Monday, July 28, 2014



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: May 28, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62798-641-0
MM, Western Historical
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 2

Everett Blake Coleman and Jeremiah Blanchard (JB) Sanderson lived all their lives in a tiny conservative town in Texas. From their teens they maintained a noisy and dramatic feud with each other. Both became wealthy and neither ever married. Blake, nephew of Everett, discovered his late great-uncle’s diary and the entire story.

This is a good idea for an MM romance set before gay relationships were widely accepted. The historical background and setting is good and the idea captured my attention. Unfortunately pretty much the entire plot is explained in the blurb. In case the reader missed anything, the prologue to the book gives away almost anything else that’s left. The book itself just fleshes out what is effectively a synopsis instead of a blurb.

The two main characters are seen through Blake’s eyes and from dialogue between them that he makes up after reading his great-uncle’s diaries. But somehow their characters are shallow. They almost seem like the same character twice over in places. I understand that they were brought up and lived in the same small town, and were very close to each other throughout life, but they don’t leap off the page to me. Also a lot of the story seems repetitive simply because far too much was given away at the beginning. As events happen it’s almost a sense of déjà vu, with the reader thinking, “I already know all this.”

Even the sex is more hinted at and skimmed over than described, which means it’s nowhere near as hot as secretive, stolen moments sex should have been. I would also have preferred a more detailed description of this small conservative town, or at least some of the key places in it.

The basic premise was a good idea with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, to me, the book didn’t live up to my expectations of it.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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