- Book Title: Timber Lake
- Book Series: The Snowy Range Series, book Two (Standalone)
- Author: Nya Rawlyns
- Publisher: Jade Horse Publishing (August 25, 2015)
- Book Length: 202 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Contemporaray, Drama, Mystery
- Reviewed by: Scott
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: September 1, 2015
Here we go again….and I mean that in the most positive way imaginable. When I read a book by someone such as Nya Rawlyns, whose pure talent just flows off of the pages, it gives me a bit of a complex about my writing. I’ve said this before about this author, she is an artist not in the typical paint on canvas but with words on pages. Her mastery of the written word is so beautiful it makes my job of writing about her writing very difficult. Let’s face it she is sooooo much better at it than I.
The characters were very endearing, even though Michael was tough and surly on the outside it was the kindness in his heart that really made him attractive. Dr. Seamus Rydell (Tex) is the opposite of the surly Park Ranger, raised as the only male in a houseful of women, he is a bit softer and city. The characters unfold as each page is turned bringing them to life. The feel of this book was so natural, there isn’t anything that is overplayed or over emphasized. The book had a natural flow to it that had me ensconced for hours.
The story line was pure romance until BAMM. Usually I am pretty good at figuring out what is going to happen in a story, not this one. I’m all into Michael and Tex building there relationship and happily going along with them on their journey, when all of a sudden things get scary and monsters that go bump in the night may just be lurking in the wilderness. This area of the book really had me sitting up and taking notice, it was so well written it was like watching one of those scary movies where you just knew that something was going to happen and scare you. That is the way I felt, I was scared for my characters. I’m taking a breath here because this book was so damn good and reliving it just affirms my thoughts. The tension doesn’t stop there and it isn’t until near the end of the book that the relief sets in and you just want to cry at the Happy Ending.
Did you think I forgot about the sex? I’ve never read anything that was quite like this before. Sex happened, I didn’t see it but it was satisfying within the context of the story. I sort of marveled at how there weren’t any blatant sex scenes but I came away from the story as if there were some.
This hands down is a Highly Recommended book. This is how Literary Fiction is written. The characters are natural, the love story is beautiful and the drama is high. This is the type of book that makes you want to just lounge in a comfortable spot without interruption and soak in the words. I’ve never said this before on here and here goes….. “You’ll be missing out on a really wonderful story if you don’t read this book”
Michael Brooks is a loner, and with good reason. A short fuse and a tendency to shoot from the hip, sometimes quite literally, mean he’s all the company he’s got most of the time, and he likes it that way just fine. It suits his job as Warden for Wyoming’s Fish and Game Department.
Being alone sounds good to the researcher for the USDA Forest Service, Dr. Seamus Rydell, especially since it means time away from the pressures to follow his family’s political traditions. He’ll need a guide to Timber Lake to set up his testing equipment, and who better than a Warden whose boss needs him out of sight for a while?
They’re just doing their jobs, until both men get derailed by a lust threatening to light up the night sky and by egos big enough to fill the wilderness.
When a psychopathic poacher intrudes, Michael’s past rises up and the present twists out of shape around a sick mind. As the future for both men fills with darkness, it is all too clear no one will come back from Timber Lake unscathed.
Timber Lake is a standalone suspense/thriller taking place against the magnificent backdrop of the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming.
Writer, editor and hopeless romantic. I’ve lived on a sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay, ridden more than 1000 miles in trail competitions on horseback, and been owned by two Newfoundlands. I’m staff for a herd of cats and a herd of horses.
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