Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vaqueros and Vigilance

Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Pride Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 9781784308865
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Western, Series          
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Joaquin is trying to recuperate from a gunshot wound, as well as cope with the fact that his father disowned him after he is outed at his mother’s funeral.  He is not sure how he is going to survive, or why he is so drawn to a young man he meets at a bar. 

Vaqueros and Vigilance is the eighth book in the Mossy Glenn Ranch series.  This story picks up shortly after the end of book seven and centers on Joaquin, another ranch hand at the Mossy Glenn.  Because this series is one that must be read in order, it allows the readers to get to know all the characters that show up, so when the readers start this book they are already invested in Joaquin and hoping things will turn out well for him. 

Seb is the young man that Joaquin and the other Mossy Glenn men saved in the last book.  Worried about being captured again by his “Master”, Seb takes off, but not before checking in on Joaquin.  Those few moments he spent with the barely conscious man makes an impression on Seb, who makes it his mission to protect the cowboy that saved his life.  Of course these two end up meeting again and, when they do, the passion between them explodes.  Theirs is not an easy relationship as both have things to overcome.  The author plays things out in a way that is believable and, of course, Will and his men are there to help. 

Vaqueros and Vigilance is a little different than the previous stories as it takes place within a few days’ time.  It also does not have a major crisis to overcome; instead focusing on the relationship between Joaquin and Seb. 

While I try to overlook typing/editing issues, there is one problem in this story that played a big part on the rating.  There is a continuity issue in regard to the names in the beginning of the book that throws the story off.  More than once, I had to go back and reread a section to make sure I wasn’t getting confused.  Thankfully, this is worked out by the middle of the story and the rest of the book flowed smoothly.  I loved the way the author wrapped up the story and wonder if more will follow.  

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