Title: Highway Man
Author: Eden Winters
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Killian Desmond, Mike (a.k.a. Texas)
POV: 3rd person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Rating: N/A
If their gravelly-voiced front man died in the wreck that claimed the rest of Trickster, what’s he doing filling in for a tribute band’s absent guitarist? All Killian Desmond wants is to forget that tragic accident, make a few bucks off rodeo wins and pick-up gigs, and occasionally find a willing one-night stand. A listening ear in the form of a fellow musician he dubs Tex reopens old wounds. Tex knows the songs and hears the pain—Killy may have found more than he was looking for.
Leave it to Eden Winters to write yet another story that doesn’t merely tug at the heartstrings but tangles them into a series of knots that leave you hovering somewhere between tears and sighs.
Highway Man is the journey of Killian Desmond, a man who spends his days running away from life. It’s a story that draws a distinct line between what it means to live and what it means to truly be alive. The reports of Killy Desmond’s death have been greatly exaggerated, and that’s precisely how he wants it to be because it means he can exist as the ghost that passes into and out of a world without entanglements. His is an existence haunted by memories that chase him from town to town, his only goal to try and remain one step ahead of the memories without adding to them. He is alone but doesn’t realize how lonely he is until he meets the one man who makes him want to stop running and face down his demons.
Brilliant and beautiful, don’t pass up the opportunity to read this short story. If you’re unfamiliar with Eden Winters’ work, this is a great starting point to get to know her voice. If you already know and love that voice, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed in Highway Man.
Lonesome cowboys and musicians who encounter each other on the vast expanse of the information superhighway begin a journey sealed with a kiss. Sounds simple enough, yes? But with Eden, love is rarely ever simple and is always sublime.
Reviewed By: Lisa