Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Shooting Star

Title: Shooting Star
Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total-Bound
Publisher URL: www.total-e-bound.com
ISBN: 978-0-85715-589-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

With the paparazzi hounding his every step, actor Brac Riesling flees Hollywood, intending to hide out with friends Kit and Hawk but even in Cattle Valley, he can’t find peace. To keep Kit safe, he and his bodyguard, Al Jessup wind up in a mountain cabin not realizing that more than the press is after him…there’s a killer stalking him, too. 

Al Jessup spent years in the military but his last assignment turned into three years of living hell in a Syrian jail. He thought being a deputy and acting as a bodyguard to a television star would be a piece-of-cake assignment but he didn’t count on falling for the man. When a sniper targets Brac and Al takes the bullet, he’s forced to call in the only man he trusts with Brac’s life, James “Priest” Evans.  The question is whether he can trust Priest with Brac’s body, while they try to find the person threatening everything Al’s wanted his entire life. 

Shooting Star is book twenty-four in Carol Lynne’s popular Cattle Valley series. I’m always happy to go back to this wonderful town and this time wasn’t any different. After meeting Deputy Jessup in a previous book, I was ready to learn more about him and was surprised about the things from his past revealed in this release. His time spent in the Syrian jail certainly explained his reluctance to get close to Brac, wanting him but still feeling unworthy. It left Brac to do all the pursuing, making him to seem a little needy, despite his physical appeal and fame.  

Still both men have vastly different but interesting backgrounds and while on the surface they don’t seem to have much in common, where it counts they match well. They do have problems overcoming Al’s aversion to being touched, which could be dicey in any relationship and hearing about Al’s friend Priest and how they use each other for sex is a little off-putting. But then you realize that only with this trusted buddy can Al open up and be himself. It’s sad but explains a lot about him.  

Both men are terribly flawed and it’s only Ms. Lynn’s ability as a writer that manages to take their realism and turn it into a story about two men a reader can care about. Getting to know more about Priest when he comes to help guard Brac was a bonus and I can only assume we’ll be seeing more of him in the future. I can’t wait.

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