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Book Review: The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari – Sarah Black

17798654“There comes a time, you have to stop running, stop pretending, and just be the man you were meant to be. It doesn’t matter what it costs, because to not be that man, that’ll cost you your soul. What am I going to do? I’m going to love him until the stars fall out of the sky.”

[Sequel to General And The Horse-Lord] Fresh out of the closet, General John Mitchel and Gabriel Sanchez are settling into their new life together when an old army colleague taps them for a rescue mission to Tunisia. Eli and Daniel, two former Rangers working security, have been arrested in Carthage, charged with blasphemy and thrown into prison.
With rampant unrest in the ancient city and an old enemy targeting them, John gathers a team to liberate the two captive men. When he discovers Eli s boyhood obsession with Al-Jazari s Elephant Clock, the rescue becomes complicated and strangely beautiful, and John and Gabriel have to risk what they love the most to bring their team home. Via Goodreads

The General and the Horse-Lord are totally growing one me and this continuation of their foray to building a new life together with their ever growing quirky family is just perfection! John and Gabriel seemed utterly realistic here with all their daily dealings with life as a newly out ex-military gay couple. The way they have each other’s back is just achingly beautiful!

The first book in the series was more personal in terms of dealing with their post-retirement careers, Gabriel’s divorce, Kim and Billy’s assault and of course, their “coming out” story. This book though is still pretty personal at some level and we see more of the General’s way back in his prime – his tactical side and man’ he’s a total genius! We also got a glimpse on how pro-active the Horse-lord is with John. It was all so sweet and touching. Here, there’s definitely some sort of attachment readers would definitely feel for the couple. This is a really promising series and I sure hope that we’d get more of this couple with more books to come!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: The General and the Horse-Lord – Sarah Black

“I NEVER want you to regret loving me.” Gabriel’s hands were gentle, moving down his chest.
“How could I? That would be like regretting the way my heart beats.” 

via Goodreads

via Goodreads


General John Mitchel and his favorite pilot Gabriel Sanchez served in the military for more than twenty years and have also been lovers for as long as they’ve worked together. After retirement, both men decided to give their love a chance to be in the open. But are they ready to face the consequence of this one big move?

I’m actually utterly floored by this story from Sarah Black. It’s just wow. After a disappointing read via Marathon Cowboys, it’s as if I already expected this to disappoint me but no. This is a gem. The storyline was a realistic one with characters so utterly likeable that you can’t help but totally feel for them and the life they could’ve had together long before their retirement. There’s this bittersweet melancholy about the couple’s relationship. I also love Kim’s [John’s nephew] colorful personality that somehow became a catalyst for John and Gabriel to finally come out in the open. It’s a lovely departure from the too good to be true stories tackling similar theme.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Marathon Cowboys – Sarah Black

via goodreads

via goodreads

Jesse Clayton loves painting, his cowboy grandfather, and his life as an artist with a wild abandon that leaves scorch marks on everything he touches. Budding Navajo cartoonist Lorenzo Maryboy is a hard-working former Marine: staunch, brave, and honorable. Chance brings them together on the road to Marathon, Texas, and passion flares.

Just as always, Jesse puts his art ahead of everything. He betrays their growing trust, and that Lorenzo can’t forgive. But Jesse’s found something he loves more than his art, and what he does to win Lorenzo’s forgiveness is far more dangerous than either man understands. – via goodreads

This is one of those novels which I find utterly strange and its fast pacing didn’t help at all to give it some sort of excitement. There were some funny lines which is a plus but other than that, the story failed to deliver enough narrative covering “Marathon” and its main characters. It has an interesting first few pages but it weakens considerably when Jesse and Lorenzo started fooling around (which shouldn’t be the case right???!) and it didn’t pick up after that. The story feels unfinished (perhaps because of all the death threats looming around Jesse?) and factoring the (not so convincing) romance between JC3 and zo-zo, it still failed to capture or realize the potential of its premise.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars