Tuesday, January 22, 2013

La Posada by Kate Roman

laposadaTitle: La Posada
Author: Kate Roman
Cover Artist: n/a
Publisher: Torquere
Genre: Western
Length: 20 pages

Twenty-one-year-old Clay Garcia is obligated to take part in the posadas, his family's traditional Mexican Christmas celebration. But while Clay's spirit is willing, his flesh dreams of the return of his older ranch hand lover. On December 23rd, the eighth of nine nights of festivities, the wise man returns, and Clay finally has something to celebrate. Now if only he can keep his family from finding out…

This holiday story features a clandestine meeting between Clay and his much older lover, Warshaw, and cowboy and sheep-shearer, who were first seen in Riding the Silverado, which I enjoyed. That one ended on a bittersweet note, so it was nice to see the two of them together again.

In the days leading up to Christmas, Clay’s extended family celebrate together every night, but when the party travels to Clay’s ranch, he’s delighted to find Warshaw in the barn. One of the things this couple does best is bicker, so there’s nothing mushy, just mouthy, and sweetly hot. They have a lot to disagree about, because Clay’s growing restive about staying in the closet, and Warshaw’s been a ranch hand too long to have any illusions about how that will go, particularly against the backdrop of Clay’s Hispanic culture.

There are a lot of questions raised, and few answers given, but there are other stories in the series. La Posada was originally released at Dreamspinner, but it’s with the rest at Torquere now, so the déjà vu could be real. The author has done a nice job about putting everything you need to know about this couple for this one story in here, so if you’re looking for a hot multicultural read, this could be it. And yes, I'd like to see all the stories in one volume.
3.5 marbles

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