Author: Caitlin Ricci
Series: Devil’s Land Collection
Genre: M/M Western/Romance/Paranormal
Length: Short story
Available: Jan 13th
Justin was sent to get a mare, and is helpless to explain to his unhappy boss why he came back with an untouchable gray stallion instead, but there’s just something about the horse that wouldn’t let him leave it behind.
Of course, because an angry boss and a horse they don’t need isn’t enough, the horse goes missing—leaving a strange man in his place, a man who speaks in riddles and seems more than a little crazy, but he’s also just as hard to refuse as the stallion…
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
I’m not quite sure what I expected from this short story, but this wasn’t quite it. There is a horse, there is Justin, the horse is a shifter partnered up with a human, Nohatu, and there’s some sex.
And I didn’t like it all that much. Mostly because the sex comes out of nowhere and seems more shocked than sensual, there’s also a magic element to it, and after it happens the plot skews in a way that apparently Brother Mustang was aware of – but no one else.
It just didn’t work for me. Especially as the ending really wasn’t an ending. Much of the plot comes out of nowhere, I found the motivations of Brother Mustang/Nohatu completely confusing and overall it just felt rushed and unfinished.
If this had been longer, with the characters having more time to develop and explore their own feelings and motivations, with maybe a bit more of a solid grounding to the myths and Native American element then I think this could be really good. It is all quite intriguing, but ultimately it was too confusing and rushed for me to have enjoyed it.
Horsefeathers is out January 13th.
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