Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: Jessup (Wylde Boys #1) and Carson (Wylde Boys #2) by Lynn Hagen

Jessup (Wylde Boys #1)
by Lynn Hagen
Published September 16th 2013 by Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Formats Available: Adobe Acrobat, HTML, EPUB, Mobipocket

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

It is said that a person cannot choose who they fall in love with. Jessup Wylde found this to be true when he fell for Benjamin Cross. But loving Ben was not an easy thing to do, especially living in Grizzly Ridge where coming out could cost a man his life.

Ben moved to Grizzly Ridge, hoping to start over. It was a chance for a new beginning, until he met Jess. Ben was fascinated with the cowboy from hello. Everything about the man intrigued him, making living in the closet stifling. But Ben wasn’t ready to admit his desire for men, so when he and Jess become closer, Ben pushes the man away.

Life is never easy when the heart is involved. Jess and Ben find this out the heartbreaking way as they experience love, happiness, tragedy, and pain at the Wylde Cattle and Guest Ranch.

Carson (Wylde Boys #2)
by Lynn Hagen
Published September 16th 2013 by Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Formats Available: Adobe Acrobat, HTML, EPUB, Mobipocket

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Some people believe that life is balanced. For Samuel Cougar, that is the farthest thing from the truth. As Sam struggles to keep the cracks of his life from growing larger, he discovers just how difficult going it alone can truly be. But Carson Wylde is determined to show Sam that behind every good man there is a cowboy.

Crossing the line from friend to lover is as easy as breathing for Carson. He just wishes it was that easy for Sam. The closer he tries to get to the man, the harder Sam runs. Carson knows he has to hold on with both hands or risk losing the one man he wants forever with.

Tragedy can sometimes bring people closer together, or it can tear them apart. Carson walks through hell for Sam in order to find heaven at the Wylde Cattle and Guest Ranch.

[Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Cowboy Romance, M/M, HEA]

You may be wondering why I decided to make one review for two books by Lynn Hagen. Well, I started reading Carson and then I realized halfway through that  I had also read Jessup way back when it was first published. What I noticed was that these two stories ran in parallels. Both stories happen at the same time period, characters were more or less exactly the same, and I was getting glimpses of incidents from the first book in the second. So off I went and decided to read the first book once more. That way, I was able to cohere the two stories and get deeper into the plots.

After reading both books, there was one pretty glaring detail that bothered me: Chase. Chase was Jessup's friend and played a huge role in his life and Ben's. This was a friend who had a lot of text and pages devoted to him and his situation twisted my emotions. What I am having trouble with is that Chase's character was not given the same importance in the second book. In fact, it was the undesirable Troy who was given more importance. I felt that Chase should have been given more due - well, that's just my opinion so don't mind me.

Jessup and Ben's story was a good romance but it got swept aside by Chase. Yes, that character is a HUGE one so imagine my confusion when it was swept aside in the second book. Other than Chase, the thing going on between these two men was the same formulaic romance we are all used to. The left hook Ben-is-married-has-kid-is-not-married thing was just that: a left hook that came out of nowhere and got resolved from out of nowhere. 

The story of Carson and Sam itself was quite romantic but a bit overdone? The hot and cold approach was nice at first but when it kept going on as it did for a lengthy time, I got a bit frustrated with Sam's character. My fault is that personally, I don't like hot and cold situations of any kind and I place it under the category of indecisiveness which I absolutely place well beneath my boot heel. So when I got a huge dose of it, I just reacted, is all. Forgive me.

All throughout these four men's stories, I was more curious about Cody and Boone's story. Cody and Boone's story has the potential for a great read, I hope it reaches its potential. I have a pretty good inkling to where the story of Courtney and Elliot was coming and going, too.

The way these two books are written, now that I have re-read book 1 and finished book 2, is it right of me to conclude this is how the next installments are going to be written as well? I think I am, so it would be interesting to see which character gets swept under the rug again. It would also be nice to see the story unfold from a different perspective as well. Especially from Boone's. Again, if it were not for Chase's character, I think I would have read these two books differently. 

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