Author: Lilith Duvalier
Length: Novel (173 pages)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing (August 12th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: A crack shot best gal, a former criminal lover, a sudden ejection from everything he’s ever known, and the faintest taste of freedom. That’s what drives Will Kearny out of the comfort of a normal life and out into the Nebraska wilderness. Soon the sweet, quiet cattle rancher from Minnesota is robbing stagecoaches, knocking over banks, and running off into the mountains to celebrate in Henry Fitzpatrick’s arms. But winter’s coming on, the stagecoach routes are drying up, and the law is onto them. Life on the edge is the only way Will and Henry can be together, but life on the edge is short. Can forbidden love survive in a harsh world?
Review: This is a very good book set in the old west. Let me clarify my heat rating. There is quite a bit of sex, but to me it wasn’t overly descriptive and well done, so I chose moderate. I thought it was very hot, yet sensual, even though some of the sex is very hungry.
The story is about Will a young gay man and his best friend Annie.
Will is from a good ranching family. His brother has been injured in the war and is getting married the other brother is expecting, his father is dead and his mother is courting. He is made aware at His brother’s wedding that he will be expected to marry very soon and one of the town daughters has her eye on him.
Annie and he have been friends forever. Her father is abusing her, so she runs to Will and they meet up in the barn a lot where he also has a secret stash of porn he’ secretly inherited’ from a deceased uncle. Annie knows he is gay and asks him to marry her and run off so she can get away. When he realizes the other girl is going to pursue him he accepts his best friends offer and they head to Nebraska to work on a farm, Annie has already sent letters to.
There he meets Henry and sparks fly. A neighbouring rancher is trying to take the owner’s ranch and one night steps in, sets fire, and kills the owner, sending Will Henry and Annie fleeing. This sets in motions a lot of interesting twists and turns.
I absolutely loved this story. I loved the old west feel and felt as if I was sucked back in time. Once you start, you won’t want to stop until it’s done! I found it a real page-turner. The characters were very interesting too. I loved how Annie, though abused was strong and a take charge girl even though her plans really got them into trouble. I loved the chemistry and sex between Will and Henry.
I highly recommend this if you like old west setting, historical western romance, robbers, ranchers, strong women characters (no girly bits it is an mm story), twists and turns, and some steamy man-sex.