Well now, this is a hot short story, set during the time of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson that slowly but oh so surely drew me in and left me wanting more. Oh, yes.
Published by Wilde City Press
Published on December 4th, 2013
M/M Romance set in the wild West of 1890’s Globe, Arizona
This one grew on me and earned 4 out of 5 stars for its worthy efforts.
From the Publisher:
Dime novelist Benedict Bright has brought fame to Arizona Marshal Evan Teague but when he ventures west to meet the man he’s written about, he finds he’s done his subject wrong and further, that Teague is determined to set things right. As the marshal introduces the writer to western reality, through law enforcement as well as manly intimacies, Bright gains new resolve in his work while swept up in a passion like no other he’s ever known. But will it last forever… or break his heart?
An Unexpected Gem from the Wild West…
Evan Teague is our Marshal and Benedict Bright is our dime store novelist.
Right off the bat, Teague challenges Benedict and… well… there’s no mistaking their mutual intentions, though they have very different motives. Benedict knew the man he was coming to see and write more about and Teague knew he wanted to set the record straight in regards to how he had been portrayed in previously published works by Benedict. Anything beyond that was a bonus he meant to take.
The style of the writing rolls along as if written during the time the story takes place, which I liked. It has an almost sing-song quality and it helped me hear the voice of our narrator, Benedict.
Just as quickly as things opened, we get to the heart of the matter: Benedict wants the ‘real story’ (as well as wanting to taste Teague), and Teague wants a truer portrait of what and who he is, not some bloated exaggeration.
There are some good lines here, ones that carry some heft between the sexual goings-on. And even those begin to take on a meatier meaning (no matter how I phrased this, it was going to be bathed in double entendre, as it should be) as the story moves along. For the abrupt beginning, the story soon settles in, just like Benedict into the saddle. Keeping in mind the time period, when most people took what they could get in any arena of the slowly-tamed wild West, things became more and more clear.
There is no fade-to-black when it comes to the sex in this little gem – didn’t anticipate using that descriptor when I first started reading, but it’s apt. Everything is fully laid out for us, as well as varied in activity and emotional impact. Well done.
There is a line here that made it click as to why this is an intriguing mix. Ben follows his heart and knows it, and Teague has known possibly true love but he’s lost it and isn’t sure it can happen again. These bits are shared indirectly, never fully voiced between them but they’re easy to see and feel.
This story gained momentum as it went on, filling in the corners, curves and cracks. I found myself enjoying it rightly. This was a first for me by this author and I would recommend this, as well as trying any others you find from him. I know that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
A fun personal note: It was cool seeing this take place in little ole Globe, Arizona. I had family there before the area became very settled and we have our own wild little stories. 😉
I would like to thank Wilde City for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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