Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 3.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/04/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Historical, M/M Romance
Samuel Somerfield is used to the oppressive heat of the Texas plains, and in the year 1892 things get even hotter when ranch hand Eli Watkins walks onto the job. Every stolen glance, every searing touch from Eli tilts Samuel’s world on its axis. He wants only to spend the rest of his life in Eli’s arms. But Samuel’s cruel and domineering father has other plans for him. Samuel must marry Eleanor Johnston and give his father the social standing he craves.
Eli knew falling in love with Samuel would cause problems, yet even he never dreamed Mr. Somerfield would go to such lengths to keep his son and him apart. After Somerfield orders a beating that leaves Eli disfigured and embarrassed, Eli takes a job on another ranch far from Samuel.
News of Samuel’s impending wedding eventually reaches Eli, and he realizes he must return to the man he loves, despite what might await him, and try to save Samuel from a life he was not meant to live.
Before Sundown by Lisa Worrall is a moving and passionate story set in the lawless Wild West. It is beautifully written and engaging, telling the story of a love as timeless as the open plain its set on.
Samuel Somerfield has grown up starved of love, the only affection he receives coming from Isaac, an old family servant. As far as Robert Somerfield is concerned Sam has just one purpose, to marry into old money and give him the status and position he craves.
Eli Watson, with his calm and gentle nature just wants to work with horses and keep himself to himself. Eli has known for a long time that he likes men but he’s always been discrete and careful, that is until he meets Samuel Somerfield. He wants Sam from their very first kiss with a need and intensity, and passion that he has never experienced before.
Sam is a confused and sensitive young man worn down by his father’s brutality. He’s not sure of his own sexuality but he never really gives it a thought until he meets Eli and falls in love for the very first time. Eli stirs feelings in Sam he’s never had before, never even knew existed and he wants Eli very much.
I did enjoy Before Sundown a great deal, it’s well written and it flows easily, and I liked the attention to detail that shines through, but it’s not without its moments of incredulity. Eli and Sam’s love develops at lightning speed, almost insta-love. It didn’t have the slow careful build I would have expected considering the stories setting. The Wild West is very a masculine place where men like them had to be careful, couldn’t be seen to be too overly friendly. Yet all of a sudden both men are besotted and literally prepared to die for each other.
Also the reasons for Robert Somerfield’s behavior towards his son are never truly explored, other than being the effects of losing his wife, Sam’s mother, in childbirth years before.
I also wondered why Sam had never stood up to his father, why he hadn’t just left. Sam had money and intelligence so I just couldn’t understand why he hadn’t just ridden away on day without a backward glance.
Saying all that I did find Before Sundown a very enjoyable read, it was charming and sweet and it had enough surprises to keep me on the edge of my seat.
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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