The Real Thing, by B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Bryan Mills has fantasized about cowboys all his life. Real cowboys, that is. He even dresses in what his roommate calls “cowboy drag” when he visits his favorite bar, in the hope of attracting the attentions of a genuine cowboy. But all he usually finds are posers and guys his own age.
Then one night, to his surprise, Curtis Hansen buys him a beer, and Bryan has no doubt this is the real thing. Curtis is a rugged, gorgeous man who is every bit a cowboy. He even owns his own ranch. What follows is about the most amazing night of Bryan’s young life.
But can they move beyond a night of incredible sex when Bryan admits to Curtis that the only horse he’s ever ridden was a birthday party pony? And that he’s nothing but a poser himself? Maybe, just maybe, Curtis can find the real cowboy inside Bryan, and they can ride off into the sunset together!
First Edition published as The Real Thing in Riding Double by Dreamspinner Press, 2011.
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
I don’t even know what to say to explain my rating. Since it was only 52 pages I don’t want to give away any of the plot, but I think a great test of a book this short is the ability to recall it in detail days later. This book was… short and ridiculous. The thing, is it made me laugh and smile. I liked Bryan and found his honesty and cowboy quirk amusing. The book, while short, is hopefully an intro to what will be a longer series, in which we will see how he and Curtis can build a life together.
I did appreciate that Bryan and Curtis do spend time outside of the bedroom together several times during the story. I find shorts in this genre can rely too heavily on sexual chemistry and exploits, and while the two do get intimate several times, it wasn’t the crux of the story.
If you’re looking for a quick read that will make you laugh then this story is for you.
B.G. Thomas lives in Kansas City with his husband of more than a decade and half, and that marriage has been legal since 2014! They share their home with their fabulous dogs, Sarah Jane and Oliver. He is lucky enough to have a lovely daughter as well as many extraordinary friends.
B.G. loves romance, comedies, fantasy, science fiction and even horror—as far as he is concerned, as long as the stories are character driven and entertaining, it doesn’t matter the genre. Since he’s gone conventions since he was fourteen years old, he’s been lucky enough to meet many of his favorite writers, many of whom inspired him to pursue his own writing dreams.
Visit his website and blog at http://bthomaswriter.wordpress.com/. You can contact him there and he is always happy to hear from his readers.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.