Cattle Valley Mistletoe

Carol Lynne
Cattle Valley Mistletoe
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Total-E-Bound Publishing
Release Date
December 2007
Book 2 of Cattle Valley
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

The Reverend, Casey Sharp, loves his church, his congregation and his community. He just wishes they loved him in return. Paying for the sins of his predecessor has left him feeling like an outcast.

Contractor, Halden Kuckleman, loves his quiet life. After a childhood trauma, Hal gave up on love and God. When hired by the church to finish work on a new meeting room, he tells himself it's just a job like any other. He's fine working on the addition as long as Reverend Sharp doesn't try to save him.

With a tight deadline for getting the room finished, Hal begins to wonder how he's going to get the work done before the annual Christmas Eve party. When Casey offers to lend a hand, however, he begins to wonder if the willowy minister will help or lead him straight into temptation.

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Oct 30, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
157 people found the following review helpful
Reverend Casey Sharp loves his town and the members of his church in Cattle Valley, but he's sure that they don't feel they same way. He's currently paying for the sins committed by the previous minister, and he's not sure how to make it better. It certainly won't help if he doesn't get the church's addition built in time for the annual Christmas Eve party. He's enlisted the help of sexy contractor Halden Kuckleman to get the building finished, but Hal has made it clear: he's there only for the work. He doesn't do church and he definitely doesn't do God. However, with the two men working side by side in efforts to get the work done, Hal discovers that the man he told not to convert him may be his biggest temptation yet.

This is the second book in the Cattle Valley series, and I really enjoyed it. It was much different in the first as it was sweeter and more romantic then erotic. Don't get me wrong, there were steamy love scenes but the relationship between the characters seems to be more the focus in this one. It's not often that you read a book about an openly gay minister, but I felt that it was done extremely well. The relationship between Casey and Hal seemed to be a bit underdeveloped as far as getting to the love stage, but I loved them as a couple nonetheless. Hal's trouble with church, religion and God was well-written and realistic, and I thought was handled perfectly by the author. This is a part of a series, and I did read the first book, but I don't think that you have to do that in order to enjoy this story. I also really liked that we got to revisit the main characters of the first story to get a glimpse into their life after their story had ended.

It is a short book so the relationship moves very quickly, as stated before, and that is really my only complaint about the book. I wish there could have been even a mention of them having more time together without having to describe it over several pages; I feel it would have made the relationship more realistic. Other than that, I loved it. I can't wait to read more of the series.
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