Friday, January 25, 2013

Papa’s Boy

Title: Papa’s Boy
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN:  978-1-62380-135-9
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Lately it seems like every time Ray turns around, one of his friends is falling in love.  It’s not that he’s jealous, okay maybe a little; it’s just that sometimes he wishes he could find the love of his life too.  Then he meets Zeke. 

Papa’s Boy is the newest story in the Morning Report series.  In this new story, readers are introduced to Ray and Zeke.  Ray is friends with the men of the Lost Cow Ranch and knows what some of the others went through when they met their life partners.  While he would like someone to come home to every night, he doesn’t see that ever happening.  Ray is a little at loose ends because of  all the changes that have been happening lately and the author does a great job bringing the way he feels across believably.  I liked this character and could understand why, at times, he felt like a third wheel. 

Zeke is a new character to the series and one I was surprised to see pop up in a story of his own.  Zeke has a lot of issues and once the readers get to know this character’s history, they will have no problem understanding why he acts the way he does.   I was shocked by some of the things Zeke went through and could not get over the treatment he suffered at the hands of his family. 

The relationship between the two men is not an easy one and I must admit, at times, I almost wanted Ray to forget about Zeke.  Of course, these two finally get together and when they do, the pages really heat up.

As if the author did not feel she threw enough into Papa’s Boy to hold the readers interest, there is a side story that involves a young man by the name of Lee.  Readers may remember Lee from the previous stories and the things that happen to him here had me close to tears.  I hope the author plans to give Lee his own story soon.  I also thought the author wrapped up the story line wonderfully and loved how she brought a close to Zeke’s story.

While these stories could possibly be considered stand-alone books, I would highly recommend that you read them in order.  Each of these books was a great story to read and I plan on reading each again.

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