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Friday, January 6, 2012

A Plain, Ordinary Cowboy by Jan Irving

A Plain, Ordinary Cowboy by Jan Irving
Publisher: Total-E-Bound
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Since he was hunted because he is different, Deputy Micah Danvers has lived a plain, ordinary, boring life until he rescues mysterious Sasha at a country fair—only problem is, the sexy minx who has shifter Micah tied up in knots isn’t a woman, but all man.

He was hunted because he is different. Now Deputy Micah Danvers is ‘normal’ at all costs. He left behind the wounded boy he used to be and he’s dating a nice woman. He’s got a good job and a ramshackle cabin to fix up.

But when plain ordinary cowboy Micah rescues exotic Sasha from bullies at a local fair, it turns out Sash isn’t a woman like he thought. Unconventional Sash is not afraid to stand out—he thrives on it from his nights of dancing around a fire in the nude to the rare breed sheep he’s trying to rescue from extinction. Shifter Micah aches for Sash, but he’ll have to leave the shadows to claim a man who is unafraid of tempting the wolf.

A struggle of wills and destiny come to a head in the fifth installment of the Uncommon Cowboys series. This is an entertaining series that sucks me in every time. Finally we get insights into what happened to Luka’s presumed dead brother Micah, something that has had this reviewer on pins and needles.

Micah Danvers is a deputy for the local police department and is hiding more than one secret from the general public. He’s running from memories of the past that keep him on edge. After watching his family get murdered and then being hunted down like a wild animal, Micah makes the decision to not shift. He closes himself off to his wolf nature for fear of becoming an outcast. Along with closeting up his wolf side he also hides away his attraction toward men. The pressure this man puts on himself is truly heartbreaking.

Sasha Anderson is a man that marches to the beat of his own drum. I admired this character for his beliefs and his need to be himself no matter the situation. Sasha has developed a tough outer shell due to the fact he resembles a woman more than a man. He’s always mistaken for a female and when he first meets Micah he doesn’t rush to correct him. Sasha, a mere human, feels the deep connection he has to Micah and wants to see where it leads.

Hot and hotter was how Micah’s emotions ran whenever in the presence of Sasha. The push and pull made for some very arousing reading. Micah’s aggressive nature when he and Sasha get physical was superb writing. I found myself rushing through the pages until I could read their next encounter. When Micah realizes he cannot and will not live without Sasha the story takes a turn for the better. Two men dealing with their own upsetting past lean on one another to make way for a future.

Sasha is still dealing with some backlash from when he first moved to town and he can’t seem to shake a man he had a causal fling with. What Sasha thought was nothing could prove to be fatal for his new family. Actions and reactions move this story in a different direction but in a good way. Micah’s sacrifice comes with the reward of being reconnected with his brother.

The one complaint I had was that the story just... stopped. All the conflicts were resolved but I would have liked to have read more of the aftermath. Not having this didn’t make this book a deal breaker in my opinion but it would have been nice to see some family bonding. Plus I was left a little curious where Micah got his last name. Because his last name just so happened to be the last name of his brother Luka’s lover. I was left scratching my head on that one.

Overall I really enjoyed A Plain Ordinary Cowboy. I would recommend reading at least the book prior to this one so you can follow along with where Micah’s self-hatred comes from. But in saying that I recommend reading the whole series. The mixture of the great outdoors, sexy cowboys, and delicious and creative love scenes make this series a must have.

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