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This is the section of the website where you learn about me. Well, to be honest, I'm completely boring. I spend my days juggling two young children and my writing career. You're just as likely to either catch me writing a steamy love scene or scrubbing jelly out of the carpet.
When I'm not writing, I'm usually busy planning for the next GayRomLit Retreat or spending time with my family at the lake.
I love to hear from readers. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my websites at: http://www.carol-lynne.net or http://www.cattlevalley.net
Here are some unusual facts about me:
I drink gallons of coffee every day, but I much prefer instant. I catch all kinds of flack for this from my family and friends. Even though I only drink instant, I am very picky about which brand I buy. It must be Taster's Choice or nothing.
I love country music, but can't stand to have music playing in my house. Therefore, I don't even own a stereo or radio of any kind. I listen to my tunes as I'm driving around town and that's enough for me.
I like to refer to myself as underheight instead of overweight. I'm just sure that if I could add another six or seven inches to my short 5'2 frame, I'd be much thinner. Therefore, it's not that I overeat, it's just that I stopped growing.
I enjoy the Hallmark commercials more than I enjoy the Hallmark movies.
Well, sorry folks, that's about all I've got for you. Maybe someday soon I'll have something really exciting to put on this page, but for now, this is me in a nutshell.
With this one Carol Lynne manages to make me cry. Maybe in these days I'm particularly weak, maybe it's the hot night and they are not tears, but sweat drops... but well, while I'm writing this, my eyes are blurry and I continue to blow my nose...
Matt was an army paramedic in Iraq. He saw a lot of things that no one should see, not one time, but day after day. His only friend and support was his fellow army buddy Danny. Danny was wonderful, handsome and nice and straight. But being Danny straight didn't prevent Matt to fall in love with him. But Danny died, in the only day Matt was not with him, and obviously Matt is torn with guilty.
Now Matt is living in Cattle Valley, he is the town new physical therapist and he is living in the above garage apartment of the two town doctors and lovers, Isaac and Sam. Sam is 52 years old and a very quite man; he likes his works and likes his home; comfort and peace are radiating from him. Isaac is 47 years old and a bit of a bull; strong and always in motion, maybe he is too much for Sam. And here is the problem: Sam and Isaac are together since 25 years and Sam always wondered if he is enough a man for Isaac; not that he ever doubt Isaac's fidelity, but well, he has always tried to accomplish every desire of his man, even when it was against his mood or wish. And now here there is a 27 years old man, handsome and nice, and in dear need of help. Sam wants to help him, but at the same time he fears that, allowing Matt to enter their couple, he will lose Isaac.
Well, I hope that you understand that I didn't cry for Sam's dilemma, but for Matt's journey to be able to move on his war trauma and the lost of his friend.Read more ›
I am completely hooked on Carol Lynne's soap opera like series Cattle Valley. One of the best things about the series is recurring characters and familiar faces. Every story introduced new people that may well get their own love story in the future, while also bringing back those that already had their HEA. That continues here with Volume III.
VIII includes two additional novellas, "Physical Therapy" and "Out of the Shadow." Both are excellent stories with one noticeable similarity, they feature more mature characters (40+). This is welcome with so many gay romances being strictly young studs when more mature studs can be just as, if not more, appealing. Plus, they deserve HEAs too. Another less obvious similarity is a slight dark undercurrent to the stories.
Physical Therapy Isaac Singer and Sam Browning are the resident doctors in Cattle Valley and have been together for twenty years. Then Matt enters the picture and shakes them up. Matt was introduced in "Sweet Topping" as Kyle's physical therapist. The story overlaps that one (and one scene here actually appeared in that story but from a different POV). The town already has a threesome with Nate, Rio and Ryan so Isaac and Sam accepting Matt into their relationship isn't unusual - except that Matt is about 25 years younger than they are, and suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder from a tour (what a horribly ironic word) in Iraq. The men have serious issues to iron out, but the path is realistic and the story tender. There is piping hot sex, as in all Cattle Valley stories, but the underlying story has a dark side. The war in Iraq is real and many vets (gay or straight) suffer along with their loved ones through it.Read more ›
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Interesting stories and characters, an enjoyable read.
I do have one beef with this series, along with many other gay romance novels I've read lately. Why are most of the couples in these books such opposites? Specifically, why is one guy big strong and masculine, and the other petite and pale and hairless? One masculine, one feminine. I feel like I'm reading a straight love story with the pronouns changed from "her" to "him". Kind of a big turn off for me. Most of the gay couples I know in real life, including my partner and me, are nothing like these couples. I want to read a love story between two men, not some straight author's idea of a "straight" gay love story.
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Sam Brown and Isaac Singer have been a couple for over twenty-five years. As young doctors fresh out of school, they moved to Cattle Valley and started a Medical Clinic. When they opened their practice to include physical therapist Matt Jeffries, they never dreamed they would be opening their hearts, bed and relationship to him as well.
Matt Jeffries had not been home from serving in Iraq for very long before taking the job to move to Cattle Valley. Meeting Isaac and Sam, he never expected the strong attraction he felt for the two men, and never in his wildest dream did he expect them to feel the same way about him. But before Matt could allow himself to even imagine a future with the two doctors he has to come to terms with his past and all that he lost in Iraq.
Physical Therapy is the fifth installment in the Cattle Valley series and I felt it disappoints in the romance department. I thought the side story of Matt dealing with tragic events and memories that plague him from his tour in Iraq was interesting and emotionally moving, but the threesome of Sam, Isaac and Matt was definitely lacking. It came across as more of a friendly companionship, or a convenience more than romantic. This could be because Isaac and Sam were older, but then that has me wondering if this relationship will be enough for Matt. This is my least favorite of the series but as a follower of the series I suggest reading Physical Therapy as a segue to the next installment.
Shep is having trouble keeping his feelings in check for Jeremy, a cowboy working on his ranch. Jeremy is off limits for many reasons, first he is way too young for Shep and secondly he's Shep's best friend's son.Read more ›
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