The Broken H

The Broken H

by J. L. Langley



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ISBN-13: 9781596320482
Publisher: Loose Id
Publication date: 09/26/2007
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Gray stared; he couldn't help it. And to make matters worse, he was getting hard.

To say that Shane had a beautiful body was an understatement. The man was gorgeous. He was about as tall as Gray--six foot or so--but where Gray was more heavily muscled, Shane had the body of an athlete or, as Gray used to think, an Indian warrior. His chest would look so right with a bear claw painted on it, or with a bone breastplate worn over it...

Shane caught his gaze. An eyebrow lifted. Then in a soft, husky voice he said, "Come here."

Gray blinked, caught off guard. "Huh?"

Shane crossed his arms over his chest, and continued to lean against the cabinet. His face was unreadable. "I said, come here."

Gray moved slowly. His feet felt like they weighed a ton. What did Shane want? When he got about two feet away, Shane pushed away from the cabinet and closed the space between them. Gray could have sworn he felt butterflies in his stomach.

He was afraid to breathe, afraid Shane would move away--afraid that he wouldn't. What was he to do? He stood there watching, waiting, and swallowed down the lump in his throat. Gray had long since memorized every inch of the face before him, those high cheek bones, the long straight nose and the thick black lashes covering those beautiful brown eyes, but damned if his cock didn't harden completely at seeing them this close. Shane's dark eyes gazed back for several seconds. Then his sensual lips turned up so slightly that if Gray hadn't been staring at his mouth, he'd have missed it.

Shane reached behind Gray's neck, pulled him forward ... and kissed him.

Gray's brain shorted out. The butterflies in his gut started doing donutsand popping wheelies and all he could do was stand there ... frozen. What the hell was happening? Shane didn't like him that way. Hell, more to the point, Shane wasn't gay. He'd discovered that the hard way when Shane had rejected him all those years ago.

But now the older man smiled against his lips and moved back slightly. His thumb rubbed back and forth on Gray's neck. "You always did think too much. Just stop it and open your mouth."


Shane's lips slanted over his; his tongue pushed deeply inside. He tenderly traced Gray's teeth and mouth with his tongue, caressing and exploring all at once.

Gray forgot how to breathe, he might have even whimpered when Shane's other hand came to his waist, tugging him flush against that lean body; he could feel Shane's erection against his own.

He lost it, it was his dream come to life--not just any dream, but one he had had all too frequently throughout the years--and a wet one at that. Until Shane came to his senses and ceased the delicious embrace, he was going to enjoy it. A little voice in the back of his head whispered, Bad idea, Gray. Think about the consequences, but he didn't care. He'd probably never get the chance again.

Tightly wrapping his arms around Shane, he caressed that strong, smooth back, even as his tongue returned the attention it received. He tried to go slow, savor it, remember every detail, but damned if Shane didn't derail him. Hands wandered up under his shirt, caressed his back, then moved around to his chest, plucking at his erect nipples. A tingle ran up Gray's spine, making him shiver in delight.

Finally, Shane broke their kiss, flipping Gray's shirt over his head and dropping it to the floor. A finger ran down Gray's torso, starting between his smooth pecs and ending at his navel. Shane dipped that meandering digit inside the hollow, then followed the trail of hair, starting below his navel, until he hit the top of the low waistband of Gray's jeans.

Gray watched Shane watch him, those brown eyes practically scorching his body as they followed the line down. Then, before Gray even realized what he was about, Shane bent over and traced the same path with his tongue.

He couldn't breathe, his breath hitched in his throat and refused to leave. Was this really happening? "Shane..."

"Relax." Shane rose and kissed him again, this time charting a moist course and nipping along his neck and shoulder, leaving goose bumps in his wake. When he got to Gray's collarbone, he reached down and unfastened Gray's jeans.

Oh, God! Gray's balls pulled tighter, his cock jerking in anticipation. When that tanned, callused hand slipped inside and found his prick, his hips pushed forward, practically begging. Shane squeezed and rubbed through the thin cotton of his boxers. His prick started to leak. Shane moaned and squeezed again as his mouth surrounded Gray's nipple.

"Fuck!" He pulled Shane closer, cradling his head against his chest with one hand, stroking his back with the other. If he was only going to get to do this once, he was going to seize the opportunity and finally play with that glorious and silken black mane. He snatched the end of Shane's braid, pulled the band off and unraveled it. How many times had he dreamed of combing his fingers through it? Lifting several strands, he let them fall again.

Shane sighed softly and moved his mouth down Gray's chest. When he reached Gray's dick, he hooked his thumbs through the waistband of the jeans and pushed them and Gray's boxers down in one quick motion.

Gray's prick bobbed free, standing straight up, feeling unbelievably sensitive in the cool air. He was so fucking hard he ached. He wanted Shane's mouth, his hands, something ... anything on his cock. "Holy shit!"

Shane's tongue flicked over the tip, then engulfed his dick in the moist heat of his mouth. Gray groaned, fingers tightening in the thick black hair. Shane groaned too, then stood up, making Gray cry out at the loss of those beautiful lips.

"Bedroom, Grayson." Shane leaned forward and brushed a quick kiss against him. "Now."

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shane has had a thing for Grayson for years; Grayson's feelings for Shane have existed for almost as long - but a misunderstanding 12 years prior sent Grayson running off to join the rodeo circuit before college, then the police academy. Now Grayson is back as the town's sheriff and he's decided to grab onto Shane with both hands. Assuming the older man doesn't fight him off. While I loved the romance between the two, I couldn't help feeling this one could've used another pass with a line editor. Despite the little editing misses throughout, however, Langley's skill with winding up the sexual tension is evident. Side stories were a little cliched and possibly drawn out a bit longer than necessary, but I felt the couple and their obstacles were realistic. Overall, I'm happy I took the time to continue reading the series and J.L. Langley continues to be one of my favorite m/m authors.
gerryburnie More than 1 year ago
As a self-proclaimed homoerotic novel-"one-handed reads," as I refer to them-The Broken H, by J.L. Langley [Loose Id LLC 2007] is better than some. Oh, there are plenty of sex scenes (15 in all, give or take one or two), but journalistically speaking the writing is quite solid, and the author has made an attempt to build a plot between the romps in the sack. Admittedly the plot is a bit short on originality, but the point is that there is one. Shane Cortez is a runaway with a mysterious past-although we don't find out what that is until quite late in the story. Nevertheless, he now seems well adjusted as foreman of The Broken H Ranch. The Hunters, a remarkably liberal family-including their gay son, Grayson-have unofficially adopted Shane as a son, and Grayson has fallen lustfully in love with him. It is nonetheless a rocky romance, made more difficult by a teenage bimbo who accuses Shane of knocking her up. Her father, a somewhat stereotypical loudmouthed redneck, then sets out to demand that Shane make an 'honest woman' of her. Meanwhile, he and Grayson are filling page-after-page with "homoerotic sex" at the drop of an elastic band [see the story for an explanation]. If a nice light read without too many challenging plot twists is your forte, then this story is bound to fill the bill.
eyez-of-cerulean More than 1 year ago
Well the Broken H is not as good as the Tin Star. It seems to me that the complexity was lost in this book. Sure the story as a concept is great but it read sort of well. bland. The passion behind the story that can only come from the author was undeniably absent. The climax of the story (no pun intended) was rather boring and well unentertaining. It pains me to write this review but I am put off a little by this book. I do believe that if a little more time, effort, and thought went into this book it could have been a brilliant success. However do not let this review put you off from Langley. J.L. Langley has other titles that have the passion and fire truly deserving your full attention.
jshillingford on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is the second in JL Langley's Ranch Series. The first was "The Tin Star." Though the main characters from each make appearances in the other, the two novels stand alone. Shane is the foreman of the Broken H, and Native American. The Hunter's took him in off the street when he was just 16. Grayson was 3 when Shane arrived. They grew up together as friends. But, Gray left home shortly after reaching adulthood when his feelings for Shane changed and were apparently not reciprocated. Gray went to college, and returned to his small town to become the Sheriff. After his father suffers a heart attack, Gray realizes he must return home and confront his feelings for Shane. This is a very good M/M romance. In "The Tin Star," the couple faced prejudice from the community and vicious rejection from close family, but that does not factor in here. The Hunters are accepting of the relationship, and most of the town has adjusted thanks to the couple from the previous book. Shane and Gray need to overcome a 13 year age gap, a malicious accusation, and small town gossip. This novel doesn't have as much drama as the first (no attempted murder!), but the romance is well developed and the main characters are quite likeable. There is frequent hot and explicit sex, and the history between the two men makes their relationship feel real. Also nice is the fact that Shane isn't your typical romance alpha male - he's over 40 and still sexy and playful! The dialog is well done, and there is a good bit of humor. Those that read the first book will find comfortable familiarity with the setting and secondary characters. While it wasn't quite as good as the first novel, I enjoyed it enough that I purchased the paperback even though I have the e-book. My only gripe is that the publisher cropped the men's faces off the cover on the paperback. Highly recommended.
silversurfer on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Another fast read from this author-a very slim plot is the backdrop for this love story set in Texas--Reference to other characters in her previous novels make this an enjoyable book. Beware, lots of hot Cowboy/Indian sex!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and a good story of hidden lifestyle and coming out to those who know you best to find out they already are aware. You will enjoy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have quite a few of Ms. Langley's books, and I really enjoyed The Tin Star. The Broken H? Not so much. At times the narrative seemed to have been written by two different people. Excessive exclamation points, trite dialogue, and a woeful lack of editing sunk it for me. I won't be put off in the future, because of the quality of her previous work, but--this was not worthy.
PanChan More than 1 year ago
& loved the book. Will be checking out other titles by the author.
JacksonJG More than 1 year ago
A very sexy and well written love story.
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I really like this book and the tin star. wish we could hear more from these men. not my normal reads but was interesting.
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Will there be a story on John Killian and Royal? Gosh... I hope so. Will be on the look out
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