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- File Size : 2126 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08KDHQ737
- Publication Date : September 28, 2020
- Print Length : 236 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,828 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Next item of concern for me was the error of referring to the bucking bull the Cal rode as a chambray. I think the author may have meant Charbray which is a Charolais and Brahman cross cattle breed, chambray is a cotton fabric.
There are so many moments of beauty in this story, in the way each chapter starts with a memory through to those still moments when you're holding your breath for Cal as he prepares to put his life on the limb, again. In Eli's anger (yes, there's beauty in that) through to his father's words.
Read this book. Just trust me that you'll love this story too.
5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I don't think I need to tell that I loved this book, it already shows in my previous words, I guess. I loved this one so much, I think it might be my best read of the year. At least, it definitely reserved a spot there.
First: Let me swoon over the cover! Just worth downloading for looking at that gorgeous picture alone :)
This was my first read by this author and boy, what a surprise! The words were flowing, the writing flawless. Such wonderful character development, lovable MC's I grew to care about and had me cheering for their HEA, and pretty interesting side characters as well.
I felt all the raw emotions, felt their connection and their chemistry was off the charts. But here was also the pain of their past, the hurt, the misunderstanding and still the longing to make things different. But that didn't come easy.
Cal and Eli were lovers when they were teens. Each other's first loves. They shared all their first experiences together. Cal had a rough time with the abusive uncle he was forced to live with, and there was this self destructive side of him that got him in trouble more than once. Eli was always there to protect him. Until he wasn't. One night ended it all. Eli was bound for college and Cal wasn't. He couldn't stand the thought of Eli leaving him, so he made him chose between him and his father, the small town pastor who didn't know his son was gay, which Eli wanted to keep that way. For now, at least. And so to prevent himself for the pain of Eli leaving him, Cal left himself. Without so much as a word, he left his sister Faith and his hometown behind to become a bull rider.
But a decade later he came back to that small town, his body broken, his mind still haunted by the ghost of his first and only love.
The first encounter between Eli and Cal sets the tone for the rest of the story and I already knew I would love it from that moment on. I have a love for enemies to lovers, and though they were first friends and lovers, there sure was enough hurt and pain and anger between them to end up being each other's enemies. At the very least from Eli's part. Sadly we don't get his POV, which might have been a reason to down my rating with 0,5 or so, but no. The story was still that good, it deserves all the 5 stars I can give.
Of course they keep running into each other and it's inevitable things happen. Things like angry kissing, angry sex even. But there always seems to be a gleam of the love they once shared, even though they both have protected their hearts with barbed wire and a huge, thick wall.
Once they cleared the air, the question remains: how will their future look like? Can Eli trust Cal enough to stay around? Because all he ever does is run. Who says he won't do that again this time?
The story is not just about Cal and Eli, but also about small town life, which the author did very well. The gossip, people just knowing everything and everybody. But also the good things, like helping each other out when someone needs it. Cal learns to see his hometown differently from how he looked at it like a teenager. He learns things aren't always as black and white as he thought they were.
It's also about his relationship with his sister Faith and her son. When he shows up at her door, she has no intention to help him out. He hurt her too by leaving the way he did and Cal desperately wants to make up for the mistakes he made. But nobody seems to be able to trust him to do something good instead of being selfish and run when things get hard. That includes his sister. This is his chance to prove both Eli and Faith wrong, even Eli's father, who sees the hurt Cal caused his son to feel. He doesn't want for that to happen again.
And after 28 chapters (named after song titles) comes that beautiful, sweet and emotional epilogue. I needed a couple of tissues after that. I loved how the author made Dusty Springfield's song part of the story, it suited this story so well! I don't think I can listen to it again without thinking of Cal and Eli.
So, I can't close this review other than shouting from the rooftops: READ THIS BOOK!
Thank you, that's all.
This book was so beautifully written. It opens with a tragic ride on a mean bull, Ghost Pepper and ends on him too. Will this time be different? I fell in love with these guys who just wanted to love one another but had to keep it secret. A misunderstanding kept them apart for too long. Will missed possibilities do the same?
If you like well-written, M/M romance with two guys who need to find their own truth, read this book. Their past is told in italicized flashbacks to better understand the men they became. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through Gay Romance Reviews and it comes highly recommended for lovers of M/M romance.
I can't even begin to express how great this book is. The love and heartbreak between MC's, Eli and Cal, is shown through Cal's eyes.
It's a definite must read.