Friday, August 5, 2011

Quick to the Hunt

Title: Quick to the Hunt
Author: Cameron Dane
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher URL: www.loose-id.com
ISBN: 978-1-60737-996-6
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, Western, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

After losing friends on tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hunter Tennison comes home from the Army, emotionally and physically wounded. He can’t let anyone get close to him and uses the pain from self-inflicted injuries to keep his chaotic, raw emotions from overwhelming him.   

Businessman Alexander Quick is always practical and rational until the first time he looks into Hunter’s haunted eyes. He tells himself not to get involved, but knowing he can’t control the outcome doesn’t lessen how much he wants the emotionally damaged ex-soldier. When Alex’s best friend/mentor dies, he realizes how empty his life is and Alex’s determined to do whatever’s necessary to help Hunter overcome his demons. The question is whether Hunter can heal enough that they can share a life together. 

Quick to the Hunt is release seven in Cameron Dane’s Hawkins Ranch series. It’s a well-written story with a deeply disturbing plot that left me emotionally exhausted at the end. The premise of Hunter’s disorder was not only original but unexpected in a returning soldier. It’s not often that you find an author willing to tackle such a tough PTSD topic but Ms. Dane did and she did it with creative flair, sensitivity and grit. It’s also pretty clear from the details that the author did a great deal of research before beginning. Good job Ms. Dane. 

Despite being horribly damaged, Hunter’s an intriguing character and watching him try to hold his life together when it could easily shatter into a million pieces was painful. His attitudes and reactions affected all those around him, often detrimentally…and then there’s the sex. With his mental status Hunter doesn’t know how to do anything with tenderness and his coupling with Alex, while consensual, is aggressive and violent. Add these things together and there are parts of the story that are difficult to read. I admit it. While both men are compelling, it took me days to get through the pages of Quick to the Hunt. The ending is just as tough as Hunter finally agrees to go through the counseling he needs, enabling him and Alex to have a happily-ever-after that works for them. 

Then there are the many well loved characters from numerous previous releases. It was nice seeing them and learning what was happening in their lives. There are also a few new people in town that I bet we’re going to be seeing more of in the future. I for one can never get enough of the people of Quinten and I can’t wait for the next release. 

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, self-injury, spanking.

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