Book Reviews

Rush in the Dark (Common Powers 2) by Lynn Lorenz at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Cowboys / Psychic Powers / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 11-July-2017

Book Blurb

Rush is so deep in the closet he can’t find the door, but meeting Brian might give him the courage to step out of it.

When Brian and Rush meet in a dark alley, sparks fly. The attraction is fast and hard, but Rush is a rancher with a reputation to uphold and Brian is out and open.


Both men have secrets, including the small powers they each have, and a relationship means they might have to share. It would require Rush coming out of his closet and putting his ranch and his friendships with the people around him at risk.


For Brian, it means putting his heart on the line for a man who’s afraid of being himself. He’s been down that road before and Brian won’t go back in the closet, not even for Rush.


Each time they’re together, Rush and Brian set the air around them on fire. As they move closer, both are still holding back, still unsure of each other. One of them will have to take the first step or this thing between them will flounder.


For Rush, it’ll take a huge step and a lot of trust to risk his entire life in the small Texas town of Spring Lake. And once he’s out, there’s no going back.


For Brian, his heart isn’t the only thing at risk. If he keeps seeing Rush, he knows he might just lose his life.



Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of murder and references to rape, abuse, stalking and murder. 

First Edition published by Loose Id, 2008. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

Book Review

This is book two in Lynn Lorenz's series 'Common Powers' and I was super jazzed to read this. I had met Brian in book one and was very impressed with the guy who was so loyal to his friend and just an all around good guy. The fact that Brian finds cowboys as hot as I do didn't hurt, either. I wanted Brian to get his happy ever after with the cowboy of his dreams and since I already adore this author's stories, I was sure this would be a great one. Yep, I wasn't wrong.

Brian is a private investigator and on a Friday night lurking in an alley behind a disgusting Dumpster he doesn't expect to see the cowboy of his dreams. Brian had that "feeling" all day, though, that something life changing was going to happen that night. So when he sees the gorgeous cowboy come out of the back of the bar, Brian figures fate is lending him a hand. When the cowboy gives Brian a business card and tells him to call, even though Brian stinks from Dumpster diving on his case, Brian knows the powers that be are telling him something. So why does it take him a week to gather his courage and call? Because Brian knows that Rush is The One and that scares him.

Rush has spent the week dreaming about the sexy PI from the alley and bemoaning the fact he didn't get his name or phone number. He figures after a week that maybe he imagined the heat between the two of them. And then Brian calls and they have some seriously intense phone sex. Whew. I felt like I needed a cold shower after that scene. *grins* Rush can't believe it when he makes plans to meet up with Brian in Houston. Rush only meant for this to be phone sex. He won't ever leave his ranch, it's been in his family for over a hundred years, and he can't imagine what coming out would do to his business in the small town he lives in. Rush definitely can't see Brian giving up his life to come live in the closet with him, and Rush wouldn't want him to. And Rush is scared of what a relationship might mean to his heart.

Brian and Rush do not start off well. Rush gets completely spooked and treats Brian like a back-alley hookup and runs back to his ranch. Brian is incredibly hurt and not sure whether Rush is worth losing his heart all over again. These two have some rocky times, no question about it, and then they settle into a tenuous long distance relationship. But, deep down, they each know the long distance can't last and what will happen then? Brian makes the first move by applying for and getting a job with the Silver Lake police department. Brian always wanted to be a cop but the way attitudes are regarding gay men in law enforcement, he never thought he could. Times have changed and the chief of police in Silver Lake makes it pretty plain he doesn't care. Unfortunately, Rush does, and his response to the news is not what Brian was hoping for.

Oh, I adored this second installment. Brian and Rush were sweet and hot together. Rush was very real as he struggled with his fears and Brian was wonderful in understanding Rush. I thought the whole story was great and I'm eagerly anticipating the next one.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 189 pages/55669 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-July-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $10.49 paperback
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