11801937Weather she’s writing contemporary romance about high society love, or vampires beating the ever loving you-know-what out of each other, J.R. Ward has yet to really fail to impress.

Here we have the latest re-release of one of her earlier works when she was writing as Jessica Bird: The Player, second in the Moorehouse Legacy series.

Oh and by the by, here‘s a list of all published works to date.

Not bad.  I’ve always preferred her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but I still enjoy these little one shots she puts out.

Here we are joined by Grayson Bennett and Joy Moorehouse.  He’s the kind of man you don’t want to cross if you want to keep your political career, she’s the kind of woman who can be easily set aside from high rollers like Grey.

The thing is, these two have known each other for years, but only in The Rebel, when Joy’s older sister Frankie met Nate, did things start to heat up.

It’s not an easy road for these two lovebirds.  Grey has been jaded against love, marriage, and women in general after watching his mother have affair after affair behind her husband’s back, and Joy’s too soft hearted to bitch slap him when he’s being obstinate and not trusting her.

And trust me, the boy needed a good whack upside the head.  I would have done a lot worse if my man got his knickers in a twist whenever I talked to anything with more testosterone than a housefly.

But aside Joy having a little too much patience with her man for my liking, it was good.  I think I see the set up for a few more books here, especially Joy and Frankie’s brother, Alex.

Next time: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Prolux

1627Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they’re working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that’s what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of “Brokeback Mountain,” and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world’s violent intolerance.