5 Stars, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Pride Publishing, Reviewed by Maryann, Sarah Masters

Review: Outcast Cowboys by Sarah Masters

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Title: Outcast Cowboys

Author: Sarah Masters

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

At a Glance: I was not disappointed in this page-turner at all.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: What’s His Passion?

You can run but you can’t hide. Problems have a habit of following you, even if it’s only inside your head.

Ross decides to start a new life away from the grim belly of London, England, unable to stomach being a cop any longer. He tells himself he’s moving miles away to find himself a bed partner, but he’s lying. He has to. Facing up to the real reason he’s leaving isn’t something he can handle. His last undercover job proved too much—his life was at risk—and if he stays in London he’ll likely end up dead. Nightmares plague him, his subconscious unable to switch the past off. So he moves to a ranch in America, thinking the new surroundings and different lifestyle will help him to heal—and to forget. What he soon realizes is he’s jumping from the frying pan into the fire…

Joe’s passion—that of caring for the horses—is the only thing that keeps him sane. He’s a surly man, and for good reason—a reason he hasn’t told a soul. Folks think he’s mean and unapproachable and suspect him of committing murder. More than once. Locals assume that Joe got let off the hook. Nothing could be further from the truth, but Joe lets people think what they will. He’s done with their speculation and sly looks.

When Ross and Joe meet, tension is rife. The air between them prickles with animosity as well as sexual tension. Both have a past they can’t get over. Both have skeletons in their closets they wish would turn to dust. And both have to make a decision. Can they cast their fears aside and trust each other, or have the terrors they’ve experienced ruined them for love?


Review: Sarah Masters is one of my favorite authors, so I decided to see where she was going with Outcast Cowboys since cowboys and ranches are not usually what Ms. Masters writes. I was not disappointed in this page-turner at all. Outcast Cowboys is heartrending, with a dark psychological feel, and is a little eerie too, as death seems to be a part of this ranch—along with a horse that has a mysterious role. The book does have a warning about non-consensual sex, but it also contains several suicides, which might be disturbing to readers as well.

When the story begins, we meet Ross Jones arriving in America to start a new life on a ranch—which is extremely different from being a cop in England. As a former police officer, he doesn’t scare easily, and he’s out spoken and suspicious. As the story goes on, it takes us into Ross’s world: him working undercover, the intolerance he faces because he’s gay, and the realization he’s never felt safe. He fights to face his demons too.

Ross arrives at the ranch and meets Grenadier, Joe, and Limmy, and learns of a fourth brother, Mike. The brothers are hiding terrible secrets, and Joe is always at the center of all the trouble at the ranch. Jealousy, threats, guilt and harassment, it was heartbreaking to see brothers treat each other so badly.

When Ross first meets Joe, Joe’s rude and mean. The more we learn about him and his brothers, we see Ross’s feelings change towards Joe. Ross did have his doubts about Joe at times, but he also defended him, struggling with his cop-side and wanting to do the right thing, especially when he begins to fear for Joe’s life and comes up with a plan to take him out of this ugly environment.

l feared for both Ross and Joe throughout the story, especially Joe because of his brothers. Sometimes I even doubted Joe’s innocence. And even towards the end of this story, tragedy prevailed, but Ms. Masters did leave me feeling that Ross and Joe had an HEA and found closure in their lives.





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Review: Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling

Title: Arctic Absolution

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 240 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: In the frozen expanses of remote Alaska, Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon gets seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. Though he tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart, not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance, the temptations of sin entangle them as their hostile environment threatens. Both of their pasts are filled with malicious ghosts that haunt every step, and while Jaye’s demons are less tangible that Dixon’s, they are all powerful enough to put both of their lives in danger. Continue reading

Louis Stevens, Queerteen Press

The Truth Is “What We’ve Been Waiting For”

“In the lie of truth lies the truth.” ― Dejan Stojanovic

Title: What We’ve Been Waiting For

Author: Louis Stevens

Publisher: Queerteen Press

Pages/Word Count: 118

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: From the age of three, Tim Bailey wanted to marry Tom Watkins. Many changes occurred during their formative years, but Tim’s love for Tom remained rock solid. Even when Tom temporarily broke up with him to date girls, Tim never stopped loving Tom.
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Alex Morgan, Jon Michaelsen, Wilde City Press

“Switch Hitter” Takes A Swing At Danger

“There’s a fine line between support and stalking and let’s all stay on the right side of that.” ― Joss Whedon

Switch Hitter had all my favorite elements for a story: a little bit of mystery, some sports and boys who love to play rough. But to my disappointment, the plot fell short for me. I felt it lacked innovation and the heat I wanted to make it great.

***Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers. Continue At Your Own Risk!***
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Amazon Digital Services, Kol Anderson, Self-Published

Submit To Kol Anderson’s “Slave”

“Something unappeased, unappeasable, is within me; it longeth to find expression. A craving for love is within me, which speaketh itself the language of love.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

I’ve previously read two books from this author that I absolutely loved, so I knew what I was getting myself in for when I started reading this one.

Jesse is a sub let go by his cheating Dom, Matt, after a three year relationship. Jesse is at a loss on what to do. He’s been replaced in Matt’s life. He must find a way to get him back at any cost. He seeks out a Dom named Noah, who is known for his sadistic treatment of his subs. Jesse’s time with Noah is not for the faint of heart. It’s blatant torture and abuse, and at times, a little hard to read. Jesse wants this from Noah, craves it, needs to feel something other than his broken heart. I loved how the author put us in that room, made us feel Jesse’s desperation.

The bulk of the story is told from Jess’s POV, so at first I really didn’t like Matt. How could he leave Jesse all alone and lost? After seeing the way he took care of Jesse after a session with Noah, there was no doubt Matt still loved him. He showed such tenderness and concern for Jesse’s well being that it was hard for me to understand why he would leave him. I’m glad we got to see a bit of Matt’s perspective too, we finally know why he felt he couldn’t live up to Jesse’s expectations. Jesse sees him as more than a person, has put him on a pedestal, but he’s just a regular guy and feels as though Jesse will be better off with someone else.

Now Noah has a story to tell. We don’t get much from him in this story, but I would love to know why he needs to give out harsh punishments to subs. He seems so sad and lonely. He wants Jesse for his own, but knows it’s never going to happen. Is this why he was so hard on Jesse? I’m intrigued by the many layers this character must have.

This is a short story with some life lessons the characters learn the hard way. This isn’t a story for the person who wants sunshine and happy times. This is a story of someone in pain, who has been pushed aside and let go by the one person who is everything in his world.

This is a HEA story, despite the dark beginning. Highly recommend it!!!

Reviewed by: Lynn

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