Sparkle And Shine by Julia Talbot

Sparkle And Shine by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

All that glitters is not gold. No-frills cowboy Evan learned that lesson the hard way while married to a rodeo princess, a relationship that was all flash and no substance. At least Evan held on to his daughter, Cheyenne, and his best friend, Brooks, when the sparkle wore off and things fell apart. Life could be a lot worse.

But it could also be better… if Evan and Brooks took a step beyond friendship. Just as they start to explore their feelings, Evan’s ex-wife sticks her nose in to sabotage them. Suddenly everything is up in the air, and they have difficult choices to make about the rodeo, Cheyenne, and the romance they both want so badly to pursue.

Evan and Brooks follow the cowboy circuit and have done so for many years. Evan knows he doesn’t sparkle and shine anymore like he used to – but his best friend, Brooks, doesn’t seem to mind, nor does Evan’s young daughter, Chay. When Evan and Brooks cross over the line from best friends to lovers, can their relationship deepen and flourish?

I really enjoyed this story. I found it to be an emotional and fun-loving cowboy story, filled with the travelling life, good, solid friendships and a delicious romance. I really liked how the author didn’t shy away from the fall-out that the other cowboys felt when Evan and Brooks became an item. I also personally thought that the author did a great job of balancing things – the reactions weren’t over the top, but not glossed over either. I’ve found in other books this balance is often quite difficult to achieve and the author should be commended for her excellent story-telling.

The only slight disappointment I felt was that the conflict in the plotline felt very predictable to me. I knew almost from the beginning what it would entail – and how it would be resolved as well – and this was the only aspect of the story I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. I found Evan and Brooks’ relationship to progress well at a good pace – again, both believable in its realism and delightful to watch unfold. The sex was hot and I found it enjoyable and I feel that it was descriptive enough to appeal to erotica readers without being envelope pushing or need any real warnings to it.

Overall I found this a lovely and heart-warming story about a couple of cowboys finding a much deeper relationship with each other. With great secondary characters and a wonderfully happy ending this is a great, light and happy read. Recommended.


  1. Tonya Lucas says:

    Hum?? Very intriguing.

  2. Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo says:

    This sounds like a very interesting read it definetly leaves me wonder what happens!

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