Monday, May 7, 2012

Floods and Drought

Title: Floods and Drought
Author: Zahra Owens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61372-427-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Since Rory McCown went to prison, Tim Conroy’s waited for him to get out. It’s been a long three years but now he’s finally up for parole. The only problem is in order for that to happen, Rory needs a dependable job. It means finding someone willing to take a chance on a convicted horse thief and in ranch country, that’s a tough sell. Tim sets out to convince his boss, Hunter Krause from the Blue River Ranch, to help Rory and it’s not easy. 

Rory’s had a rough life and it’s turned him into a loner, who doesn’t trust easily. Going back to the ranch is one of the most difficult things he’s ever done, but Tim’s there. It’s still hard. His attraction to the wrangler remains but he’s scared to open up. Just when he and Tim are getting closer, an unsavory person from his past comes back, intent on destroying him.  

Floods and Drought is the newest release in The Wrangler series by Zahra Owens. Due to the story location and returning characters, I recommend the books be read in order. 

It’s a well-written and entertaining story about two men who are totally opposite from each other.  I mean totally different in every way but they’re still well suited, complimenting each other very nicely. There’s a good progression of their relationship. Three years is a long time, Rory’s been through a lot and the two men need a little time to act on their attraction. Once they do…watch out…it’s intense and full of passion. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy and they have a lot to work through.

The author did a good job describing the ranch, their daily hard work routine, Rory’s conflicted emotions and his fear…of so many things. There are also some interesting twists and turns in ranch life, Rory’s drinking, family dynamics and trouble from the past coming back to haunt him that rounds out the plot. Add all these things together and you have a story filled with suspense and angst that kept my attention from beginning to end.

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