Lone Star

Lone Star

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by Josh Lanyon
     
 

Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans's ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of the one man he hoped to avoid.

Overview

Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans's ambition to be a dancer made him a target. Though he found success in New York City, Mitch is at a crossroads, and heads home for the first time in twelve years to figure things out. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of the one man he hoped to avoid.

The last person Texas Ranger Web Eisley expects to see four days before Christmas is his first love. He hasn't seen Mitch since they quarreled over coming out to their friends and family years ago. Though he's not in the closet now, Web has worked hard for the respect of his fellow officers, but he still regrets the loss of Mitch in his life. And his bed.

The attraction between them is as strong as ever, and it doesn't take long for the men to pick up where they left off. But is love enough to keep Mitch in town in the New Year?

26,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426892806
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
12/05/2011
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
96,404
File size:
749 KB

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A lone star blazed in the midnight blue sky.

It looked like the Christmas star, which was appropriate seeing that it was four days till the holiday, but with Mitch's luck it was more likely a crashing jet plane headed straight for him.

Incoming.

Yeah, that would be about right. On the bright side, it would spare him driving any more miles down this long, dull stretch of memory lane. Texas looked only minimally better at night than it did in the day. Nothing but rugged, ragged landscape. Igneous hills of limestone and red rock as far as the eye could see—which wasn't far, given the darkness beyond the sweep of the rental car headlights.

Mitch rubbed his bleary eyes. This was more driving than he'd done in years. He didn't even own a car anymore. New York had decent public transportation, and when Mitch wasn't working he was—well, he was always working, so problem solved.

Prickly pear, yucca, and juniper bushes cast tortured shadows across the faded ribbon of highway. A mighty lonesome stretch of country, as they'd say out here. Cemeteries were more plentiful than towns. He wasn't entirely alone, though. Outside of Fredericksburg a pair of headlights had fallen in behind him and they continued to meander lazily along a few miles back. Some cowboy moseying on home, though not in any hurry to get there.

That made two of them.

It had been six months since Mitch had got the word his old man had keeled over, and he'd have happily waited another six months—or six years—before dealing with what his father's lawyer euphemistically called "the estate." But after the blowup with Innis, Mitch had desperately needed time and space. And one thing Texas had in plenty was space.

Speaking of space, the star twinkling and beaming up ahead could have fallen right out of the state flag. It was the biggest star in a night field of stars. A beacon burning in the night. Mitch blinked tiredly at it. He hadn't slept on the plane, hadn't slept in nearly forty-eight hours. Not since he'd walked into his dressing room to catch Innis with his pants down. Not a euphemism, unfortunately. Innis's excuse— Up ahead Mitch caught movement in the middle of the road. Headlights picked out the gleam of eyes. A deer. A very large deer with a huge rack of antlers. An eighteen point—no, not a deer. Mitch's eyes widened. A caribou. In Texas?

What the hell?

A caribou—in Texas—wearing a red leather harness with bells?

A reindeer?

He was asleep. He had fallen asleep driving.

Mitch wrenched the wheel. The tires skidded off the road onto the rocky shoulder. He tried to correct but oversteered. Instinctively, he slammed on the brakes, the car spun out. It did a wild fouetté across the highway, tipped over the side and rolled once. The air bag exploded from the dashboard. The car landed upside down in the sand and gravel beneath the embankment.

Dust and powder from the air bag filled the interior. The engine died as the car rocked finally to a stop. The passenger door had flown open. Mitch could smell oil and antifreeze and cornstarch and singed juniper. The air bag hissed as it deflated. Or maybe that was the radiator leaking. Or the sound of four tires simultaneously going flat.

"What was that?" He wiped the air bag talc residue from his face. His eyes and skin stung.

It had happened so fast. So fast there hadn't even been time to be afraid. And at the same time it had seemed to occur in slow motion. Like watching a film or seeing it happen to someone else. Really weird. Maybe that out-of-body sensation was shock.

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Lone Star 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: There are certain books that when I read them, I never want them to end. This was one of those books. With each upwards crawl of the percentage amount read, I mourned a little bit more the coming nearness of the end of the book. This book was fabulous! OMG, I cannot tell you how much I loved it. What I can't tell you is exactly why. It may have had something to do with the extreme differences of the two heroes: Web is a Texas Ranger; Mitch is the lead male ballerina with the American Ballet Company. Regardless of their differences, they grew up as best friends and later as lovers until one night when it all fell apart, twelve years ago. Since then both Web & Mitch have both gotten what they dreamed of as teenagers, but neither one of them has forgotten their feelings for the other, despite the fact that they haven't seen each other in twelve years. The other reason that I may like this book so much, may have something to do with where it takes place: a tiny town called Llano, just a little bit outside of Fredericksburg. Since Fredericksburg is almost local to me and where I live in Texas, I love the locale of this story. I could relate to the Texas feel of this story and I loved Web's big family and how they all embraced Mitch as their own. Both of these characters were so relatable regardless of their different backgrounds and personas. Web is laid-back and relaxed, whereas Mitch is high-strung and a control freak. Regardless, there is no denying their magic when they are together. I loved the chemistry between them and I loved their story. This is the first Josh Lanyan book that I have ever read. I can guarantee you that it will not be my last.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Easy to recommend - read this book. Mitch and Web are interesting characters, the storyline is warm, tender and homey, and the scenes of intimacy, although not plentiful, are sexy and hot. I was sad to see the pages dwindling and the book coming to an end. These are people, family members included, with whom you want to spend more time.
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MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
I read this one before Thanksgiving and it made a perfect beginning to my holiday reading.  I always enjoy stories when one of the main characters comes back home and is faced with past friends/enemies, especially when they come face to face at a most embarrassing time.  And that's pretty close to what happens when Mitch runs off the road when he sees what he thinks is a reindeer in the road, that's right, I said a reindeer.  A brilliant tale of Christmas bringing old loves a new chance.
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I enjoyed this story. It followed a nice path from teenage angst to adult love. I would think they would not have made it if Mitch had never left to pursue his dream - it felt like the timing was right for them to make love work at the age they were when they met again. (I wouldn't have minded seeing more of the reindeer - that was a very clever and entertaining addition to the story!)
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I really enjoyed this story of second chance of love. It was well written. It is emotional. I recommend.
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Heartwarming tale of second chances. Perfect for the holidays.
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