Title: The Gunslinger's Man
Halloran was meant to free them, but Asher has never known a harsher prison.
Hiring a band of outlaws to assassinate the mayor may be a bold move, but Asher Franklin can’t take another minute of bowing and scraping to the sadist who runs his hometown. Graveyards teem with the bodies of those have tried and failed to rebel against the powers that be, but the legendary Red Horn Riders hold an invaluable advantage over their predecessors: They’re already dead.
Common wisdom would have it that vampires seldom keep faith with humans, though, and the Red Horn Riders are no exception. Halloran, the ruthless bandit at the helm of the gang and Sargasso’s prospective savior, would rather claim Asher for his own than grant him the fate he deserves. His unwelcome kindness is Asher’s worst nightmare. To be chattel is bad enough. To be the property of the one vampire whose duplicity just cost the lives of Asher’s friends is so much worse.
Yet in the ungoverned deserts of the Wild West, vampires are a law unto themselves and terror comes in many forms. Halloran’s bite may be sharp, but worse foes roam the sands than Asher can begin to imagine.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent, and violence.
Author: Helena Maeve
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Collision Course, Twice Upon a Blue Moon, A Smile as Sweet as Poison, Beyond the Poison Chalice
Published by Pride Source: Publisher
Published: June 21, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, Paranormal Romance
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The Gunslinger’s Man is a little wild west, with a dash of steampunk, and a paranormal side of vampires. At some point vampires have become the controlling element in most outlier towns. Sargasso has Ambrose Soloman who has claimed ownership of everything in their town including most of its residents. Asher Franklin and a few of his friends have had enough. They pool their resources together and hire in the Red Horn Riders. They’re thinking if humans can’t get rid of the vampire vermin perhaps the lawless bandits can. Wishful thinking and the desires to have a better life put Asher in the hands and bed of the vampire he hired to assassinate the horrible mayor of Sargasso. Ashe is now Halloran’s very own bloodbag and plaything.
The vampires that Helena has created are not the sexy do gooders for the right thing that you see in so many paranormal romances. They’re cold and callous. They have their own agenda and the humans are beneath them. The humans are their food and entertainment. Asher simply wants to rid the town he calls home of them, all of them. Asher becoming property of one solidifies that point, until it doesn’t. That’s where the confusion for me lies. At some point Asher and Halloran move from property and owner to lovers. This book is entirely from Asher’s point of view. I never got the emotional connection to Halloran that was needed for me to understand that transition. I felt like Asher settled for the outcome he got instead of what he truly wanted.