Erryn reviews ‘Surrendering My Affection (Sulfur Springs Book 4)’ by Taylor Rylan. This book was released by the author on March 30, 2019, and is 298 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean. It was released on January 8, 2020, and is 6 hrs and 34 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I really wanted Bishop’s story.
US Marshal Bishop Jones has known heartache unlike someone his age should. After losing his only parent, he’s found himself completely and utterly alone, with only his dog for company. Working long hours and being new to the area doesn’t give many opportunities for him to get out and meet someone.
Veterinarian Xander Garrison has devoted his life to four-legged critters. Between his vet clinic and the animal shelter he helps his mother run, he doesn’t have a lot of free time. But the lonely nights are getting longer, and he wants more than just a warm body from the latest hookup. He wants a partner and lover he can count on.
There is an obvious attraction between the two men, but the animosity Xander has toward Bishop is stronger than a rawhide bone. But when Bishop needs Xander’s help with a case, Xander sees a new side of the deputy and wonders if he was too quick to judge.
Can their attraction disarm the locks around their hearts? After all, destiny and one tiny little furball have something else in mind.
Disarming My Destiny is the fifth book in the Sulfur Springs series. This is a Men of Crooked Bend spin-off, but it isn’t a requirement that you listen to that series to enjoy this one. Familiar faces will be encountered, but this series takes you off of the ranch and into the lives of those in Sulfur Springs. While each book will focus on a different couple, you should listen to them in order.
Warning: This book contains sexually explicit material between two men and is intended for adults over 18.
I liked the character Marshal Bishop Jones in the last instalment of the Sulfur Springs series. He seemed a bit flaky but he was there for his partner and his machinations led to Adrian and Cody getting together. In this book the two men are there in the background, supportive of Bishop. When Bishop finally opens up to Adrian about all the shit that’s going on in his life, Adrian is a little pissed about having been left out of the loop for so long, but he’s on board with helping his partner make the best of his new reality.
Xander Garrison is a vet who loves animals. Now, most vets probably do, but Xander also gets invested in the lives of his patients. Neglectful and abusive pet parents rank right up there with people he’d love to see punished. His clinic also runs a doggie daycare and his favorite is a Havanese named Oreo. He knows he shouldn’t have favorites, but she’s just such a sweet dog that he can’t help loving her. Now, the owner is another story. Oreo spends far too much time in care. Oreo’s owner clearly should never have gotten a dog. When Xander finally meets Oreo’s owner, he lets his disdain slip through.
Bishop already feels guilty enough about the time Oreo spends in daycare, but his job is highly demanding on his time and energy. But Oreo holds a special place in his heart and he can’t bear to let her go. And once he gets past the disdain from the vet, he discovers a man who is passionate about animals and very hot. There’s a lot of cat and mouse going on in this book and, as with the previous one, I kind of just wanted the guys to get together and get on with it. They did, eventually, so that was good.
I’m enjoying this series as it sometimes veers in unpredictable ways, which I like. I’m never quite sure who the next couple is going to be. I have my hopes for the next one, though. Quickly, although not lastly, Michael Dean (formerly Michael Pauley) narrates this series and he does an amazing job. I’m never disappointed with his performances.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
After several years of daydreaming about sexy men in her head, Taylor decided to finally start writing about them! That’s where the Men of Crooked Bend came from, although at the time, she had no idea as to what she would name the town, nor what state it would even be in. She quickly learned that even though she had ideas in her head, it was her characters that ultimately decided what would happen in each story. She goes into each adventure with a set plan but already knows that in the end, things will change and that her characters are going to get their way.
When she’s not writing about sexy men, she loves to read about them. Even if, her reading time has become less frequent since she started writing, she still tries to find time to read at least once a week.
She is a busy mom of three and one kitten named Lucky.
Her Men of Crooked Bend Series is her first series but she already has a spin-off in the works. She also writes about sexy shifters and their fated mates. Her Honey Creek Den is just the first of several series planned!