Friday, December 16, 2011

Lone Star by Josh Lanyon

Title: Lone Star
Author: Josh Lanyon
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Web & Mitch
Release Date: December 2011
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy (m/m)

Story Overview:
Part of Men Under the Mistletoe Anthology from Carina Press; but also available separately. 

Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans' ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of the one man he hoped to avoid. 

The last person Texas Ranger Web Eisley expects to see four days before Christmas is his first love. He hasn't seen Mitch since they quarreled over coming out to their friends and family years ago. Though he's not in the closet now, Web has worked hard for the respect of his fellow officers, but he still regrets the loss of Mitch in his life. And his bed. 

The attraction between them is as strong as ever, and it doesn't take long for the men to pick up where they left off. But is love enough to keep Mitch in town in the New Year?

My Review:

There are certain books that when I read them, I never want them to end. This was one of those books. With each upwards crawl of the percentage amount read, I mourned a little bit more the coming nearness of the end of the book. This book was fabulous! OMG, I cannot tell you how much I loved it. What I can't tell you is exactly why.

It may have had something to do with the extreme differences of the two heroes: Web is a Texas Ranger; Mitch is the lead male ballerina with the American Ballet Company. Regardless of their differences, they grew up as best friends and later as lovers until one night when it all fell apart, twelve years ago. Since then both Web & Mitch have both gotten what they dreamed of as teenagers, but neither one of them has forgotten their feelings for the other, despite the fact that they haven't seen each other in twelve years.

The other reason that I may like this book so much, may have something to do with where it takes place: a tiny town called Llano, just a little bit outside of Fredericksburg. Since Fredericksburg is almost local to me and where I live in Texas, I love the locale of this story. I could relate to the Texas feel of this story and I loved Web's big family and how they all embraced Mitch as their own.

Both of these characters were so relatable regardless of their different backgrounds and personas. Web is laid-back and relaxed, whereas Mitch is high-strung and a control freak. Regardless, there is no denying their magic when they are together. I loved the chemistry between them and I loved their story.

This is the first Josh Lanyon book that I have ever read. I can guarantee you that it will not be my last.

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