Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Karma by Carol Lynne

From an Olympic gold medalist to a jail inmate, one man’s journey to rebuild his life after hitting rock bottom.

Once a celebrated athlete, Guy Hoisington fell from grace and into a bottle. For years, the citizens of Cattle Valley went out of their way to avoid the drunk lecher, but one man, Shane Rendell, not only dated Guy during a brief period of relative sobriety but fell in love with him, too, before he was hastily cast aside.

Living within the thick haze of liquor and sex, Guy rarely made good decisions, but on one particular dark night, he makes the worst decision of his life when he decides to drive down the mountain after a long evening of drinking. He wakes from a coma to discover he’s run an innocent man off the road and has a life-changing injury. For the first time in a very long time, Guy is able to look at himself through sober eyes, and he hates the man in the mirror. In one stupid move, he’s lost what little self-respect he had left.

Shane has tried for two years to move on with his life after falling for the town alcoholic, but when he learns of Guy’s accident, he rushes to the hospital. Although the entire town may hate Guy, Shane is determined to prove that Guy hasn’t lost everything.

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Book 33
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book was pretty short and packed a lot into it. As short as it was, I didn’t really feel a connection to any of the characters, and by the time Guy pulled his head out of his butt, the book was over. I think if this book was longer and we got more dialogue between Guy and Shane, there would have been a good story here and possibly a great love story, but it just fell flat for me.

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes, but I read it as a standalone
Genre: M/M/Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

I read 20 or more Cattle Valley books a few years ago, and loved them, so I was delighted to revisit the place, and see how things have moved on. I remembered the characters and certainly felt back amongst the townsfolk.

Guy has been a much disliked man, but he has gone far beyond that now, and only one man, Shane, has any time for him. It has to be said that the way he treats his one and only friend makes it difficult to understand why Shane stays, but finally we get the breakthrough. This is a difficult story, with so much in both their pasts that has an impact on their behaviour, but Guy at some point has to move forward. Ms. Lynne takes us right to the edge, with some very moving moments. The ending was really good, and I can tell I will be looking out for the new installments from now on.

An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Karma (Cattle Valley #33) by Carol Lynne to read and review.

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