Title: Earth and Sun, Cedar and Sage
Series: Gideon and Jedediah, Book 2
Author: Margaret Mills & Tedy Ward
Genre: Historical Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy from publisher
Published: December 2009 by Dreamspinner Press
Gideon Makepeace grew up in Bill Tourney's Traveling Wild West Show, so he knows Indians better than a lot of folks of his day. He and his half-breed lover, Jedediah Buffalo Bird, are traveling east to New Orleans where Gideon hopes they'll find a home together, safe among the crowds of the big city. But it's winter in the desert and a storm is blowing in, so when they run across Kingman, Arizona, just before Christmas, they decide to take their chances and hunker down for the holiday.
Reviewed By: J9
In a Nutshell: Perfect MM romance novella with two great leads and a strong romance balancing sexual and emotional intimacy.
The Set Up: Gideon and his half-Sioux lover are still learning how to have a relationship while traveling to New Orleans to meet up with Gideon’s family who works for a wild west show. Gideon and Jedediah take refuge from a storm in Arizona just in time to celebrate Christmas.
Why I Read this Book: I enjoyed book one in the Gideon and Jedediah series (my review) and looked forward to following the characters and romance.
What I Liked: I am always looking for emotional, erotic romance and this novella offers that. Sex for sex sake is fine but it gets a bit mechanical sometimes and I can honestly say this novella offers a perfect balance of emotional and sexual intimacy. Gideon and Jedediah are learning about each other and for Gideon this means changing his devil-may-care-ways for Jedediah. Jedediah finally opens up to Gideon and shares the tough life lessons he’s learned and Gideon offers such love and acceptance that I sighed a bit.
The cultural differences between Gideon and Jedediah are integrated beautifully into their relationship but instead of being a point of tension, it offers the men a chance to show they love and respect each other. There is a lovely scene where Jed and Gideon share their holiday rituals with each other. I have to say that this is one of the most spiritual scenes I’ve read in romance and thought it simply lovely.
What I Didn’t Like: There isn’t anything I don’t like about this novella except that story three isn’t out yet and I’m not sure when it will be. I should also note that though this is book two it could be read as a stand-alone novella, though the characters are so good I’d recommend readers start with book one.