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Monday, April 4, 2011

Chasing the Mailman by Amber Redd

Chasing the Mailman by Amber Redd
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (205 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Coreopsis

To ease the scars of his past, Usher Addison leads a quiet life on his horse farm, only going into town for supplies or a drink at the local bar. Then his horses start vanishing, he finds huge dog-like paw prints in the snow, and the law can’t help with either mystery. Luckily, the new mailman, Jarreth Malloray, is willing to lend a helping hand—both to solve the mystery and to heal Usher’s emotional pain. But Jarreth has a frightening secret that could shatter the community and alienate Usher forever. Can Usher still love him, or will Jarreth become another scar upon Usher’s heart?

Chasing the Mailman is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you wanting to read until the very end. Between the sexual tension between the two main characters and the mysterious creature taunting this small town this story made for a very intriguing read.

Usher Addison is small town boy who lives a quiet life on his horse farm. Usher is a nice and helpful man, so I was roped in to finding out why this creature was stalking him. The offences towards Usher start out rather small with foot prints around his farm then escalate to a dead horse. From tormenting Usher the creature then goes from attacking animals to calling open season on the town’s people.

Jarreth Mallory meets Usher when his mail truck gets stuck on his property. For Usher the attraction is instant but you're left unsure how Jarreth feels. Jarreth is a tall, dark, and handsome man, who moved back home to care for his ailing mother. To Usher there isn’t a better man to be with and his feelings start to grow for Jarreth and he can’t help but want the man. We soon discover Jarreth isn’t who we think he is, and for me it’s one of those things where I thought I knew what was going on with him but then find out I was completely wrong.

When the crimes against the town’s people start to multiply and the finger gets pointed toward Usher, his friends come to his defense. When Usher comes from face to face with his attacker we finally get to see the real Jarreth and how he feels for Usher.

The one thing I didn’t care much for was the constant inner talking Usher had with himself on whether or not Jarreth was gay or not. It seemed a little repetitive. I felt as if the attraction between these two men was drawn out far too long. That being said I also liked how the author built the sexual tension between the two men. It had me rooting for them to get together.

I really enjoyed this story. It was a different kind of romance than I’m use to reading. It was a refreshing change to read a story that didn’t use the sex between the characters to tell the story. If you like a good suspenseful read mixed with a growing romantic relationship that keeps you guessing on both accounts, then this is the story for you.

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