Erin O’Quinn – Nevada Highlander

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Author: Erin O’Quinn
Reviewed by: JustJen
Publisher: New Dawn Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary:  For some men, love comes hard. But deceit comes even harder.

A Scottish castle laird decides to attend a big game hunt in the mountains of Eastern Nevada. His covert, and reluctant, babysitter is a governor-appointed state trooper.

The exuberant Rory Drummond needs no protector. He is a trained hunter, in addition to having several other entertaining skills. The state trooper Alex Dominguez is reserved, shrouding his past—even from himself—out of a need to seal off old memories.

Inevitably, the men find each other irresistible, and soon certain sparks begin to affect both of them. As the attraction between them grows, so does their sense of commitment to each other. Only one thing stands in the way of a mature relationship … Alex’s fear of telling Rory his secret assignment. The tension between his sense of duty and his newfound passion is a factor which threatens to tear them apart once the truth is known.

And the facts must eventually come out.

What will happen when the hunter finds he’s being spied on, thousands of miles from home?

And what will the trooper do when his cover is, ah, blown?

Review:  Cute story about titled Scotsman, Rory, and Nevada State Trooper, Alex.   Alex is coerced into taking a job sort of undercover protecting Rory while he vacations at a Nevada dude ranch.

This story starts out pretty strong, but unfortunately, it fell short for me when it hit numerous of my pet peeve buttons.  I liked the characters well enough, but what I initially liked about Rory quickly became tiresome, especially his constant use of the word “foogin.”  There is insta everything with these guys and it just felt as though a big piece of the story was missed.  Again, these are merely my own pet peeves, but nevertheless, they took away some of my enjoyment of the overall story.

If you are looking for a sweet but quick romance with a little bit of angst as true feelings war with the deceit, even if done under positive circumstances, be sure to give this a try.  It was often funny and sexy, and I think many people will find that I am in the minority on this one.  I don’t plan on letting this deter me from giving another of Ms. O’Quinn’s books a try, because many of them look very good, but this one just didn’t work for me.

 

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