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Hell and Gone

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  109 reviews
One hanged man.
Two vanished cowboys.
Three hundred missing cattle.
The Crazy Mountains are devouring everything they see.

Everett Dawson, Montana’s newest Stock Detective, has been sent from Helena down to the Crazy Mountains. Cattle are going missing in the Crazies and Everett is charged with finding these modern-day rustlers and bringing them in.

When he arrives, he
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 197 pages
Published June 24th 2019
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Sophia Triad
Exceptional MM western with a crime mystery twist. I only wish it had more pages.
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
3.5 stars.

Hell and Gone is a Tal Bauer book. Quality is guaranteed, as is flawless writing and engrossing storytelling and creativity. It is not one of my favorite Bauer stories, but I still finished it within a day.

This is Bauer's first mystery, and a western to boot (wink, wink). Although it didn't reinvent the wheel and occasionally felt rushed, it had thrilling moments. Yet despite the fast-paced intrigue, the character development was somewhat sparse and the romantic development was lacking
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
DNF. Time of death 63%

Couldn't get in to it.

I'm in a serious reading slump. :(
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Tal's writing. As I've said in my previously review of Tal's last book I reviewed, the research he does for his writing is brilliant and this book is no different.

The two MC's are a Everett a stock detective who is a veteran and Lawrence a cowboy. I looked the stock detective up as I had never heard of a stock detective before and didn't realise there was that many types of law enforcement. You learn something new everyday when you read. They both have had difficulty pasts .They come
4.5 stars!

Ah, I always love a good Tal Bauer book. He always is able to create such interesting, well written, fun stories. His main couples are amazing 9/10, and Law and Everett were one of those 9, because I adored them.

I do think we didn't quite get enough of them, but that's only because this story was fairly short. I guess I'm just used to full length Bauer books been at least over almost or over 300 pages and a lot of time is spent building the couple up and getting to see them be
4.5 stars from me. Tal Bauer is just full of surprises, and that's what makes him such an outstanding author...he can turn his hand to any genre. His words are crystal clear and so darned descriptive...I almost felt as though I were in the Crazies myself for this particular murder mystery story...ooh, not forgetting those cowboys .

I loved Law and Everett...the only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that I pegged the bad guys at around 25% and suspected that they'd had some help from a few
Joyfully Jay
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Hell and Gone is an engaging romantic mystery/suspense that is enriched by Tal Bauer’s incredible ability to bring the fascinating setting to life. The story is twisty and well developed and I never quite got a handle on who was behind it all until the ending reveal. What is clever here is that we know as readers from the first chapter that Carson was murdered, just not who killed him. So while Everett and other law enforcement aren’t sure whether this is a murder

A 4 Star rating for one of my favorite authors?!

The story was good—don’t get me wrong.

The mystery interesting, although not unsolvable by the reader.

The MC’s—as contrasting as they get and in a good way.

The genre? Go Cowboys and Thriller!!

UST—yes, of course! Tal knows how to WORK the UST!!

Heat? Plenty once things got going, which wasn’t until past the 1/2 way mark.

I LIKED THIS! .....BUT...... I did not love it. I’m not sure why, really. I’ve been thinking about it for a few
4.25 Stars

Took a break from the paranormal cowboy stories since they were falling flat for me...and so glad I did! This was so good. Not Whisper good, or even Hush good. But close! Would love to have this on audio...
Lulu Forth
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
5+ stars! I devoured this book in one sitting. One of the most impressive things about Tal Bauer is his ability to write any genre beautifully and this book is no exception. I was so excited when Tal announced he was writing a cowboy book but I must admit I was intrigued as to how the 'King of Angst and Mayhem' was going to turn his hand to ranchers and cowboys. But as always it is a superbly written, gripping tale with many unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.

'The Crazies were
From the very first book I read from Tal Bauer, he has been a favourite of mine.I fell in love with his his political thrillers but have loved everything he has put out so far in equal measure. This was just more of the same quality of writing just about a vastly different subgenre.

Now cowboys are not something I usually go looking out for. If I happen to chance upon a book on cowboys that interests me, I read it but I don't actively go looking.But this was a Tal Bauer so you bet your ass I
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This is a little disappointing coming from Tal Bauer.

The first thing that caught my eye and continuously annoyed me was the consistent misuse of the word "hung" to describe a man's hanging. Once could be a typo, but five or six times and it's clear to me the author is just ignorant of the difference. What makes it worse is knowing that several other people helped with the manuscript, and not a single one of them bothered to point out that people are not "hung"...not in this sense, at least.

Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing here is so good, but then it’s Tal Bauer so that’s to be expected. Both MC were intriguing and had very different personalities which is a mega-plus in a dual POV story. And this book has a darkness to it, a heaviness that sits over the words as you read, or maybe it’s just the loneliness and frustration reflected from the remoteness of where these men live and work.

I enjoyed the mystery and working my way through a few red herrings but it felt rushed at certain points-especially
Michael S.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A short read compared to some of Bauer’s other works, and I think the length was right for this one.

I enjoyed the tension, the steam, and the bite-sized whodunnit.

I do think that the MCs took themselves a tad too seriously yet somehow jumped from belligerent sexual tension to soulmates in about three pages at one point.

As usual for Bauer, the action is solid, the MCs are interesting (and hot), and it’s an all-around good read with quality writing.

Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, crime
Thoroughly enjoyed, although I wanted it to be a little longer. It felt a little faster paced than other books by this author. Wish it was a series!
Lisa The Novel Approach
Cowboys and Lawmen and Murder

That’s what I’m talkin’ about, all in one book, and it’s what author Tal Bauer delivers in his latest novel Hell and Gone: a murder investigation that leads two men straight into the gaping maw of corruption, danger and a threat to their lives, and a budding romance between them that delivers them both from the brink of a lifetime of loneliness.

Initial observations of this author’s delivery of a story (yes, this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of reading him)
Nat ReadingAllNite
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-read, author-site
After a number of storylines influenced by current events and political climate, Tal Bauer has branched out into cowboy territory, still showcasing his skills in suspense and thrillers. Everett is a veteran, carrying unhealed wounds into his new career as a Stock Detective. Yes, I Googled, since I had never heard of this sort of law enforcement before. While the ranches cover hundreds of acres of mountainous territory, the sparse population means small town gossip and judgmental attitudes about ...more
3.5 stars

My first time reading this author. I found this pretty entertaining. I learned something too cuz I didn't know livestock investigators etc existed. Pretty interesting. I'll definitely try more by this author.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

4,5 stars. :)
I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
This didn't work for me at all, unfortunately :-/!! Also, I don't know if it was supposed to be a mystery or not, but it was very clear who the culprits were from the get-go!! BIG meh!!!
I’ve always had a soft spot for western/cowboy stories and after hearing a fellow blogger rave about Hell and Gone, I knew I had to read it. Then I saw the cover, and honestly, that alone would have had me one-clicking. Hell and Gone is a western romantic suspense set in the foothills of Montana mountain ranges, and it’s definitely worth raving about.

Right from the start, the characters’ hard edges and pasts had my full attention. There was no chance I was putting this down as the mystery was
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, reviewed, romance
*holding up my phone with the Kindle app open like an Oscar*

And I'd just like to thank *chokes up* Hell and Gone *sniffle* for being a GOOD book. For being the best romance novel I've read in a while. For *a single tear slips down my cheek* having characters with personalities and ROMANCE, which is tragically lacking from so many of these books. Law and Everett's personalities were a bit one note, but they genuinely seemed to bring what the other person needed. I liked that they fit well
As I said for other books by Tal Bauer, this author is always a guarantee for a good book and awesome writing. Hell and Gone, though, has something more: the writing sucks you immediately in the setting and you can almost taste the harsh life, the wilderness of the Crazy Mountains on your tongue.
The story starts with a powerful scene and the plot doesn't let the reader breathe for a moment: the mystery is not very hard to solve, but the author is a master in keeping you on the edge of your
Great cover, great blurb, even better story.

I stopped reading m/m a while ago- too much formulaic insta-lust, too little plot, predictable characters, but this caught my eye so I decided to risk it, hoping it wouldn't descend into the 'almost-porn' that so many gay romances have done.

I was hooked from the start. This is a solid gay romantic suspense novel with the emphasis on 'suspense'. The characters are believable and engaging and I loved the fact that they were men enough to admit to their
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gah... you guys this was great... fanfuckingtastic!!!

Seriously, it wasn’t perfect, but it was a western, a mystery, and an MM romance... That’s like a perfect trifecta in my books, it was incredibly well written to boot.

I will admit that the beginning felt a little too poetic which really throws me off sometimes and there could have been a little more built up on the romance but regardless... I love it, I really need to start reading more westerns again.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Page Turner

With the few books I have read by this author, I can now tell his style pretty well. Most things have been well researched. There was only one flaw in the research, but it may have just been put there for pure fantasy.

The characters are well-written and come alive. The plot and mystery are alive and well in this book, as it has been in the other books I have read. Excellent work.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Different for Tal Bauer but--because it's Tal Bauer--it was an engrossing read. That said, I did feel like the relationship featured in the story felt under-developed. It felt like we were witnessing the first date rather than the beginning arc of a relationship. It's not necessarily bad to leave readers wanting more, but I definitely would have liked a little more.
blue night
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, cops, mystery
The writing was beautiful (for this genre) - very evocative and rich. But the story....gah. I had the whole thing pegged by the end of the first chapter! I can't remember if this is how this author rolls - great writing with mediocre story. Additionally, it felt rushed. Maybe it was an homage and I missed the point completely?
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Gosh, I’ve been craving a good western/cowboy/farmer story for the last five months.
I my opinion this was much more of a murder mystery.
Good action.
Hardcore men on horses.
There was a manly romance.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great fast paced action, throw in the stunning backdrop, the harsh realities of cowboy life & 2 MCs struggling with their lives, loved it
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Tal Bauer is an award-winning and best-selling author of LGBT romantic thrillers. He is happily married and lives with his husband in Texas. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

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