Book Review: Purly Gates by Vastine Bondurant

Reviewed by Heather C

13618145Title: Purly Gates
Author: Vastine Bondurant
Heroes: Purly Gates & Lucky Cleary
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 52 pages
Publisher: LIG Publishing
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Available at: Amazon & All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: A lonely stretch of beach becomes a hiding place for two men who, when their paths cross, are determined not to be ships just passing in the night.

Purlman “Purly” Gates—dark, brooding, mysterious, hiding from his past and the hefty price on his head—is hopelessly attracted to the young man who strolls the beach every morning. At the risk of his own exposure and its deadly consequences, Purly succumbs to his desire and sets out to lure the beautiful enigma into his lair.

Lucky Cleary wants the swarthy stranger who watches him from the shadows of the cottage deck, and his morning promenades finally pay off when the man steps out onto the beach and into Lucky’s life in a move to bring their paths together.

But Lucky has a secret as well—a past mistake following close behind him, promising certain death if it catches up with him.

When each man discovers the other’s identity, the truth forms a powerful bond between them and fans the flame of their passion.

But is the meeting of these two lonely souls a beautiful destiny or merely a cruel twist of fate in which their desire is nothing more than the kiss of death for them both?



I recently discovered Vastine Bondurant’s writing a few months ago when I read and LOVED Glory Lands; and ever since then, Purly Gates has been high up on my TBR list.

I not going to go into much detail on the plot here, its already beautifully expressed in the blurb.  (This review will be short as I can not say much about it without spoiling everything.)

What you NEED to know:

This is a historical set in the summer of 1930 America.

This does not feel like a historical since it takes place entirely on a secluded beach (so don’t that let stop you if you are hesitant when it comes to historicals)

The imagery is gorgeous and I totally got lost in the writing.

Both men have a secret past…and its not pretty.

There are cute doggies!

This was waaaay more intense than I expected.

Its a bit too insta-love for me, but still works somehow.

The ending is a SHOCKER.  (No, I will not tell you how)


Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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