Dawn reviews Dakota Skies by Taylin Clavelli . (The book was published by Wayward Ink Publishing on September 12th, 2014).
This book was provided free of charge for an honest review by the author.
Why I read this book: I read the blurb, and this sounded like a really good read, with lots happening.
Born in the wrong time…
In 1875 Dakota, Sheriff Jamie Carter has to hide his interest in men, even from his gutsy twin sister, Anna. On a good day, the truth can mean a bullet between the eyes, and on a bad, one in the back.
A man on a mission…
Jamie leaves Anna in charge of Blackrock and he hits the bounty hunting trail, along with his faithful equine companion, Houston. Five territories, scores of ‘Wanted’ posters, and many bullets later, his path unexpectedly converges with that of enigmatic loner, Kit Brooks.
Two men with one soul…
Will the smoldering fire between them rage into an inferno and break down protective barriers, allowing them to find love? Or will it separate and kill them?
Beneath Dakota skies…
Jamie and Kit’s story is a sweeping saga of cowboys, Indians, persistent broads, and vengeful villains, where the cowboys aren’t always the good guys, and love can’t be taken for granted.
Cover: I love the cover, I think of Jay when I look at this.
This is not my normal read, as I don’t normally read anything historical. However, this author has totally changed my view on historical novels, I was hooked from the first page.
We meet Jamie, who prefers to be called Jay, and he is totally conflicted about his feelings towards other men. He also lives in fear of someone finding out, as in this time, he would be shot on sight. He decides that he needs to get away from everyone, to evaluate his life. He decides to visit family in Texas, and leaves his twin sister as a lone sheriff and becomes a bounty hunter. Together with his horse Houston, they start on an adventure that neither will forget. Houston is a character in himself, and you will laugh at some of his antics.
Whilst travelling through the territories, he then encounters Kit, albeit briefly, for the first time. However, when Jay lands himself in big trouble, it is Kit who comes to his rescue, and as they spend more time together, Jay finds he is getting more attracted to his rescuer. He then persuades him to go with him back to Dakota, although Kit does rather reluctant at first. Kit is right to be reluctant, as when they arrive there, all is fine to begin with, but once Jay is back in his Sheriff duties, things come apart big time. I am not going to say what happens, but it is massive…… the question is, is it too big that they cannot reconcile and take their budding relationship further.
What I found most interesting with this book, was when we met the Sioux Indians. I knew nothing about them, but the author manages to describe everything about them so simply that you can picture it all in your mind. To me it was surprising that they accepted two men being together, and yet even in todays society it is still frowned upon.
The book is full of twists and turns, and things happen that you do not expect. I found that once I started reading, that I could not put the book down. I had to read as often as possible so I could find out what happened….. did they sort out their differences, or where these so big that being together was just not possible.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical books, and even those who don’t please read this. I am so pleased that I got the chance to read Dakota Skies, and I will definitely be looking for any future books by this author.
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Taylin Clavelli lives in the United Kingdom, about 15 miles south of Birmingham, and a short journey from the world famous Cadbury’s Chocolate factory. She’s married with children and loves her family with all her heart.
Her love of books has been a long standing affair, with Taylin liking nothing better than to lose herself in an imaginary world.
Until she met Lily Velden, she never considered trying her hand at writing. However, after talking ideas, Lily encouraged her to put pen to paper—or rather, fingers to keyboard. Since, with a few virtual kicks in the right place, she hasn’t stopped. Her confidence eventually led to her writing an original work for submission.
Her first published work was Boys, Toys, and Carpet Fitters, developed for the Dreamspinner Press Anthology – Don’t Try This At Home.
Now she absolutely adores immersing herself into the characters she creates, and transferring the pictures in her brain to paper, finding it liberating, therapeutic, and wonderful.
Outside of writing, her interests include; martial arts (she’s a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do), horse-riding, all of which facilitates her love of a wide variety of movies. Her action heroes include Jet Li and Tony Jaa—finding the dedication these men have for their art combined with their skill both amazing and a privilege to watch. If pressed, she’ll admit to thinking that the screen entrance of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl, and Shadowfax in LOTR, to be the greatest screen entrances ever. Her all-time favorite movies are Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.
The simple things in life that make her day, putting a smile on her face are:
Laughter – especially that of her children.
The smell of lasagna cooking – it makes her mouth salivate.
The dawn chorus – no symphony ever written can beat the waking greetings of the birds.
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