Let It Ride
Pickup Men #2
Contemporary Gay Romance with Cowboys!
Riptide Publishing (May 26th 2014)
Moderate to Explicit
***** 5 Star Read *****
Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
New York City transplant Eric Palmer grew up in foster care. While he always had a roof over his head, he never felt love or a sense of belonging . . . until he joined the California rodeo circuit as a paramedic and found a band of brothers who took him in as one of their own. Now, one in particular is making Eric’s pulse race.
When things heat up between Bridge and Eric, Bridge has to prove to Eric he’s not just experimenting with the rougher sex, while Eric must overcome his fears of being unwanted and cast aside. He knows that trusting Bridge may be the key to his happy ever after, but getting in the saddle is much, much easier than learning to let it ride.
What is a pickup man? They swoop in after rides are finished or a contestant is bucked off, sidling up next to bareback and saddle bronc horses and helping herd ornery bulls out of the arena. Known as pickup men, these cowboys are crucial to keeping athletes, both two and four legged, safe in the arena.
Bridge Sullivan is a care free, easy going cowboy that is so completely comfortable in his own skin that when he realizes he is attracted to a man, he doesn’t really question it, he just jumps right in. He played around with a guy in college, but women really did it for him too, so he never considered himself gay. But the extremely erotic dreams he has almost nightly about one sinfully sexy paramedic with that New York accent prove otherwise.
Eric Palmer was quickly accepted into Bridge’s close knit group of friends after he tended to Marty when he was injured during a Rodeo. Finally feeling some form of acceptance and camaraderie with these men, Eric is very weary to walk into a relationship with Bridge, for several reasons. Up until now everyone thought Bridge was straight, Eric doesn’t want to be his ‘time to experiment with a man’ rendezvous. What if things go south and Eric looses these people he’s come to think of as friends and family in a way. Eric’s past makes it difficult to open up to Bridge as well, no one Eric has ever loved has stayed. He fears that if he cracks the window and let’s Bridge in he will break his heart and leave him lying in the dirt alone again.
Bridge is determined to make this man see just how much he wants him, wants to be with him. He goes above and beyond to prove to Eric that he is wanted, that he is safe in Bridge’s arms and in his bed. But that is never an issue with these two, the only place they both completely let their guards down and just enjoy each other is in the bedroom. Bridge, the guys and Bridge’s family try hard to make sure Eric knows and understand that he is loved and wanted. The past is engrained deep inside him though, and in the end Eric winds up doing the very thing to Bridge that he feared Bridge would do to him. Breaks his heart.
I loved that these two men’s personalities were completely at odds with each other, and yet, Chase found a way to bring them together and make their union believable and beautiful. Not necessarily a ‘gay for you’ story, more of a Bridge fell in love and the wrapping didn’t matter story. He is one of the most laid back and easy going characters that I’ve read. Eric is seriously damaged from a life of being tossed aside and abandoned by literally everyone he’s loved. While the way he handled some situations grated on my nerves, it was still completely plausible given what he’s lived through, so I let it ride. <see what I did there :)
If you are a fan of the gay for you stories, sexy cowboys and just the right amount of angst then this is a story for you. While it’s the 2nd book in a series it has strong legs, so you could read it and not really be lost. But I always recommend reading series in order, and there are some familiar faces form the first book that you may want to know more about while you are taking this wild, sexy ride with Bridge and Eric.