Long Tall Drink, by L.C. Chase (Re-Release)
Publisher: Loose ID (Aug. 2011); Self-Published (August 16, 2015)
Page Count: 165
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance/Western
Rating: 4 out of 5
Oh, be still my heart! Stories about closeted cowboys in small towns are definitely one of my guilty pleasures, and this was a delightful read! I grew up in Texas and worked on a horse ranch in Wyoming, so I can definitely relate to the need to hide being different.
This is a short novel that was originally published several years ago, but has now been re-released with a longer ending. Ray owns a thriving horse and cattle ranch in the conservative mid-west, and is very careful to keep his sexuality a secret. He’s seen gay men get beaten and run out of town, and isn’t willing to lose everything by coming out.
The relationship between Ray and Travis, a horse trainer who comes to Ray’s ranch, is really beautiful. They’re both gay, and so terrified of being outed. Rumors of Travis’ sexuality have followed him from his last job, and are causing problems on the ranch. But through all of this, Ray can’t resist his attraction to Travis.
If you didn’t read this when it was originally released, definitely check it out now. There’s not a lot of sex, but the few scenes are super hot, and the sexual tension between Ray and Travis will have you fanning yourself! The side characters really add to the enjoyment too, especially Dot, who is the most awesome old lady ever!
Final word? Go read it. Great characters, a really enjoyable read, and a seriously hot relationship. Plus, a well-written look at homophobia in small-town America, with a HEA that will leave you smiling. (That said, at $5 it’s a bit pricey for the length, but this is one that I can see myself re-reading in the future.)
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