Showdown in Durango by Derek Adams

January 25, 2013 Review 2 ★★★

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Showdown in Durango by Derek AdamsShowdown in Durango by Derek Adams
Published by Extasy Books on January 15, 2013
Genres: LGBTQ, Romance, Western
Pages: 73
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Mired in poverty, forced into prostitution, the victim of police brutality, Indian attacks and ruthless outlaws – Johnny Dalton’s life is a mess. When he finally meets the man of his dreams, he discovers that his nightmare has just begun. Is a new beginning possible, or is Johnny doomed to misery and despair?

Johnny Dalton is in big trouble. Desperate to escape the clutches of his landlord’s henchmen, he turns to prostitution to pay his bills. When he and the friend who recruited him into the life are betrayed to the police, Johnny flees again, this time out West. Attacked by Indians and then kidnapped by ruthless outlaws, Johnny’s chances of a fresh start are looking grim until he meets Andy Shepherd, the Sheriff of Durango and a good man.

No sooner have things begun to look up for Johnny than he learns that he is to be part of a plot to rob a gold shipment coming through Durango. Caught on the wrong side of the law, his life once again in danger, what can Johnny do to stay alive and avoid losing the man he loves?

This was a short read that tells the story of Johnny Dalton, a young man who is down on his luck and turns to prostitution in order to get by in the Wild West.  Of course, that isn’t the worst that happens to him, after fleeing the law he’s nabbed by a gang of outlaws and is forced to continue in the same vein of work, as it were.

While it was a quick read, and Johnny was quite the character, there wasn’t much romance until the book was over halfway through. The romantic relationship felt fake and at the same time far too easy, a common problem I find in shorter novels. The less time we can see a relationship developing the harder it is to believe it.

The sex scenes were erotic but not heavily detailed, and were decent. I did like that there was a sense of realism to them, and that there was something used to ease the way, as it were.

The ending did, however, bring a tear to my eyes and make me choke up a little. So overall, it was a good short story, and it was easy to read in one sitting. Don’t expect an epic romance, but it was fun to read all the honest review.

2 Responses to “Showdown in Durango by Derek Adams”

  1. Derek Adams

    Dear Laureen,

    Thanks for taking the time to review my story. After sending it off, it occurred to me that it could be longer, but there you go. Glad you like the ending. I tried to make it effective and clear that Johnny hadn’t abandoned his old friend completely.

    I get the reaction to the romantic aspects of the book, but felt that since Johnny was so downtrodden that he would react almost instantly to any act of kindness. He is, after all, a young man whose life has been short on any kind of affection.

    In any case, I’m glad you took the time to read and react. I would appreciate your reactions to other works of mine. I have a novel recently published by MLR Books. “Escape to Island County” takes more time to develop the romantic aspects of the relationship between the main characters. Take a look if you have the chance.

    Thanks for your input,

    Derek Adams

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