Quick Reviews: Hoofbeats & Heartache // Claw Marks & Card Games // Suspects & Scales // Rocks & Railways

 
 

For this batch of quick reviews, I have a bunch of books in Maz Maddox’s Stallion Ridge series! It’s a series of connected m/m romance stories, so I recommend reading them in order, though each focuses on a different main couple, set in a fantasy Wild West world filled with different paranormal creatures. All these books are quick, sweet reads that have uncomplicated plots and focus mostly on romance and sex. They sometimes have a touch of heaviness but are still overall light and fun. It was hard for me to fully believe all the romances since most happened very quickly (I felt more chemistry in some than others), but I still enjoyed them. I also loved all the uncommon supernaturals!

*Quick Reviews are posts where I share summaries and links for reviews I’ve recently posted to Goodreads and Amazon but don’t plan to make full review posts for here on the blog. Tag links are at the end.*


Heartache & Hoofbeats (Stallion Ridge Book 1) by Maz Maddox

Book Cover - Heartache & Hoofbeats by Maz Maddox

In Heartache & Hoofbeats, a captured outlaw and a centaur sheriff in the Old West start falling for each other as they get to know each other better.

This was fun, sweet, steamy, and a touch angsty with an Old West setting, easily likeable characters, and a cute romance with great chemistry that I really enjoyed!

*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes the Old West but with supernaturals, worlds accepting of LGBT+ people and relationships, mlm romance that’s sweet and sexy and a touch angsty, likeable characters, and series with different couples in each book but connected stories.

Tags:
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Western, Part of a Series, Gay (Main Character), Centaurs, M/M Romance, M/M Explicit Sex, Scorching Hot, Cover Love

My Full Review:
Goodreads | Amazon

Claw Marks & Card Games (Stallion Ridge Book 2) by Maz Maddox

In Claw Marks & Card Games, a man in gambling debt has his life turned around by a sexy, domineering deputy with some secrets.

Normally I’m not into the “I own you” sort of romance dynamic, but the way this was written, not taken to any extreme and then kind of fading away, I didn’t really mind. Another fun, sexy, sweet, slightly angsty Weird West romance!

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*

Recommended For:
Fans of Book 1 in Maz Maddox’s Stallion Ridge Series. Anyone who likes the Old West but with supernaturals, worlds accepting of LGBT+ people and relationships, mlm romance that’s sweet and sexy and a touch angsty, likeable characters, and series with different couples in each book but connected stories.

Tags:
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Western, Part of a Series, Bisexual (Main Character), Other Supernatural, M/M Romance, M/M Explicit Sex, Cover Love

My Full Review:
Goodreads | Amazon

Suspects & Scales (Stallion Ridge Book 3) by Maz Maddox

In Suspects & Scales, a deputy and a merman assassin fall for each other as they work together to solve a murder.

This wasn’t my favorite so far, but it was still an enjoyable Weird West story in the town of Stallion Ridge with a sweet (if rushed, since they knew each other about a day) romance, likeable characters, and an interesting mystery.

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*

Recommended For:
Fans of Books 1 and 2 in Maz Maddox’s Stallion Ridge Series. Anyone who likes the Old West but with supernaturals, worlds accepting of LGBT+ people and relationships, mlm romance that’s sweet and sexy and a touch angsty, likeable characters, and series with different couples in each book but connected stories.

Tags:
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Western, Part of a Series, Mental Illness, Panic Attacks, Mermaids/Mermen/Merfolk, M/M Romance, M/M Explicit Sex, Cover Love

My Full Review:
Goodreads | Amazon

Rocks & Railways (Stallion Ridge Book 4) by Maz Maddox

In Rocks & Railways, a deputy falls in love with a rock deity who awakens when a hole is blasted into his plateau to make a tunnel for a railroad.

This book changed things up a bit by having one of the characters be a kind of rock deity with just one form rather than a shifter, and there was more focus on friendships in this one. Another enjoyable sweet, steamy story with likeable characters in this supernatural-filled Old West town!

*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*

Recommended For:
Fans of Books 1-3 in Maz Maddox’s Stallion Ridge Series. Anyone who likes the Old West but with supernaturals, worlds accepting of LGBT+ people and relationships, mlm romance that’s sweet and sexy and a touch angsty, likeable characters, and series with different couples in each book but connected stories.

Tags:
Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, LGBTQIA, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Western, Part of a Series, Gay (Main Character), Gods/Deities, M/M Romance, M/M Explicit Sex, Adorable Friendship, Cover Love

My Full Review:
Goodreads | Amazon

 

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