November 21st, 2011

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Lorcan’s Desire (A Whispering Pines Ranch Novel) by SJD Peterson

Well, well, well, kudos to SJD Peterson to dare the non-written romance rules of the happily ever after. True, Lorcan’s Desire is a first book in a 3 novels series, all of them evolving around Lorcan and Quinn, so even if the end of this book is not what I was expecting, it’s not said that this is the definitive outcome, but still, it was a daring move.

First of all the setting is a nice western romance, the old fashioned type with handsome and tall cowboys falling in love for the naïve innocent. The naïve innocent is Lorcan, 21 years old and virgin, too pretty for his own good. Lorcan left his house not since he was kicked out for being gay, but since he was in a rebellion mood; that is one of the main fault of Lorcan, he is impulsive and prone to carelessly take decisions that will change his life forever.

At the beginning of the story, Lorcan suspects he is gay, but since everyone is already convinced of that, Lorcan decides he doesn’t want to give to all of them the satisfaction of being right and he leaves home; sure, stumbling upon a ranch managed by a three gay cowboys, two of them over-sixty and together, and the third one 31 years old, very handsome and in the closet, is not exactly the right move to deny being gay. Temptation is there and Lorcan is more than ready to be tempted; I saw in him the typical sex-driven mentality of someone who has for too long deny his own instincts.

Quinn on the other hand is well aware of who is the object of his desires, but he cannot allow himself to be gay; his own neighbours will never accept a gay ranch owner. Falling in love for a 21 years old guy who has just discovered his own sexuality is not exactly playing it down and when another man starts to poach in his own territory, Quinn is not enough ready to stop him.

Jess is sexy, open and friendly and he adores Lorcan; there is no doubt in his mind that he loves Lorcan even if that means letting him go back to Quinn. That is probably his winning chance, being so unselfish and always open with his feelings. Lorcan in the end is the young boy he is, and he needs as much comfort as passion. To be honest with him, he is not playing with Jess’s feelings, and he indeed left both of them, Jess and Lorcan, but the one who is more ready to go and ask him back is the one that will own his heart… at least in this first novel.

I probably liked this novel, and its unexpected ending, since I feel it’s not yet all written for these three men; I cannot imagine how the author will manage those three in the next novel, but I think she will move her characters again, like pawns on the chessboard. If I have to be true, I didn’t like so much Lorcan at the beginning, I found his being virgin role a little too much, and when he first made love, I felt a little unnecessary he had to admit he was a virgin, I’m not sure a man would use that line, or at least not at 21 years old. But again, that was really a minor point, and the major big points of this novel is that it doesn’t play according to the rules, and that is definitively a strength.

Amazon: Lorcan's Desire (Whispering Pines Ranch)
Amazon Kindle: Lorcan's Desire (Whispering Pines Ranch)
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 30, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161581888X
ISBN-13: 978-1615818884

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Cover Art by Anne Cain
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Climbing the Ladder (A Shifting Elements Book) by B.A. Tortuga

I read a very limited number of M/M/F ménages a trois because usually I don’t like very much the female in the ménages. It’s not that I see her as an intruder, it’s more that she usually comes out as insipid in comparison to the two men. In Climbing the Ladder B.A. Tortuga solved this issue making Sammy not only an independent woman with a high executive career, but also as much as an Alpha as Mesa, the shapeshifter wolf who claims Sammy’s husband as his mate and as a corollary, also Sammy.

Kody was Mesa’s lover and best friend when they were puppies; but 2 years ago Kody left without much notice and now that Mesa is the Alpha pack, he wants back his mate. But Kody is now married to Sammy. Kody and Sammy’s marriage is not an ordinary one, actually Kody is way more a “wife” than Sammy; Sammy is the one who gains money and maintains their home, and Kody takes care of her and of that home. When Mesa comes to claim Kody, there is no question that Sammy would be able, and willing, to go over the break-up with Kody, but it comes out that she is the third in their mating, that Kody left right for the purpose to find her and bring her back to the pack and to their bond.

The story is very much about Sammy and the quest to make her sure of their bond. That is probably another reason why this ménages a trois works better than other I read, Sammy doesn’t disappear between Mesa and Kody, actually she is the center of their attention. She is probably even too strong, and if not for the reason that Kody is a mild and gentle man, their relationship would have probably already had trouble to work. But Kody is more than pleased to be the one taking care of both his mates.

Mesa plays accordingly to his role, he is an Alpha all around, few words, a lot of action, but also able to trust his mates when needed; they pretty much complete each other, I think Sammy is the mind, Mesa the body and Kody the heart.

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Amazon Kindle: Climbing the Ladder (Shifting Streams, Book One)
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing, LLC (October 16, 2011)

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