Monday, January 3, 2011

The O'Brien Way

Title: The O'Brien Way
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total E-Bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-371-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

At one time, William ‘Moby’ Haines was one of the hottest male strippers in Vegas and he had all the money, men and freedom he could want. That all changed with the death of his father, forcing him to return home to Sheridan Wyoming to help care for his mother. Without much in the way of options for earning a living, he takes a job at O’Brien’s Pub, a forty-five minute commute from home in hopes of making a better life for himself and his mom.

Sean O’Brien’s been burned before and, despite his attraction to his new employee, has no intention of getting involved with Moby. His customers, on the other hand, have no problem showing their interest in the sexy man, making Sean see red at the disrespectful way they treat him. Sean’s ready to set everyone straight and if that means openly claiming Moby for himself, he’s more than ready to do it.

The O’Brien Way is release twenty-one in Carol Lynne’s ongoing Cattle Valley series and it’s another winner. Even though Sean’s been a resident of Cattle Valley for a while, we haven’t gotten to know him until this release and his family background is a real eye opener. So to is the family that Moby grew up in – a controlling homophobic father and a mother made to feel worthless by her husband. These two men have so much emotional baggage that it’s amazing either one could ever have a successful relationship. Yet, Ms. Lynne uses her creative talent and flair, along with a few interesting twists and turns, to bring them out on the other side stronger – and more importantly together.

I love the passion and desire between Sean and Moby but I also appreciate the new and changing relationship between Moby and his mother. After so many years of having his father stand between them, they now had the chance at the kind of mother/son bond they’d both always wanted. Add to this Sean, who’d never had a mother, and you have a truly tender but heart wrenching plot point that can bring a tear to your eye. It’s also nice seeing a few of the familiar characters from previous releases popping in and out. I can’t wait to see what happens with the next release Ghost from the Past featuring Rio.

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