Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cowboy Courage

Title: Cowboy Courage
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN: 1-61034-893-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Neason Blaecleah wants a special man in his life and thought he’d found it in Benjamin Brody when they spent a wonderful night together. But when the man of his dreams left without even a note, it was clear Brody didn’t want him. The rejection hurt more than Neason imagines and in desperation, he makes several poor decisions, putting him in some dangerous BDSM situations. When Neason is confronted about his actions, it results in a serious car wreck, head injury and blindness. 

Neason’s scared and angry at losing his sight. When his brother takes him to the family cabin and leaves him in the care of the man who hurt him, he’s furious. But his need for Brody is strong and his attitude soon mellows as he learns to give up control. The question is whether Neason can completely trust Brody when he doesn’t know Brody’s true feelings and whether his lover wants to keep him? 

Cowboy Courage is the fourth release in Stormy Glenn’s Blaecleah Brothers and while it can be read as a standalone, it would be best to read the books in sequential order.

Let me say upfront that I was very surprised to find on reading this one that the blurb failed to mention the important fact it was a Dom/sub story.   

Neason is a deeply troubled man and Ms. Glenn did a really nice job expressing the pain and uncertainty he felt in his life. Then there was the fear of having his family find out what he wants and needs to feel sexually satisfied. All this is also handled well. His personality is pretty nicely developed and, despite his fear of discovery, Neason interacted well with his loved ones. The returning secondary family member characters aren’t seen frequently but do play important roles when present. 

Then there’s Brody. I’ve afraid that for me his personality fell flat. After leaving Neason to flounder alone with his feelings, he didn’t even want to help initially when he was called to assist. His attitude was just uncooperative and very un-Dom like. There were parts of why he originally didn’t want Neason…and ran from him…that just didn’t ring true as an excuse to not have a  24/7 Dom/sub relationship with him. Also his selfish feelings when Neason started to develop some independence also didn’t sound like a good Dom. This guy just wasn’t very good at communicating and his own emotions kept getting in the way of what Neason needed and wanted.

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