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Quinn’s Need by SJD Peterson

Quinn's NeedQuinn’s Need by SJD Peterson
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  90,910 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  4
 

Sequel to Lorcan’s Desire – A Whispering Pines Ranch Novel

It’s been a year since Lorcan James left Whispering Pines Ranch, and Quinn Taylor has barely recovered. Only two things keep him from falling into the abyss of despair: his work at the ranch and his escape into the world of BDSM at a club called The Push. At The Push, the sound of men begging him helps drown out the bitter memory of his own voice begging Lorcan to stay.

When Lorcan comes back to Pegasus, the same blistering heat simmers between them, but almost nothing has changed. Lorcan is still with Jess, the man he left the ranch with, and Quinn has captured the attention of Ty Callahan, a man who will beg Quinn for anything, anytime, and any way Quinn wants it. Despite how much he wants Lorcan, Quinn swears he’ll never beg a man again. If there’s one thing Quinn has learned the hard way, it’s that not even begging can fill love’s aching need.

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This book was better than the first.  I still didn’t really like Quinn.  I thought better of him by the end but he was a HUGE jerk at the beginning.  He was using others, being horrible with his “family”, and just not caring about any of it.  I can understand being upset and even depression but the way he dealt with it was just horrible.  Jess and Lorcan move back to Jess’s ranch in this book.  Jess knows about Lorcan’s continued love for Quinn.  It is never hidden.  I still feel that Jess deserves better than that and so does Lorcan.

Lorcan has grown up a lot in the lost year away.  Jess has had a calming and maturing affect on him.  Now Lorcan actually listens and has patience.  Jess really seems like the Mr. Wonderful he is labeled.  Now what happens to the two in the course of the book, Jess shows he is only human.  He has feelings too and I thought he would never wake up to himself.

The plot of the story is good and makes sense.  Yes, it is convenient what happens in the course of the story but this is FICTION, people.  I thought the ending actually wrapped up some things well.  The only thing that bothered me was the treatment of Ty.  He wasn’t promised anything but Quinn’s actions spoke different.  The writing was smooth and gave me no overt bumps.  I enjoyed how the author set up the situations to see the different interactions of the characters.  The characters grew and changed.  They all seemed natural and smooth except Quinn.  It was way too drastic a change in his attitude.  It really seemed drastic and sudden to me as well as too easily done!

Overall I enjoyed the book.  The story and characters were more easily related to and drew me in more.  Quinn still gave me some issues but I was happier with his character in this story.  I will be looking into reading the next book in the series.

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Ty Hard by L.E. Harner

Ty HardTy Hard by L.E. Harner
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Hot Corner Press
Novella:  30,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
Roses:  2
 

Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desire for another man, even while he fights to keep his PTSD from pulling him under. Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?

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Ty has just been medically discharged from the military.  He has no family or friends to go to except for his friend, Gibby, whom he served under for a time.  Gibby is like a father to him and has invited him to come out to the ranch he works on to get his head together.  Unfortunately just as he arrives he finds his old friend has died.  Cass is the owner of The Willow Springs ranch.  He gives the bad news to Ty.  The next day Cass convinces Ty to stay on a while just like Gibby would have wanted.  Cass wants more than that from Ty though.

The writing was good and flowed well.  I enjoyed the overall story line.  I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the shallowness of the story though.  There was some background to Ty though it was spotty at best and Cass’s was little better.  The romance was fast.  There was little time between them meeting and them falling in love.  With both men swearing they wouldn’t get involved with anyone, they sure didn’t fight it much.  Ty being a military man I have a hard time believing he would be thrilled with all the “baby”s that were said by Cass.  I also think with Ty having gone so long NOT being involved and even having his first kiss and first sexual experience being so traumatic would cave under so fast even if he was in love.  I just didn’t connect with these characters.  The story had so much to make it a very enjoyable read but was rushed and lightened too much.  I am going to be generous on the rating though because there was something enough to it that I am considering reading the second book.

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Inherit the Sky by Ariel Tachna

Inherit the SkyInherit the Sky by Ariel Tachna
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  67,042 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.

Unfortunately, Macklin Armstrong, the foreman of Lang Downs who should be Caine’s biggest ally, alternates between being cool and downright dismissive, and the other hands are more amused by Caine’s American accent than they are moved by his plight… until they find out he’s gay and their amusement turns to scorn. It will take all of Caine’s determination—and an act of cruel sabotage by a hostile neighbor—to bring the men of Lang Downs together and give Caine and Macklin a chance at love.

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This was an interesting read.  The writing was well researched and I could imagine the language and most of the setting for the story.  I think, as far as I know, the author gave a good impression of Australia and the Outback.  I, of course, haven’t been there so can’t say it is or isn’t accurate.  The language and the experiences were well portrayed.  As far as the relationship in the story, it seemed well played out.  I can’t imagine for a “cowboy” anywhere it would be easy to come out and at times downright dangerous.  I did enjoy the way that was portrayed and how Caine’s life was changed so drastically.

There really wasn’t anything outstanding or different though about the story.  I didn’t really feel I was reading anything I couldn’t have got from many other authors out there.  I enjoyed it but it wasn’t great.

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Lorcan’s Desire by S.J.D. Peterson

Lorcan's DesireLorcan’s Desire by S.J.D. Peterson
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  63,789 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Despite the loving support of his family, Lorcan James wants to try life on his own, so at twenty-one, he finds himself walking halfway across the country in search of adventure. What he finds is desperation, desperation that leads him straight to Whispering Pines Ranch and right into the path of its strong, arrogant, gorgeous owner, who awakens something in Lorcan he didn’t even know existed.

Quinn Taylor is up to his neck in grief and frustration dealing with a neighboring rancher who wants nothing more than to see him go belly-up. He doesn’t need more complications, but from the moment he lays eyes on Lorcan, his world turns upside down. Despite finding in Quinn what his heart craves, Lorcan refuses to be Quinn’s dirty little secret—and Quinn isn’t the only one vying for Lorcan’s attention. Ranch hand Jess will happily declare his love for Lorcan to the world, something Quinn won’t offer—something Lorcan needs above all else.

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Quinn  is a jerk.  I never really connected with him.  I just have a horrible impression of him as a selfish idiot.  It was always me, me, me.  I just can’t make myself like him and am glad that Lorcan found Jess.  I did think Jess deserves better though.

This book had wonderful writing, plot development and characters, but I never really got into the story.  Something was missing.  I just felt detached from the whole of it.  I enjoyed the descriptions and the story line.  I think the second is worth reading even if I wasn’t onboard with this one.  I’m hoping the second book will help with my disconnect.

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The Westerfields of Chatham County By Carol Lynne

The Westerfields of Chatham County  by Carol Lynne  The Westerfields of Chatham County by Carol Lynne
  Reviewer:  Leenie
  Publisher:  Stiff Rain Press
  Short Story: 48 pages,  15,426 words
Purchase: Stiff Rain Press , Amazon, and Barnes & Noble 
Roses: 4
 

Ian and Bull Westerfield have spent years loving each other in all the ways the law said they shouldn’t. When they come across a drifter looking for work, the brothers invite the stranger into their home, and eventually, to their bed.

Axel Bennett was looking for work, not a home. When an accident leaves him in the hands of the Westerfield brothers, they offer him both. Envious of the bond the brothers’ share, Axel agrees to stay the winter.

Their love will be put to the test—a piece of land or the safety of each other?

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Review

This is a story of a unique brand of love,  the love of a brother for a brother , add in a drifter looking for a safe place to work for the winter, a small town set to run the brothers out. We can’t forget the explosive chemistry between Ian and Bull, then when Axel enters. WOW. I will admit this is a topic they may not be for everyone, but this is a great story. The story is short and doesn’t fully explain some of the topics it brings up. It tells of  Ian and Bull and what a  hard life they have had, the love they have for each other. Then Axel comes into the picture. Ian want’s Axel, Bull wants Axel and Axel he wants the brothers. Carol Lynne does a excellent job of bring tenderness and passion to the story. Their chemistry is explosive.

They are cowboys who live in a small town.A town that has found out about the brothers and want to run them out. The problem, Westerfields have lived on the land since Chatham County was founded and Bull doesn’t want to leave.  But  Ian hates having to hide his love of Bull. He hates what his love for his brothers cost them. He has an unsatisfiable sexual appetite.  When Ian and Bull head home from town they run into Axel.  Axel has a unfortunate accident that leaves him in the hands of the Westerfields. Axel, He wants to be in their relationship but doesn’t want to hurt the brothers. As Axel feels frustrated at his lack of involvement with the brothers relationship and tension grows.  Will they realize how much they can offer each other , before everything is taken away. That they fit together, all three and can fit so perfectly if they will just give each other a chance.

I think this is a excellent story of love, forgiveness and what can happen if you open yourself to love.  Ian, Bull and Axel all need healing and though it starts as a sexual relationship to satisfy Ian, it quickly becomes much more. As they fight against prejudice of a small town and have to see if their love is strong enough to keep them together.

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