Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cowboy Up

Title: Cowboy Up
Author: Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand
ISBN/BIN: 1-61926-379-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Rueben Blaecleah was crazy about Elijah James but when the deeply closeted lawyer rejected him, he was horribly hurt. Rueben couldn’t stay and see Elijah nearly every day so he left the family ranch to travel the world. Now, three years later he’s coming home, but he’s bringing a surprise …a baby. Ruben hopes he can convince Elijah that he still cares, and that a relationship together is worth taking the risk of stepping out of the closet. That they belong together. 

Losing a lover emotionally scarred Elijah and the idea that it could happen again…this time to Rueben…terrifies him. He’s just not willing to take the chance of getting hurt again. But when family problems arise for Rueben, Elijah’s forced to make a decision. Will he step out of the closet and help the man he loves or stay inside where he’s been living, safe but miserable? 

Cowboy Up is the newest release in Stormy Glenn’s Blaecleah Brothers series. This one could be read as a standalone but I’d recommend the books be read in order.

Bringing a baby into the Blaecleah family was a pleasant but an unexpected direction for the plot line to go. That’s especially true when we learn how Rueben becomes a father and husband. Some avid gay genre readers may find the manner in which he conceived his child unsettling but in the real world, battle passion happens. I love how tender and besotted Rueben is with his daughter and how happy his family is with their newest addition.

I like Rueben a lot. He’s a great character…tenderhearted, caring and protective of his loved ones. Elijah’s a good friend and great lawyer but he’s so confused about what he wants, it made the first part of the relationship…their wooing…very confusing. It’s like he and Rueben are in an annoying cycle they can’t break and I didn’t understand why Rueben put up with it as long as he did.

I have to admit that I’m disappointed in the plot’s external conflict…the villainous drama brought into the story. The things that happen in this portion seem just so unrealistic, I had trouble accepting them. Still, that doesn’t mean the story wasn’t entertaining. Watch for the next book in the series, featuring Seamus, title unknown at this time.

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