August 10th, 2009

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Deceived by Lexie Davis

Deceived is not a crime story, it’s the romance version of a crime story, and so, if you usually avoid the crime genre, since it’s too violent, less romantic, but you want to try the hand with a cop themed novel, probably Deceived can be a good start.

What probably is the most interesting aspect of the story is that the author cared a lot for her characters, their reasons and love, putting them up front the story, leaving so many reasonable details a bit slurry, and caring more for the feelings. For example, Matt was framed for dealing drugs but no one explained how the culprit had a copy of Matt’s home keys (I don’t think it’s so simple to break in a police detective house). Matt was the more likeable corrupted police officer since he has always had easy money, but no one explained from where that money came. Matt escaped from prison, but no one explained how he did that.

On the other hand the author immediately pointed to what was my main complain on Matt and Shayne’s relationship: when Matt was arrested, Shayne had his doubts on his guilt, but more or less he abandoned Matt to his destiny and chose to “punish” himself with a desk job, so that, more or less, he wasn’t even no more able to prove Matt’s innocence. And when Matt runs away from prison, who is the first person he goes to? Shayne. Sincerely, I would be so angry that, yes, I would go to find Shayne, but to kill him. And instead Matt, more or less, spends the night making love. So no, I wasn’t convinced of this turn of events, at least not till the moment when finally Matt’s rage for Shayne comes out, and he asks a right explanation to Shayne, an explanation that Shayne has not. Shayne for me is not justifiable if not by love: Matt can forgive Shayne not since he had his answer, but since he loves Shayne and that is counts more than anything.

So if at the beginning, reading the title and the blurb, the reader can think that the “deceived” was Shayne, but Matt’s betrayal, in the end the really deceived is Matt. Matt is the classical hothead cop, the one that is probably even a bit unreliable, he is even the one in the closet, that at the beginning of the relationship with Shayne made him suffer for a bit of love. Shayne on the other hand is the police office by the book, the quiet one, the emblem of perfection. This is probably the worthy of this novel, to take these two stereotype characters and reverse their role, making Matt the betrayed and Shayne the one that has to prove himself worthy of Matt’s love and trust.

Amazon Kindle: Deceived
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing (August 10, 2009)

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Nowhere Diner: Finding Love by T.A. Chase

Tim is a country boy at heart. He is from a small town USA, farm county, but on the contrary of most young people like him, he loves to live there, he loves the warm atmosphere and that everyone knows everyone else and you care for your neighbor. Maybe most of this attitude is due to the fact that Tim grew up in an accepting family, orphan when he was few years old he was brought up by his aunt and her husband, a couple that had lost hope to have a son for their own. Being older than ordinary parents and old fashioned, they never spoke loudly of the nephew's sexual preferences, but they neither made him feel uncomfortable or unwelcomed. Problem is that the small town didn't do the same and Tim ended up in an abusive relationship with a same age man. Being alone and desperate for love, Tim mistook his relationship with Aaron for love and it took him 10 years to understand the truth. And it was never his own understanding, but he was forced to face the reality: Aaron got married with a woman and wanted for Tim to continue being his little dirty secret as always.

Despite loving his family and the place where he lives, Tim understands that it's time to leave. He takes the first bus out of town, without real destination. Three days later he is in a diner just out of Austin, waiting for the next bus to leave. The place is like a mirror of his own life, only at the contrary: the nephew of the owner of the diner, a young gay man, living in an accepting environment and with a boyfriend who is not ashamed to openly love him, wants something different for his life; he wants the glittering of the big city, and suddenly leaves the place and the job. Tim is just there to take his place and his life: he has now a job in a place where more or less, everyone else is gay or gay friendly; it's a bit an utopical place, above all in Texas, but it's a small place in the world. The secret is to not leave the border of the diner, and life can be good.

In few days Tim has a new life, a new job, a new place where to live and also a possible new boyfriend, Bernie. Bernie is a long haul truck driver, who periodically stops at the diner before going home in Austin. Even if he has the body of a trucker, big, strong and reserved, Bernie is odd around the edges; he is very gentle and very cultured, he lives in a good neighborhood, he has his own property and drives expensive cars... there is something strange in him, but it's not a "bad" strange, more another fairy tale piece to the dreamy atmosphere of the diner.

The story is sweet and simple, as I said almost fairy tale. Everything for Tim clicks in the right way if he lives inside the protective shield of the diner; and if he has to leave, it's enough for him to bring along someone like Bernie, that is part of that dream. The story is not a paranormal tale, but more a contemporary tale with a lot of optimism; the bad big world is out there, and it's not that is not acknowledge, the author only prefers to cover it up with a veil that soothe off the sharpness of it.

As always, both in contemporary stories than fantasy than paranormal, T.A. Chase adds the right dose of sex, good, healthy and with just enough details to satisfy.

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Tail of Two Brothers (Horsfall) by Jade Buchanan

When I first took up this book I was really curious since it was the first time I heard of shapeshifter horses. Yes, yes, it's even too easy to make a naughty joke, and the author knows well, since she did it too.

Oliver Philip meets Bayard Stoddard for a job as safety consultant in the man's horse ranch. First time Oliver lays his eyes on Bayard, the man is lost: Oliver doesn't know if Bayard is gay, but Oliver definitely would like to find out. And when he learns that there is also a twin, Marshall, it's like a forbidden fantasy comes true, two big and strong men to sandwich him. But the second brother, Marshall, is not there and so Oliver limits his daydreaming to the one in front of him Bayard. The meeting goes well and Oliver is on his way home with a possible contract and a lot of fantasies to re-use at the right moment. He has not found if Bayard is gay, but the man was friendly and open to possibilities.

On his way back, Oliver finds a big horse, just like the ones Bayard showed him in his ranch, shackled at a tree along the road. The horse is evidently suffering and Oliver can't help to free him... but as soon as the horse is free, it turns in a very naked man, much like the one he just left... Oliver has found Bayard's brother, Marshall.

From this moment on, I had the feeling that the story rushed a bit. Oliver takes an unconscious Marshall home to Bayard, and Bayard asks Oliver to spend the night... all right I'm not against good sex, and good sex was, but what are Bayard's reasons? Oliver's ones are quite clear, he didn't hide them. During his encounter with Bayard, Marshall wakes up and claims that Oliver is his own. Bayard at first doesn't want to share, and allows Marshall only to witness to their encounter... first, it would be kind to really ask Oliver, and not to make him in front of an impossible decision, when sex is obtruding his mind. Second, it's not nice towards Marshall to let him near the candy but don't give it to him (like an horse with a carrott, pun very much intended).

Bayard probably realizes that he didn't behave good nor with Marshall than Oliver, and now he is willing to share... and I think he again behaves with few delicacy. Lucky for him, Oliver has his secret fantasy of being with two men, and so he is willing to please both men, but this part of the book arrives at the very end. Again I think, like the shapeshifter horses' idea, that it has possibilities, and was a bit sad to see it happens so late in the story. Of my same idea was probably also the author, since the second book in the story will focus again on the same threesome.

Even if Bayard and Marshall are twin, they are very much different in behavior; Bayard is a very authoritative man, and he proves this side of him in the way he behaves with both Oliver than Marshall. He is not a bad man, during sex he is gentle and caring, but I have the feeling that he is the boss and he is not used to be denied. Marshall is more an happy-to-go guy, used to the freedom to roam the fields without worries, since there is his older brother (of five minutes) to take care of everything else. In this perspective, I'm more lean to forget Bayard's initial possessive streak, it's a bit like when an older brother is asked to give his toys to his brother since he is little... but who is thinking to the big one? And then there is Oliver: from every side you look, Oliver is a classical bottom, he loves to be led and ordered around, and so, again, maybe Bayard's domineering attitude is exactly what Oliver wants.

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