Title: Lone Star on a Cowboy Heart
Author: Marie S. Crosswell
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 107 Pages (Kindle)
Category: Contemporary, Aromantic, Asexual, Biromantic, Poly
At a Glance: The only issue I had with Lone Star on a Cowboy Heart was the verbiage; otherwise, I thought there were some truly emotional moments in this story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Sam, a sheriff’s deputy in a small Arizona town, is off-duty when he finds himself in the middle of a hold-up at a local diner. He makes it out alive only because of Montgomery, who shoots the robber attempting to kill Sam—but in the fallout, the second robber gets away.
In the aftermath of that ugly night, Sam is determined to know Montgomery better, while Montgomery is determined to find the man who escaped. He’s also dead set on avoiding the deputy, having secrets of his own he doesn’t want out.
But loneliness is hard, and Montgomery can’t resist the companionship Sam is offering—the companionship he’s always wanted, but could never find. If they’re going to explore it, however, first they’ll have to stop the growing threat of the robber who got away…
Review: Montgomery Clarke is a ranch hand. At the age of thirty-eight he’s feeling that he’ll never find that special someone to be in his life, and he truly misses his ex-wife, Annalee—there is a touching conversation between them as both come to the conclusion that friendship was more important than being married.
Deputy Sam Roswell was also married but has been divorced for a year, and it seemed like he didn’t miss his ex-wife one way or the other. It felt like there was some bitterness or blame between them and that they had nothing in common. Sam does have a relationship of sorts with a woman, Lauren, but neither of them are looking for anything permanent. There was a significant conversation between them that showed Sam’s indecision about what he wanted in a relationship.
I liked both Montgomery and Sam. I really got caught up in their stories, their personalities, what they both wanted for themselves, their fears and how they both hurt in different ways from their failed marriages. I also found Jethro Beauty, a Yavapai Indian, to be a very wise man, and Ms. Crosswell did an amazing job bringing these characters to life. I was so wrapped up in them, in fact, that I didn’t find myself getting too worried about the criminal aspect of the storyline. I came to the conclusion the story still worked with or without the crime. The one issue I had with Lone Star on a Cowboy Heart was the verbiage; otherwise, I thought there were some truly emotional moments in this story, in the way these two men were looking for what they needed—companionship and friendship.
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