Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Finding Absolution

Author: Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-78184-413-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date 08-16-13

It’s time for the annual Cattle Valley Days and this time, Quade and Kai have convinced Kai’s surfing coach,  Van Duggins, to accompany them for a visit. Being in landlocked Wyoming isn’t what Van’s used to but he’s willing to give the western celebration a try, not expecting to meet the man who will change his life.

Jon Porter gave up his dream job to return home to care for his ill grandfather and manage the family farm. He works hard all year and the annual Cattle Valley Days is his chance for some fun. Unfortunately, he hooks up with the wrong man on the first day and is rescued by a gorgeous guy whose smile makes him melt. Can two men from vastly different worlds find a way to make a life together?

Finding Absolution is the newest release in Carol Lynne’s long-running Cattle Valley series. I recommend the books be read in order because of the close relationships of the many of the characters.

It’s nice getting to see Hawaiian transplant Quade and his lover Kai again. What makes the return on these two so nice, aside from the fact they’re sweet guys, is that they bring Van to Cattle Valley with them. For a story of this length Van has a pretty well developed personality and an interesting personal history I enjoyed learning about. I like this guy and that he’s so thoughtful and considerate of Jon is a big plus. Then there’s Jon himself. He’s an interesting guy—loving and caring, and I particularly like how Ms. Lynne developed the relationship with his grandfather. It was a nice touch to the story I really liked.

Jon and Van’s relationship starts with a rescue and moves forward quickly. It’s not that I don’t like these two as a couple, because I do, but they get together so fast the instant love is hard to believe. I know it happens over a short period—the Cattle Valley celebration—but there are times I had difficulty feeling their emotional attachment.  

However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the story. I did. I always like getting back to Cattle Valley and seeing the characters I’ve met throughout the series. I look forward to the next release.

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