Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Just a Cowboy

Title: Just a Cowboy
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-055-8
Genre: {M/M} Western
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

As soon as Herschel hires Dalton to work on his ranch, he can tell there’s a story the new kid is just itching to tell. Herschel is more than happy to hear it as there is something about Dalton that just makes him want to give the guy a chance. Herschel needs to play it cool though as he has a sneaking suspicion Dalton will bolt the moment he digs too deep.

Dalton can’t believe his luck. A gorgeous, kind cowboy has given him a job, a roof over his head and a way to move on from his past. Dalton is also very aware of Herschel’s presence whenever they are alone, as well as the looks he keeps sending his way. He wants so badly for Herschel to be the one he can finally bare his soul to but uncertainty is eating him up inside. Before he has a chance to decide however, circumstances beyond Dalton’s control threaten any chance of a life together with Herschel. He knows the truth will set him free but can Dalton find the courage to face it once and for all?

The building of trust and confidence is at the very core of Just a Cowboy as Herschel and Dalton figure out a way to handle the cards they have been dealt together. The plot works itself out at a nice, laid back pace and it relaxed me enough to just sit back and let the story come to me in its own time. The development of Herschel and Dalton’s relationship moved on at a good, steady pace. The running theme of “problems not being as bad as you think they are if you just have the courage to talk to someone about them” is put into practice well and I loved Herschel being the voice of age and wisdom, as he found the delicate balance to ultimately show Dalton the way.

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