s a fight he seems to be barely winning. Jonah is a young man who has been treated badly by his brother and stepfather. When Cole rescues him, he doesn’t know how to be strong enough to fight his brother, but, with Cole’s help he finds a reserve of hidden strength he didn’t know he had.
I loved these characters of Jonah and Cole; both of them have their own troubles; Jonah, his family, and Cole, his wolf instincts. Cole’s situation is an intriguing one, as a half-breed he isn’t expected to shift, but, his wolf instincts are strong and it is tearing him apart, as his wolf and human side struggle for dominance. Jonah is in another unique situation, his family are horse shifters but they are so religious that they think shifting is a sin, add in the fact that Jonah is gay and you have a brother who would commit murder to cleanse him. The way the shifters and humans seem to grudgingly live side by side is interesting, the shifters aren’t hunted down but they aren’t fully accepted either… some people accept them, others ignore them and some sneer and snarl at them… it spookily reminded me of how gays are treated.
The relationship between Cole and Jonah is not an easy one at first, as Cole and Jonah have to fight their animal instincts of predator and prey, the urges to chase and flee. Jonah has an easier time of his control as he accepted him stallion many years before, but Cole has never truly accepted his wolf because of his inability to shift. Their sex life is passionate and intense with a few ups and downs as Cole fights his instincts to bite and tear (it’s very hot, very hot). There are also times when they conflict because of their protective natures, each trying to protect the other and do the right thing.
I will recommend this to those who love shifters, hot sex, conflict, danger, two men who are struggling to be themselves, a wonderful love and a happy ending.
John is in hospital having being diagnosed with cancer. It’s a diagnosis that Conner won’t accept, and he’s not losing the love of his life without a fight, not after 37 years of facing everything together. Conner looks back to the beginning of their relationship when they had to fight the hardest, against their own selves, as they tried to embark on a relationship that was still frowned upon in cowboy country. This is a wonderful story that gives us fans of Whispering Pines Ranch the chance to get to know both Conner and John better, and also gives us their romance from the very beginning. As John lies in his hospital bed with Conner snuggled up against him, Conner takes us on the journey of the beginning of their relationship and the courage both men had to find to be the men that the other loved. Conner has already faced a lot in his 29 years and is comfortable with whom he is. But, John in his 32 years has always played it safe. He doesn’t want to lose the respect of the men around him. But when the two meet, they both have to make choices until they reach an impasse and they both realise just what is most important to them. I loved this story. I love Conner and John in their sixties and I loved them just as much when they were younger. Being able to see the beginning of their relationship was a treat. I loved the ups and downs that they faced, as well as the emotional battles that they faced within themselves. Seeing them both come to the realisation as to what was really important to them, for Conner it was being himself even if it meant losing the man he loves, and for John it was about facing his life without the man he loves, compared to having the full respect of those around him. This story isn’t as angsty or angry as the previous books in this series, and it isn’t as frustrating or hair pulling because we already know that Conner and John would get their happily ever after, but it still pulls at the heart-strings as we see the men we could love become the men we do love. S.J.D. has written another wonderful touching story that will stay with after you have finished the last page. As a little side note: please ignore the fact that the Bee Gees travelled back in time to 1974 with their song Jive Talkin’, which they didn’t record until 1975. Lol S.J.D.’s a good sport and said I could mention it. So I will recommend this to those who love stories about rough, tough cowboys, about having courage to stand for what you want, for hot men falling in love, some hot cowboy sex and the beginning of what we know to be true love for two lovely wonderful men. Now to wait impatiently for Jess’s Journey .
Riley and Jack have a great life. Jack is going into horse training, Riley’s business, CH, is getting off the ground and everything is going great in their relationship. Robbie comes to work for Jack and Eli convinces Jack to let him use the Double D for a photo shoot and becomes smitten with Robbie. Can Eli convince Robbie that they can have something special? And how do Riley and Jack handle the problems thrown at them?
This is a wonderful story, where we can see the continuation of Jack and Riley’s relationship and see a new one developing on the Double D Ranch. Riley and Jack have their own individual worries in this book, with Riley having to deal with an underhanded investor, and Jack worries about the horse training expansion. We see them both leaning on each other and being there for each other, as well as dealing with ghosts from the past, but above all else we see their abiding love for each other.
The addition of Eli and Robbie is brilliant. The development of their relationship is awkward, but Eli refuses to give up over his mistake. Both Eli and Robbie have had tragedies in the past and while Eli embraces life and welcomes love, Robbie is more gun-shy over loving again. Both these characters fit in seamlessly with Riley and Jack, complementing the other couple while being an individual couple in their own right. don’t make the mistake of thinking they are just background filler because they aren’t, they are a couple with their own story that gets told.
The writing is smooth and so is the storyline, it does jump forward in time by a few months, but it is smoothly done so it doesn’t throw you. Riley and Jack are still as passionate about each other as ever, and Eli and Robbie scorch the pages as well.
I will recommend this to those who love sexy cowboys, hunky businessmen, horny photographers, cute kids, supportive family and a happy ending....more
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Jubilee and Kieran are on the trail of Reggie Jones, both men knowing that when the case is over they have to go their separate ways. Kieran throws himself into the undercover world to bring down another drug cartel, a case which nearly kills Kieran and ends up taking him back to Jubilee. Jubilee goes back to life in Lone Trail and getting his office sorted but he is soon on the trail of a man who is one of the Marshal’s most wanted, the tip coming from Dillon DePriest and the sighting was in Eva’s brothel.
This story continues where Longing ended, Jubilee and Kieran both admitting their love but unable to compromise, separating when the case of Reggie Jones ends and eventually crossing paths again as Kieran shuts down another drug cartel. The path to love is never easy but when you throw in living in two different countries, high stress jobs and undercover assignments it gets to be a sticky mess where it begins to look worse than hopeless… especially when Jubilee discovers just what lengths Kieran goes to, to get to the top boss.
Ah D.J. Manly and A.J. Llewellyn have brought us an exciting, dangerous, tension filled story that draws you in and as you progress through the book, you see actions and reactions and wonder if our two hot law enforcement officers will ever get their happy ending. We find out more about Kieran’s father and we also see a hell of a lot of just what Kieran has to go through when he goes undercover, we see Jubilee struggling to accept Kieran’s role and we see both men in their elements as they work their cases. Will Kieran and Jubilee ever find a way to be together or will they continue to torture themselves on the love that slipped away and hope that the pain will ease with time.
This story isn’t one to miss if you love involved cop stories, although the first two books focused on Reggie and his drugs, this one branches out so we see more of what the Marshal’s and the Canadian Narc’s do so we see more cases, and, I can see that there will be a lot of cross over between the American and Canadian law enforcement before Kieran and Jubilee finally get a bliss filled happy ending. We do get the beginning of a happy ending but it gets interrupted in a most shocking fashion, damn and blast those authors.
So in all honesty if you love crime, hot Marshal’s, sexy detectives, interesting cases, finding and losing love, struggling for understanding, danger and an ending that will leave you muttering about evil authors and their torture methods then this is the book for you. ...more
This story is part of a series and I recommend reading them in order. Bryan left the corps under a shadow and hasn’t got anything to his name, deciding on a fresh start in Las Vegas he’s on his way when he has to stop in Kingman because of car trouble, now he has to accept the charity of strangers until he has his feet under him again. Chance has to take time off to evaluate what he really wants in a job, he decides to visit Holden at Willow Springs Ranch and is surprised to discover he has a roommate. Chance and Bryan are asked to help in the search for two missing Federal agents and find more trouble than expected as they explore the attraction between them.
This is quite a good cowboy/law enforcement story. Chance and Bryan meet when they are both staying at the ranch, Bryan for work and Chance as part of a working holiday. Bryan is trying to get back on his feet after being tossed out of the corps and also from a bruised heart, Chance is trying to figure out just where he belongs in law enforcement after being disciplined for passing on sensitive information to a friend. Together they have to help in a search for missing federal agents but can what they have together survive when disaster strikes and an old flame returns?
I did enjoy this story although it felt very abrupt at times when the characters were talking, I sometimes felt like something had been cut out. The relationship between Chance and Bryan started out great and continued to gain ground really well, the storyline was good and has left a big opening for a new story, and it will be interesting to see where it goes. I was left feeling a little disappointed that no clues were left for the boys but I was overall happy with how the book was written. The sex between the MC’s was really hot with hints as to some kinky sex in the future, but I really liked how both characters opened up to each other and seemed to care for each other. I was a bit disturbed by the ex-boyfriend’s actions and had hoped that Bryan would take action in some form, but I could understand his reluctance after everything that happened before.
I will recommend this to those who love cowboys, law enforcement, a great background story, hot sex, great characters and a happy ending. ...more
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Jubilee and Kieran are dragged into an undercover operation when Dillon (Sheriff of Lone Trail) is murdered; it leads them to a child sex trafficking ring. They discover a link to a cult and set out to trap the leader, but there are problems closer to home when they discover someone trying to recruit Pauline (Jubilee’s sister) and her sons for the cult, and someone else gives Jubilee’s nephew’s drugs and Sunny (Darlene’s husband) is brutally attacked in a gay bashing. Can Jubilee and Kieran solve all their new problems and keep their relationship going?
This story is a great addition to the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. We left off the last book with a desperate late night visit from Dillon’s wife, Elsie, and we now find out exactly what happened. Jubilee and Kieran have a very passionate relationship and they finally decide just what is most important to both of them, and what they both want. This story is filled with all sorts of complications as Jubilee investigates Dillon’s murder; it leads them to Kieran going undercover as the cat houses new owner.
We are joined by characters from previous books in the way of Sunny and Earl; we have some new characters joining us and some hair-raising circumstances. Jubilee’s and Kieran’s relationship is strong, even if they have had to hide it, and we see how it progresses further and the realization they both come to and the decisions they make. The characters are strong and the written is good, the storyline moves very fast and there is a lot going on, so much so that you do have to suspend reality a little, but we do get some quality naked time with Kieran and Jubilee (although Jubilee really should destroy his phone lol).
I enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to the rest of the series, being able to see how Kieran’s and Jubilee’s relationship progresses and deepens is great, the new addition to the family should make things interesting and fresh. I will admit to being sad to see some of the characters gone as I really did like them, and I honestly think that Darlene needs a psych evaluation because she is clearly insane and doesn’t live in the real world.
I will recommend this to those that love cowboys, crime, strong characters, hot sex, surprising turns and a brilliant happy ending. ...more
Aren has fled from an untenable position, his new home on Oestend seems like his dream come true and having some eye candy like Deacon to look at doesn’t hurt. When Deacon collect’s the new book keeper he doesn’t think he will last a month.
This is a sweet love story that is worked into a very well written fantasy world. When we first meet Aren he doesn’t believe in the wraiths but it is not long before we find out that are indeed real but also we find out the history and truth behind them. We also find out the truth about Deacon and the small haunted house. We see Aren fumble his way through meetings with girls who are throwing themselves at him and his solution to the ghost in the cellar. Deacon and his attraction to Aren was a surprise because he really did come across as straight and because all his dealings and his continued friendship with Aren there was no hint at all of any attraction.
The world building was incredible; the storyline was good and the characters interesting. I liked the fact that Deacon and Aren were friends before they progressed to more and I also liked the D/s with Aren being the Dom in the bedroom. I thought the story progressed slowly at first but there was a lot of world building and character building. The progression of their sex life was good, a bit more realistic as Deacon is a gay sex virgin, and it is extremely hot.
So I would recommend this to those who love fantasy, Paranormal, cowboys, hot sex, and a good storyline. ...more
Aaron has it all planned out, the perfect evening for himself and Quinn and nothing is going to interrupt it not even Quinn. Quinn worries when he gets home and it’s all dark, until Aaron surprises him.
This is a beautiful little short story, it’s well written and delves in D/s but only with light rope play, and is used more as a ploy than serious D/s play.
I really do like the way that Aaron has arranged the night as Quinn doesn’t get what the true purpose for the night is really about until near the end, and the way that Aaron has gone about proving himself to Quinn was brilliant as I really don’t think any other way would have worked. So for those of us wondering what had become of Aaron and Quinn after Shying Away this is a wonderful little glimpse in their lives at a pivotal time for them.
I would recommend this to anyone who loved Shying Away and also to those who want a sweet short that is hot, erotic and romantic.
Austin has had enough of living his life in the limelight as a movie star and is retiring, he has bought land in Texas in his hometown and is planning on a quiet life away from the media and cameras and hopefully to find some happiness with a man to love him. But Austin is still hot property and the paparazzi don’t want to let him go, with his pseudo girlfriend spiralling out of control and his new relationship about to be blown out into the open Austin has some tough decisions to make. Kitt has worked hard to build his farm back up after his father’s death, if anyone ever found out his secret he would lose everything. Discovering his new neighbour is hot movie star Austin, the man he has fantasised about since high school, shakes him down to his roots and starting anything with the man is risky but falling in love is hard to avoid.
This is a great story of a movie star and a cowboy, falling in love and facing prejudice, ramifications of the past and hounding of the press. Austin has come to the stage in his life where he wants to be honest about himself, but being in the limelight there is no way he can be, retiring to his new farm he discovers a happiness he never thought he would really have with Kitt, his hot cowboy neighbour. But Kitt is firmly in the closet with no way of coming out if he wants to continue supporting his stepmom and sisters, Austin might be everything he wants but the risk is nearly too much. Kitt faces losing everything but is love enough for him to stick by his man?
I thought this story was brilliant, Kitt and Austin are great characters both of them are men’s men through and through, both of them have hidden in the closet for their own reasons and when they meet the attraction is instant. The storyline is great and is kept on an even keel with just a few sparks of excitement along the way, the relationship between Kitt and Austin was well paced, even though they jump in bed after only a few days they aren’t declaring their love for each other right away, which made it more believable. The sex is mega hot but there isn’t too much of it, it is nicely spaced out so you can enjoy the rest of the relationship with its longing, doubts and tests.
I have to recommend this to those who love cowboys and movie stars, closeted men being thrust out the door, hot sex, a tested love, finding support in unexpected places, a hidden secret and a very happy ending. ...more
This story is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone. Simon has recently become guardian to his brothers’ children Dale and Allie, but juggling the children’s needs with his work on his horse ranch is becoming harder to cope and with his friend May recommends a nanny. Tristan is a manny and he loves his job, dealing with the Westford family should be just routine but he clashes with Simon quite often with their opposing views. Their attraction won’t be denied and a deal is struck, but they start to become close as they face what life throws at them. Simon’s mother is dying and Dale and Allie’s maternal grandparents threaten to sue for custody, Tristan and Simon must pull together as a family to keep their family together.
This story is a great sexy rancher novella with cute kids and a sexy manny. Simon needs help with his brothers children, it’s bad enough that his brother died but the children’s mother has become unstable and unable to look after the kids. Enter Tristan the manny, who realises it isn’t only the children who need help. As Tristan and Simon become close and enjoying their secret relationship, Tristan becomes a rock that Simon didn’t know he needed, they become a family that they have to fight for and coming out of the closet isn’t the hardest thing to do.
I really enjoyed this story and its development. The relationship between Simon and Tristan doesn’t happen overnight and when it does start it’s hot and explosive, they keep it on the quiet and then everything happens all at once, Simon’s mother doesn’t have long to live and then there’s the custody threat. Tristan is a brilliant character and he clashes with Simon at times but only when Tristan thinks he is right. Simon is more ridged in his thinking and Tristan smooth’s down his rough edges. They make a very interesting couple and make great parents and you root for them to vanquish the threats against them.
I will recommend this to those who love cowboys, mannys, family stories, compromise, finding love, hot sex and a very happy ending. ...more
This book is part of a series and is best read in order. After being hurt in the past Tristan no longer believes in relationships, he believes in hot hook-ups and one-night stands to keep him satisfied and he can’t resist flirting with Wes and tempting the straight man. Wesley is looking for something serious, he never thought it would be with a man, a man he has tried to ignore for the last few months. When a member of Tristan’s herd goes missing he calls Wes to investigate, Tristan keeps up his flirting nature until Wes calls his bluff. As they search for the missing woman Tristan struggles with his feelings and Wes has to show Tristan he sees beneath the abrasive façade.
This is a great addition to the Wild R Farm series bringing Tristan’s story to us and showing us the insecure man beneath the confident, flirtatious exterior. Tristan has been trying to tempt Wes with his constant flirting for months, but when Wes calls his bluff he doesn’t know what he wants to do because Wes just isn’t one-night stand material. Wes has never been tempted by a man before, he has always been attracted to women, but Tristan just pushes his buttons, now he just needs to convince Tristan of Tristan’s own worth.
I really enjoyed this story because of the turmoil that Tristan goes through as he tries to make sense of what he truly feels. Tristan was hurt deeply by his first love and it has moulded how Tristan now acts towards men, when Wes calls his bluff he is left reeling. Wes can see the true Tristan and he wants that man, convincing Tristan is hard though especially when Tristan keeps running. The investigation that they both work on takes a harsh turn when they think they have found the location of the missing woman and they need the help of their friends to get back out alive.
This is a really well written story that combines danger and love really well, we see depths to Tristan that scares him and we see Wes accept his love for Tristan. I really liked how their relationship developed in this story and Tristan’s reaction to his newly discovered feelings for Wes, with Wes you see that he may have struggled at first with how he felt for Tristan, but he embraces it when he can no longer deny it to himself. They are brilliant together and Wes has to be patient as Tristan struggles with how he feels, because of that painful struggle you, at times, want to beat the crap out of the person who shattered Tristan so much.
I recommend this to those who love cowboys, private investigators, danger, discovering your own worth, accepting love, hot sex, difficult times and a very happy ending. ...more
Joshua was nearly broken at the end of a three year stint undercover for the FBI, the gang life nearly killed him and now he is trying to pick up the pieces. He leaves the city far behind him for New Mexico horse country and his uncle’s ranch, where he hopes to find some peace from his nightmares and drug addiction. Eli is the foreman at the Triple C ranch and he works with abused horses, when he first meets Joshua the younger man reminds him of a badly abused horse and he soon realises that there is more to Joshua than a wrecked shell. Just as Joshua begins to make real progress a shocking hate crime makes him re-evaluate and his guilt makes him rethink his relationship with Eli. But, Eli isn’t willing to give up but can he get Joshua to rethink his decision?
This story blends the horrors of FBI work, PTSD and ranch life brilliantly while adding in other horrors to make an angsty, guilt ridden, rediscovering yourself story with added romance. Joshua has been through hell for his job, he lived in the underbelly of a gang for three years to bring their drug cartel down but it wasn’t without its casualties. Forced into murder and drug addiction Joshua now has to live with the guilt of what he did, but his self-worth is low and he doesn’t feel he has anything left to give. Eli is drawn to the damaged young man and can see the light hidden deep inside, he can imagine what the man has faced but knows Joshua isn’t bad or evil, he is just dented and needs to recover. Living deep in cowboy country doesn’t make it easy for gay men but they make a go of it until tragedy strikes.
I really enjoyed this story with its life on a horse ranch and the recovery of a damaged man, crippling nightmares, the guilt that Joshua has to live with and the love of a good man. Eli is an incredible man who has incredible patience when it comes to horses and people, but even he may have bit off more than he can chew when it comes to stubborn Joshua. Joshua is a man who your heart goes out to, he has been to hell and back all in the name of the job and now he has to piece his life back together, his self-esteem is gone and his guilt plagues him. Together they are fantastic but theirs is a rocky path with Joshua throwing obstacles in their path as his doubts resurface.
From the opening lines of this book to the last lines you are gripped with the trauma Joshua has gone through, we see a man struggling to hold on to life and who now thinks he is worthless but it takes one hot cowboy to begin to heal his wounds. Eli is a compassionate man and we root for him to shore up Joshua’s soul, we see his progress and setbacks as he handles the skittish Joshua. I loved all this story from the day to day life on a horse ranch, to the struggles of a broken man trying to find his place in life, to the compassionate lover and the horrific attack that makes Joshua doubt himself. This is a story that is filed with angst and depression with a hero clawing his way to recovery, I loved that Rowan Speedwell didn’t have a magical fix for Joshua and that we see the true reactions to his situation.
I recommend this if you adore angst driven drama, unexpected horrific attacks, and two men finding their way to love and understanding and an ending that is family driven....more
This story is part of a series and must be read in order, especially after Embracing Need. We reconnect with Wes and Tristan as Wes tries to gain a little bit of control over Tristan. Wes is determined to get Tristan to slow down a bit but Tristan keeps driving Wes to the edge of his control, so Wes decides to take a leaf out of Tristan’s book and if it includes handcuffs, ties and spanking to get Tristan to relax then Wes is all for it.
This is a great short story where we see demanding stallion Tristan finally get just what he needs off Wes. Wes is still worried about Tristan’s safety and is determined to get Tristan to the shooting range. Tristan is taking great joy of breaking Wes’ control though by tempting him constantly with hot sex and Wes has the idea to make Tristan take it slow instead of instant gratification and they come to a mutually satisfactory deal.
This is one hot short story as we see insatiable Tristan pushing Wes buttons and making Wes lose all control, we also see Wes taking control of Tristan’s satisfaction and taking him to heights of pleasure as he reassures Tristan of his love. Wes and Tristan are an incredibly hot couple and the sexual tension and sparks between them is incredible, there are still some fears of safety after the kidnapping in Embracing Need but the main focus in this short is of Tristan’s need to rush sex. The way that they both react to the handcuffs and spankings is mind blowingly hot with Wes finally getting the upper hand in their sexual games.
I recommend this to those who love hot sexual encounters, teasing, love and doing anything to please the one you love. ...more
After a scandal ruins his career Cooper found solace at the Blue River Ranch as a ranch hand, preferring to keep to himself with very few close friends. When he bumps into Kelly for the first time in fifteen years his attraction to the younger man flares to life and he finds it very hard to keep his emotions on track. Kelly came to Fremont County for two reasons; for the opportunity to become sheriff and because his ex-lover lives there, but things are far from easy as Kelly's wife is terminally ill and Cooper refuses to be a dirty secret again. Cooper finds it difficult to resist the attraction between the two of them as they are thrown together in a bid to aid Gable.
You know this is one of those series that really pulls you in all directions, some characters I love and some I despise and this time the main characters were in the middle of the spectrum with a fine balancing act. Cooper lost everything when he and his closeted married lover were outed, his lover killed himself and Cooper was disbarred and disgraced, now eight years later he keeps his head down and keeps to himself but with the appearance of his college lover his foundations are rocked. Kelly has had a life long dream of becoming sheriff and the goal is now within his grasp, but after bumping into Cooper he finds it hard to wait to see if he can rekindle the love they once shared. Kelly's wife, Nina, encourages Kelly and Cooper to reunite and become lovers, but Kelly has much to lose if he is found out and Cooper can't face being a dirty secret.
This story is really well written, with characters who juggle their lives and loves with difficulty. While Cooper is a great character who once had his life ripped apart, Kelly is a character who confused me with his actions. Kelly had a year long relationship with Cooper but when Cooper left he married their mutual friend Nina, now he says one of the reasons they moved to Fremont County was because of Cooper but never tried to speak to him until Cooper bumped into him after he had lived there for nearly a year. Their relationship is far from easy as Cooper tries his best to resist Kelly because the man is married, but his love for Kelly never really died. Kelly wants to stay in the closet keeping everything about Cooper hidden but circumstance force him to take a stand.
While Cooper's and Kelly's relationship is playing out we see previous characters trying to make plans for the future when Calley falls ill, Gable and Flynn ask both Cooper and Kelly for help as they try to secure the future for Gable's children. This part of the storyline was blown out of proportion with Bill (Calley's ex-husband) being thrown into the role of the baddie for no reason, Calley should have just asked instead of making a big deal out of it. I have noticed that throughout this series that Calley has been treated like the victim with all the gay men rallying round the poor helpless female when in actual fact she has only ever reaped what she sowed, poor Bill is still treated like the bad guy.
I recommend this to those who love cowboys and deputies getting it on, difficult decisions, rekindling love, hot sex, an interesting storyline and a very happy conclusion for two hot men. ...more
You know I read the first book Clouds and Rain and loved it, so I was looking forward to this one as well but My God what were you thinking casting Grant as Hunter’s love interest.
This book seems to run parallel to Clouds and Rain but there are mistakes during the times that the books coincide and that is really annoying, Grant is the big baddie in Clouds and Rain, he was Gable’s lover who ran out on him when Gable was injured, he also slept with anything that didn’t move fast enough and oh so helpfully slept with a married woman because she wanted a baby.
In this book he is a misunderstood generous man who made a few mistakes, never cheated on Gable, try’s to blame Gable for what happened between them and he’s just helping his friends out when he sleeps with them to get them pregnant behind their husbands backs. I can’t stand this character because he has no redeemable qualities no matter how I look at it.
Now Hunter on the other hand is a great character, he has hidden his ‘gay’ side from everyone even himself, he finds himself attracted to one of the hands, acts on it and then needs to come to terms with what they had done. He then explores his feelings and continues to act on it while still trying to deny that he is gay. He also has to deal with his family’s dramatics and a revelation from his ex-girlfriend.
I disliked Callie and the mother of Grant’s children just on principle, as both these women find it acceptable to sleep with another man behind their husbands backs just to get pregnant.
This book would have been a lot better if Grant was not in it and Hunter actually met a man he deserved and not the sleaze that is Grant.
My honest opinion is this… stick with Clouds and Rain because honestly any decent human being will be disgusted with some of the characters morals in this one.
Tim has been keeping tabs on Rory while he has been in prison. When he is eligible for parole, Tim gets Rory a job on the ranch. The same ranch where Rory got into trouble in the first place. Tim takes on the responsibility of Rory and has to fight hard to prove that Rory deserves a fresh start with a clean slate. Rory doesn’t know why Tim has gone to so much trouble, but is thankful. Rory has some secrets that he keeps hidden, but as he gets closer to Tim he decides it is time for him to get clean.
This was very well-written and I did like the dynamics between Tim and Rory and the progression of their story. Rory has had a crap hand dealt him and there are vague references to things that have happened to him in the past. When Rory and Tim meet up again, the sparks are still between them, but Rory has a lot he needs to work through before he is truly comfortable. And Tim has a hard time trying to get people to accept Rory, especially his brother.
There is conflict where there needn’t have been any, if certain people had kept their noses out. As Tim and Rory had enough to deal with and because of one person’s interfering Rory nearly loses everything. Even with Tim standing by his side it is still a near run thing. Tim is a lovely character and he is far from as gullible or naïve as some people think him to. He is strong-willed when he believes in something and he believes in Rory 100%. Rory really isn’t sure about Tim at first and it takes him a while to realize that Tim is serious about him and won’t let him down.
Tim and Rory are really hot together and are well suited. They complement each other and each has something within themselves that the other needs. We also briefly catch up with Gable and Flynn, Hunter and Grant (grrr) and some of the other characters from both Clouds and Rain and Earth and Sky and for me some of them are still not likeable.
So ,with this one I am going to recommend it to those who love troubled men, hot cowboys, hot sex, a bit of danger, a bit of angst, a strong-willed young man and a happy ever after....more
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Jack and Riley have decided to extend their family, they go the surrogacy route but every step of the way they find something new to worry about. Nothing ever goes smoothly for them so they are just waiting for something to go wrong, but things seem to just fall into place. As they prepare for the extended family they meet a little boy with learning difficulties and both Riley and Jack fall under his charm, but with the surrogacy under way can they hope to adopt the sweet little boy as well?
Ohhh this is a beautiful mix of family, hope and steamy sex, mixed together to give us another incredible story in the Texas series. Riley and Jack are hopeful but their nerves keep getting the better of them, they lean on each other as they go through the process of surrogacy and getting ready for a larger family. Their relationship is as strong as ever, with them always making time for just them, or for Hayley and their other relations, making sure that none of their family is left out.
This is a very normal story for Jack and Riley, nobody is out to get them and there are no unexpected surprises or enemies. We just see a couple moving forward with their lives, facing the normal strain, stresses and worries of extending a family while juggling the lives they already have. We see the continued love and support between Riley and Jack and the explosive sex and sensual love-making that they enjoy oh so much.
We also see Beth and Steve and what is going on with their lives, we see Eden and Sean going through a rough time and we also see Robbie and Eli and their happiness. We are introduced to a couple of new people that we will see in a future book and I really can't wait to see what is coming next, R.J. Scott has a way of bringing these characters to life and making us care about what happens to them.
I recommend this to those who love cowboys and city slickers who are in love, adorable children, celebrations and joy, hot sex, sweet moments and a pure happy ending. ...more
Vance is fighting an uphill struggle trying to keep his ranch going, the once thriving ranch has suffered major losses due to a neighbor trying to drive him to sell. But Vance and his mother are made of sterner stuff and although it sticks in his craw he accepts his mothers suggestion of opening up the ranch as a cowboy camp to city slickers. Adam and his team are ordered to Wolf Creek Ranch as a team building exercise and when he arrives Adam is ordered to dig into the finances of the ranch by his father, but why would his dad want to know that? While doing as his dad asks Adam falls for the sexy rancher and decides to dig deeper, especially when it looks like his father might have just ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But will Vance ever forgive him? And can Adam truly stand up to his bully of a father?
Hmmm sexy alpha cowboy, sexy hot city boy and an intriguing storyline what more could you ask for to cuddle up to in the approaching Autumn nights? Vance is our super sexy cowboy who has suffered the loss of his father and the slowly dwindling stock on his ranch, he wants to take his shotgun and show his neighbor, Andrew Blackwell, what happens when you mess with a rancher's business but quieter minds prevail and he opens his ranch up to the city boys and corporations to keep it afloat. Falling for a city boy was not in Vance's plans but he can't resist Adam, but what will he do when he discovers just who Adam really is and his reason for being on the ranch? Adam finds himself torn when he falls for the sexy rancher, his father wants information but the more Adam finds out the more he is disgusted by the man, but Adam has more than his own fear of the man to contend with. Adam has to choose a path to follow but it will be a bumpy ride to find happiness.
This is a really great story that has brilliant characters who get laid bare before us, we don't just get to see the tough exterior or the sexy confidence, we get to see their vulnerable and compassionate sides that makes us fall head over heals for them. Both characters are wonderful to get to know and we see the story from both their perspectives, it draws us in as we see the suffering they have both gone through at the hands of Andrew Blackwell. We see a beautiful relationship developing but one truth nearly shatters it all and we see the desperate scrabble as one of them tries to repair the damage.
There are many cowboy stories floating around but this one has firmly placed itself in my read-again file, it's at times like this that I am thankful for ereaders because the pages can't be worn through (pgs 41-42) as I have a couple of scenes that I will be perving over repeatedly *wicked laugh*. Lisa Worrall gives us a great story with a wonderful relationship, some angst and drama and some hot sex scenes (even the solo one *wipes brow*) and a delightful confrontation and a great connection between Adam and Vance.
Now boys and girls I have to recommend this is to you love sexy confident cowboys, hot city boys just trying to protect, a great storyline of overcoming the dastardly bully, grabbing hold of happiness and fighting for what you want. ...more
Nate discovers the ranch he part owns isn't doing as well as he thought, so on the advice of his partners he agrees to get a marketing expert in to turn the ranch around, but he isn't prepared for the hot city guy who turns up with his family in tow. Jay snatches the chance of a new beginning for himself and his family when he loses his job and his sister's violent ex turns up, but he never accounted for his sexy new cowboy boss. Settling his family comes first for Jay but he can't ignore his longing for Nate, Nate has ideas of his own, but will Jay be willing to stay at Crooked Tree Ranch and will Nate tell Jay how he really feels?
R.J. Scott has done it again, she has produced another series with fabulous characters, incredible settings and with the added bonus of family drama. Both Nate and Jay are introduced in their own settings, Nate on the ranch with the hidden problems coming to light and Jay in the city office as his world crumbles around him. We then see both of them finding solutions to their problems and their first meeting isn't exactly sunshine and roses. We discover a lot about the characters of both men, in their past and continued actions and they are both men that are honorable and family orientated, but are both tough and determined in their own ways.
The relationship between Nate and Jay is a slow evolving one but the attraction and sparks between them let you know it will be an incredible one. There's plenty of background stories playing out involving both Nate's two brother's and Jay's sister and niece, as well as cute little sweet Josh (Jay's nephew) settling easily into his new life. Along with the normal tension and worries of moving to a new State and the horrible tension of an abuser refusing to let go, it has the hopes and fears of a new relationship and the hotness of sexy men taking a chance on love. There is also a mystery lurking in the background involving the disappearance of two young boys and the ongoing relations between the three partners of the ranch.
I loved this story, it had just the right amount of everything to keep me turning the pages and having me scouring the internet for hints about future books, it had me secretly grinning that it had sexy cowboys and I'd snatched the book right out from under Cat's nose *raspberry*. It got my mind flying off wondering what happened to the young teenagers who had disappeared... *R.J. I want to know... NOW*, it had me sighing over family and the changes that security and a fresh start can bring. It's a very fulfilling story that doesn't have a miss, it hits the spot from every aspect and I am really hoping that R.J. coughs up the next in the series pretty quickly.
I recommend this story if you love cowboys, city guys, sexy men, family drama, a lingering mystery, some hot sex, a great story, brilliant characters and some brilliant writing. Oh and if you can read! LOL, R.J. I am expecting you to write like the wind and have sore fingers in the near future :-)...more
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. When Liam came to the Double D ranch he had little more than the clothes on his back, his trust had been destroyed and he was wary of what is expected of him. Now he has an admirer and he isn’t sure what to do, Marcus doesn’t seem like the type of man to hurt him but Liam finds it hard to open up. Marcus is determined to get close to the young man who fascinates him and discovers what has Liam so afraid, he woos Liam slowly but when danger comes from Liam’s past will he be strong enough to help Liam through it. Jack and Riley are looking forward to their expanding family but the red tape is tangled. Eli and Robbie are getting ready to settle into their new house but leaving their little apartment is harder than Robbie thought.
We are back at Double D ranch watching as Jack and Riley’s family expands, as their friends, Eli and Robbie, settle into their new home and Liam learns to trust Marcus and find his place on the ranch. This is a beautiful addition to the Texas series; it’s filled with joy and sadness, pain and relief and men who love something fierce. It covers the months from September to December with us watching the ups and downs of these six men and we get the story of Liam’s life and hardships, we see the developing love between Liam and Marcus and the solid love between Jack and Riley, and Eli and Robbie.
So I might (under torture) admit to having to wipe a couple of tears away at certain times during this story, and some of those tears might have been for the joy and love that smacks you in the face, but some of those tears were also for the pain and heartache that Liam suffered and rolls off the page to torture your heart. Damn you R.J. Scott! I also admit to loving this story completely and having fallen madly in love with Max, that little tyke just about rips your heart out with his little hand *the one not clutching Thomas* and he refuses to give it back.
This is a wonderfully written story taking us through the journey of not just Liam and Marcus’ burgeoning relationship but the journey that Liam takes within himself to overcome his painful past with the help and love of Marcus and the support of Jack, Riley, Eli and Robbie. We see the struggles that Riley and Jack face with the red tape as they adopt Max, and as they get into the swing of being parents to the twins. We see the love that Eli and Robbie have for each other as they move into their own house and the support they offer to their Texas family.
I recommend this if you love cowboys, family, love and support. If you adore well-crafted tales of building families through love and trust, overcoming the past and welcoming love and a beautiful Christmas ending. ...more