George's Turn by Lynn Hagen
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Masturbation
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Edelweiss
George has had enough of men and his old life. As a cowboy, he'd been run off enough ranches for being gay. In his new life as a diner cook, he's more than happy to play it straight. Ladies love his cowboy swagger, he loves his solitary job and his tiny apartment, and all seems to be going well—until his eyes land on a gorgeous man so unlike anyone he’s ever seen.
Tank loves all the little mates running around the estate, but the gentle giant longs for his own mate to hold at night. The moment he meets the new cook, he’s smitten. But flowers and candlelight dinners don’t seem to be enough to convince George that giving himself to Tank doesn’t have to mean giving up his manhood.
When vampires attack George, Tank must help care for him. Will George finally see that the strongest love just might be between two strong men?
Can the tough, warrior wolf Tank handle a totally drool-worthy cowboy mate who refuses to play the submissive? The manly George must deal with his muscularly endowed suitor and his own need to dominate before finding peace with Tank as well. The Brac pack stands to gain a singular mate in George, but will he cooperate?
Each title in the Brac Pack series can be read alone, as the rules of mating and previous major events are explained in each book. Events also intertwine between books giving each episode a different take as it is seen through the eyes of different characters.
This week was Tank's story and George is introduced as a headstrong, although, cautious cowboy who was jaded through previous disasters with men. Tank, who is quite the protector in the previous books, had to learn to give a lot in order to earn the trust of his skittish mate. It's always a pleasant surprise to find manlove books about two strong, and real men vying for control. In fact, the name of the book is a humorous allusion to the need for control.
The banter between the two protagonists is hysterical at times. Even more amusing is the developing friendship George has with the other mates at the Alpha's compound. They even have a maddening showdown with squirt guns that made me laugh out loud. The smaller, and traditionally more submissive mates show their loyalty and determination to support their newest member. It's endearing to witness the growing bond of these men who must learn to live together and learn how to live in the world of the paranormal.
The lovemaking was definitely explosive in nature, almost like thunder and lightning. There were sweet and emotionally charged moments as well, but the two dominant "man's men" took a long time to get to that point. As their romance evolved, it was evident how much their love meant to each other.
The editing was done well and there were very few spelling and grammatical errors. There are plot lines left incomplete due to the nature of the series, but the happily ever after is solid and was not left hanging. The pace of the book was maintained throughout and was obviously well planned.
There are at least twenty books in Ms. Hagen's Brac Pack series so lovers of M/M romance will be happy to hear that George's Turn was not nearly the end of Tank and George's story. I have this series on auto buy and gladly recommend picking up this book as soon as you can. I'll end with my favorite quote from this book that really shows how acceptance can change a person, “It was scary as hell coming out of the closet for all to see, but with Tank at his side, he braved it.”