Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Snake Charmer
Author: Carol Lynne
Series: Cattle Valley #31
Heroes: Gabrielo “Snake” Barbas/Riley Banks
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 30,229 Words
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Available at: Totally Bound
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Blurb: Sometimes it takes an opposite to see the beauty within ourselves.
When security consultant and ex-mercenary, Gabrielo “Snake” Barbas, thwarts an attack of one of his co-workers, Riley Banks, he takes it upon himself to keep the smaller man safe. His job is made harder when he discovers the attacker is actually Riley’s ex-boyfriend, a ruthless man from a very wealthy and powerful family.
After a night of passion, Snake decides to take Riley far away from Richmond, Virginia to a town in Wyoming for the annual Cattle Valley Days celebration. He should have known that sex with Riley wouldn’t be enough, but he feels he has nothing else to give such a nice guy. Riley is the sexiest man Snake’s ever taken to his bed despite Riley’s claim otherwise.
Riley knows he’s average-looking at best, so why does Snake continue to flatter him? It’s obvious he’s not going to kick Snake out of bed, even after Snake informs him that sex is all he has to give. So, how can Snake see him so differently than the rest of the world?
While Riley is busy trying to figure out the man who touches him like no other has before, Snake is busy trying to protect him from a monster from his past.
I have been a huge fan of the Cattle Valley series from day one and will read every book that is ever written in this series. This book, however, tested me, and it took a while for me to warm up to Snake. I am almost positive that was the author’s intention, because Snake appears to have been intentionally written as an asshole. He had no filter for whatever he said and expected to be obeyed without question. He was not the kind of alpha that makes you go all teenage girl sigh, but one that made you want to punch him in the throat.
Riley was his complete and total opposite. Whereas Snake was big, built, tattooed, and a mercenary, Riley was small, shy, bullied, beaten up, and an accountant. No one would have pictured these two together except for Snake. Snake saw what others didn’t, and that, my friends, is what warmed me up to the big ol’ knucklehead; that, and his history. Once you learn all about Snake as a child, when you find out how he views himself; then you will allow yourself to open up to the possibility that he might not be such a big jerk after all. Well, yeah, he still is, but you understand why and love him regardless.
We have the requisite visits from some the Cattle Valley residents, and nothing makes me happier then to revisit with Rio and Ryan. Too bad we didn’t get any hot and nasty nookie-nookie from them, but I do love to check in on my favorite hotties. Who I wasn’t happy to see, and what I didn’t expect, was the shit-storm and fallout caused by Guy. Yeah, the man’s an ass and an idiot, and I really hated on him, but I did not predict that ending coming. Now I have to wait to see how it all gets settled. I am not sure what the right solution would be, but I will leave that to Carol Lynne. Whatever happens, I will be there to read it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*