Aren Montrell has heard tales of the Oestend wraiths - mysterious creatures which come in the night and kill anyone who's not indoors. Aren's never had reason to believe the stories, but when he takes a job as a bookkeeper on the BarChi, a dusty cattle ranch on the remote Oestend prairie, he soon learns that the wraiths are real. Aren suddenly finds himself living in a supposedly haunted house and depending on wards and generators to protect him from unseen things in the night. As if that's not enough, he has to deal with a crotchety old blind woman, face "cows" that look like nothing he's ever seen before, and try to ignore the fact that he's apparently the most eligible bachelor around.
Aren also finds himself the one and only confidante of Deacon, the BarChi's burly foreman. Deacon runs the BarChi with an iron fist and is obviously relieved to finally have somebody he can talk to. As their relationship grows, Aren learns there's more to Deacon and the BarChi than he'd anticipated. Deacon seems determined to deny both his Oestend heritage and any claim he may have to the BarChi ranch, but if Aren is to survive the perils of Oestend, he'll have to convince Deacon to stop running from the past and finally claim everything that's his.
A little historical, a little paranormal, a little fantasy, a little cowboy, a little kinky... and a whole lot of AWESOME!!
Holy shiznit, I loved this. When Marie Sexton and I get our mind-meld thing going, she can do no wrong.
This is another book that I started in the bath, and I didn't want to ever get out. I read until I was all pruney... I got ultra-pruney for you, Marie Sexton!
Song of Oestend takes place in a fictional historical western town. It is pretty similar to our wild west, with a culture like our Native Americans, but with a paranormal twist: wraiths rise up and kill those who are unprotected at night.
This story was very beautiful. A very slow burn romance with some expected and some unexpected twists. First of all, I didn't see the type of BDSM coming... and I loved it. I have a huge weakness for the bigger guy being[bigger guys being the bottoms (hide spoiler)] the bottom, especially if they have a place in their kinky hearts for being bossed around, ESPECIALLY if they are butt virgins[butt virgins... ohhhh yeah (hide spoiler)]! I mean, could it get any more perfect???
The romance between Deacon and Aren was truly lovely. Tender, meaningful, interesting... just everything. The plot also worked. The ranch scenes were very atmospheric, and I got into it right away.
Don't be scared by the mention of a menage scene. I'm not a big fan of menages but I was okay with the small play scene here. It was pretty hot, if I'm being honest.
Gah, this was just SO well done and right up my alley! Thanks you for delivering such a scrumptious read, Marie Sexton!!
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