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REVIEW: “Down South: An Apocalyptic M/M Romance” by C. E. Kilgore


An apocalyptic M/M Romance. Electricity is gone. Society is on its knees. The heart’s compass becomes the light in the darkness.

Gabe’s a Texas rancher who’s always kept part of himself on a separate paddock from his ranch hands and the small town of Post. When your hometown’s population is barely over five-thousand, chances are high you’re the only gay man for miles, and that coming out would do more harm than good. When the power goes out, a very lost and very far from home man named Liam stumbles onto his land. Stuck on the wrong side of the pond with no way home, Liam, a writer for a British travel magazine, struggles with culture shock. Gabe struggles to save his cattle from the apocalypse, and to ignore the attractive Liam’s obvious interest in more than friendship.

About the Heart’s Compass series:
Our heart has its own compass. It knows where we should be heading, even if the rest of us doesn’t. Through loss and love, our heart’s compass guides us through life, often to somewhere completely unexpected. When the world ends, the heart’s compass of several people has them headed in directions they may have never traveled otherwise.

Each book in the series is a stand-alone, novella-length story, but is written within the same fictional setting in which the Earth has just been struck with several massive solar flares. All modern technology has been rendered inoperable. Cars, computers, city infrastructure, phones – all gone in an instant and without warning. In the days directly following the end of the modern world, people must learn to depend on each other, and on their heart’s compass, if they hope to survive.

Title: Down South: An Apocalyptic M/M Romance (Heart’s Compass)
Author: C. E. Kilgore
Publisher: Tracing the Stars
Pages: 63
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon


When I envision a cowboy, I see a rugged man who is more comfortable with animals than people. I imagine a take-charge guy that would demand respect, yet there’s no need for it is easily given. He would be confident, loving and dependable. Ohh, and usually sexy in leather and a hat. Gabe is all of the above. He is your tried and true cowboy and he’s also tightly bound in the closet. His small town doesn’t have an abundance of potential suitors and he’s never had a reason to consider coming out…until now.

A stranger appears on his doorstep after the power goes out. They chat without words, their eyes do all the talking and Gabe’s solid footing suddenly appears to be slipping. This British photographer rattles the door on his secure closet and with the looming future Gabe is actually considering opening the door. The thing is, he’s happy to have Liam join him but he’s not prepared to come out. A moment in time during his childhood left a deep scar on his head and his heart. He has good reasons for debating if the risk is worth the prize.

I adored Gabe, Liam and the rest of the gang. I ached for Liam forced to begin anew thousands of miles from home with no hope of ever returning. I yearned for Gabe to bust the doors on his way out and sweep Liam off his feet.

My favorite parts of this arrow in the Heart’s Compass tales would involve a Guzzler, a puppy, and a few cans of peaches.

I noticed a few wonky sentences that a firm polish during an extra round of editing could resolve, but other than that it was another great installment in this series.

I think I’ll head East next. Yep, I’m on the road again…..



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This entry was posted on July 21, 2015 by in PNR / UF / SF / DYS, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , .

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