REVIEW: Superior Jewel – Hurri Cosmo

The Superior Jewel - Hurri Cosmo

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, D/s

LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Ryan was shocked when he saw the man who had rescued him from a psychotic co-worker three months ago, a man Ryan had been having very sexy dreams about ever since, standing on the same yacht as he was. Learning the man’s name was Jansen Branwyth should have rung a few bells, but Ryan was never one to keep up with the rich and powerful.

Now this big, gorgeous man seemed to be in hot pursuit, relentlessly and expertly, backing the confused Ryan against a hard wall. Deliciously turned on by the man’s erotically suggestive flirting, Ryan finds himself now in competition with his former, incredibly beautiful girlfriend, vying for Jansen’s attention.

As the heat ramps up, so does Ryan’s self-doubt, forcing Jansen into making it perfectly clear who he intends on taking with him off the boat, even if he must chase down, subdue and throw that certain someone over his shoulder to do it. 

The Review

Ryan Madison’s life didn’t start out so great. An alcoholic mother, social services, and a trip to the Wings of Angels Boy’s Home.  At the age of fourteen, he ran from the abusive situation, arrested and convicted of a crime.  Ryan has struggled through his past and now has a good job as a paralegal, something he enjoys.  But it seems trouble still follows him, and he finds himself in some sticky situations, including being rescued several times by a stranger.  A stranger who is very hard to forget.

On a night out on the “Superior Jewel,” Ryan recognizes his “stranger” aboard ship, Jansen Branwyth – someone he knows nothing about. It seems Ryan’s ex, Cheyenne, thinks she knows everything about Branwyth and will do anything to attract him. It’s totally humiliating and embarrassing to Ryan.

Ryan has built a wall of security around himself. As much as he wants Jansen, doubts surround the choices he may have to make.

Ryan has changed the way Jansen looks at his personal life. As they get to know each other and share their life stories, they get closer. But Ryan’s past intervenes, along with other devious people who want to come between Jansen and Ryan.

Cosmo surprised me with this short novel. It’s a quick read, with suspense, intolerance and sound advice between characters. Once I got started, it took awhile for me to like Ryan and Jansen. Jansen seemed somewhat illusive and full of himself. Ryan was scared to think of himself as being gay.

But as the story progresses and the characters deal with dysfunctional families, homophobia, and even their status in life, things become much clearer for these two. 

I could see potential for another story about Ryan, Jansen and especially Max. Max was a definite plus- such a dynamic and fun character. Or maybe a story of his own. He certainly deserves one!

Of course there are also characters who are out to ruin Ryan and Jansen. Michael “Micky” Iris, who’s obsessive, jealous, devious and not very smart. And Cheyenne Christy, ex-girlfriend, the gold digging, claws-out, wanna be girlfriend to Branwyth. 

“The Superior Jewel” is well written and just the right length – fun and a relaxing. A great book to take a break from regular life with.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

 

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