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The Broken H Paperback – September 26, 2007
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Gray has known Shane the most of his life. Shane had been rescued by Gray's father from a life on the streets when Gray was just three years old. Shane is full blooded Apache forced away from home by his parents' negligence after they discovered he is gay. Taken in by Gray's parents, he has matured and become foreman on the ranch. Gray on the other hand had left the ranch, at first to become a rodeo star and then to join the police force. He might believe that it was all because Shane had turned him down, but one could also point out that Gray needed to get out and mature himself. He was far too young for lasting relationship with Shane back then.
The age difference is there still, but it does not seem as big now. The two men become lovers very quickly and their future looks very bright, since Gray's parents easily accept their relationship and Gray even gets re-elected as sheriff (even when people find out that he is gay). All is sunshine and flowers.
The only suspense is a teenage girl's infatuation with Shane and the lies she told her father.
It is an easy flowing love story, relaxing reading for a late evening. And I really loved Shane's hair.
Shane is the foreman of the Broken H, and Native American. The Hunter's took him in off the street when he was just 16. Grayson was 3 when Shane arrived. They grew up together as friends. But, Gray left home shortly after reaching adulthood when his feelings for Shane changed and were apparently not reciprocated. Gray went to college, and returned to his small town to become the Sheriff. After his father suffers a heart attack, Gray realizes he must return home and confront his feelings for Shane.
This is a very good M/M romance. In "The Tin Star," the couple faced prejudice from the community and vicious rejection from close family, but that does not factor in here. The Hunters are accepting of the relationship, and most of the town has adjusted thanks to the couple from the previous book. Shane and Gray need to overcome a 13 year age gap, a malicious accusation, and small town gossip. This novel doesn't have as much drama as the first (no attempted murder!), but the romance is well developed and the main characters are quite likeable. There is frequent hot and explicit sex, and the history between the two men makes their relationship feel real. Also nice is the fact that Shane isn't your typical romance alpha male - he's over 40 and still sexy and playful! The dialog is well done, and there is a good bit of humor. Those that read the first book will find comfortable familiarity with the setting and secondary characters. While it wasn't quite as good as the first novel, I enjoyed it enough that I purchased the paperback even though I have the e-book. My only gripe is that the publisher cropped the men's faces off the cover on the paperback. Highly recommended.
I will not get into specifics of plot, but my first real problem I had is that "The Broken H" lacked a lot of the tension of TTS. The main plot line alluded to by the summary is pretty much resolved in the beginning. Here I expected Grayson to be a little tortured by having to return to "The Broken H" and deal with Shane but instead they essentially walk into a room and hook up and the bulk of the book is about what happens afterwards and how they make a couple but it seems like a rushed variation of TTS. I mean in real life I would naturally be happy for them but the relationship is not one built on overcoming adversity and such.
TBH had a lot of surface problems that are easily dealt with as opposed to real obstacles such as the extreme homophobia the main characters in TTS faced. In fact, with all the crap that Ethan and Jamie had to deal with in TTS, you would think there would be some residual homophobia in this one given it is the same area of Texas. It was as if someone waved a magic wand and made the region tolerant which is a complete 180 from how the area was portrayed in TTS.
With that stuff all out of the way, I did enjoy the book. I do like the theme that Langley continues the theme of getting the love you always wanted your entire life. I think it is a theme that a lot of readers can relate to and it leaves a positive outlook. The other thing I like was Langley attempted to continue with some characters we were already familiar with. One of my biggest complaints about the M/M genre is that the stories end too soon for me. I always want to know more about what happens next beyond a "and they lived happily ever after". After reading TTS, I really wanted to hear more about Ethan and Jamie.
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Despite a few typos, a thoroughly enjoyable read. Stand alone full length novel with a few familiar characters.