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review 2017-12-14 02:01
Book Review: Barbed Wire Cowboy by Renee Stevens
Barbed Wire Cowboy - Renee Stevens

Barbed Wire Cowboy is at once a gritty tale of living and working on a cattle ranch and a love story between two men who suck at communicating honestly and openly.

After coming out to his rancher father, Marc Poulson found himself kicked out, stripped of his family and alone, but in the years since found a place as foreman of the Double R Ranch. If it weren't for his feud with his ex-friend Casey, foreman at the neighboring Del Rio Ranch, life would be nearly perfect. 

Marc doesn't understand why Casey would rather punch him than continue to be his friend - the reason for this change in status is not immediately clear to the reader, as neither Marc nor Casey provide any insight - but their continued fighting has now landed both of them in a jail cell.

Bailed out by their respective bosses, Marc and Casey are given an ultimatum - shape up or ship out. And learn to work together again. 

Marc is happy to call a truce between them, but Casey isn't on board. When Marc saves Casey's ass from a rampant bull, the event proves to be somewhat of a turning point. 

Except Casey continues to blow hot and cold, and refuses to tell Marc what demons are still haunting him. He makes mistake after mistake, driven by the terror of his past, until Marc has enough, and when provided with an unforeseen option, Marc is done with Casey's bullshit and leaves.

The author really brought the grittiness, long hours and hard work of the cattle ranches across, and the huge amount of physical labor that's involved. She also did a fine job with the characters - they are complex and complicated, and rough around the edges, like you'd expect cowboys to be - but also gave them individual pasts that continue to shape their actions and derail what might be. Neither knows how to really talk about their feelings, and Casey hiding a huge secret from his past that he refuses to address and would rather forget has a lot to do with his behavior - their actions and reactions made sense to me. 

This is a rollercoaster ride as Marc and Casey go from enemies to lovers to heartbreak, full of anger and fear and hiding, with an overriding sense that love may not always be enough to keep a couple together unless they're willing to confront their differences and their pasts head-on to have a future.

Whether Casey and Marc overcome the odds - well, find out by reading this for yourself. 


** I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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review 2017-12-04 14:03
Last Call
Last Call - Felice Stevens,Christina Lee

Sweet story with very likable guys. The MMM also developed quite nicely but something just felt off off. This really had very little grit or angst at all and the timing of their day and actions in some scenes seemed out of whack. Not sure when these guys slept, honestly. And while the sex was good I occasionally had this look as I wondered how there was room left to do the described sexual act given the position of the other two. 

 

 

Worth the read if you're looking for a no-angst MMM with 3 sweet guys.

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review 2017-12-03 17:02
RELEASE DAY BLITZ & REVIEW - Last Call by Christina Lee & Felice Stevens
Last Call - Felice Stevens,Christina Lee
Last Call is the seamless partnership of Felice Stevens and Christina Lee. Now, as you may be aware, I'm a long-term fan of Felice Stevens, but Christina Lee is a new one to me. After reading this, you can guarantee that I will definitely be reading more of her work.
 
We start off the story with Gray and Quinn, two best friends that have very different outlooks on life, due to their own personal demons and history. However, they have been friends for years, and their relationship is strong. Both of them want for more, but neither of them are prepared to make the first move in case they lose what they have. And then enters Emery. He is a hard-worker, jack of all trades, cast adrift when the circus where he had lived for a big part of his life, closed down.
 
The going is tough with these three to begin with. They are all prickly, with only Quinn wanting everyone to get along, but even he has his moments of doubt. Through circumstances, they give each other a chance, and things heat up exponentially!!!
 
This story is sheer perfection. It is smoothly written with me having no idea who had written what bit! The characters are outstanding and fully believable. These three guys complete each other, making for a single unit, rather than three separate people. If you like M/M, or Ménage, then I can highly and definitely recommend this. Simply superb.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/12/release-day-blitz-review-last-call-by.html
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review 2017-11-23 23:59
Waxing Moon (Calling the Moon #2) by Sarah E Stevens
Waxing Moon - Sarah E. Stevens Waxing Moon - Sarah E. Stevens

Julie is getting used to raising her powerful werewolf baby - and is still determined to do so alone, in her own home in her own town despite pressure to move to join the rest of the Pack



But when her house is burned down by a supernatural force she never knew about which may be in direct opposition to the powerful werewolf Carson is becoming. Can she assert her independence as a mere human in this world of dangerous supernatural beings fighting over her child?


In my review of the last book, I questioned how this series would continue after the events of the first book. I did suspect there would be some really convoluted way that Julie would end up being bitten and become a werewolf and then have many exciting adventures.


Oh how very different this turned out to be.


The conflict of this book is how much Julie gets to live her own life and how much control she has over raising her own son. It exposes a lot of the glaring problems with werewolf culture that have been briefly touched on but not explored in the last book


None of this is done clumsily. I mean, I would have frowned at this if all the nice people from the first book suddenly turned into hateful monsters. Instead we see it in their general attitudes, who is valued. Who is respected. Looking back among all the action of the previous book we see a lot of subtle or not overly flagged actions now from a very different light. Even how everyone is utterly fawning and excited over her son Carson; lots of little moments


And given how powerful Carson is, to Julie this is just all the more important why she needs to separate him from the damaging prejudices of a society that could have him absorb so


Again, it’s done really subtly, with the battle they’re fighting serving as a perfect background for people to make harsh decisions in the name of “safety”. It’s balanced to be very realistic - perhaps even something we could easily understand and go along with if it weren’t for Julie’s excellent insight.


This also brings excellent further exploration of Julie’s insistence of living her own life in her own town - but I think the best part of this was also looking at Julie’s extremely good friend Eliza. Loyal, supportive, passionate, determined, a good woman AND WRONG. Because you can be a good person and still be part of a deeply flawed, prejudiced system; you can be a good person and perpetuate inexcusable things within that system and being a good person doesn’t make it ok. That’s a nuance that is far superior to the simplistic narratives we see elsewhere

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/11/waxing-mooning-calling-moon-2-by-sarah.html
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review 2017-11-09 00:00
The Way to his Heart
The Way to his Heart - Felice Stevens The Way to his Heart - Felice Stevens This easily predictable text is not a story!
There is no real conflict. I found it rather boring.
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