In the last year, I have become a major Marie Sexton fan girl! I love her writing and pimp her Promises series to anyone and everyone I know. So I was excited to get some new reading material and was very happy to see a book that is very different from anything else I have read from her.
Song of Oestend is set in what I would call an Alternate Universe – somewhat historical, a little western, a little supernatural/paranormal, old-world, dry and dusty, violent, and dangerous are all words that come to mind. And I had to keep reminding myself Oestend is in an alternative universe as I was reading, because often I would think about googling it to see what the results were. Ms. Sexton spends a little bit of the story doing some world building, but nothing that overtakes the story or overshadows the strong main characters of Aren and Deacon.
This book is really about two men who find each other when both are in very different places in their lives and are very different people. But as they spend more time with each other on the ranch, they grow to see what each can offer the other. Aren starts to have his confidence built up to what it should be after spending some years being taken advantage of by other men. Deacon finally has someone else in his life that helps him release the very heavy burden he carries on his shoulders each day as he runs the ranch. And that’s when Marie Sexton really starts to work her magic like she always does with her characters – the paths before them start to merge together until they are each giving and taking what they need and desire from one another and slowly work towards becoming one. Of course sometimes they can be stubborn pig-headed men too.
One thing different in this book than her other books is that there is much more sex. And frankly, I didn’t mind one bit. The way the sex between Aren and Deacon provided such a connection for each other, the sex didn’t seem overdone. There is some BDSM in this book but I think it is very well done. Usually I don’t care for books heavy on this subject matter, but the way Ms. Sexton writes Deacon’s need for the way Aren controls him it is believable and I think beautifully done.
For the first time in his life, Aren found himself with a partner who not only gave him free rein, but who longed to surrender himself to Aren’s control. Deacon loved submitting. He loved to be tied down, to be forced to beg, to be driven to the point where his need eclipsed all else. And Aren loved being the one who could take him there.
There is one menage scene, but don’t be scared. Its reason is justified if you read between the lines.
This is a beautiful love story set in an alternative universe. It’s also violent at times and you see the brutality of an “old world” ranch life which felt very true to the story. Mix in a side of supernatural/paranormal with some scorching hot sex, and you have yourself an interesting read and something very different from any of Marie Sexton’s previous books. I can’t wait to see what she offers us next.
Deacon chuckled throatily against Aren’s neck. “You tell me what to do all the time.” One strong hand travelled down Aren’s stomach to stroke his half-erect cock through his pants. “Have you forgotten how much I like it?”
Song of Oestend by Marie Sexton
August 22nd 2011 by Total E-Bound
Paranormal Erotic Romance (GLBT)