Bear County 10: Cowboy Trouble by Lynn Hagen

Title :  Cowboy  Trouble                 Word Count :99 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Isaac Newton has been sheltered his entire life. He’s been taught that being gay is wrong, sinful, and knows that if he reveals his deepest desires, he’ll be shunned from his family. Isaac’s managed to keep his secret hidden until he meets a man who tempts him in ways that threaten his very way of life. Tanner Rexford finds Isaac fascinating. His friends rib him about how straight-laced Isaac seems to be. But T-Rex knows what he wants and goes after Isaac, unknowingly setting into motion a course that will leave them both with more than one devastating loss that will test their very beliefs. Fate seems to have it out for both men as T-Rex and Isaac try to put the pieces of their lives back together. Anything worth having is worth fighting for. T-Rex finds this out when the stakes become even higher. With family, friends, and each other, T-Rex and Isaac just might put the pieces of their lives back together and find the happiness that seems just out of reach.

My Review :  I always  wondered about  the set up of team leader  T-rex’s story. T-rex  is one of the few humans from the Executive  Bodyguards who is not a shape shifting bear. When T-rex  first sees Isaac Newton,  he is not immediately  attracted. Isaac’s family  is very  religious  and lead an Amish  lifestyle.  Isaac’s mother makes the clothes that he wears and the closest thing  they have to modern  is an old beat up rust bucket that they call a truck. When Isaac’s  truck breaks down  on the way home after leaving the grocery store,  he realizes  that  he  is totally stuck because  he knows nothing about cars. He gets lucky  when someone  stops, after splashing him on the side of the road. Isaac is very nervous when he encounters  the super hot guy he’s been eyeballing.

T-rex apologizes to the very shy Isaac and offers to take him to the mechanic. He feels  a pull towards this awkward young man and he is not sure why , but he is willing to get to know him. While they were at the mechanic T-rex  is overcome by a wave of lust and kisses Isaac by the side of the road. He takes Isaac to lunch and gets to know a little about him and his way of life. Isaac is a very sheltered young man who has lived a very insular life with his homophobic  uber- religious  parents. 

When Isaac gets home his father beats him severely,  because unbeknownst  to them someone saw the mind melting kiss T-rex laid on him. Isaac’s father forbids him to go back to town. It’s been a few days and T-rex becomes very worried  when he doesn’t  see Isaac in town. He drives out to Isaac’s home and is met by Isaac’s father with a shotgun warning him off his property.  T-rex leaves peacefully. He is  very determined to go back with help to get Isaac out after talking to Sheriff Sparrow who suggests that Isaac might be T-rex’s  mate. Before T-rex can  go in with guns blazing,  Isaac’s  younger brother comes to the ranch to  tell him that their dad has severely beaten and kicked out Isaac.

T-rex is on the the brink of madness and it  takes him and his friends almost a week to find Isaac. Isaac is half starved, bruised and living under a bridge. Isaac is overwhelmed and happy when  his mate T-rex takes him home to the ranch. They are just getting  settled in when T-rex gets a call to meet up with his brother who is the VP of a notorious motorcycle gang. T-rex and his older brother have always been close and it was heart-rending when he tells him that he only has a few days to live due to a malignant tumor. T-rex decides to spend what precious little time they have together.  He was there holding his brother’s hand when  he takes his last breath. T-rex is devastated and all he can think about is getting home to his mate.

It is definitely  a double blow when he finds out that while he was taking care of his brother Shott had to rush Isaac to the hospital where he found out that he was pregnant and was having a miscarriage. T-rex is devastated and wished that he could have done more to protect his  mate from heartbreak. Due to the trauma that his body withstood from his father’s  beating, Isaac will never be able to carry a baby successfully. T-rex and Isaac grieve for the future children that they would never have.

They say everything  happens for a reason and that  was  proven for Isaac and T-rex. It so happens that T-rex’s brother left a  will naming him as the sole guardian over his 6 month old nephew MJ. It was such a joyous moment  to see their reaction to the revelation of the beautiful baby boy. MJ was the blessing  and the healing balm that both their souls needed. It was awesome and extremely funny watching them navigate the diaper situation on their journey back home. This was one of my favorite of the series and one of the most emotional . I loved the connection between Isaac and T-rex . I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

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Bear County 9: Cowboy Stripper by Lynn Hagen

Title : Cowboy Stripper             Word Count: 90 pgs

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Stripper is no stranger to using whatever means necessary in order to gain the information he needs. He’s been hired to find a missing woman who has the codes Nicolas Reno is after. When Stripper kidnaps Reno and takes him to a place where he plans to torture the man for information, he soon discovers that he just might have the wrong guy. Wilbur Castro has no clue why he’s been kidnapped. He wakes tied to a chair in a grungy room with no recollection of the night before. The stranger with hazel eyes keeps calling him Reno and no matter how much Wilbur argues otherwise, the guy isn’t listening to him. His captor is convinced that Wilbur is the man in question. When the real Reno goes after Wilbur, intent on stealing the man’s identity and life, Wilbur finds himself reaching out to the very man who’d kidnapped him.

My Review : We have long awaited Stripper’s chance at finding love. I was definitely not dissapointed.  Stripper has been the sexy fun loving, balls hanging out naked  bear of the house. He has been the most fun secondary character that I have met up to this point. It would stand to reason that his mate needs to be worthy of him. Everything about Wilbur is unique, even the circumstances he finds himself in when he first meets Stripper. Wilbur is tied to a chair about to be ‘dry drowned’ by Stripper who is working him over like the criminal he is ‘supposed’ to be. Only in this situation , Stripper’s intel is faulty. Wilbur is definitely not the mastermind criminal Stripper is hunting. He is just a shy, quirky, sexy little accountant who has lived a dull life. Wilbur is almost socially awkward, but there is just something about him that Stripper can’t get enough of. 

The criminal mastermind that Stripper is hunting looks exactly like Wilbur and he has decided to kill Wilbur and take over his identity. When he breaks into Wilbur’s hotel room, Wilbur is just in time to get outta there and call the Executive Bodyguards for help.  By the time they get to the restaurant , Stripper knows that something is awfully wrong. They find Wilbur shot in the shoulder, unconcious lying in a pool of his own blood. Stripper is going out of his mind , but he rushes Wilbur to the new shifter doctor Gallagher.  It is just a superficial wound and Wilbur soon recovers.

While on the mend , he has been getting to know his mate. Stripper is very warm, loving and introduces Wilbur to the art of online gaming  at which he is a pro. Stripper is hesitant to make love to Wilbur , because his mother died in childbirth and he is scared of the same happening to his mate.  Unbeknownst to Stripper his mate still ended up pregnant even though he didn’t bite him during sex.  Stripper begins to withdraw within himself emotionally and Wilbur is at a lost in understanding what to do.  He seeks out the other mates in the house but he doesn’t know how to express himself since he’s never had friends. Steven sees that he is overwhelmed and turned out to be a great confidante.

 Steven encourages him to have an honest talk with Stripper and he takes his advice. Wilbur decides to take the bull by its horns  and corners  Stripper  as he is about to go out on  a mission. Wilbur goes into warrior mode which is hilarious to see. Stripper gets the dressing down that he needs. They resolve their issues with a torrid makeup sex quickie. Ooh la la, Stripper is as hot as I imagined and Wilbur is the perfect mate for him. They have a beautiful baby boy named Abriel. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

 

Bear County 8: Cowboy Rowdy by Lynn Hagen

Title : Cowboy Rowdy            Word Count : 90 pgs

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Rowdy is a man with a troubled soul. His past won’t let him enjoy the present and he feels as if he doesn’t deserve happiness. When Cameron decides to wash his hands of the whole mess, Rowdy fears it’s too late. By trying to push Cameron away, he just might have pushed the man out of his life. Cameron ran from a troubled past. Not even his best friend knew of his home life. His father is the treasurer of the notorious biker gang, the Blue Angels. And they are heading to Bear County to settle a score. Cameron must face a past that he’s tried hard to forget while Rowdy tries to come to terms with a tragedy he caused so long-ago. Rowdy convinces Cameron to come to the ranch where he’ll be safe. But how can Rowdy keep Cameron safe when the human is proving to be his greatest downfall?

My Review : From the very first moment we met Cameron we could see that he was a firecracker who was fiercely loyal of his best friend Taylor. Taylor has since moved out and paired up with his bear shifter mate Sam. It was at the Executive Bodyguards ranch where he first met the sexy ranch foreman Rowdy. Rowdy is also a bear shifter and he rebuffed all of Cameron’s previous flirtations.Now Cameron is a little bit embarrassed and shy when he sees Rowdy. He is also as prickly as a hedgehog because of all the blushing that he can’t contain when  he is around Rowdy. 

When a gunman decides to hold up the pharmacy where Cameron works, Rowdy decides that he has to do something to save his mate. The gunman has a grievance with Sheriff Sparrow and asks to see him. Sheriff Sparrow dispatched the man in no time , but their trouble is just beginning. The man belonged to the Blue Angels biker gang and now they are gunning for Bear County. Sparrow and Executive Bodyguards synchronize their efforts to keep their town, their mates and their children safe. Rowdy has to try hard to get Cameron to see reason so that he can keep him safe.

 Rowdy has a lot of baggage carrying over from his past and he doesn’t want to be encumbered with someone else’s safety and heart, but he can’t seem to resist Cameron. Before they know it , they have gotten closer and their bond becomes stronger.  When they make love for the first time Cameron willingly goes into the situation knowing very well that there is a possibility that he will become pregnant with his bear shifter’s cub. Sparrow and Executive bodyguards vanquish the bad guys and protect their homes. 

Rowdy realized how close he came to losing his mate and makes a marked effort to show Cameron how much he cherishes and loves him. There is a new addition to the ranch, a bouncing baby boy named Christopher. Christopher is the glue that pulls Cameron’s and Rowdy’s relationship together perfectly. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.  

Bear County 7: Cowboy Trust by Lynn Hagen

Title : Cowboy Trust                 Word Count :90 pgs

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : [Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Cowboy Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA] A diabolical corporation is after him. Some ranch hands want to teach him a lesson. Steven is surrounded by danger and it seems Colton is the key to his survival. Because Steven has a gift that people are dying to get their hands on. It’s a gift that has been nothing but a curse for him. Colton spots Steven working with the other construction men. They are finishing off the bunkhouse and Colton has yet to get close enough to speak to the man. But he’s determined to make Steven his, even when he discovers Steven’s dark secret. Together they strive to not only keep Steven alive, but to build a life both desperately yearn for. But when Steven goes into premature labor, Colton fears he will lose the family he’s craved his entire life. Worse, betrayal hits home when one of their own tries to cash in on the contract that is on Steven’s head.

My Review : Colten is the technological guru out at the Big Bear Ranch. He has been eyeing Steven, one of the construction crew who is helping on the new bunkhouse.  Steven is very different, he is quiet and keeps to himself. Steven can sense things that people have done or what they are thinking from a single touch. It  is a very debilitating condition for him , because he has no shields set up in his mind to block all the outside influence. Colten shows Steven that he is interested and would like to get to know him better. Steven shies away from him, because even though his interest is piqued, he has stayed a virgin because he can’t touch anyone without repercussions.

Rowdy the foreman on the job notices Colten’s interest and suggest he tones it down, because of the backlash that Steven would receive from the homophobic pricks on the construction crew .

Steven is not sure what it is about the big guy that draws him in , but he realizes that when  he is around Colten it nullifies all the voices that normally bombards his mental faculties. Steven is on the run from the big scientific corporation run by his parents. They see Steven as their pet project and they are forever experimenting on him like a lab rat. Steven knows that as much as he likes to see and enjoy the easy camaraderie between Colten and his brothers ,he can’t stay for too long. He sees a shadow of a Bear in Colten but he doesn’t know what it means.

 Colten sees a crack in Steven’s defenses and decides to seduce him. His seduction goes over really well,  because Steven just can’t resist him. They start to trust each other a little more when they realize that they come from similar backgrounds where they have been betrayed by their own parents.Colten tells Steven that he is a bear and explains how the mating works and that the success will be proof of pregnancy.  Steven gives himself up wholeheartedly , because he wants to belong to Colten body and soul.

 Shortly after they make love, Steven has to be put in the house to do paperwork due to his extreme morning sickness. One day after sitting for hours hunched over, Steven realizes that there is something wrong with the baby after experiencing serious pains. The doctor is called and pronounces that Steven is in early labour; the only way he can stop it is by taking him to his medical facility.  Shott and Colten goes to protect Steven , because they have recently learnt that Steven’s crazy parents are searching for him. 

After  staying in the facility for weeks watching and marveling at the beauty of his mate all swollen with his child, Colten is horny as hell because he hasn’t touched his mate sexually since he went into premature labour. Steven is really super horny as well and convinces his mate to give him a blowjob. What a blowjob it was, the orgasm immediately puts Steven out like a light. Colten goes to the bathroom for a washcloth to clean his mate up.  He comes back to find doctors examining Steven,  only to realize that it’s Steven’s crazy parents. They have a gun pointed at Steven’s stomach. Colten feels helpless , but he knows he can’t let them take Steven.  He tries to protect Steven and gets shot in the process ,before Shott notices there is a breach in security and kills both parents. 

Shott figures out that the breach is an inside job and corners the doctor who he suspects. They have to find someone else to deliver the baby when  Steven goes into labour.  Rene, Harland’s mother decides she is up for the job since she used to be a midwive. Moirai, a beautiful son is the newest addition to the Big Bear ranch. All this happens while Colten is recovering from his gunshot wound. Colten wakes up to find his mate and his son safe and at home. He can’t wait to make sweet love to his mate and provide a safe haven for them always. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Bear County 6: Cowboy Seduction by Lynn Hagen

Title : Cowboy Seduction                  Word Count :81 pgs

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Taylor fled Nebraska with his best friend, running from a monster that trapped Taylor into a life he wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy. After settling down in Bear County, Taylor meets a man who is charming, his sense of humor something Taylor has never experienced before. When Sam invites Taylor over to watch a movie, Taylor isn’t sure he’s ready to get back into the dating pool. Sam spots a sexy little goth angel in the grocery store. He’s taken with Taylor at once. The more time they spend together, the more Sam knows that Taylor is his mate. But winning Taylor’s heart isn’t easy. Not when the man has been obviously hurt. When Sam has to go off on an assignment, Taylor goes missing. Can he help save Taylor from his worst nightmare? Can Sam help Taylor heal his wounded soul and bring the man back into the light, or has Taylor’s experiences broken the man beyond repair? ** A Siren Erotic Romance

My Review : From the moment Sam lays eyes on his beautiful goth angel in the grocery store,  he knows he is his other half. Taylor is amazed that a sexy, sophisticated man is interested in getting to know him. He is a little bit fragile and considers himself to be broken after escaping an abusive relationship with a bear shifter. Sam invites Taylor to dinner and a movie at the ranch and he has no clue that Sam is also a bear shifter. 

As soon as Taylor arrives, the date starts going south. Sam makes a wonderful shrimp bisque for dinner to impress Taylor,  but Taylor is allergic to seafood. Sam realizes after they are settling in that Taylor is very skittish.  As much as he would like to pounce, Sam gentles his approach and allows all his other shifter brothers to sit in on the movie when he notices that Taylor is more comfortable that way. Their second date doesn’t fare much better when Sam falls off a horse trying to impress Taylor yet again. Poor Taylor is shaken up thinking about how Sam could have gotten seriously injured. Taylor makes the decision to start opening up a little more to Sam, when Sam gets an assignment from T-rex and has to go away. 

Sam hates to leave Taylor unattended but he can’t tell Taylor that he is so protective because they are mates . He wants to ease him into the idea gently. Taylor is enjoying Sam’s  flirty phone calls and he even starts to flirt back a little.  This is until he gets a call from his  abusive ex. His ex tears him down with just a few vindictive words, bringing Taylor to a depressing low that pushed Taylor into a bottle of tequila. 

Taylor’s best friend Cameron is worried when his friend doesn’t come home. Cameron calls Sam and explains the situation.  Sam is frantic, and  comes home immediately.  He finds Taylor hungover in his car. Sam knows that he can no longer put off telling Taylor he is a bear. Sam reveals his  news after making passionate love to Taylor.  Taylor is distraught and runs back to his apartment. Sam begs for a chance to prove himself. He needs to protect his mate desperately.  

Taylor moves to the ranch to gain  his mate’s protection as well as getting to know Sam. It is only a matter of time before trouble comes knocking. Taylor’s abusive ex shows up to try to take Taylor away and Sam ends up killing him. Taylor reclaims his life and take it one day at a time. They take their relationship slowly and they both come to a mutual decision that they are not ready for kids. I give this one my ratings of 3 – it was ok. 

Bear County 5: Cowboy Legend by Lynn Hagen

Title : Cowboy Legend                                    Word Count : 33,027

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Gabe Summerville has been thrown for a loop. His father has just announced that his bank has been used for laundering money and he needs to send Gabe away to keep his son safe. Gabe refuses to leave, insisting that he can help. But once Miller Legend is called in to protect Gabe, all bets are off. The attraction is instant and Gabe soon finds that he is fighting a losing battle, especially when Legend is a temptation he can’t resist.

Miller Legend belongs to Executive Bodyguards, a personal protection service that has settled in Bear County. When Legend takes the assignment to be Gabe’s bodyguard, he has no idea that Gabe is about to change the rules. Legend doesn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure, but soon finds his resistance to Gabe is futile. He must not only keep Gabe safe, but coax the human into pleasures the man could only dream of.

My Review : Gage Summerville is not a man who likes giving up control in any aspect of his life. He is super pissed when his father tells him that he needs to go into hiding for awhile. Gage’s dad has also decided to hire a bodyguard to protect Gage. Its a love hate relationship from the moment he meets Miller Legend. He is instantly attracted to Legend, but he can see that a man like Legend is too dominant for him. Gage bottoms for nobody.

 Gage smells wonderful to Legend’s bear, he suspects that Gage is his mate. Gage is  a pain in the ass and tries to run away every chance he gets. Legend is so not afraid to put Gage over his knees and give him a good spanking. Gage is appalled, but he is secretly turned on and soon finds himself begging for more. Before he knows it, he is enjoying Legend dominating him especially in the bedroom. He opens up for Legend and he finds himself bottoming for him. Although he is scared, Legend is very patient and treats him with so much care.  Gabe loves it. There is a very strong connection between these two and the sex is exceptionally good.

On their way to bear county, Gabe starts getting really sick. Legend suspects that  Gabe might be pregnant,  but he doesn’t know how to explain it to Gabe. That was a big mistake on Legend’s part. When Gabe is told what is going on with his body, he is furious with Legend for taking away his choice yet again. When his mate stops talking to him, Legend feels his world breaking into pieces. He goes out to the ranch to visit Harland and friends where Renee gives him some great advice. Legend learns that even though mates are forever, the mate bond should not be taken lightly. He understands that he needs to take care of his mate and communicate more honestly.

After all was said and done Gabe forgives Legend and finally puts him out of his misery. Gabe is happy about his pregnancy and decides to stay in bear county with his sexy dominant bear.  They had a beautiful daughter named Sophia after Gage’s mom. I really enjoyed this one and I’m liking this new set of bears from Sparrow’s old military unit. This gets my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

Favorite Quotes :1. “Calm down,” Legend said. “You flipped the bitch switch in me. So sit down and buckle up for the ride.” (  Lol, Gabe is fiery as hell, even more so when he is pissed at Legend for not telling him he could get pregnant.)

2. “Spread your legs for me,” Legend commanded. “Show me that you want me.” Hooking his hands under his knees, Gabe spread himself wide. Legend moved until he was lined up perfectly and then drove his cock deep inside Gabe’s body. “Legend,” Gabe moaned, his hips shifting and ass clenching. “Fucking good,” Legend groaned. “Fuck me, sweetness. Stop teasing the hell out of me.” Ecstasy began to pound inside Legend when Gabe began to move. Legend scooped the man up, twisted, and then took a seat, his mate straddling him. “That’s it, baby,” Legend groaned, his fingers bunching on Gabe’s ass, pulling the rounded flesh apart as his mate rode him. Gabe’s eyes flared open as his fingers gripped Legend’s shoulders. Heavy-eyed and intense, Legend watched Gabe with increasing hunger. Gabe took Legend’s cock deeper as his mate’s head lolled to the side, exposing his creamy-white shoulder. ( Did I mention how hot Legend was , he is fucking hot and sexy as hell. Loved the chemistry between these two.)

 

Bear County 4: Cowboy Rescue by Lynn Hagen

Title: Cowboy Rescue                   Word Count:27,304

Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Growing up as the son of Quinn McNeal, Milo wants nothing more than to get from under the man’s thumb. His father is as famous as he is rich, but he is also a tyrant, micromanaging Milo’s life, even down to the fact of who Milo is going to marry. Desperate, Milo flees, settling in a small town that he hopes Quinn will never discover.

Bryson Duran was the last of the men in the Triple-B ranch to find his mate. When a cute waiter starts working at the Ugly Broad Saloon, Bryson is smitten. The fiery little redhead flips every trigger Bryson possesses. Although Bryson is built like an ox, he has trouble finding the courage to ask Milo out.

When Bryson discovers that Milo is on the run from his father, he proposes a plan to stop Quinn from forcing Milo into a marriage he doesn’t want. But the plan backfires and the men of the Triple-B ranch must launch a rescue to get Milo back.

My Review: Bryson, the last of the cowboys on the ranch thinks he might have found his mate. Milo works at the bar that Clayton owns. He is a sweet little redhead who is utterly accident prone whenever Bryson is in his vicinity. Bryson is the biggest of the cowboys, but he is the shy one and he is nervous as hell to meet Milo. He comes up with all sorts of possible lines to try to break the ice with Milo. Milo is very interested, but he is on the run from his evil father who wants him to marry a man who he does business with. Milo’s dad is constantly after wealth, power and control over every aspect of his son’s life.

Milo can’t help being attracted to Bryson and he soon caves and goes on a date with Bryson. At the end of their beautiful date Milo is so relaxed and comfortable ,until he realizes that Sparrow recognizes who his father is. Milo is ready to bolt, but Bryson offers his protection in the form of marriage. The idea is a perfect solution until they actually have to put it in practice. The day isn’t  even over before they start having doubts about being married to each other. 

They are both introspective on the ride back home. Milo asked to be dropped off by his apartment and Bryson can see that he needs space to think and time to adjust. He is a little sad, but he actually needs time to process as well. Bryson starts wondering if his bestfriends were right when they accused him of being lonely and jumping in the decision without thinking it through. After thinking it through a little he decides his decision was not wrong,  albeit a touch hasty. His bear doesn’t want to be apart from Milo , so he makes the decision to go find him and bring him to the ranch where they can take their relationship slowly.

Bryson is distressed when he goes to Milo’s apartment and realise that someone has taken Milo possibly by force. After months of looking, the situation is looking dismal until Sparrow’s old military unit turns up something. They find Milo dirty, unkempt and in the throes of labour in a dirty little hut. T-rex, the leader of the unit is very shocked that a man can be in labour, but he does his best and delivers a beautiful baby girl named Willow.  

Bryson is eagerly awaiting his precious family on the tarmac. He is overwhelmed with joy when he sees Milo, his beautiful redheaded mate and their bundle of joy. Another beautiful addition to bear county. I give this my ratings of 4-lose the underwear.