Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fences and Freedom

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Totally Bound
ISBN/BIN: 9781781848869
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Barney is used to labels.  He’s always been the town’s poor kid and some have even seen him as “special”.  What has him worried though is how the town will react when they realize that he is also gay. 

Fences and Freedom is the fourth story in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.  This particular book brings two former secondary characters to the forefront and I was surprised to see Ramsey put in one of the hero roles as, at times, he is not really likeable.  I was intrigued with both Barney and Ramsey from the beginning.  Barney is a gentle soul with a big heart, which on occasion means that some take advantage of him.  Ramsey, on the other hand, comes across as tough and looking out only for himself.  What I liked is, as you read Fences and Freedom, you learn that sometimes those roles are turned around. 

These two men have an instant connection right from the beginning, yet while Barney wonders if there could be something more, Ramsey is just looking for relief.  I loved seeing these two getting to know each other, as I still had a problem with some of Ramsey’s past behavior.   It became easy to understand why he behaved the way he did.  I loved the way Barney stood behind Ramsey, even if it meant major changes for the younger man.

As part of a series, Fences and Freedom has a lot of previous characters showing up in the secondary character role.  Two of the funniest ones were Barney’s mom Jen, and Rocky.  I could not decide out how this relationship was going to play out and watching them interact was funny at times. One of the most hilarious moments was when Barney found an extra pair of panties on his mother’s floor.  I don’t know what was funnier, Barney’s reaction or his mother’s. 

Fences and Freedom is a well done addition to this series by Bailey Bradford.  While some may try to read the books as stand-alones, I would suggest reading them in order.

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