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5 and TWO 4 Stars for The Persephone Star by Jamie Sullivan #FF #Steampunk @poor_medea

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Title: The Persephone Star
Author Name & Publisher: Jamie Sullivan (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: January 13, 2016

Synopsis

As Post Mistress of Fortuna, Penelope Moser knows just about everything about everyone. It’s a job she takes seriously, no matter who comes to pry for gossip, or how unsettling the messages are—but even she is more than a little frightened by rumors that The Persephone Star has been spotted nearby. That means Mirage Currier is out of prison and coming to settle up with the man who put her in jail: Cullen Wiley, Sheriff of Fortuna and Penelope’s fiancé.

The worst comes to pass when Penelope is kidnapped—or so she thinks. But the simple truth she thought she knew starts to unravel, leaving her to choose between the man she promised to marry or the woman destined for the gallows.

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FiveStars

I wondered if this novel was loosely based on the female mythological female from Greek/Roman myth. Like the myth it is a captivating tale of good, in what ever form that may take, defeating evil.
This is a really indulgent, warm hearted novel, one that keeps you entertained from beginning to end.
The characters are an assortment of strong independent woman who have a great sense of camaraderie and bring humour and a deeper understanding of their quest for justice and what is right to this wonderful novel.
An easy to read book that made me feel good, what more could you ask from any novel?
I look forward to reading more from this absorbing and competent author
Chris
FourStars

This was a bit different than my usual genre, but I found the book interesting and easy to get involved in. I found the dichotomy between Penelope’s “normal” life and life aboard the dirigible interesting. It’s true that men made the rules of polite society then, and didn’t care much that they didn’t follow the rules themselves. The lack of opportunity for women, the strict roles respectable women were forced into, the shaming and use of women who had no other options in life are all examples of things we’ve supposedly moved beyond in our more enlightened times. The author doesn’t overtly state that we haven’t overcome some of these things, but creates a way for us to think about the way things used to be and wonder how much they’ve really changed.

That said, it’s obviously a major part of the story, and for the most part, Sullivan addresses it well, making it integral to the story and something that the main character ponders quite a lot. She does it in a way that makes it something that the characters are struggling with, and not preaching to the reader. But there is a lot of it, and sometimes it does become a bit overwhelming.

The end of the story, however, felt quite rushed. When this happens, I always wonder if the author hit her word count and needed to wrap up the story quickly, or if she just didn’t want to expand on the end. And in this case, I think that’s a bit of a shame. We don’t know how the women of the Persephone Star treated Penelope’s return. And we don’t know if Penelope ever overcame her own inhibitions and allowed herself to explore how kissing Mell made her feel. We don’t even know for sure that Corinna was saved and was able to rejoin the crew, other than what Penelope put in her rather short missive to her father.

All in all, an enjoyable read, but the ending leaves you a little less than satisfied.

Amy P.

FourStarsThis was a quick read which spiked my interest and made me want more. I only hold two complaints about this short. The first would be that there wasn’t much in the way of romance in any form, some type of connection between the characters. While it is labeled as a F/F read I didn’t really see much of a need for it to be (Outside of a drunken kiss I can’t remember a single scene which would make me believe this to be a Lesbian Fiction story.). The second is simply that it is so short! There was a lot of opportunity for some mischief and mayhem I believe were wasted.

Otherwise it was fairly well written and I quite enjoyed the characters. I would love to see this made into a full length book with plenty more action and maybe a bit of romance for the main character!

~Rhayne

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THREE 4, TWO 3.5, and 3 Stars for Buttermilk Ranch by Patricia Logan (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Cowboy @PatriciaLogan1

Buttermilk Ranch

Title: Buttermilk Ranch
Author Name & Publisher: Patricia Logan (Westburg Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 29, 2015 – 62,000 Words

Synopsis

Wendell Blackowl has spent all his life in the working cow horse show ring where toiling with sweaty cowboys all day is the fodder for wet dreams. Though privately he’s come to terms with his sexuality, publicly Dell’s had to build a façade. When his beloved horse Buttermilk dies, Dell finds himself at loose ends so he decides to pick himself up by his boot straps and do what he’s always wanted to do… open an environmentally friendly organic vegetarian café.

Pace Avila, well known music critic, has been drawn to Austin by the live music scene. When friends invite him to check out a fresh new dinner experience, Pace reluctantly agrees to push the deadline on his national column. He isn’t interested in vegetarian food or a restaurant with the cheesy name of Buttermilk Ranch Café, but the moment Pace lays eyes on the stunning cowboy chef, things begin looking up.

When openly gay Pace walks into his cafe and his life, Dell realizes he’s tired of living a lie and tired of being alone. When Mother Nature throws an unprecedented storm at Austin, the muddy waters threaten to wipe out everything Dell’s worked so hard to build. He soon realizes that with a man like Pace by his side, love really can conquer all.

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FourStars

This is Patricia Logan light.  This is a love-at-first-sight rainbows and hearts and a devastatingly handsome Native American cowboy turned restauranteur.   A Patricia Logan story without BDSM or military men is unusual.  A Patricia Logan story without angst, intrigue or bad guys?  It might be a little too sweet for me, but of course it was going to work.  Her books always do.

Dell and Pace are the perfect couple for Logan to weave around the story of America’s fight for marriage equality.  Their relationship is very traditional and pretty conservative.  Hell, Dell is a thirty-year old virgin. The men court each other sweetly.  Dell is shocked by behaviour in a gay bar (before discovering that he really enjoys said activities with Pace).  

With all this niceness, I should really have hated this book.  But I enjoyed it.  Logan’s characters are beautifully developed.  I believe in the instalove storyline because it just works.  Dell’s sexual self-discovery comes late in life, but with a childlike joy that is wonderfully contagious.   I enjoyed the contrast of Pace’s inner strength with Dell’s physical strength.  Pace’s self-confidence is fantastic – he is slight and more than slightly effeminate, but never apologetic, even among his brother’s cowboy friends.  

Conflict in this story comes from Nature.  Dell’s new business and his family farm face flood damage and tornado threats.  Logan’s Texas is a wonderful community where neighbours help each other, cowboys support their gay friends and relatives and somehow the fight for Native American rights seamlessly meshes with the fight for marriage equality.  

Again with the niceness.  This is a glossy, idealised story.  If you are tired of dark, angst-filled m/m, this will be a breath of fresh air.    

Sarah

FourStars

This is one of those times that I wish I could see pictures of the characters. I wanted to see Pace so bad, especially when they went to the rally. This book was sweet and fun and at times serious. Café owner Dell meets Pace at the one year anniversary of his restaurant opening and boy were sparks flying. You could feel the attraction and you just couldn’t wait to see how it played out. I love Dell and how he just jumped in with both feet when it came to Pace. They are a sweet couple and I hope we see bits of them again in future books.

Angie

ThreeandHalfStars

Dell is a retired cowboy who also happens to be Native American.  His speech, while traditional cowboy is somewhat hard to read, as it’s hokey and “country”.  I did enjoy how he was not afraid to go after his dream, but felt that he was in the closet for all the wrong reasons.

I really enjoyed his best friend.  She was just the right side of snarky when it mattered and allowed him to feel secure all on his own.  I also liked how she was so encouraging towards him.  However, my favorite characters were his band of cowboy friends.

You get to see Dell as a chef mainly – I wished that I were able to see his cowboy side more.  He seemed slightly flat because of that.

Then you have Pace.  While he seems like the best friend you never had, I did wish that he was more developed in his character and throughout the plot.  Pace was just the city-boy playing the country boy, when in fact, he was almost neither in this story.  It was hard for me to put my finger on who exactly Pace was supposed to be.

I did enjoy the support that Dell and Pace provided for each other, but this story was just a little too hunky dory and sugary for me.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was a very sweet story of instant love and happiness.  So if you don’t like that, this may not be for you.

Pace was adorable I loved how openly gay he was. He dressed as he wanted and went after everything that he wanted.

Dell on the other hand was not out yet. He choose a public place to declare his love for Pace.  They were a very sweet couple who get their perfect HEA.

It was a pleasant surprise all their family and friends were ok with them as a couple.

It was a good story but just didn’t have me thinking, wow I love it.

Sherry

ThreeStar

Okay do not get me wrong when I say this… For some reason this book just did not grab me at all and it took me a long time to finish this.

It was hot/steamy and when I say that I mean it was damn hot!! But I think there might have been so many sex scenes that Dell and Puck as a couple got lost to me so I just did not feel it with them.

Pace is a music critic who gets introduced to Dell after moving to Texas. Well the sparks flew between them as soon as they meet. But I just think I wanted more from them as a couple to really believe it and maybe less sex scenes. Yes I said that lol. I know that’s bad, who does not like sex scenes I know I love them but sometimes I need more then that.

So I want to say I really enjoyed the cowboy aspect and the steam.. I just really don’t know why this one just did not grab me and I am sad to say this one was just not for me.

Kara

FourStars

This was my first time reading a book by this author and I don’t know why. This was a true love story and I loved it. The characters just seem to flow together, like they are meant to be. This show signs of a really good author.  It was not a tear jerker but a sweet story about men falling in love. It was at times syrupy sweet but the characters were very well developed.  I would definitely read another book by this author.

~Lynn

Excerpt

“Yoo Hoo! Dell, ya up there, ya sidewinder! Get outa bed or I’m gonna drag that lazy ass out!”

“What?” Pace said, startled awake as he lifted his head from Dell’s chest where he’d fallen asleep in the wee hours of the morning. He wiped his face of drool and stared across the muscled chest he loved, finding Dell’s face. He had one eye peeled open and he didn’t look all too happy by what sounded like Branch’s bellowing from downstairs.

“Fuckin’ ass poor timin’,” Dell grumbled as they both sat upright in bed. Pace knew it would be pretty awful if Branch came bursting into the room with them, lying buck naked in bed. “Guess I’d better find out just what the hell he’s doin’ here.” Pace watched as Dell threw his legs over the side of the bed. He watched his ass from behind, noting the muscled expanse of his back and the thick thighs he loved so much, as the man stood.

“What the hell is he doing here? He and the boys had a show,” Pace grumbled.

“Ya rattlesnake! Ya need me to come up there and put my boot up yer ass?” Branch howled.

Pace couldn’t help but chuckle. He loved his brother but he loved the disgusted look on Dell’s face more. Dell walked to the doorway and stuck his head out.

“I’ll be down in a minute, ya jackass… unless ya want to see me in all my nekkid glory!” Dell yelled back.

Pace heard a chuckle coming from downstairs. “Hell naw! Get some clothes on there, scarecrow! Yer movin’ slower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.”

“Oh for Christ’s sake, here we go,” Dell said, glancing over at him. Pace just buried his face in the pillow and laughed.

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TWO 4 and 3 Stars for And a Smile (RoughStock #2) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Erotica @batortuga

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Title: And a Smile (RoughStock #2)
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 27, 2015 – 197 pgs

Synopsis

All Coke Pharris wants is for his cowboys to be safe–all of them. When rodeo clown, Dillon, sets to prove that there’s more to the bullfighter, people could get hurt.

It’s Coke Pharris’ job to save bull riders from bulls, and he takes his work very seriously. Which is why he’s devastated when one of his favorite riders gets hurt, and he’s determined to help the young man ride again. Dillon Walsh is the arena entertainer for the bull riding tour, and he wants to help. He also wants Coke, has been admiring the man for a long time. He hasn’t made a move on Coke for fear of messing up their friendship, but when he finds out Coke might feel the same way, Dillon has to try to win Coke over.

Coke thinks he’s too old for Dillon, too beat up and scarred, but he can’t resist when Dillon finally makes a play for him. Dillon is like a wet dream for Coke, and the two of them have a great time getting to know each other better, at least until the danger of their job threatens to come between them. Will Dillon and Coke be able to help their friend and weather the problems that blow their way?

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released elsewhere. It has been re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

General Release Date: 27th October 2015

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FourStars

This one did take me a little more to get into it but I ended up really like this book one I got farther into it.
Now Coke I really liked his character from the first book in this series. You see so much more of him in this book which I loved! Coke saves bull riders when they need him and who is also at the same time so sweet and caring about the Bull riders and his other co workers. Whenever anyone gets hurt he really feels it.
Now Dillon is a clown for the rodeo who really loves his job and also is very caring.
The two of them together fit, I really loved them as a couple.
You get some angst but also sweet and steam which i loved how well everything worked together in this book.

So all together I really liked this book!

I would recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

In this book we are getting Dillon and Coke’s story.  I found Dillon to be extremely hyper and Coke was the one everyone turned to.  I thought he was more mature and acted older.

The story was good and you got to read more about the cowboys from Book 1, which I liked.

At times I was a little confused with trying to figure out who was doing the talking in some of the conversations. It seemed a little hard to follow.

All in all I liked the book a lot and look forward to reading more in this series.

Sherry

ThreeStar

First off, let me start by stating that I did not read the other stories in this series.
I found this story extremely difficult to follow.  The POV was constantly changing and I had a difficult time with the cowboy “talk”.
While I did enjoy the heat between the characters, it didn’t really feel like a relationship to me.  It was two men, knowing what they wanted and going for it.  But, then you had the bull riding thrown in and the injured rider, it was all very swirly – lots of things going on with no real focus.
Usually I really like Tortuga books, but this one, I just couldn’t get in to.  It might have been different if I had read the previous stories.
I would say this was a decent book, but I just didn’t really like where it went.
~AvidReader

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TWO 4 Stars for Blind Ride (RoughStock #1) by B.A. Tortuga #MM #Erotica @batortuga

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Title: Blind Ride (RoughStock #1) – Season One
Author Name & Publisher: B.A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 7, 2015 – 208 pgs

Synopsis

Jason Scott is at the top of the bull riding game, on his way to a winning season. Along with his traveling partner, Andy Baxter, he’s riding hard on the circuit, working around the country with all of the other bull riders and bull fighters, living the good life. The only thing he wishes he had is Bax, but he’s afraid to take the step that would make them more than friends, worried that it will ruin everything. When a terrible accident leaves Jason unable to see, his whole life goes south. Jason decides to chuck it all, determined to go home and hide at his momma’s ranch. Bax has other ideas. He wants to make sure his best friend doesn’t give up, and he hatches a plan that stuns Jason and makes their friends and family think he’s crazy. With the help of the other bull riders and a very persistent bull fighter named Coke, Bax convinces Jason to give life one more try. With Jason cautiously learning to hope, and his relationship with Bax going to the next level, life gets pretty complicated. Everyone gets in on the project, from Jason’s strong-willed mother to an entire ranch full of children, all of them working to help Jason do what he loves. Will Bax be able to convince Jason that he can still ride, even if he’s blind to everything the world has to offer?

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FourStars

So after reading this book I find myself more and more loving cowboy m/m romances. There is just something so hot about two cowboys together.
This book was sweet but also so hard for what Jason goes through.
Andy and Jason start out as friends who are professional bull riders, but that quickly becomes so much more after Jason’s accident.
This is were I am going to tell you I really loved the two of them together. It was equal parts hot as well as sweet with how much they cared for each other.
You meet some different characters in this book also.
I really don’t want to give to much away because this is not a long read so I want to leave this review with I really liked this book!

I would recommend this book!

Kara

 FourStarsWhat’s better than cowboys and romance, this book had both and it was a great story.
I loved how Andy and Jason were friends on the rodeo circuit and after some bad accidents they came together as lovers.  It was built up very nicely.

I really liked the two of them together.  I can’t wait to read book 2 to find out how Come and Andy get Jason riding again.

Only thing I didn’t like was the constant flipping back and forth between their name and their nickname, I found it confusing at first.  Otherwise I recommend this book it was a very enjoyable story.

~Sherry

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4 Stars for Discovery (Drakyl Ranch #1) by Thianna Durston (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Paranormal @the_weremouse

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Title: Discovery (Drakyl Ranch #1)
Author Name: Thianna Durston
Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis

Warning: This book is a paranormal m/m romance with some horror elements. It also crosses cowboy and vampire genres. If you don’t think cowboys look hot with fangs, you’re missing out.

Living in Montana and working the ranch is all Aaron wants to do for the rest of his life. Diagnosed as allergic to the sun thirteen years previous, every day is a struggle to get out of bed. Having to wear long-sleeved shirts, gloves, and even material to cover his face from the effects of the sun, just makes it all worse. Now, in his thirty-second year, he is sure this will be his last summer. While he hates it, he knows he needs to come to terms with the truth and put things in order for his younger cousins. Before he does so, he heads out for one night of pleasure before facing what’s coming.

Jaret loves excitement and new adventures. For over five hundred years, he has sought them out. In Montana on a whim, he comes across someone he doesn’t expect, someone who makes him feel things he does not understand and does not want to give up. In no time at all, he feels like he cannot live without Aaron. The only problem is Aaron doesn’t know who he is, what he is, nor that he isn’t going to die. Not on Jaret’s watch. With a plan to help the other man discover who he is in place, he only has one thing to worry about: whether an ancient enemy will come and destroy everything he now holds dear.

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FourStars

I don’t know how I have not read this author before, but better late than never!!!! Wow. For a book under 200 pages, it pulled me in and kept my attention.
I like to step out of my “comfort reading zone” and explore new authors. Thianna Durston gives you such great details, you can’t help but believe the world they live in does exist and want to be a part of it.
I loved the chemistry between Jaret and Aaron. They were a sexy, intense duo who complimented each other perfectly!
I would read more in this series.
Reviewer: Kimberley

Excerpt

“You’re not going to die, Aaron.”

“You don’t know that. This sickness, ailment, curse…whatever the fuck it is. It’s gettin’ worse. And it’s changin’. Morphin’ into somethin’ scary. My nightmares lately have been horrible.”

“What kind of nightmares?” Of course, Jaret knew. They were the same kind all of them had during the change. Fire and ice as the body went through horrendous chills and soaring high fevers. They would only stop once the change was complete. For after that, there was no real sleep anymore.

“Bein’ caught on high mountains, pelted with snow. Of the forests here bright with orange fire. Of you—” His voice broke. “Callin’ out my name only I’m no longer here to respond.”

“Babe,” Jaret said in a soft voice, not understanding why but knowing he was closer to this drakyl than he had ever been to anyone. “We’re going to get you cured. Then you can come out with me at night. We’ll keep the place predator free while your cousins slave in the sun. How does that sound?”

A sad attempt at a laugh left the other man’s throat. “Promise me you won’t leave until I’m gone?”

Fury swept along Jaret’s veins. Anger at the sun, the fact the man next to him was terrified, and at Davis for not explaining to the poor man earlier what he was. But mostly, he was furious at himself for not telling Aaron the truth. Leaning in, he placed his nose against Aaron’s. “I promise you,” he said in a deep growl, “that you are not going to die, Aaron Drakyl. I won’t let it happen.”

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5 Stars for Spurred On by Jon Keys #MM #Western @Jon4Keys

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Title: Spurred On
Author Name & Publisher: Jon Keys (Decadent Publishing)
Length: 29,490 Words

Synopsis

Kegan’s new stepfather and stepbrothers are out to make his life miserable. Between the bullying and being overworked, he’s nearly at his wit’s end. When his mother leaves on an annual cattle buying trip for the ranch, he’s determined to suffer through. He must, if he expects to protect her like he promised his dying father.

When the family of a young man he’s been infatuated with holds a rodeo, Kegan can’t see a way he can compete. Not until a mystical medicine hat stallion walks into his life. It’s not long before they are the talk, and mystery, of the rodeo.

The only thing more daunting than keeping his identity secret is how Kegan is going to balance all this with his draw to the man of his dreams. Will Cole end up being his magical prince, or is Kegan going to find himself left in the dust?

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FiveStars

A fresh take on Cinderella that doesn’t rely on the usual plot devices? Yes, please! This is an excellent and very different (but still recognizable) version of the classic fairy tale.

I’m not usually a reader of westerns, but this was so well done. The ranch made an interesting and unusual setting, and the rodeo was a fun change from the original royal ball. I loved the twist on the “fairy godfather.” There were several other surprises that had me cheering as well.

If I didn’t already think Jon Keys was fantastic, this would seal it. Start to finish, this one is pitch-perfect. I couldn’t put it down. For anyone who likes westerns, horses, a little magic, and a happy ever after, this one is definitely worth the price of admission.

Amy M

Excerpt

An hour or so later, Kegan stood in the driveway watching Alec drive away in the final rays of sunshine. Alec had offered to give him a ride to the rodeo, but he’d turned him down. Once the pickup disappeared from sight, he walked into the house and worked his way to the dark back room he called his bedroom. He flipped on the light and clenched his jaw at what he found.

His clothes were strewn across the room. Some were ripped, but all of them looked and smelled like they’d been stomped on by someone who’d just walked through the holding pens after they’d worked cattle. They were smeared with mud and cow shit.

“Dammit to fucking hell! The assholes!”

He stomped through the room, kicking piles of clothes out of his way in a blaze of fury. Everything he touched needed to be patched, washed or, more often, both. This settled it. Brent and Seth were out to make his life miserable. The question had become, what was he going to do about it? They seem to have done a good job of taking away his choices.

He began to straighten the tiny basement bedroom. A few minutes later, the job became so discouraging he dropped to the bed and sighed. Kegan lost track of time as he thought through the last months. The sound of a horse nearby shook him from his desolation.

He forced himself from the bedroom, tired of being the one who was crapped on around there. He stomped through the empty house, his anger as fierce as ever. Another nicker drifted to him, and his focus shifted to the present. He opened the door to find a horse standing beside the porch. A beautiful Paint stallion with classic medicine hat markings.

Kegan eased down the steps and held one hand toward the horse, watching him closely. The animal leaned forward, sniffed him, and then snorted.

“Hey, big guy. Where did you come from? If a medicine hat had appeared in any of the BLM herds around here, we’d have known.”

The horse tossed its head, the black and white markings shimmering in the sun. He didn’t shy as Kegan moved closer. The horse’s only reaction was the rippling of thick muscles as it shifted its weight.

“Easy, boy. You’re awfully tame.”

The horse froze in place, studying Kegan as he moved closer. He reached out, resting his hand against the stud’s silky skin. It nickered at the touch but didn’t move. As he ran his hands over the animal, he marveled at how calm the stallion was. This was one of the steadiest horses he’d ever come across.

“Fella, you must belong to someone. Where’d you come from? I know if I was missing a horse like you I’d be having a fit.”

He turned to go into the house and put out the word he had a mystery horse. When he did, the horse stepped in front of him.

“Hey, guy. I gotta let people know you’re okay.”

Kegan tried to step around him again, but the horse’s hooves shot out and stopped him. After a third attempt earned him the same results, he threw his hands up in surrender. “Okay, so you don’t want me to go into the house. What are we going to do?”

The stallion stuck his muzzle in Kegan’s face and snorted. He turned and started down the driveway toward the river. The river had become Kegan’s favorite place to escape his problems, especially after his dad died, and they scattered his ashes there. He had spent a lot of time watching the snowmelt flow past. In the past couple of months, he’d stopped going to the river. But the mysterious horse headed directly toward a large boulder marking his favorite spot.

The stallion threaded its way through aspen thickets that looked tight for a goat, but he slipped into them without disturbing a leaf. The sound of the river grew as they passed through the mix of evergreen, aspen, and willow. He cleared the final clump of trees to find the horse standing among boulders larger than he remembered.

Kegan took a step and froze in mid-stride. A neatly folded set of clothes was perched on the nearest flat rock. He stepped closer and touched them. The deep-blue jeans and the heavily pressed white shirt were obviously new, not some freak occurrence. He glanced around, wondering what was happening.

“Horse, did your rider fall in or something? You don’t seem concerned about finding anyone though.”

He searched up and down the riverbank to see if someone was trying to swim, or in trouble. He checked for a good distance in each direction and found nothing to indicate the source of either the horse or the clothing. He made his way to the boulder holding the pile of clothes and ran his hand over them.

The Paint stepped close and pushed them toward Kegan. He flared his nostrils and snorted again. With the horse fixed squarely in his sight, he pulled the jeans from the boulder and held them in front of him.

“They’re my size. How the hell….”

The horse struck his hoof across the rock and the wind gusted, sounding like the low note of a Cheyenne flute. The tone drifted away, but not before leaving Kegan with a lingering sense of peace. He looked again to find a cowboy hat, hand-tooled belt, and a pair of boots in the mix with everything else. Each of them appeared custom made. He studied the stallion again.

“You know, I never put much store by the whole medicine-hat-horse-having-magic thing, but I’m starting to change my mind.” He paused for a minute to consider. “Does that mean you’re going to let me ride you, too? I need a horse to do the rodeo thing.”

The stallion slipped beside him, pressed his nose under Kegan’s backside, and shoved him forward. His nudge was enough to send Kegan stumbling across the rocks.

“Okay, got it. I’ll change already.”

He stripped quickly, splashing the crystal-clear water over himself to wash off the day’s dust and sweat. As he slipped into the clothes, he found he’d been right. Each piece was a custom fit. The boots came to just below his knees and stitched across the uppers were patterns of horses and aspen leaves. The jeans hugged his butt, emphasizing his ass until even he had to admit it was toned and muscular. By the time he fastened the silver buckle and situated the hat, he was transformed. The ugly duckling feeling he always had, evaporated. With a final brush of his hands, he fixed his gaze on the horse.

“All right. It’s time to see if this is going to work out. We need to get to the stable and find a saddle to fit you. The big question is, are you going to let me ride you? I guess now’s as good a time to find out as any.”

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4.5 Stars for Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Western @KFieldingWrites @dreamspinners

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Title: Rattlesnake
Author Name & Publisher: Kim Fielding (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 31, 2015 – 80,000 Words

Synopsis

A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.

On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.

Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.

Review

FourandHalfStars

Jimmy Dorset is a drifter and a loner. He’s had a hard life, but he keeps going, keeps living an empty life. Then an old man dies riding shotgun and his life changes…for the better. He travels to Rattlesnake to give the old man’s son a letter and he falls for him, falls for Shane.
I like this book. It was slow in a lot of parts, but I couldn’t help but feel for Jimmy. He’s 43 and his life is going nowhere, with no hope in sight and I’m so glad he meets Shane. These two fit together like peas and carrots. Shane is just as lonely as Jimmy even though he has the support of his family. Shane walks around with a painful limp due to an accident. Reading his back story was really sad, but he’s so strong.
In his heart, Jimmy is looking for a home and Shane is looking to give someone a home. They fit. Both are broken in someway, but together they’re better.
Kim Fielding really did a great job with this one. It was very realistic, with realistic reactions from the characters, which made me, as the reader, fall in love with these two imperfect characters. Imperfect, but perfect together.
I took half a star off because I wished there was a little more conflict. The story dragged here and there sometimes. Otherwise, great read! Recommended! It cracked me up when Stockton, California was mentioned cause I grew up there.
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Excerpt

Their waitress appeared beside the table. “Anything else?” she asked Jimmy.

He didn’t want to go just yet. But his belly was full, and any further conversation with Shane was probably going to frustrate him. Already Jimmy wanted to reach across the table and touch Shane’s hair, maybe run a finger across his scars. “Just the check. Thanks.”

“Mine too,” Shane said, but his thoughts were clearly elsewhere. As soon as she took their plates away, he leaned forward. “You don’t have to go, do you? I mean, you’re not, um, on the run from the law, are you?”

That made Jimmy laugh. “I’ve done some stupid shit, but never bad enough to make me a fugitive.”

“If I Google you, I won’t find you on the Ten Most Wanted list?”

“Afraid not.”

“So.” Shane traced his finger through a bit of spilled sugar on the tabletop, worrying at his lip and not meeting Jimmy’s gaze. He finally looked up again. “So you could stick around here for a while. If you had a place to stay and a job.”

God damn it! You don’t hope. You don’t want. That only leads to destruction. But Jimmy felt himself nod. “I could. For a short time.”

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