Pickup Men book #1
by L.C. Chase
Contemporary Gay Romance with Cowboys!
Riptide Publishing (July 8th 2013)
Moderate to Explicit
**** 4 &1/2 star read ****
It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn’t enough, and after a year of hiding what they are, Marty finally sees the light—and it’s no longer shining on Tripp.
Tripp Colby would do anything for Marty. Well . . . almost. He’s never loved anyone before, and isn’t quite sure how to handle it now. But he knows Marty is his everything, and in order to win him back, Tripp will have to overcome his darkest fears and step into the light.
But no matter Tripp’s intentions, the cost might be too high and the effort too late for these two cowboys to ride off into the sunset.
Marty Fairgrave is an openly gay man in a world where it isn’t exactly welcomed with open arms. He is comfortable in his own skin though, and he’s surrounded by love and support from his family and friends. Everyone in his life is proud to stand by him. That is everyone except his closeted long term boyfriend. After Marty makes a split decision and puts himself in harm’s way during a ride, he finally faces the dark, cold realization that Tripp will never be proud to admit Marty is his lover.
Tripp Colby disguises the fact he is a gay man by bedding random women and quietly agreeing with the homophobic slurs his fellow Bull Riders sling at Marty. He knows deep down that it’s not right, it’s not fair to Marty, but he was literally scared straight by his father when he was younger. Fear of rejection and losing the thing he loves most his riding career by losing sponsors and supporters if he comes out keep Marty locked so far inside his closet, you’d think he spent his time in the wardrobe of Narnia. Tripp soon realizes that there is one thing more important than the Rodeo, a day late and a dollar short though.
Marty is sick of hiding and sick of lying so he breaks off his ties to Tripp and tries to move forward with his life. He’s caught the eye of a sexy New Yorker that is the paramedic for the circuit, and his friends and family support his decision regardless. But he can’t stop loving with all his heart, even if it is breaking. Tripp wants to be the man that Marty needs him to be more than anything. He wants to shout out that he loves this man! He wants to be out and proud to be with Marty. He just can’t make himself take that step. And when he finally does, his worst fears are realized and when his hopes and dreams are shattered.
How hard would you fight for love? Even if you lost everything else in the process, would it be worth it to stand proud next to him in the end? The connection between these two guys was a tragically beautiful mess. Just when you start to think Marty is making some leeway and getting Tripp to be honest about his feelings, they take three steps back. And then the way Tripp pushes Marty away after the accident, it damn near broke my heart. This story was an emotional roller coaster full of drama, angst and love.
My only complaint would be the two steps forward, three steps back... gaining that ground back again, four steps back. It wore on me after a while. But overall I absolutely loved this story, this world that Chase has created with a diverse group of friends and family neck deep in horses, ropes, wranglers and lust. I mean seriously... Hot men, tight wranglers, roping, riding (more than just horses if you catch my drift) Stetsons, and romance. What’s not to love?!
If you are a fan of cowboy romance stories, then this is a must read for you. And can I just say, Cover Fucking LOVE!!