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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Shooting Star by Carol Lynne

Shooting Star by Carol Lynne
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Meadowsweet

Fleeing Hollywood from damaging and false tabloid reports, Brac Riesling hides out with his friends Kit and Hawk in Cattle Valley. Although he believes he’s simply evading intrusive paparazzi, danger lurks just around the corner.

After years spent as a secret soldier for the United States government, new Cattle Valley deputy, Al Jessup believes shielding the television heartthrob from nosy reporters will be an easy assignment. Becoming infatuated with Brac isn’t part of the plan, and Jessup struggles to remain professional despite the temptation Brac provides.

When Jessup gives in to his desire and Brac nearly pays for the moment of passion with his life, Jessup vows not to make the same mistake twice. He calls in a favour from the only man he trusts with Brac’s life, James “Priest” Evans. Priest agrees to guard Brac at a secret location while Jessup searches for the unknown gunman. Jessup’s resolve to put a halt to the budding relationship with Brac is tested when he witnesses the easy-going relationship Brac and Priest have formed after only a few days.

Shooting Star is another great title in the Cattle Valley series. When scandal strikes the hottest star on Pirate Cove, what better place to avoid reporters and photographers than Cattle Valley? And if you're just lucky to meet the hunky, muscular man of your dreams at the same time, all the better.

Brac is a well-developed character and fits in well with the Cattle Valley series. The character has the right balance of good old country boy and sophisticated actor. Al is a flawed, deeply scarred man with a sense of duty, honor and loyalty that is heartwarming. This book is set in a well-developed world with equally well-developed characters. The story moved along a little too quickly with obstacles a little too easily overcome and it caused a slightly rushed feel to the plot. It would have been nice to see this book play out a little longer. However, the plot was well developed; conflict was believable with some nice foreshadowing for future books.

Overall, the book is another excellent addition to any library with well-developed and loved characters, a solid plotline and hot romance between two amazing guys.

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