Author: Thorny Sterling
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Waking up in a strange place isn’t a first for model and actor Allan Seville, but discovering himself alone and bound to a rough plank in the middle of an open Texas range certainly is. With no memory of who did this to him or why, panic sets in, until rescue comes riding up on a big, brown horse.
There’s more to Duke Walters than a handsome face and sexy drawl. In the arms of this rugged cowboy, Al discovers a peace and safety he never knew he needed, and now doesn’t want to be without.
But someone wants Al out of the way and drugging him during a movie junket in Houston is only the beginning. A world of differences may separate this cowboy and diva, but when danger strikes again, Duke might be the only one who can get them out alive.
Splinters… the eagerly anticipated first novel from one Thorny Sterling. As with any new to me author, I was not entirely sure what to expect going in. What I got was a tight, well thought out story with a hot cowboy and a cross-dressing model. Was the story perfect? No, it wasn’t, but it was a great first effort, and I look forward to more from this talented author.
The story grabbed me from the opening pages. I knew the players pretty quickly and had a good idea about the perp from the moment they were introduced. Was there too much foreshadowing, or was the perp predictable? I am not entirely sure. But I had my suspicions, and I was right. That, however, did not stop me from continuing the story to see how the author laid the story at our feet.
I applaud the author for taking risks. First, the two main characters were completely mismatched. I never figured out why they would be together, apart from White Knight Syndrome, but I have seen worse meetings turn to love. Speaking of love, they fell awfully hard and fast. I would love to say that I got it. I understood the insta-love, but in this case I think a little more drawn out courtship would have helped me better understand the connection between Allan and Duke. The other big risk was finding a way to keep the MCs together after the events of the story. Again, I am not entirely sure I understand why they remained together. Yes, there is love, or so they tell me, but I don’t know why Allan would want to go back to the scene of the crime, again apart from WKS.
Speaking of Crime. Let’s talk about that a little. It was an interesting premise, and I worried about the MC from the start. That worry, however, was misplaced as he seemed to have no lasting effects from his trauma. Maybe I am just used to high levels of angst in my m/m, but I would have expected a little more focus on how Allan coped with his abduction other than fucking Duke’s brains out. I appreciate the strength it took to remain at the ranch, even for a little while, but in the end Allan ran away and seemingly ignored it all.
Despite some rough patches and a few confusing themes, I enjoyed Splinters. It is obvious that the author has a splendid imagination. I look forward to watching Sterling’s talent continue to grow so he can fully impart the fruits of that imagination on us readers.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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