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Erin O’Quinn sprang from the high desert hills of Nevada, from a tiny town which no longer exists. A truant officer dragged her kicking and screaming to grade school, too late to attend kindergarten; and since that time her best education has come from the ground she’s walked and the people she's met.
Erin is contracted to Siren BookStrand until 2017. She also has her own publishing venue, New Dawn Press. Her works cover the genres of M/M and M/F romance and also YA historical fantasy.
on Dec. 11, 2013 :
Larger than life characters, a harsh and unforgiving landscape, volatile emotions and an attraction that can’t be denied? Welcome to Eastern Nevada and the invasion by one lusty Scotsman intent on an adventure: Rory Drummond of Clan Drummond, the laird of the castle by heritage. It’s a responsibility the big man has not exactly embraced. Rory signs up for a big game hunt with Long Trails, what he’s hunting for might not be readily apparent, even to Laird Drummond.
Assigned to watch over this relative of a prominent Parliamentarian is Alex Dominguès, a Nevada state trooper, native to the area where Long Trails operates … it’s one of several reasons for him being selected off a list of candidates. Alex has concerns about those reasons, but he’s a cop with an assignment, one he takes very seriously.
When Alex picks up Rory at the airport, the attraction is … explosive. And it doesn’t take long for the very lusty (okay, used that word already but boy howdy it fits Rory to a tee) Scot to convince the shy, reclusive cop that being ‘hunt buddies’ can come with far more interesting benefits than simply watching each other’s backs.
Nevada Highlander is a character study, an awakening for one man who has yet to come to grips with his memories and his own sensuality, and a maturation for another whose life has been episodic and reactive in the pursuit of pleasure and unrepentant self-gratification. In short, each man is poised to learn a life lesson and each man will need to come to terms with how they want and need to live their lives. That means decisions, not easy ones, and at each step we feel their pain and the inner conflicts that have led them to that place and time.
There’s adventure: the hunt, a bit of peril, the endless dance around avoiding true emotions, and tip-toeing at the edges of respectability and expectations. The sense of place is strong, described with love and respect. The characters are as different as their cultures, but their needs, their emotions run a parallel course.
Laugh, cry, sigh with pleasure. Nevada Highlander delivers a one-two punch to the heart. Read it, then turn around and read it again … I did.
Oh, and those interested in joining Team Rory? The line forms behind … me.
(reviewed the day of purchase)