Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Clouds and Rain

Title: Clouds and Rain
Author: Zahra Owens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-833-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Family problems have left Flynn Tomlinson adrift and for several years, he’s roamed from job to job when he’s needed money. It’s a freestyle life that’s suited him but being alone and working dead end jobs he doesn’t like are getting old. That’s when he sees a Help Wanted notice at the local post office advertising for a job at a nearby ranch. It’s there that he meets Gable Sutton, a man who can no longer work his ranch alone, because of an old injury.

Due to his bad financial situation, Gable can’t afford to pay Flynn for several weeks, until he sells his horses. Working on the ranch is much better than stocking shelves in a grocery store, so Flynn agrees to his terms. He expects hours of hard work but what takes him by surprise is his attraction to the kindhearted and lonely owner. It’s not long before Flynn finds himself not only falling in love, but determined to save Gable’s ranch.

Clouds and Rain is the newest release by author Zahra Owens. It’s a well plotted and paced look into the lives of two men who have love sneak up on them, while teaching them what it means to stick together during the tough times. There isn’t much in the way of outside adversity in this story but that doesn’t mean Flynn and Gable’s relationship is smooth sailing. Gable’s years older, has an old injury, is financially insolvent and was deeply wounded by his previous lover. His emotional baggage could kill any relationship but Flynn is relentless…he knows what he wants…and that’s Gable. Still the past has a way of coming back to haunt these two and at times, you think it’s going to tear them apart.

There are several reasons I enjoyed this story. Not only is it well written but the characters aren’t perfect…they’re flawed, just like real people…and they have real everyday problems to struggle with. In this case the big thing is Gable’s physical disability, which turns even more serious as the story progresses. This kind of issue rarely becomes part of a romance, which makes me appreciate Ms. Owens efforts even more.

This isn’t a quick and easy story to read, so if that’s what you’re expecting, pass this story up. It’s deeply layered, intricate, compelling and a little sad as you watch these two find a way to everlasting love. Enjoy.

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