As if that's not enough, he has to deal with a crotchety old blind woman, face "cows" that look like nothing he's ever seen before, and try to ignore the fact that he's apparently the most eligible bachelor around. Aren also finds himself the one and only confidante of Deacon, the BarChi's burly foreman. As their relationship grows, Aren learns there's more to Deacon and the BarChi than he'd anticipated. Deacon seems determined to deny both his Oestend heritage and any claim he may have to the BarChi ranch, but if Aren is to survive the perils of Oestend, he'll have to convince Deacon to stop running from the past and finally claim everything that's his.
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Especially Olsa,that woman was adorable No more cents Highly recommended! View all 13 comments. Aug 22, Vivian rated it it was amazing Shelves: erotica-paranormal , prize. Stunning mix of spiritual and carnal. I had no expectations when I picked this book other than a bunch of my friends, like 36 of them had rated this 4.
So, I'm thinking And they were not wrong. First, the story contains a significant paranormal element. Frankly, it is another character in the story with the way it interacts. Yet, it isn't just a ghost story. Honestly, I'm not a Stunning mix of spiritual and carnal. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of ghost stories and it isn't because I disbelieve--in fact, I've seen stuff that I can't explain and no one else around me could.
A few were like, yeah I'm like okay In the story, it is not just a ghost, but an entire spiritual belief that infuses it.
Song of Oestend book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Symbols have power Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oesten. Symbols have power Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oestend wraiths - mysterious creatures which come in the night and kill anyone who's not indoors.
I've study many cultures with non-western religious constructs so this was extremely easy for me to understand which might not be the case for other readers. Now, while the story has this crucial element, it in no way impedes or dictates the relationship between Deacon and Aren--which I loved. It wasn't used as a crutch in the storytelling, but as an enhancement. I like that the belief system was multivalent--neither all good or bad. It was convincing and did not come across as proselytizing which makes all the difference to me in how I feel about a book.
Another strong point in this story, all of the characters are fully developed. There are no place holders, even the tertiary characters are flushed out. I loved getting my preconceptions slapped around a bit.
This was not a lazy story in any sense. I could probably go on and on about how I was floored, but I'll leave at that. Favorite quotes: "The fact the track through the grass was two men wide was the best part of all. Maybe more. Every one of them needs to fear me. Every one of them needs to respect me. But not one of them needs to like me.
View all 7 comments. Aug 09, V rated it really liked it. I had my doubts if I really wanted to read this book, I'm so glad I did. I just can't believe how fantastic this story was, the plot terrific.. The 7 stars?? I want to express my thanks to HC, as she was our Guinea pig as many so us were waiting for someone else to read it first, as always she did great, and if you want to read a fabulous review not mediocre like mine please read hers.
View all 39 comments. Aug 27, Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing Shelves: m-m , best-of What's not to love here? Alternate universe western setting: check.
Cowboys: check. Subtle, spooky ghost native spirits: check. Reversing roles against trope: check. Understated and yet smoking hot BDSM: check. Emotional journeys, hidden secrets, self-empowerment, and oh yeah, a love story. Just read it already.
View 2 comments. Aug 28, Ami rated it really liked it Shelves: mm-romance-or-erotica , mm-cowboys-ranchers-western. Marie Sexton proves once again, why she is one my favorite MM authors. At first, I was reluctant to even get near this book, due to the readers advisory. It's not my thing , not in romance anyway. But, a friend reassured me that Marie Sexton did a good job, so I decided to give it ago. I am so glad that I do. Song of Oestend sets in an alternate reality, where violence is accepted as common The later is significant but not front and center, and it doesn't give me enough "chills" like when I'm reading horror stories not that I read many of those.
The great thing about Marie Sexton's stories is her characters. I have read all of her books and one thing in common: her characters ALWAYS experience some sort of life-journey, a self-development. This one is no difference.
At first, Aren might seems like this shy, awkward young men, who goes to the ranch while still thinking about his time at the all-male university, and how he is usually used by his professors and other student. While Deacon is a self-confident ranch leader, who's easy with women, strong, and taking charge of everything. Somehow, in the progress of this book, as Aren and Deacon act on their attraction, Aren becomes the "leader" in the bed-room, taking control of Deacon, while Deacon happily let himself go, that he doesn't have to be strong in front Aren, that he lets Aren takes care of him.
This power balance works so well, and I adore Deacon so very much. He is so adorable when he is trying to apologize when Aren is mad at him.
He cannot easily accept thanks, oh, gosh, I want to squeeze him :. And when he declares his love for Aren, you see the mush on the floor? Yeah, that's me :. I'm not into Aren very much though.
This was a fantastic journey. Everyone had. Sort order. Aug 28, Ami rated it really liked it Shelves: mm-romance-or-erotica , mm-cowboys-ranchers-western. Marie Sexton. After We Fell. Everything about Oestend is rough.
Sure, he shows his strength while he is in the ranch, and he provides support that Deacon needs, however At first, I don't think the scene is necessary, AT ALL, and second view spoiler [I think in this scene, Aren sort of "abusing" his power over Deacon, by taking Frances into their bedroom so early in the relationship. It is clear from Deacon's surprise that he is not ready Even if Aren's idea is to bring a new experience for Deacon, but he himself questions his decision.
So they are not at that stage where they are both comfortable in the situation hide spoiler ]. It's a bit hard for me to appreciate Aren after that. Over all, it's another great story though and I promise from now on, I will take on whatever theme Marie Sexton is throwing us, readers.
Oh, and if she wants to revisit this world again, please bring Frances and Simon on the front seat Aug 23, Yvonne rated it liked it Recommended to Yvonne by: Lily. Shelves: m-m , q4-gbpicks , dec-cat-challenge , m-m-fantasy. More like a 2. I never really got into the story at all. The first part of the book strayed too much into mf territory. There were too many scenes where the women tried to button and unbutton for seduction, or discussion on when they were getting married and about dowry.
Aren gets attacked by one particularly More like a 2. Aren gets attacked by one particularly determined woman who wants to marry him. We're not spared the unnecessary details of their encounter. She smelled like vanilla He felt his pants being untied, then he felt her hand slide inside It was a warm hand on his cock, and it felt unbelievably good. This showed a lack of cohesion in this story line.
When Aren and Deacon get together there's a whole lot of sex scenes and not a lot of plot points. There was a menage scene added that seemed pointless especially as it's with a character that was basically forgotten after the first third of the book. All of a sudden he returns and one of the characters must add him to their sex life.
I didn't like the fact that he springs this third person on his lover.