Sunday, January 27, 2013

And a Sunday with Sid!

The Rule of Sebastian, Shelter Somerset, Dreamspinner Press
Sebastian Harkin retreated to the Trappist monastery at Mt. Ouray, nestled high in Colorado's San Juan Mountains, to escape a past filled with heartache and pain. The arrival of young novice Brother Casey Galvan gives Sebastian hope for the future. But when the monks discover a handsome stranger freezing on their doorstep during a snowstorm, Sebastian, Casey, and their fellow monks find themselves ensnarled in jealousies and passions that eventually lead to murder.

Desperate to conceal the crime from outsiders, Mt. Ouray’s abbot, Father Paolo Cabral, asks Sebastian to help solve the mystery. With Casey assisting, Sebastian plunges deeper into the investigation. But working with Casey threatens Sebastian’s self-control until his desires erupt, along with the dreaded past he has tried so desperately to put behind him. As Sebastian closes in on the killer, Father Paolo intervenes—not just in Sebastian’s search for the truth but in his pursuit of Casey’s heart.

The book was really different than anything else I’ve read in a while.  I like a good mystery, so I was totally up for it.  Even knowing this was a M/M book, I wasn’t quite prepared for monks having sex!  I realize it happens, but it’s a world that I’ve never been, nor will ever be a part of, so it took me back a step or 2.  That being said, the book is well-written and I didn’t figure out who the culprit was until the author was ready for me to find out.  Plus, its set waaaaaay up in the mountains and I could easily picture the monastery based on the author’s description.  And, let me just say, if “The Rule of Sebastian” had ended any other way, I would have been raging pissed!  I’m certainly curious to read more of Shelter Somerset.  3.5 oooey gooey strawberries dipped in chocolate!  

RATING: 3.5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by Dreamspinner Press. Many thanks.
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