I’ve read quite a few of Cornelia Grey’s short stories and have to say I believe her to be one of the most creative and versatile authors in the medium. I’ve read and loved everything from her, from contemporary to paranormal fantasy to steampunk to pirate adventure, and now she’s tackled the Old West in Bounty Hunter and has done so in a spectacularly sexy fashion.
William Hunt has been predator to James Campbell’s prey for years, and that doesn’t appear to be a situation that will change any time soon. It’s not that William can’t catch James, but more a situation now of whether he wants to catch him—at least where the bounty on James’ head is concerned. Now it appears the cat and mouse game has suddenly transformed into a seductive game of catch-me-if-you-can, and the bigger question may very well be how hard will James try not to be caught?
The two men were once lovers but after a fiery parting of the ways and what could only be seen by William as a betrayal, James has lived a life on the run, playing the role of a western Robin Hood with William in constant pursuit of him in an effort to collect the very tempting bounty on James’ hide. When they finally meet again in an upstairs room of a saloon—after James has just partaken of the carnal delights of one of the girls-for-hire—temptation becomes something not influenced by cold hard cash but hot ruthless lust, and they begin a standoff that quickly rekindles the feelings for each other they’d long ago buried.
Intimidation, love, sex, guns, death, danger, and sins of the flesh are an entirely provocative experience for the reader as the story begins with the threat of a shootout but quickly becomes a different and erotic sort of gunplay between these two men.
Cornelia Grey alternates the story between the present and the past with the use of flashbacks, which did nothing for me but keep me on the edge from beginning to end in my need to see how the conflict between William and James would be resolved.
Speaking of the resolution, it was entirely unexpected and I won’t even begin to pretend I’m not dying for a sequel. Bounty Hunter begs for a sequel. I’m begging for a sequel and I hope Cornelia Grey is listening.
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Cornelia Grey is a creative writing student fresh out of univeristy, with a penchant for fine arts and the blues. Born and raised in the hills of Northern Italy, where she collected her share of poetry and narrative prizes, she is now based in London, and she is thoroughly enjoying the cultural melting pot that is the City.
Her interests vary from painting to photography, from sewing to acting; when writing, she favors curious, surreal poems and short stories involving handsome young men seducing each other. She loves collecting people’s stories and re-discovering lost tales that deserve to be told.
Her days are full and hectic: she reads, goes to flea markets, galleries, and the theater, and of course spends most of her time writing. When she’s at home, she likes to curl up with a book and the classic cup of tea and leaves chestnuts in the garden for the squirrel that comes around from time to time.