Friday, April 15, 2011

Romance Book Review: The O'Brien Way

Author: Carol Lynne
Series Connection: Cattle Valley Series
ISBN eBook: 978-0-85715-371-5
Genre: Contemporary/ Gay MM
Publisher: Total-E-Bound

Purchase this book here through: Amazon

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I realized after searching around I missed the publishers website I missed on the Cattle Valley series, so I picked it up and read through it last night. In many of the previous books there has been mention of Taco Tuesday at O'Brien's Pub. In The O'Brien Way, Carol Lynn explores the story of Sean O'Brien and his past, as well as his future with one of his waiters Moby.

Sean moved to Cattle Valley from Boston to open his own part of the family business. After one failed relationship in Cattle Valley behind him, Sean is a little worried about getting involved with sexy Moby, but can't resist the one time male stripper. Sean's had a tough life without a lot of love and affection from his family. Having his mother, die giving birth to him, leaves him never celebrating his birthday or Christmas.

Moby Haines wants to change that, coming from a family with a father who seemed to hate him, Moby knows a little about what Sean is experiencing. Moby has come back to the Cattle Valley area to take care of his mother after his father dies. He and his mother, Virginia are finally getting a chance to be themselves together and wants Sean to be a part of their lives. But can Sean give up the rules he grew up with and take a chance on a real relationship with Moby and join small family?

Nicely written story about two men learning about relationships and love for the first time in their lives.

One interesting tidbit. There are two different covers going around for this book. If you check out the Cattle Valley (fictional) website there is a page with pictures of all the residents. One of the covers has a picture with Sean O'Brien and Moby Haines (or at least a model who is not listed on the site.) The other book cover has a picture of Sean O'Brien and a man with glasses who is the character photo of Ryan Bronwyn who was the first man Sean had a relationship with in Cattle Valley. Couldn't find anything written about how this came about, but I'm sure there is an interesting story behind it.

As one of the premier dancers in the hottest all male strip show in Vegas, William “Moby” Haines had it all, men, money and freedom. When he was called home to Sheridan, Wyoming to care for his ailing mother, Moby’s life drastically changed. Gone were the nights of screaming fans and eager to please one night stands. His life became a series of low-paying jobs and escalating medical bills.

Moby’s luck turned the day he read an ad in the morning paper for a waiter and barback at O’Brien’s Pub. Although a forty-five minute commute to Cattle Valley would mean spending less time with his mother, Moby decided it was his one and only shot at a tolerable life in Wyoming.

Burned once by the love bug, Sean O’Brien had no interest in traveling down that road anytime soon. Although the customers seemed to love his newest hire, Sean was quickly on the verge of firing the sexy stud. The way Moby allowed customers to treat him was disrespectful. If his newest hire wouldn’t do anything about it Sean would, even if that meant claiming Moby for himself.

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