Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Title: Jesse
Author: Jan Irving
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-876-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Love unconventional… That pretty much describes the bond shared by Jesse Coulter and Kyle Jacob. A bond that became apparent when Kyle was Mac’s, Jesse’s deceased brothers, lover. It’s been three years since he’s seen Jesse. No longer is he a boy, but a Harley riding man who knows his own mind. His mission is simple. He has come to claim the man who owns his heart.

Jan Irving’s latest release, Jesse, takes us to a small town where we meet Kyle and Jesse - two men with totally different personalities that ultimately become a fantastic couple. At first, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Kyle and Jesse becoming a couple. I was apprehensive, knowing that Mac was Jesse’s brother and that he shared a wonderful relationship with Kyle. After I delved into the story, it was clear that the connection Kyle had with Mac was completely different than the one shared with Jesse. He fought the attraction like a pro, but he was no match for Jesse’s unwavering love and desire to finally openly claim Kyle.

Jesse’s determination and fierce love for those he holds dear to his heart made him a likeable character. He was willing to sacrifice a great deal to keep everyone happy, but the one thing he was unwilling to forgo was the possibility of finally becoming Kyle’s partner. They give each other a great deal during this story, acting as an anchor and shield during rough times. I don’t think there is any obstacle that could stand in this family’s way.

The backdrop is a beautiful ranch with the gentlest horses I’ve read about in a while. They definitely add an authenticity to the setting. Jan Irving doesn’t allow love to come easily for this couple. There are pitfalls ladled throughout the tale. Some definitely harder to overcome, but all designed to allow the men to see how fortunate they are while increasing their desire to make things work out. Both characters are so complex, it was hard to imagine them together. But as their similar quirks came to light, those differences added a balance to their relationship that was enticing. Their sex is passionately sensual with just the right amount of heat, gentleness, and rawness to that kept me fanning.

I will admit I’m a Jan Irving fan. Her books always include life lessons and characters that draw you into their tales and keep you enthralled until the last sentence. Jesse is about finding love, accepting your difference, learning to live again and the importance of family. Those who have a fetish for cowboys and men with Harleys will be happy they purchased Jesse.

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