Toy Run

Charley Descoteaux
Toy Run
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Release Date
December 2013

Former physical therapist and reluctant loner Ian Bowen has spent the three years since his grandfather's death searching for a man to inspire him to park his Harley for a while—without much hope of finding him. On a whim, he shows up for a Toy Run and meets Ed Gonzalez, another loner with a pile of toys lashed to his bike. A few beers at the end-of-the-run party turn into an invite to Ed's for homebrew. But instead of a night of fun, the unseasonable cold renders Ed immobile with pain. When he tells Ian he just needs meds, Ian does one of the things he does best—he massages Ed's pain away, allowing him a rare restful night's sleep and creating intimacy neither wants to lose. Ian thinks two men have to follow certain rules to be together, but Ed's prepared to show him how wrong he is.

Book Review by Pat Henshaw (author,reviewer)
Dec 21, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
235 people found the following review helpful
A lone biker with a pack of toys travels to Oregon to join a group of bikers at a truck stop diner and deliver presents to children hospitalized over the holidays. If that isn't enough to make a reader go "Awwww," I don't know what is.

Tall, beefy, redheaded Ian Bowen has nowhere to go after his grandfather dies, so seeing a flyer about a toy run, he heads to Oregon to join the gang and deliver gifts. After the run, he meets Ed Gonzalez, a local biker who also took part, and on a whim goes home with Ed since they seem to click.

This is a fortunate matchup for Ed after the ride in the cold, rainy weather since he's suffering a lot of pain because of his injuries from a fall off a scaffolding at work. Ian, it turns out, is a licensed physical therapist whose magical hands massage the pain from Ed's hip and leg. Then things really heat up between them.

Charley Descoteux's story, like the two protagonists, is rough on top and Christmassy sentimental below. Both men are looking for comfort during the season and hit the jackpot when they meet. They seem to mesh on so many levels. For example, Ed's pack of dogs delight Ian, and Ian repays Ed's taking him in and making him welcome with massages and well-cooked food. Together they make a charming biker couple.

If the Christmas season is about sharing and giving, Descoteaux's story adds a rough edge, demonstrating how even guys who roar down the highway of life not only aren't immune to the sentimentality of the holidays but also relish it. We are, it seems, very similar underneath our facades.
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