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"You can practically smell the dust and hear the grunts and thuds as the men and animals collide."
   --The Novel Approach
 
"...a heartwarming romance and a moving story of self-acceptance."
    --Book Reviews & More by Kathy
 
"A rodeo romance that delivered with realistically drawn cowboys and lots of atmosphere."
   --Reviews by Jessewave

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  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing (July 6, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTJJHKI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,093 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cover artist by day, author by night, L.C. Chase is a hopeless romantic, free spirit, and adventure seeker who loves hitting the open road just to see where it takes her. When not road tripping or writing about beautiful men falling love, she can be found designing book covers featuring said beautiful men, drawing, horseback riding, or hiking the trails with her goofy four-legged buddy.

L.C. is a two-time Lambda Literary Awards finalist, an EPIC eBook Awards winner for Pickup Men, and an Ariana eBook Cover Art Awards winner. She also won honorable mention for Best Gay Mystery/Thriller in the 2012 Rainbow Awards for Riding with Heaven.

L.C. is also a proud founding member of Art Equals, a collective of artists who donate a portion of their art sales to LGBTQ charities. www.artequals.com

"...Chase has a real gift for visual writing, which makes the descriptive passages come to life, from the explosion of colour as dawn breaks on the horizon to the play of light on a muscular frame, it's all just breathtaking."
-- Aurora, Bittersweet Reviews

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Pickup Men by L.C. Chase is a heartwarming romance and a moving story of self-acceptance. The characters are charming and beautifully developed. The plot is fast paced and refreshingly unique.

When openly gay pickup man Marty Fairgrave realizes Tripp Colby will never publicly acknowledge their relationship, he ends their yearlong romance. While Marty understands why Tripp is so reluctant to step out of the closet, he has no desire to step into it with him. Tripp is paralyzed by his fear of what coming out will to do his lucrative bull riding career. There is no middle ground for these two men, and if he is going to have a future with Marty, Tripp is going to have to make peace with his past.

Marty is comfortable in his skin and he has never had to hide his sexuality. Between his family and friends, he has a strong support system and they are very protective of him. No matter how strong his feelings for Tripp or how much he wants Tripp in his life, Marty knows he deserves more from Tripp, and I admire him for standing by his decision to end their relationship.

In sharp contrast, Tripp's friendships are superficial and designed to promote his straight image. Tripp is closed off and he reveals little about himself to anyone, including Marty. He is clearly in pain and wants to give Marty what he needs. It takes most of the novel to learn the truth about Tripp's past, but it is well worth the wait.

Pickup Men is not a typical romance novel. The story opens with Marty breaking up with Tripp and they spend a lot of the novel apart. Their love for one another continually draws them together, but Marty's refusal to settle for being on the outside of Tripp's life always comes between them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Jeep Diva on July 8, 2013
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Pickup Men by L.C. Chase dove into the very masculine world of the rodeo, where anyone not of the norm could be shunned or hurt. Tripp Colby is very deep in the closet. He knew he was homosexual, had a relationship with Marty Fairgrave, but would not come out of his closet and chance exposing himself. Both men work for the male dominated sport of rodeo; Tripp as a bull rider and Marty as a pickup man. Marty very secure with his homosexuality, Tripp not.

Ms. Chase delivered passion and acceptance, denial and self-loath in this poignant tale. Each of the characters written brought something very unique and different to the story. Marty, loving and carefree, an accepting family was very much any man's dream. Tripp, self-loathing and scarred from a childhood trauma, doubted his self-worth, but knew he loved Marty, even in his own way.

At times I felt that Tripp was portrayed as a selfish man, but without the portrayed attitude, I don't believe the story could have taken the turns that it did. Ms. Chase gave Tripp the expectant amount of recrimination and allowed him to mature and develop into a man worthy of love and acceptance. I eventually endeared myself to his character.

Ms. Chase conveyed Marty with an easy going and tender attitude that made me want to wrap him up and hold him tight. Marty had a beautiful soul.

Pickup Men spoke volumes in a homophobic profession where a man's life can be dependent on another, so secrecy was the name of the game. With books such as Pickup Men messages could be delivered and attitudes changed. A must read.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.R. on September 27, 2013
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I loved, loved this book. I am in heaven if you give me cowboys, but it is nirvana if it involves rodeo. I congratulate L.C. Chase for getting the rodeo part right. Rodeo for the most part is a very tight, closed world. This story illustrates that, but at the same time shows how close the relationships are.

The story revolves around champion bull rider Tripp Colby and his pickup man Marty Fairgrave. Marty is openly gay, he comes from an accepting family, and has a very stable life. Tripp comes with a family past rife with homophobic trappings. Conversation therapy is lingering around in Tripp's past. Marty and Tripp love each other deeply, but Tripp is so deep in his closet, the sun that is Marty can not reach him. They have been in an affair several years, but Marty can not take it any more. He wants Tripp out and proud. When Marty risks his life to keep a bull from maiming him, they part when Tripp doe not come to the hospital to check on Marty.

There are many of the same elements I have read in other cowboy stories, but never kept me from loving this one. If you love cowboy mm, ever wondered what rodeo was like, pick this one up.

This one comes out of the chute bucking and never lets up. I give an arena full of stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Becky C on September 25, 2013
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"Marty shook his head. 'I don't belong in your closet. Not in anyone's closet.'"

In the rodeo world, a pick-up man is a cowboy who works the events managing the horses and bulls to protect the safety of the competitors. This book is about Marty Fairgrave, one of the best pick-up men around. He is a young, strong gentle giant who is also well known as "the gay pick-up man". His friends, Bridge and Kent, nicknamed him "Smarts" when he was 13 years old as he confidentially shared with them what was already common knowledge, that Marty was gay. He has a remarkable support system with a terrific family and his two life-long buddies who travel the rodeo circuit with him. The plan is for Marty to travel the country spreading his wings for awhile before heading home to take over and run his family's guest ranch. He met and fell deeply in love with champion bull-rider, Tripp Colby, and things are almost perfect in his wonderful life. But the object of his love is not out, not ready to come out and refuses to confide to Marty the reasons why. Marty has never denied who he is and cannot continue having a relationship on the sly as if he is doing something he should be ashamed of. Unfortunately for both Marty and Tripp, this is not an issue they can compromise on and after a harsh and painful wake-up call, Marty call it quits. Tripp is terrified of losing the only good thing in his life but equally terrified to do what Marty needs for him to do: come out and make their relationship public. Tripp is not very likeable in the beginning of this story and I did wonder what Marty sees in him but with time, as his past comes out, I realized that the demons he is fighting are big bad ones. And sometimes the damage inflicted in someone's youth can be difficult to repair.
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