Johnny Two-Guns by Mark Wildyr

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JohnnyTwoGunsLGJohnny Two-Guns by Mark Wildyr
Release Date: March 18, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When vacationing Denver architect Roger Mackie rolls into a quaint old trading post in Montana’s Bitterroot Mountain Range to gas up his car, it’s the start of a life-changing journey. Lean, handsome Chippewa Johnny Two-Guns is looking for a ride. He’s on a mission to recover some clan treasures. Roger is immediately smitten and drives Johnny all the way to Arizona.

Although the two successfully build a friendship, Roger is unable to initiate the intimacy they both seem to desire. A second visit gives Roger another chance to draw Johnny out of his shell. The payoff is spectacular, leading to a week of sex and discovery, during which Johnny’s innocent enthusiasm shows Roger a new side of love between men. But trouble is on the horizon for the new couple, as fate seems set against them. And what does the sudden appearance of sexy young architect Brad Beaver portend for the future?

 

three-stars
**Spoiler-ish Parts**
It’s a day later that I’m writing this review, and I’m still ragey mad and I decided to rate this. See yesterday on March 8th when I finished the book I was so freaking mad at the ending. I wanted to DNF this book at the 55% mark. I didn’t get it. I still don’t understand why the author decided to do the unthinkable in my eyes. I was just at the point where I was getting fine with the first person narration. I don’t like that either, but I managed it because of the story coming together.

We start off with Roger on a mind life crisis? I’m still not sure his reasons why he was on vacation, but in his mass travelling over the western states he comes upon a Trader station and meets Johnny Two-Guns. Now before they even meet Roger is sucked into a repressed memory. Now his reactions to this memory is enough to make me upset, but I’m not allowed to tell people what to feel. I’m not allowed to say one thing, when it didn’t happen to me. Let’s be clear Roger was raped. The notion in his mind that he could have thrown Hank off, or that he was that invested in their friendship was total bullcrap to me. Yet, I’m never going to disparage a victim by telling them something else. I’m not a trauma specialist so these are my personal thoughts. I’m still comprehending how the repressed memory came out by seeing quiet, stoic, Johnny Two-Guns, but it is what it is. For some reason good ole Roger agrees to let Johnny ride with him to a certain point. Now 20-year-old Johnny is a person who is hard to talk to. These two guys become friends, and they go through a wide variety of discussions. They spend this short amount of time together that’s so bigger in the grand scheme of things when it comes to them. I don’t have the words to describe Johnny fully, but that man was so endearing when it came to Roger. Maybe being with Johnny made Roger a happier person, and he fell in love quickly. I truly loved the discussion that Roger was willing to share with Johnny regarding his sexuality.

Then we see they might get a beautiful happily ever after but it’s only at the 50% mark for the book to be having some of its profound moments by then. Well then the author decides to shit all over us. That’s how I feel. It’s what happens. I don’t get it, and it’s not about replacing Johnny, but I never and will never take to Brad Beaver. If I thought Roger and Johnny were a little different together, I never saw the connection between Brad & Roger. Aside from Johnny & Roger being Native American. I thought it was a joke up until the end. I still don’t know, and this is why I considered not rating the story. I didn’t like it. Maybe I am supposed to get second chance love, second chance friendship. Maybe the author felt like Roger had to grow mentally to be there for someone else, but it’s not working with me. I’m not happy.

About Mark Wildyr

Born and raised in southeastern Oklahoma, I am an Albuquerque writer of gay erotic fiction. How did I come to do this? Well, one day, I picked up an anthology someone had left on a table at a bookstore, a book my rural upbringing had not prepared me for. It was hardcore erotica. Nonetheless, I read a couple of the stories and decided I could write better than that…even in that genre. Surely, there was a way to make an erotic story more than just stringing one sexual escapade together with another.

So I wrote down the name and address of the publisher, went home, and wrote a story. The publisher bought that story and eleven others, none of which were ever published because of some sort of a legal dispute that essentially closed the business down. Nonetheless, I had sold and been paid for twelve stories, so I was now a “professional” author. That was in 2001.

I immediately submitted to other publishers who not only bought, but also published my work. I had found my niche. Since then, I’ve sold about seventy short stories to various publishing houses. Along the way, STARbooks Press has also published a novella and three novels. They have also has agreed to three additional novels, one due out in Spring 2014, one in Autumn 2014, and the third in Spring 2015.

My short story erotica covers a broad range of types: mystery, adventure, love, fantasy, sci-fi, military, police, sport… and probably some others. Much of my work explores the sexual discovery process and often involved cross-cultural relationships. Native American cultures and their approach to “Two Spirits” particularly fascinate me.

I consider my books CUT HAND and RIVER OTTER to be historical novels more than gay erotica. Between the two, they span the 19th Century from 1832 to 1870, a period that encompasses the rapid expansion of Europeans into the Dakota Territory, until then considered to belong to the Indians. It also covers the entire duration of the American Civil War, and the effects that conflict had on the tribes. They also explore the difference between the way many native cultures view homosexuality. Man-love was considered sinful and an abomination to the Anglos, who viewed queers and fags and berdaches with fear and loathing. Such conduct was often a death sentence among the dominant culture. On the other hand, winktes, two-faces, and two-spirits were often accorded places of honor among some of the tribes. At the least, they were permitted to lead lives according to their nature, not what others deemed what their nature should be. A third in the series to be released in Spring 2014, ECHOES OF THE FLUTE and MEDICINE HAIR continue the story line up through 1890, the end of the major Indian Wars.

THE VICTOR AND THE VANQUISHED is a contemporary story of a young man dealing with his gay nature and pulling himself out of poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. CHARLEY BLACKBEAR, due out in the Fall of 2014, approaches these issues from a different perspective.

After a three-year stint in the US Army, I tried oil painting with modest success before taking up writing. I have written forever, but not always in a focused way. Because of a childhood health problem, I spent many summers at the library doing research on other cultures—usually Native American—and putting the information into long themes or dissertations. Then I started making up stories based on my findings. In college, I majored in Government and History, and I have been a lifelong history buff. Now that I’m living and writing in New Mexico, which I believe is the greatest place on earth, I sometimes set my stories in Albuquerque or other parts of the state to give my readers a sense of the culture and flavor of my adopted home.

Writing allows me to relax and lose myself in the stories. Nothing would please me more than for you to get lost in them, as well.

Thanks to everyone who has posted reviews or otherwise contacted me about my work. I consider it essential to hear my readers’ opinions on my stories or novels. After all, without readers there would be little writing, a loss for us all. Whether you love my work or hate it, your feedback helps me sit down at the computer and write. Keep those comments coming!

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