Guest Post: A Book I Love by MelanieM54

A few weeks ago in my Joyfully Jay in 2012 post I mentioned wanting to start a new feature called “A Book I Love.”  I had the idea because before I started my blog I often found myself really excited about a book and looking for a place to share my feelings with other readers (as opposed to my poor husband!).  So I thought it would be fun to start a feature where Joyfully Jay readers can write a post about a book that they love. This doesn’t have to be a review; it can just be a post where you talk about a book you really like and why.  

So I am super excited today that we have the first of what I hope will become a regular series here at Joyfully Jay.  Please join me in welcoming MelanieM54 as she shares with us a book she loves.

The Tin Star by J.L. Langely

Recently I was asked to name my all-time favorite m/m romance book and I was stumped. Not because I couldn’t come up with a name, but because I came up with far too many and in a multitude of categories. So I switched gears and thought about my top favorite book that I would recommend for someone else to read. Nope. Still couldn’t do it. But it was a smaller list this time.

Well, I spent the night mulling it over, then got up and toddled over to my overloaded bookshelf (pre-Kindle days) for inspiration. I didn’t have to look long as the stories I loved have the look of someone who stayed too long at the party. You know the signs, they appear off color from too much wear and tear, plus they are a little bent around the edges. Perfect.

The first one I grabbed will be the first I recommend. The Tin Star by J.L. Langley. I am so fond of this book that it is a comfort reread for me. I am sure you have those. You are home sick, have the sniffles so you haul out the hot tea and curl up in a chair with old friends in a favorite story. Like Pooh and his Hunny Pot.

The Tin Star is the story of rancher Ethan Whitehall and James Killian, brother of one of Ethan’s best friends. Ethan is from one of the oldest families in town and his ranch, The Tin Star, makes him one of the most respected and powerful men in town. Ethan is gay, but given the small town homophobic atmosphere, he keeps his sexuality under wraps. Then Jamie comes out to his family and is promptly kicked off his home, the Quadruple J Ranch, and out of the only life he had ever known. Gone is his home and job as the ranch foreman. Jamie turns to the one man he has always looked up to and secretly crushed on for years – Ethan Whitehall.  Now Ethan has a choice to make.  Does he stake all he has when it turns out that Jamie needs not only shelter, but protection from those whose hatred and bigotry spell danger to Jamie and those around him?

J.L. Langley’s characters are so well written and they eat, breathe, and ooze so much sex appeal that they almost jump off the page. Ethan and Jamie have their flaws, they are real people. But the men here have the ability to make you laugh as well as they struggle towards a relationship. The secondary characters surrounding them, such as John Killian (Jamie’s brother), Bill the foreman, and even Spot, Ethan’s ornery horse, become real to you as you move into the story. This book has everything…..love, humor, suspense, and hot, hot men. What’s not to love?

J.L. Langley has written two books in this series so far.  The second is The Broken H, which has crossover characters from this novel. And don’t miss the Christmas short, The Christmas Tree Bargain, as Jamie and Ethan celebrate their first Christmas together.

I hope you end up loving this book as much as I did.

Melaniem54 is a retired Park Naturalist who enjoys reading, knitting and gardening. She is ruled by her terriers and a smut-mouthed African Grey parrot.

Thank you again to MelanieM54 for taking the time to share a book she loves with us. And if anyone else is interested in writing a post about a book you love, just get in touch. I’d love to have you!  

Comments

  1. >Tin Star was one of the early books I read when I found m/m and I loved it. Still do. i haven't reread it in a long time, I should check it out again because it really is a fun read. Have you read the little Christmas follow-up? I think it's called the Christmas Tree Bargain. Whoa! Smoking hot.

  2. >I second what Tam said. This was one of the first M/M books I discovered. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the other two right away. Then I discovered her With or Without series. Your post makes me want to go back and read them all.

    Great job MelanieM54! This was a cool idea Jay!

  3. Brahmin in Boston says:

    >I loved this book too and I thought this would be her best work. But I think if Irated her books, the With Without series would get more stars than this. :)

    I liked Ethan's character and the way he supports Jamie (even though he has vested interest).

  4. >Great article and great choice in book Melanie…I freaking loved Ethan and Jamie. This was also one of my first m/m books and I've read it more than once. That says alot.

  5. Cinderella says:

    >Melanie you did an fabulous job at the review for the book. I so love JL's books all of them thanks to you.

    Cynthia

  6. >What a great idea JJ and Melanie this was a fabulous post. I love this author an this book in particular.

  7. >It was hard to decide which JL book to go with as they are all terrific. This was so much fun to write. And I can't wait to see what other books people come up with.

  8. >Just wanted to say thank you again to Melanie for kicking off what I hope will become a regular feature. It was nice to hear about your enthusiasm for the book and it sounds like many folks share it!

  9. stephanieabbottbooks says:

    >Great post and what a genius idea!!! A wonderful way to introduce readers to new books.

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