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review 2016-02-14 17:48
Ty Hard by Laura Harner
Ty Hard: Willow Springs Ranch (Volume 1) - Laura Harner

Sadly, only 2 stars for this one from me.

 

 

Because honestly, it wasn't for me. The writing was okay, but didn't sweep me off my feet. But the story did have some potential. Tyler, out of the Navy and struggling with PTSD, clearly hasn't accepted his own sexuality and still isn't completely ready to accept himself. Cass one the other hand knows he's gay, he just prefers the casual, 'love 'em and leave 'em' - kind of "relationships". My problems was that I didn't really feel that, though. It's a short book, there wasn't exactly time for slow burn and a lot of UST. These guys pretty much went from insta-lust to some kind of love. Sex wasn't that complicated once Tyler got used to seeing another man's dick - at least he didn't act in a way that convinced me of his internal struggle with his attraction to Cass.

 

To me, the characters in general remained too flat to really connect with them, especially because the backround stories stayed pretty vague except for one or two key points.

 

Overall it was a little too much of everything packed into not enough pages. There was the PTSD, the struggle with sexualtity (somewhat), the commitment issues (maybe?), homophobia, violence and a little whodunit mixed in.That one wasn't bad, the revelation surprised me a little, but then it wasn't all explained in a way that left me satisfied or with answers I needed. Instead, the violence and drama felt over the top to me, and didn't fit with the general setting of the story. 

 

All in all, it was okay, but I had to many niggles and problems with it to give it more than 2 stars. I'm also not exactly interested in the sequel, so I think I'll just give this series a pass and move on.

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review 2015-04-19 03:50
nope, it's not a FCR alternative
Ty Hard - L.E. Harner

At first, I had a fleeting hope that this might be a Falls Chance Ranch alternative with more man-love action, less psycho-babble and less spanking. Unfortunately, this isn't that. It is an ambitious effort by the author who includes an impressive number of favorite MM themes in a single 150 page book. It was ok. It wasn't terrible. It was free.

[X] insta-love
[X] coming out
[X] cowboys
[X] navy SEALs
[X] PTSD
[X] creepy character
[X] mystery of the not-so-live livestock
[X] explosions
[X] hurt-comfort
[X] fluffy alphas

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review 2014-06-06 00:00
Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1)
Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) - Laura Harner I must admit the name alone is what drew my attention to this novel. It can be taken in so many ways. Need less to say the title does the book justice. It was a perfect fit after I finished the story.

Life was never meant to be easy and the main character prove that time and time again. Neither is love easy.

The story was easy to read and beautifully written. The author just has a way with words that made me want to keep reading til the end.
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review 2014-05-23 22:35
Book Review: Ty Hard by L.E. Harner
Ty Hard (Willow Springs Ranch #1) - L.E. Harner;Laura Harner

I really liked this book about a rancher and an ex-Navy Seal who both find something in each other they didn't know they were looking for. With a bit of whodunit thrown in and some holy hot virgin buttsexing, Batman, this was a great book.

 

I liked how the author kept the PTSD realistic, and even provided a very real first time for Ty, burn and all. The whodunit was okay - the perp was a surprise, and we didn't really get a reason for why he did what he did.

 

It's the first of the series, so I must check out the others now.

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review 2014-03-31 17:37
In my defence: I'd had wine. Lots of it?
Ty Hard: Willow Springs Ranch (Volume 1) - Laura Harner

Oh I know I shouldn’t have, but I just couldn’t help myself. It should be known that I am not the target audience for this book, but there’s something to be said for impulsive purchases, especially when it’s free and features an uber-sexy cowboy and an ex-Navy seal right?

Of course there is! Even if it is full of everything I despise: insta-lust/love, cheesy lines, implausible scenarios, an over-the-top bad guy, and a possessive growly alpha man that, urgh …growls. If I was wearing my judgement glasses this story would have evoked the biggest as-if-eye-roll from me – followed by a shoulder toss, followed by a shout of NEXT!

But not this time. This time I put my judgement glasses away and just read it because a) it was so easy to read b) I was loosely interested in the PTSD thread. c) I just didn’t want to think too hard. And do you know what happened? I giggled at all that silliness, I awwwed in all the right places and surprise, surprise I was smiling and rooting for these guys. I actually enjoyed myself once I decided to.

Yes, I feel silly reading and even liking this book and swore I wouldn’t tell anyone I read it, because well, I’m totally shallow and a complete book snob and … uhm, this book reminded me of one of those Harlequin high romance novelettes that you find on the spiny rack at your local library – but I don’t care. I like it, it was sweet and it reminded me that fiction (especially contemporary fiction) doesn’t all have to be plausible and so true to life. It’s sometimes good to shove the cynicism in the closet and just indulge in what is given freely.

Source: boysinourbooks.com
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