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4 Stars for Saving Faithless Creek by Andrew Grey #MM #Cowboy @dreamspinners @andrewgreybooks

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Title: Saving Faithless Creek
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 15, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Blair Montague is sent to Newton, Montana, to purchase a ranch and some land for his father. It’s a trip he doesn’t want to make. But his father paid for his college education in exchange for Blair working for him in his casinos, so Blair has no choice. When he finds out he’ll be dealing with Royal Masters, the man who bullied him in high school, he is shocked. Then Blair is surprised when he finds that Royal’s time in the Marines has changed him to the point where Blair could be attracted to him… if he’s willing to take that chance.

Royal’s life hasn’t been a bed of roses. He saw combat in the military that left him scarred, and not just on the outside. When he inherits his father’s ranch, he discovers his father wasn’t a good manager and the ranch is in trouble. The sale of land would put them back on good footing, but he is suspicious of Blair’s father’s motives, and with good reason. The attraction between them is hard for either to ignore, but it could all evaporate once the land deal is sealed.

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FourStars

Blair and Royal are such great characters. Blair is a Vegas businessman, firmly under his casino-owner father’s thumb. Royal is a marine-turned cowboy who used to bully the smaller Blair in high school. Montana clashes with Vegas just as well as the out and proud Blair clashes with the closeted Royal. And the more we learn about Royal, the hotter the cowboy gets.

Grey explores Blair’s return to Montana and his unhappy memories carefully. How much can people really change? What makes a family? How do we measure success? The way Grey tugged at such big themes in a small town romance was really beautiful. And this is a romance. The men are hot, the sex is steamy and readers will be rooting for the HEA from the moment the two men meet.

Andrew Grey’s books can be a little hit and miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one. With the exception of Blair’s father, the characters are three dimensional – interesting and well developed. We still have Grey’s obvious villains and fairly cliched bad-guys, but this book packs an emotional punch that I really didn’t expect.

Sarah

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5 Stars for Cherish the Land (Land Downs #5) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Cowboy @dreamspinners

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Title: Cherish the Land (Land Downs #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna
Publication Date & Length: June 8, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Seth Simms never wanted to be a cowboy, although to listen to his best friend, Jason Thompson, tell it, he isn’t one. He just happens to have lucked out in coming to live on Lang Downs with his brother ten years ago. He found enough stability to finish high school and go off to university, but he never really believed Lang Downs would be the same haven for him that it had become for so many others. He’s too messed up in the head. No one would accept someone with his issues.

All his life, Jason has had one goal: to come home to Lang Downs as resident veterinarian when they need his skills and jackaroo when they don’t. And it means he gets to spend time with Seth during his occasional visits, even though his dream of going from friends to lovers is hopeless since Seth is straight.

When Seth unexpectedly comes home to stay, Jason takes it as the boon it is. But juggling a relationship with another jackaroo and his friendship with Seth isn’t easy, and that’s before Jason realizes how deep Seth’s issues run and how dangerously Seth chooses to cope with them.

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FiveStars

I loved this and I can’t believe I’ve missed this whole series! This is book five, and it tells the story of Jason, a newly qualified vet, and Seth, an engineer. It also catches up with couples and characters from the previous four books, especially Jeremy and Sam.

Tachna’s outback sheep station is a fantastic. Her writing makes people, places and animals come alive. Even without reading the previous books, I loved the complexity of the relationships between the station’s year-rounders. Tachna has crafted a vibrant extended family out of a collection of misfits and outcasts.

Each character arrives at Lang Downs with a past, and I love the realism of the problems they face. Seth’s struggle in this book was awful, but very real and probably far too common. I loved the way Tachna allows readers glimpses of relationships at different stages – some characters have been together for decades, others for weeks. Too often

writers finish with an HEA after a rushed romance. With this series, Tachna allows love stories to develop over lifetimes.

I love how the romance in this book was offset so well by the reality of grueling hard work in a very harsh environment. Accidents, animal injuries and storms are unavoidable – but here they pull the characters together and turn friends into family.

I know fans of the series will love returning to Lang Downs Station and revisiting favourite characters. I wish I had started with the first book in the series, but I will definitely go back and start this series from the beginning.

Sarah

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