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Monday, November 16, 2009

Review - High Country by Michael Barnette


Title: High Country

Author: Michael Barnette

Publisher: LooseID

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Rating: You Could Read - An Average or slightly less than average book


Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser


When he breaks up with his controlling ex, sci fi novelist Bradford Thorne heads for the high country to work on his new novel. Specifically, he finds sanctuary at a horse ranch that breeds pintos.

Ranch owner Sheelinn MacNamara's a puca on the run from Hunters. Shapeshifting Linn can turn into a black stallion or a black wolf, but his secret keeps him from finding love.

Neither of them is anticipating the effect the other has on their libido, or on Bradford's ex, Victor. They're not looking for love, but it's hard to hide from the heart in high country.


High Country is a homoerotic piece that incorporates the paranormal. Normally, I do not review this genre: LGBT or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, but I decided to give it a try. Although the premise of the novel is sound the story felt very choppy to me. I was hoping for a little more development of the relationship before the main characters bedded. Linn, the rancher, was hesitant to begin a relationship because of his secrets but really didn’t fight his urges. I would have been able to relate a little more to his character if he had to overcome a personal battle that took longer than a couple of hours a few off-color jokes. Brad came across as a bit whorish as his personal demons were only recently removed from his life, or so he thought, and he immediately jumped the bones of the nearest hot guy. Since this is the first LGBT I have read, maybe I am being too critical in looking for more substantial pre-sex relationship development. It was hard for me to believe two people could fall in love after having repeated sex for four days. I did not enjoy the book.

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