On the run for a murder he didn’t commit, Clint is at the end of his luck. Broke and tired, he stumbles into a small Mexican bar with just enough pesos to pay for a beer. He meets Jack, the owner and a laid back cowboy with a huge heart and a lot of sympathy. He offers Clint a job and the guest room of his small seaside home. Despite the span of years between them, Jack recognizes a kindred spirit in Clint and a natural attraction develops between them. But Clint can’t run forever and if he ever hopes to have a life with Jack, he’ll need to confront his past.
So at the end of the day, the Seashores of Old Mexico is just good, old-fashioned erotica. The plot is…well there is no plot, not really, and any conflict for the characters is resolved with an almost laughable easiness. Depth is not something this story strives for. There are characters, but no real development or exploration of them. Jack and Clint exist in the here and now and whoever they might have been ceases to be important. The two men have a natural chemistry and if you’re looking for a bit of fluff, then Seashores of Old Mexico will probably tickle your fancy.
Normally this is the kind of short story that drives me nuts, because I’m not a fan of erotica without purpose. But Seashores of Old Mexico never pretends to be anything more than what it is and I appreciate that kind of honesty. You can tell right from the beginning that the plot, such as it is, will play out like a porn flick. The only thing missing is a pizza delivery guy. But because this story doesn’t try too hard to be something it’s not, its actual purpose is allowed to work fairly well. The pacing is quick and smooth and Jack and Clint are both charming enough to make their affair rather sweet.
Seashores of Old Mexico isn’t going to win a Pulitzer, but it isn’t trying to. Instead the author has offered a short and sweet story with more than one happy ending. If you’re looking for something light and sexy, then the Seashores of Old Mexico is going is probably going to be strong fit.
A review copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press.