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- Print Length: 256 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (July 17, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011CVMLA2
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The story started off well. Zane is an immediately likeable character in a bad situation. His whole life is changed in one moment. Although he has great support from his sister, his best friend and his work partner, he needs to come to terms with losing most of the sight in one eye and possibly never being able to work on the streets again. Time away from the city seems like the perfect thing. We get points of view from both men but still, Cy was a bit harder for me to connect with. He comes off as a real jerk and has a way of talking that seems to always come out as obnoxious. They have a strong physical attraction and though Cy is so hung up on his dead lover, he is finally feeling something for someone else almost from the moment they meet. Zane lays down the law pretty early on that he is looking for a husband not a quickie, Cy lets it be known that he isn’t that kind of man, but soon that all goes out the window.
After they first hook up, they fall out again and there is a lot of back and forth. Cy starts thinking maybe he can do long term with Zane, but Zane is thinking maybe Cy is just saying it to get him back in bed. The relationship runs hot and cold for the entire story. The big problem is, these two never seem to discuss much beyond sex and how they need to talk more, for a good part of the story. The few times they actually do talk, I did see a spark of something between them, but even by the end of the book, I’m still not sure what they have in common besides the physical. I wanted to learn more about Cy and Danny so I could understand why the man had such a hold on Cy, but we don’t get much more than the surface facts of their history.
For all the waffling and dragging their feet, and Cy’s vows never to love another man again, the relationship moves surprisingly fast. There is some drama at the end as the two men find out secrets the other has been hiding, but their reactions each came off as somewhat childish and overly dramatic. It was nice to see that Cy did step up and take a risk for Zane at the end.
I applaud the authors for the diversity of the characters in this interracial romance. African-American, Native American, mixed race, are all represented as either main or supporting characters. This is definitely a May-December romance, but we never are told just how old Cy was. He is constantly referred to as an old man, he has gray hair and sometimes has a hard time keeping up with Zane (whose age appears to be late 20s early 30s), but knowing that many M/M writers portray 45 as “old” I could only guess he is somewhere between late 40’s to 60.
One last thing I wanted to mention was the sex. Not the sex that is in the book which works well, but the sex that isn’t. Twice, where I expected a sex scene that would really add to feeling the connection between Cy and Zane, there was an abrupt fade to black. The first time is after they had sex. There is a big misunderstanding, then they talk and decide to give a relationship a real try. There is a heated kiss and the final lines of the chapter Cy thinks, “Time to show his lover he meant business and it wasn’t just lip service. And it would be the bed, not the dang couch in the guesthouse.” The next chapter opens up with Zane on a phone call. Just a few chapters later the men go on their first date, they can’t even get through dinner, they want each other so bad. Cy has planned to romance Zane, make love under the stars in the truck bed, there’s a little dancing under the stars, a striptease, some foreplay and then, cut to Zane on the phone. We find out later that this was a pivotal scene as Cyrus says “the night we made love under the stars… everything changed for the better, Ash. You made me believe in love again.” Unfortunately we missed out on that scene and another opportunity to really see the two connect.
The story ends with more than a HFN but not quite HEA. I got the impression that this is the first of a series since there was plenty of hints dropped and future story left open for the main and secondary characters, including the murder case Zane’s partner Michael has been working on, which coincides with the time of Danny’s murder and Ren’s recognizing that he might not be as straight as he thought thanks to Cy’s sexy ranch hand Brian.
Zane wakes up in hospital with half his sight then he remembered he was a cop who been shot by a bad guy. His friend Ren suggested he recuperate at his friend place in Montana to heal.
Cyrus had his farm with his ex who was deceased but still a ghost to him. jailed for his murder and then freed his a bit jaded and vowed not to love again... yah famous last words..lol Cyrus's brash words puts them at odds when they meet but theirs a distinctive sizzle between them.. Love it. (Purchased at Amazon.Aussie)
For original review, see the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.
Wounded Hearts is by two new-to-me authors. I liked the blurb and the cover so I thought I would try it out. It started out ok; A little cheesy in places, perhaps, but in line for a solid 3 stars.
However, the back and forth wishy-washy feelings got to me. Zane couldn’t make up his mind if he was staying or leaving and they both assumed, presumed, and let their tempers flare at the littlest of things. And then instead of talking, they had sex. Ninety percent of their relationship was based on sex. Not to mention the short, short time frame that their feelings sprung from. By the third time Zane packed his bags, I was done.
Combined with nitpicky things like Zelda supposedly being 5 and in school but they pack a stroller for her? She also sometimes talked like she was three plus they treated her like a toddler at times; Cyrus carried big, beefy, Zane around like he was a little girl; and they kept calling Cyrus old, though from my figuring he couldn’t have been more than 50 (probably more like 40) and they said he was only 10 years older than Zane. It got annoying.
I did like the premise, and as I said, I did enjoy the first part well enough. It just got to be too much in the end. If you like hot tempers, lots of cowboy talk, lots of sex, and a cute kid who visits, you might like this book.
Zane (Slick) is a NYPD cop who was hurt on the job. Cyrus (Country) is an ornery old cuss who lives in Montana hidden away from everyone after living a not so innocent life in his younger years. Zane is convinced by his best friend Renford to go to Montana and stay at Cy’s ranch, who also is a friend of Renfords. Cy doesn’t want anyone on his ranch but because it was Ren asking he agrees. Zane and Cy do not get off to a good start. They are always ticking each other off and saying stuff to upset the other. This book had potential to be really great. The scenes with Zane and his niece Zelda were amazing and so sweet. Brian was a great secondary character and I hope he actually gets his own book and hooks up with Renford. But there was just something about Zane and Cy that didn’t click for me. They each wanted something different but they were sexually attacked to each other. Cy gives in and decides to give things a go but it just seemed too rushed and too forced. It was like one minute they were snapping at each other and the next professing undying love. I didn’t hate the book, it was ok, I just think a lot of the back and forth could have been cut out and more focus on building a relationship would have been better. Plus we never heard what happened with Zane helping Corey with his music, maybe there will be a book two? If so, I would read it because like I said, I loved Brian and hope he gets his happy ever after.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
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