Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Chasing the Mailman

Title: Chasing the Mailman
Author: Amber Redd
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61581-673-6
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

In the years since the death of his partner, Usher Addison has spent most of his time on his horse farm, only going into town for supplies or to drop in occasionally at the local bar. When one of his young horses disappears, he’s worried and then he discovers a series of large wolf-like paw prints on his property, but the local authorities won’t help him. He meets the new mailman, Jarreth Malloray, and while he’d like to be more than friends, Usher has to settle for friendship when he decides Jarreth isn’t gay, despite the mixed signals he’s getting. There’s danger all around, animals and people are dying and Usher and Jarreth don’t know why and if Jarreth reveals his own secret, it could drive a wedge between him and Usher forever.

My understanding is that this author writes under two different names and that Amber Redd is the one used for her M/M romances. Anyway, whatever the name, this author is new to me and Chasing the Mailman is her newest release. I have to say that I wouldn’t really classify this as a romance since a more-than-friends relationship between Usher and Jarreth doesn’t occur until near the end. Up until then, Usher is so confused about Jarreth’s sexuality that he rambles about his feelings toward the man to the point of distraction. He also accepted Jarreth’s lies about his not being gay for the majority of the story far too readily…I don’t know that I could be so forgiving or so quickly.

It’s a suspenseful tale and this portion of the story kept my attention as I tried to figure out who was behind the attacks and why. The fear of Usher, and his neighbor Hanna after what had happened on their ranches, was handled well, expressing their fear in a realistic and believable manner. There were hints sprinkled throughout regarding the identity of the killer but it wasn’t until the end that I finally put all of the pieces together. The confrontation scene is filled with drama after the Sheriff arrives and while it’s handled pretty well, the mother with dementia being involved in the death of the killer was rather odd and unbelievable.

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