Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Cowboy Keeper

Title: Cowboy Keeper
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.sirenpublishing.com/
ISBN: 1-61034-317-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Billy Thornton is a troublemaker…everyone is town knows it. What they don’t know is that his older brother, Clem is abusing him on a regular basis and Billy puts up with the beatings, trying to direct his brother’s attention away from Rourke and the rest of the Blaecleah family. Billy can’t allow Rourke to be hurt and he’s willing to protect him at all costs and has been putting himself in harm’s way for years.

When Rourke finds Billy spying on his brother’s wedding, everything changes with a single kiss, making Rourke realize that Billy is the man he’s been waiting for all his life. For Billy, it’s a dream come true after years of fantasizing of loving Rourke, but their lives are in danger. Clem’s crazy…he’s not happy and he’s coming for them.

Cowboy Keeper is the second release in the new series, Blaecleah Brothers, by Stormy Glenn and it takes up shortly after where the first book left off. Since the story and characters follow so closely, I recommend they be read in order.

The overall feel of this story is far different than the first and if I’m honest, I have to admit that it’s my new favorite. I liked Billy from the first. He’s a sweet guy with a kind, tender heart that nobody ever bothered with because of his brother and he deserved so much more that he ever got out of life. Rourke too is a likeable man, and his easy acceptance of his bond with Billy and his desire to protect his new lover from Clem shows his true loving side.

The story pacing is nice throughout. Not too fast or slow, but progressing steadily forward until near the end when the speed picks up during the confrontation with Clem.There’s plenty of passion and desire simmering between Rourke and Billy, but you also get the chance to see then work through Billy’s insecurities and difficulties with his family. Did I mention that Clem is crazy dangerous? After a few initial problems, the ready acceptance of the Blaecleah family was nice to see, as was the help given by the new Sheriff. I can’t wait for the next release and I’m hoping it involves Sheriff Riley.

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