New Release: Barbed Wire Cowboy

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Blurb: 

After having been kicked off the family ranch by his father, Marc Poulson has made a new home for himself as the foreman of the Double R Ranch. His fellow ranch hands are his family, but he’s still not complete without Casey Morgan, his counterpart at the neighboring Del Rio Ranch. In the middle of a feud with his one-time best friend, Marc struggles to understand why Casey would rather take a swing at him than talk to him. He wants to put the past behind them and rebuild what they once had and make their relationship stronger than ever, but Casey is having none of it.

Casey has his own demons to deal with, and Marc serves as a reminder to things he’d rather forget. Casey can’t see beyond the past and continues to make mistakes that put both him and Marc in harms way. After one close call too many, Casey must decide whether his past is more important than his future, or if he can live with Marc walking out of his life—possibly forever.

Excerpt:

“EARTH TO Marc, come in, Marc.” Rick made a show of waving his hand in front of Marc’s face. He waited until he had Marc’s attention. “Did you hear anything I said?”

“Sorry.” Marc glanced at him, but the lure of Casey Morgan was too strong to ignore. He returned his gaze to linger on the blond who had walked through the doors of the bar a moment earlier. “I was distracted.” Half of the bar separated them, but he knew from experience that the chances of avoiding a confrontation were slim to nil.

“Obviously.” Their companion, and coworker, Jason snickered.

“What is it with you and him?” Rick’s gaze danced between the two men. “You two can’t be in the same room together without going for the jugular.”

“It has nothing to do with you.” Marc didn’t want to get into it and was desperate to stop the barrage of questions before they could start. “You concentrate on yourself and let me handle my own problems.”

Marc tracked Casey’s progress through the bar until he sat at a table with two of the hired hands from the Del Rio Ranch. As the foreman for the Del Rio, Casey was the direct counterpart of Marc’s position at the Double R. The owners of the two ranches were close friends, and up until a few months earlier, so were Casey and Marc. It was amazing how one thing could cause friends to become bitter enemies, and it was nothing more than a misunderstanding.

“We lost him again.” Jason needed to wipe the smirk off his face.

“Knock it off.” Marc forced his attention away from Casey and back to Rick and Jason. “What were you asking?”

“Never mind.” Rick shook his head. “Since we have tomorrow off it can wait until Monday. No sense in talking ranch work if we don’t have to.”

“Sounds good to me.” Jason finished off the beer in front of him. Continue reading “New Release: Barbed Wire Cowboy”

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Afflicted

This weekend I finished Afflicted and Afflicted II by Brandon Shire. Both were incredible m-m reads. They are the story of Hunter and Dillon, both with issues who come together to find love.

Hunter is a blind man, living on his own in Atlanta. He is the product of a controlling mother; his father passed away before he was born. Despite his blindness, he is successful in business, trains regularly in martial arts, and has a close friend and business associate in Margie.

Dillon, who the reader first knows as Frank, is a prostitute/ male escort. His family, mostly his mother, threw him out when he was 16 because of being gay. He struggled on the street, nearly dying before Shu-shu (and later Roland) came to his rescue.

The two meet on the street and head back to Hunter’s place to have explosive sex. Though neither of them initially share their feelings, they care for the other person and hope for more than just sex. I don’t want to spoil the awesome ending of Afflicted II, but I will say it brought happy tears to my eyes.

Oh, and as a secondary character, Connie rocked!!

I kept the above description brief as I wanted to share some of my favorite passages.

From Afflicted, 35%. An example of the raw honesty between the two men:

“Can I be extraordinarily honest?” Dillon asked suddenly.

“Sure.”

“You’re hot as fuck and I’m dying to get you into bed again.”

Also from Afflicted, 72%. I love how Dillon calls Hunter his ninja.

“Came to watch my ninja,” Dillon answered casually. “I hope you don’t mind.”

His ninja. Hunter liked that, a lot.

Ok, although I would love to share more of Brandon’s wonderful writing, I wanted to give a couple of samples from Afflicted II.

At 74% after Travis showed up at Dillon’s with Dillon’s mom in tow. Hunter is very protective of his man. I just love it!

“Of course,” Hunter answered. “Didn’t you see me getting ready to do my secret flying ninja move? I would’ve taken them both out with my cane before I even landed; just flipped over your head and whap-whap, out cold.”

This one is at 75%:

“Hell, I know that. I’m the gay Don Juan of blind men,” Hunter said with a swagger.

This one is at 83% when Dillon, Hunter, and Shu-shu are talking (Dillon has to translate for Hunter):

“He said life doesn’t require my understanding or my permission to unfold. It does so of its own accord, whether I like it or not. He also said that he thought I would have figured that out by now,” Dillon replied.

Let me warn you head of time. You can’t read Afflicted without reading Afflicted II. Not going to happen. Get ready for the ride of your life which Brandon brings through beautiful prose and believable characters.

Brandon came be found on Twitter @TheBrandonShire and at www.brandonshire.com.

Afflicted gets 4 out of 5 stars. Afflicted II gets 5 out of 5 stars.

 

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