Author: Hank Edwards
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/16/2013
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Fiction, Historical, Horror, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Thriller
In the frontier town of Belkin’s Pass, as a vampire quietly feeds on the local saloon girls and their customers, a tragedy teaches resident Josh Stanton he has the ability to raise the dead. Knowing he is now a wanted man, Josh flees into the arid plains of Venom Valley. Pursued by Dex, the town deputy and Josh’s best friend, the two realize their friendship is truly something deeper, and Dex has to decide if he’s a man of the law, or a man in love. The vampire, drawn by Josh’s power, circles ever closer, gathering his forces against them.
Warning: These are not sexy, glittering vampires. This book contains some rather gruesome and bloody images. Also, this is a to be continued situation and there are some female scenes if these things bug you.
Cowboys and Vampires was a great start to this series. The world and character building was fantastic. I learned the setting and learned the characteristics of the people in this time frame. I easily learned the rules of the vampires and how they interacted with humans. I learned that while this has paranormal elements, the story had a lot of historical elements as well, with white men vs. Indian and saloon girls etc. The author did a good job of giving me characters I could easily imagine in the historical Wild Wild West.
I liked the way the author did not just info dump the world. I liked how he strung me along and left me wondering so that I had to keep reading to find the answers to my question. The mystery along with the tension and action was well done. The visuals were fantastic and I was easily swept up into the plot. I am enjoying this story and want to keep reading to its conclusion.
My biggest issue was in the sexual relationship between Dex and Josh. For two virgins, they sure knew exactly how to pleasure the other without pain. There was no reservation or unease about acts neither man had completed in an era where gay relations would have been uber taboo. This just irked me a bit, but did not take away from my enjoyment of this mystery.
I can’t wait to read book two so that can learn more about Venom Valley and the creatures who live within it. Because there is so much more I want to know and so many questions I still need answered.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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