Author: Vincent Diamond
Length: Novella (74 Pages)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (January 1, 2012; first published by Lethe Press, February, 2009)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: Two years after his father’s death, Brandon is still grieving, running his father’s store, watching his sister grow more depressed. Until Ramon saunters into his life bringing sunshine, blue skies, and an injured hawk. But Ramon has issues of his own to deal with, an abusive lover who won’t take no for an answer.
If Ramon can wriggle free of the ex, can Brandon take a chance on loving again?
Review: Brandon is grieving from both the loss of his father, and his lover, Paul. He goes out and has sex, but wants more; he longs for a man of his own to share his life with.
Ramon shows up one day and they find a baby hawk that has been injured. Ramon used to work for a nature reserve and takes the bird in. He keeps showing up and asking Brandon out, but then pulling back with no explanation.
The story is a very sweet romance of two men finding love, but having to deal with difficult problems of their own. The characters are well-developed, described, and interesting. The story, however, has a few flaws.
The book starts with all of Brandon’s problems, and then Raymond shows up and is immediately stricken with lust. Raymond comes on a Saturday to take him to lunch, they go for a ride, and all of a sudden they are making out on the back of a horse. Not so sure the horse would stand still for what all they are doing on her back. Then there’s Raymond secret: he has had an abusive, live-in boyfriend, though his ex, Paul, isn’t much mentioned between him and Raymond. Having said that, I did enjoy the story a lot. I also liked the fact it wasn’t an “instant love and moving in that day” type thing. The pace and problems of the relationship are interesting.
I recommend this to anyone that likes UPS men, ranchers, horses, hot mansex, and a sweet love story.