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Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Cowboy in Ravenna by Jan Irving

A Cowboy in Ravenna by Jan Irving
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (111 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Coreopsis

Ranch foreman Trinity March has always protected the boss’s son, innocent young human Chace Davidson, but can Trin keep the dark creature inside him from finally claiming Chace?

Foreman Trinity March has always taken care of the boss's son, impulsive, passionate Chace Davidson. He knew Chace was his mate the moment he taught him to ride but he figures he's not good enough for Chace.

Chace aches for Trin but when he runs off to Italy to lose his embarrassing virginity Trin follows, just like always, under orders from Chace's father to 'straighten' Chace out. Good luck, since now that Shadow shifter Trin knows how much Chace aches for a lover, he just might take what he has always wanted.

This is the sixth book in the Uncommon Cowboys series and it adds a different twist than the books before it. A Cowboy in Ravenna follows the same theme of a man being saddened or lonely in some form or another, seeking refuge away from their birth pack. But this story is about a man running away from the loss of a child that soon unravels into a heart breaking storyline of a child smuggling ring amongst shifter children.

Trinity is still suffering the loss of a child. His son was abducted eleven years prior to him coming to work at the Lazy L Ranch. The man is still beating himself up over the what if’s. He had become a shell of a man whose only focus is finding his son. The lone bright spot in his life is when he meets a young Chace. He watches the boy grow into a man knowing full well they are mates. When it comes to Chace, Trinity tries to take the high road wanting more for Chace than he can possibly ever give the man. Besides being a werewolf, he’s what’s known as a shadow shifter. Trinity fears that part of himself and foolishly tries to deny his mate. At times very frustrating to read because the love these men share lifts off the pages.

Chace knows he is gay and knows that he wants Trinity but isn’t sure how to act on those feelings. Thinking that he’ll never get what he truly wants, that being Trinity, he plans a trip to Italy. His mission is to lose his virginity and with that his lusty thoughts for Trinity. Chace is a fun character. Once he realizes it’s okay for him to ask for what he wants, he jumps into the driver’s seat and takes control. Just because he’s human doesn’t mean he’s any less powerful then Trinity.

Both Trinity and Chace have suffered some sort of loss in their past and together they heal themselves along the way. I loved how Trinity let Chace help him with finding the missing children. These are both strong lead characters that push all misconceived notions off the table when it comes to the alpha shifter controlling the weaker human.

I really enjoyed this addition to the Uncommon Cowboys series. It was different yet the underlying meaning the same, to find acceptance in a world they feel has given them nothing but heartache. Also Ms. Irving left us with a good cliff-hanger that I’m hoping will be discussed in the next installment.

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