Book Reviews

Bounty Hunter by Cornelia Grey at Storm Moon Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 05-August-2012

Book Blurb

It wasn't so very long ago that James Campbell and William Hunt were lovers. They met at the horse ranch where they both worked, training and transporting stallions and mares all across the state and sometimes farther. But then, James discovered his employer's secrets and the truth behind the job he loved so much. The knowledge was too much, and James had to do something about it.

Now, James Campbell is a wanted man. Every bounty hunter in the area is hot on his trail, eager to be the one who finally brings him in. William, though, is determined to get there first. But when he finally catches up to James, he's torn between finding revenge for James' betrayal and helping him escape. Because his feelings for James are as strong as ever, and because he's not convinced that James was entirely wrong...


Originally part of the Weight of a Gun anthology.


Book Review

The opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference.”~ Elie Wiesel

 

Even though William Hunt, in 'Bounty Hunter' wanted to hate James Campbell for deserting him all those years ago, he couldn't quite manage to do so. When he made it his quest to find James, even he questioned why, but the truth was, he was never indifferent about it. Finding James became an obsession, but what he'd do when he actually caught up with the man was anybody's guess, including his.

 

William became a bounty hunter after James left him. He doesn't care about the money; he doesn't care about his life much either. All he wants is closure with James in one way or the other. William dreams about him, fantasizes about him, and alternates between wanting him back and never wanting to see him again. When William actually catches up with him, he's as torn as ever about what to do. He keeps making excuses for not shooting James because when he is in his presence again, all of the ache, hunger, and desire explodes into the forefront of his mind and he's lost, lost in his desire for James. Lost in the feeling of wanting to hold him, feel his touch, smell him like he used to do when they were together.

 

James, although seemingly more aloof, is having some of the same feelings, but they are tempered by guilt for leaving William and the idea that he's justified in hating him and wanting him dead. James taunts William, asking him to shoot him. As things progress, James begins to feel the same longing as William and the instrument of death, the gun, becomes an instrument of intense pleasure serving to bridge the gap between the two men as does the thrill of the chase, only now they know that getting caught leads to pleasure and not death.

 

This book blew me away with its intensity, sensuality, and its ability to keep me 'right there', gobbling up every angsty, sexy, painful moment. I alternated between holding my breath and gasping at the raw, carnal impressions that were set before me. I appreciated the interludes of the past, because not only did they help me understand how William and James had gotten to this point, they gave me time to catch my breath. The descriptions had me smelling the sweat, sex, and smoke, and hearing the moans and groans, and feeling the fierce desire along with the angst between the two men. The ending, although not quite what I'd call a happy ending, had great promise and I am ever so relieved that Cornelia is writing a sequel. I just hope my heart can stand it. I'd recommend this story to anyone who likes sexy cowboys, rough, carnal sex, strong emotions, and alternate uses for a six gun. I want to thank you, Cornelia, for a surprisingly stimulating experience.

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 27 pages/11500 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-June-2012
Price
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