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Let it Go Paperback – September 23, 2014
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The 2 MCs are Creed and Eli, enemies since childhood. They often found their paths crossing as cowboys on the same rodeo circuit. They are involved in a bar fight which brings them together under house arrest serving time on Eli's cattle ranch. Horrific secrets from their past emerge as they spend time together.
Creed and Eli reminded me of stray dogs dancing around each other, at first sniffing suspiciously, then eventually learning to trust, maybe learning to love. But sometimes the heart may just be impenetrable or perhaps even unteachable too set in its ways.
OMG, my tears were flowing during the flashbacks of both of these young men as they relived the horror of their childhood. This book is not for the faint of heart, I tell you. I had to harden my heart and cowboy up to make it through to the end of this book but it was so worth it which is why I'm giving it 5 stars.
Eli and Creed were always competitors, since the time Creed, 17 years old, won the horse competition against Eli, 18, there was a feud between them that is difficult to solve. Eli even moved to the bull competition to avoid to be face to face on the rodeo with Creed, but nevertheless, every time Eli meets Creed on the road, he is the first to start a fight. But this time he made a mistake, since the fight took place in Eli's hometown, and the judge who is called to fine them, his Eli's godfather and he wants to teach Eli a lessons: he forces the two men under house arrest together, and or they kill each other, or they learn how to cohabitate.
But Eli and Creed do more than cohabitate, they discover the tension between them had a long-lasting sexual origin, that both Eli and Creed are gays and they are attracted to each other. So far, you classic cowboys romance, isn't it? But at this point the gritty I was talking about raise its ugly head, and child abuse, violence and rape are few of the hidden secrets you will learn about. For Eli and Creed is not simply a question of falling in love and live happily ever after, they need to trust each other, enough to be able to come clear of their past, and deal with it. It's not even a question of acceptance, at least of the other past, is more a question of acceptance of their own, understanding that surviving was not a fault but a merit.
Despite everything, when Eli and Creed are together, they manage to be almost tender, happy, and probably for the first time, young: while they are together, you realize they are still boys more than men, or better men that have never had the chance to enjoy their young age, and a little piece of that lost youth is reliving in their lovemaking.
Eli and Creed first met when they were 18 and 17 respectively and competing in the rodeo circuit. Both had already experienced the early loss of (decent) parental figures as well as varying forms of abuse at the hands of the adults who stepped in to “care for them”. There was an immediate attraction between them but both were manipulated into believing they were hated by the other for being gay; so they never knew they had the same sexual orientation. In present day story-telling, 10 years have gone by and a legendary rivalry has developed between the 2; an obsession born of perceived unrequited attraction and misplaced animosity. And then it all comes to a head with the popular enemies forced into close quarters trope – and it was good – until the fall out from the abuse reared it’s ugly head.
Both MCs exhibit varying degrees of post traumatic stress disorder, but they were good together and good for each other and it was nice to see them – heal or at least start to - in each other’s company. They had chemistry – but sometimes the sex was off because Creed would flashback. (And then there was the whole issue of “ I wonder why lube was ever invented; since saliva works so well”…). And of course the abuse didn’t stay in the past, and as the past unraveled – it was one traumatic reveal after another; and just as I was thinking “Well, at least the relationship isn’t blowing up” – Boom – taxi ride to break up angst-ville. At least when all was said and done there was a very solid HEA.
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