Dakota Skies by Taylin Clavelli ~ Book Review by Brittany

DakotaSkies Title: Dakota Skies

Author: Taylin Clavelli

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Born in the wrong time…

In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.

A man on a mission…

Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.

Two men with one soul…

Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?

Beneath Dakota skies…

Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.

Brittany’s View:

As a historical romance, my initial concern was the accurate portrayal of being homosexual in such an unforgiving environment.
Would the story over exaggerate the struggles or would it completely ignore them?
Thankfully,  my concern was unfounded as the author found a perfect medium between the two very different sides of the spectrum: the struggle was made obvious,  but so was the characters desire to overcome it.

 

This book tells the story of two men who had very different upbringings.  One was raised in a manner that made it worthwhile to find pride in himself, while the other had to fight his way through life; both knowing that the path they faced was full of obstacles.
One was lucky enough to have the support of those around him, the other was still coming to terms with the thought of not being like everyone else.
At first the timeline was hard to follow: there were a lot of flashbacks and back-and-forth’s that seemed unnecessary and out if place. As the story progressed, the purpose of these flashbacks and the information they gleaned not only became relevant, but they proved to be a vital part of the story.

 

This book did have some mild erotica in it, though not every chapter contained an example. What I considered one of the best parts of the book was the fact that the budding romance had its trials and tribulations- there was no insta-love to be found. And since the romance had to find its groove, so did the erotica, which it did after several mildly hysterical/ slightly embarrassing situations.  The combination of those two concepts made this story believable and the characters lovable.
As well as the main characters being enjoyable,  my favorite aspect was the secondary ensemble.  Each story line was richly developed and each character had their own voice, that often came out shining with wit and sarcasm.
There were several margins for error in this book; particularly since there are few accurate portrayals of the era that aren’t biased, and adding in a subculture of a different race can be a risk. Thankfully,  not only was the era represented well, the entire culture of the Native Americans mentioned was captured beautifully.  The author was able to successfully include truth in this fiction, and this book was a truly enjoyable read.

Buy Links

Wayward Ink Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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