Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Review – When the Bluebird Calls © Leiland Dale

When the Bluebird Calls

Author: Leiland Dale

Publisher: Silver Publishing


Devon Reid, veterinarian, had a partner of 2 years, a beautiful house, and a fantastic job.  Then, life as he knew it, changed.
Six months ago, he became his mother's sole caretaker when her cancer returned.  With his constant absence from home, his relationship ends leaving him alone in one of the most emotionally draining points in his life.  When his mother passes, he is lonely and loses his zest for life.

With his emotions and life in turmoil, Devon decides it's time to make a change. Leaving the city life behind and taking a job in a small town in Montana, was just what the doctor ordered.  Then, he meets the hunky ranch foreman, Greg Elliot.
Greg has lived most of his life on a ranch. Living in a small town didn't offer many prospects for a relationship, until he meets the new veterinarian in town.
While they try to resist the obvious mutual attraction, a fateful call during the night changes it all.
What is a city boy to do when a small town cowboy ropes him in?


Just as Greg was about to answer, the office door opened and the most gorgeous
man Greg had ever seen walked up to the reception desk with his head down looking at
what must be a medical file in his hands.

“Jordon, would you please….” The vet stopped in mid sentence as their gazes
locked on each other. Greg’s breath caught and his mouth went dry as he stared into
those hazel colored eyes. The sadness reflected in them brought out his protective
instincts. He wanted to grab the man and hold him close.

“Doc, this is Greg Elliot. He’s the foreman up at The Mountain Hart Ranch.”
Jordan was looking at the vet with a slight blush tinting his cheeks.

Greg extended his hand in greeting and stammered. “Umm…It’s nice to finally
meet you, doc.” Never in his life had he ever felt so tongue-tied. There sure was a first
time for everything. The softness of the doctor’s hand in his made Greg’s cock instantly
take notice. A knot formed in Greg’s throat and beads of perspiration trickled down his

“Hi, Greg. It’s nice to meet you too. You can call me Devon.” Greg watched as
Devon swallowed, took a deep breath, and noticed a beautiful rosy tint blooming on his
cheeks. His name on Devon’s lips sounded like music to his ears.
“Umm…I…uh…” Greg shifted uncomfortably from foot to foot.

When the Bluebird Calls © Leiland Dale


When a romances goes badly for veterinarian Devon Reid as well as the death of his mother - he gives himself no time for second thoughts, he sells up his home and business and moves all the way to Bridger, a ranching small town in Montana ....

There he meets foreman Greg Elliot and the rest is history as they say.  The book does not veer far from the blub, so I will just give my thoughts on it.

WHEN THE BLUEBIRD CALLS  was an easy read for me as this is a plot that generally works for me. I love books with people who are starting over toss in the the small town scenario and I was hooked..

Honestly the book reads like something I had read before - but it didn't matter to me,  I love the guys that Leiland Dale introduced me to.

Devon Reid is in a new town, a new job and with something of a new lease on how he look at things. he isn't shy about getting involved in the community and before he knows it he is a fixture in places like the little diner and he and the waitress are on a first name basis. The long and the short of it is that he is a sweet guy.

Greg Elliot is the dark horse of this duo - Initially when I met him, he has this intense amount of rage that did not endear him to me at all and it took almost the entire length of the book before I warmed up to him.

Naturally the two meet as Devon is the only Vet  around and Greg is a local ranch foremen - sparks flies as expect but from there I liked how the men had fun getting there – they dated, laughed and it was more the unsaid that cause any sort of friction between them.  

The few issue I had with this book centered around the pace and the mystery moment. The pace was a little choppy to me and this was just down to the over managing of some scenes. Blow by blow event in a scenes doesn't always work for me and some of the scenes were too defined and I just wanted to move on…

The major angsty moment as well was like an afterthought as the guys were getting on really well without the little bump of a mystery that really wasn't and as much as it served it's purposed – it just felt tossed in to me. 

WHEN THE BLUEBIRD CALLS wont appeal to everyone, but it did it for me – the plot worked and after everything that Devon had been through Greg was a perfect match for him.

This is the first in the Heart Of The Mountain series and there are one or two characters that I fell in love with in this first book and I am looking to see where the author go with them..


9 Speak To Me:

Helen Hardt on 16 February 2010 at 19:51 said...

I like the premise of this story. I don't read a lot of m/m, but this one sounds quite appealing!

Chris on 16 February 2010 at 21:01 said...

The premise does sound vaguely familiar. Hmm. Maybe I've just read a few too many books with veterinarians in them recently!

Elizabeth Amber on 16 February 2010 at 22:01 said...

I love when a book includes intriguing secondary characters that I can watch for in future books in the series. Thanks for the review, ER!

~ Elizabeth Amber

Smokinhotbooks on 16 February 2010 at 23:49 said...

Great review hon. I find myself okay with this type of premise for m/m...as long as the characters & relationship are interesting.

I saw that you reviewed Convincing Arthur by Ava March, did it not have a happy ending? I thought I read that somewhere.

Erotic Horizon on 17 February 2010 at 23:35 said...


I agree about the appeal - I love this theme in books...


Erotic Horizon on 17 February 2010 at 23:36 said...

@Chris ..

You would not be wrong there - Zachary, Steele just to name a few...

But I liked this one never the less...


Erotic Horizon on 17 February 2010 at 23:38 said...


I know what you mean - there is one guy the receptionist - he is too cute and a new appearance just as the end of the book...

Definitely worth checking out this series...


Erotic Horizon on 17 February 2010 at 23:40 said...


I thought the two guys were Ok together - so it worked for me, plot ad all...

I saw that you reviewed Convincing Arthur by Ava March, did it not have a happy ending?

I did read this - It's a HFN (happy for now) - but I think the author is working on the follow up ...

She left them in a good place - so you wont regret reading it...


Leiland Dale on 18 February 2010 at 14:11 said...

EH thanks a million for an awesome review!

I'm sure as you've noticed there's at least 3 more books in this series with also a hint of something...hmmm....else with the character that arrives at the end.

This series MIGHT be expanding a bit more as the follow up books are released in this series. I'm glad you liked it.