Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Before Sundown
Author: Lisa Worrall
Heroes: Samuel Somerfield/Eli Watkins
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 200 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 4, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Samuel Somerfield is used to the oppressive heat of the Texas plains, and in the year 1892 things get even hotter when ranch hand Eli Watkins walks onto the job. Every stolen glance, every searing touch from Eli tilts Samuel’s world on its axis. He wants only to spend the rest of his life in Eli’s arms. But Samuel’s cruel and domineering father has other plans for him. Samuel must marry Eleanor Johnston and give his father the social standing he craves.
Eli knew falling in love with Samuel would cause problems, yet even he never dreamed Mr. Somerfield would go to such lengths to keep his son and him apart. After Somerfield orders a beating that leaves Eli disfigured and embarrassed, Eli takes a job on another ranch far from Samuel.
News of Samuel’s impending wedding eventually reaches Eli, and he realizes he must return to the man he loves, despite what might await him, and try to save Samuel from a life he was not meant to live.
Review: Hold your horse, cowboy! You mean to tell me I’ve just read a historical and liked it? Blasphemy! It can’t be, but it is. For some reason, I really liked this story, yet I put off reading it because of the era. Trust me when I say I struggle with historical romance stories.
I knew from the blurb that our guys were going to have it rough. Not only was homosexuality illegal, it also stated quite clearly in the blurb that one of our protagonists would be forever scarred. So, with that little reminder in the back of mind, I spent the entire book on the edge of my seat just waiting for the smack down to occur. I almost wish I hadn’t known it was going to take place because it happens very late in the story and really wasn’t too instrumental in the grand scheme of things.
This is a story of two cowboys, one rich and one poor, who fall head over heels in love. It’s also the story of one the most horrific examples of fatherhood that I’ve ever read. Sam’s dad was pure evil. That man was the epitome of how not to be a decent human being. I just wish that Sam would have stood up for himself or at least someone else on the ranch back him up. It really was truly awful to read those scenes.
Eli was just too adorable for words. He was sassy and fun. Life is viewed differently when you come from a loving family, and falling in love is just the icing on the cake. Too bad that cake turns out to be a wedding cake for Samuel and his father’s cash cow, and not with Eli. There is a lot going on here and most of it is horrible or sad, but it ends well. Eli and Samuel do get their happy ever after, but it was not easy and Sam’s father does not suffer nearly enough.
I recommend this book to those who love cowboys, historical, and angst. All three are prevalent throughout, and if that’s what you love then give this story a try.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*