Friday, October 18, 2013

Moon and Stars

Author: Zahra Owens
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62798-174-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Cooper Nelson was a promising attorney until he was caught in an affair with a married DA. The scandal of his lover’s suicide resulted in Cooper’s disbarment and now he leads a quiet life as a ranch hand. He keeps to himself and on a rare visit to town, bumps into a man from his past--Kelly Freed, who he attended law school with. Kelly’s now running for sheriff and is married to another college friend, who’s dying. There’s little chance of renewing their relationship but Cooper can’t deny his feelings either.

Cooper and Kelly aren’t the only ones with problems.  Calley’s pregnant, has breast cancer, and needs Gable and Flynn to care for her kids. Then there’s Calley’s ex-husband, he might have a legal claim to her kids, but he’s not their father. Kelly’s running for sheriff, so getting involved with him isn’t a good idea, but Cooper can’t stay away either. What will their future hold? Or do they even one?

Moon and Stars is the newest release in Zahra Owens series, Clouds and Rain. I recommend reading the books in order, if you don’t, I’m afraid the relationships might be confusing.

Even though they were involved in law school, fifteen years is a long time for Cooper and Kelly to be apart and still have feelings for each other. Yet, Ms. Owens makes it all seem plausible, despite their conflicted emotions and life circumstances. Truthfully once the all pieces of their back stories are revealed, it’s even more believable. Good job, Ms. Owens. 

The story is well written with a plot that flow smoothly. I really enjoyed Cooper, Kelly, their personality development and getting to know them and the lives they lead. I certainly didn’t expect ranch hand Cooper to be a disbarred attorney. It’s just the first surprise. But don’t expect a lot of action packed twists and turns in this angst filled story—it doesn’t happen. Instead you’ll find a relationship driven tale with lots of people, and plenty of love, pain, fear, uncertainty and hope for the future. Enjoy.

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