Cowboy Keeper by Stormy Glenn
Blaecleah Brothers 2
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Length: Short Story (132 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Masturbation
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Edelweiss
Billy Thornton is a known troublemaker. He's spent the better part of his life doing whatever his brother Clem wanted him to--from intimidating people to stealing from them. The consequences if he resists are life-threatening. Billy has spent more than one night healing after his brother got pissed at him.
The one thing Billy can't do is allow Rourke Blaecleah to be hurt. Billy has loved Rourke for as long as he can remember, even though he knows it is wrong. The only way he can deal with it is to do everything in his power to keep Clem away from Rourke, and that means putting himself in harm's way more than once.
When Rourke corners Billy one night and kisses him, things come to a head. Rourke realizes that the man he has been looking for all of his life is right under his nose. Billy finds that he might actually be able to experience what loving Rourke is like in real life and not just his fantasies. And both men realize that what they have found together has put their lives in danger because Clem is coming for them, and he's not happy.
Filled to overflowing with unrequited love, angst, longing, hope, and joy, Ms. Glenn's Cowboy Keeper is more than a book...it's an emotional experience. The obstacles and turmoil that Billy and Rourke face would have broken lesser men, and like a bee to honey I was drawn to their long suffering characters. This author continues to exceed my expectations, and I impatiently look forward to the next book in this line.
This is the second in the Blaecleah Brothers series, and begins shortly after the end of the last book, Cowboy Easy. The saga continues with the middle Blaecleah brother, Rourke who turns out to be a wonderfully expressive and protective person. Initially an infuriating playboy, I love his thoughtfulness in caring for Billy as the story progresses. My heart aches for Billy as he suffers through humiliation and abuse, gladly accepting these in order to protect the Blaecleah family. His naivete and inarticulate speech mask a truly beautiful and intelligent mind. While this is a fantastic example of a heartwarming romance, it is also a blazing inferno in the erotic department. Billy's innocence is just what is needed to evoke the possessiveness of the randy Rourke. Each steamy encounter is unique as one learns how to please his lover and the other learns that a deeper connection is what he's been missing.
The dialogue serves to turn up the heat to an unbelievable level. Ms. Glenn ensures the reader not only understands what is happening but can see the events unfold in the minds eye. It's also important to me that the characters practice safe sex for obvious reasons, and I appreciate the author's dedication to this issue. I find it incredibly endearing that this family is so close knit, and their devotion to each other is obvious. The Blaecleah family “legend” only enhances this endearment as each son searches for the one person who will complete them. It makes me want to move to their ranch and snag a brother for myself.
I think you'll really enjoy this story, and wholeheartedly recommend reading Cowboy Keeper as soon as you can. Ms. Glenn is on my must read list for a reason...she's a master at drawing me into the worlds she creates. This emotionally charged tale is sure to draw you in too. I'll end with my favorite quote from this book: “I'm almost grateful....I'm not sure I would have found you otherwise.” “I wasn't lost.” “Yes, baby, you were.”